Earlier, we gave you 10 reasons why Kia Sonet can outperform its rivals. Now, it’s time for an in-depth showdown between the upcoming Kia Sonet and the ones that are already there in the market. We are going to compare Kia Sonet with Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue. Kia Sonet is a wild storm brewing up, this is what the unofficial booking figures tell. So, without further ado, let’s see whether the people who have booked the compact SUV made the right decision or not.

Is Kia Sonet powerful than the rivals?

Kia Sonet vs Rivals | Engine Comparison
Kia Sonet vs Rivals | Engine Comparison

This is not the first thing Indian buyers look for in a car. But still, for the enthusiasts out there, here is a comparison to determine which car performs the best.

Petrol Comparison

Model Kia Sonet Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Hyundai Venue
Engine SMART STREAM G1.2 K15B Petrol 1.2-litre Kappa
Displacement 1,197 1,462 1,197
Power 83ps@6,300rpm 103.16ps@6,000rpm 83ps@6,000rpm
Torque 115Nm@4,200rpm 138Nm@4,400rpm 113.75Nm@4,000rpm
Transmission 5-speed MT 4-speed AT / 5-speed MT 5-speed MT
Fuel Efficiency 17.03kmpl 17kmpl
  • Tata Nexon does not offer any naturally aspirated petrol engine option.
  • Both Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue share the same engine but the upcoming SUV offers a negligibly better torque output. Brezza overpowers both of them.
  • Brezza also offers a 4-speed AT torque converter. Sonet and Venue don’t offer any automatic transmission with 1.2-litre petrol.

Turbo-Petrol Comparison

Model Kia Sonet Tata Nexon Hyundai Venue
Engine G1.0 T-GDi 1.2-litre Revotron 1.0-litre Kappa Turbo GDi
Displacement 998 1,119 998
Power 120ps@6,000rpm 120ps@5,500rpm 120ps@6,000rpm
Torque@rpm 172Nm@1,500-4,000 170Nm@1,750-4,000 171.6Nm@1,500-4,000
Transmission 6-speed iMT / 7-speed DCT 6-speed MT / AMT iMT / 6-speed MT / 7-speed DCT
Fuel Efficiency 17kmpl 18kmpl
  • Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue have a better torque output when compared to Tata Nexon.
  • iMT or intelligent manual transmission is offered with the Sonet as well as the Venue. A 7-speed DCT is also offered. On the other hand, Tata Nexon offers a 6-speed AMT.
  • Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza does not offer any turbo-petrol unit.

Diesel Engine

Model Kia Sonet Tata Nexon Hyundai Venue
Engine 1.5-litre CRDi WGT VGT 1.5-litre Revotorq U2 CRDi 1.5-litre
Displacement 1,493 1,493 1,497 1,493
Power@rpm 100ps@4,000 115ps@4,000 110ps@4,000 100ps@4,000
Torque@rpm 240Nm@1,500-2,750 250Nm@1,500-2,750 260Nm@1,500-2,750 240.2Nm@1,500-,750
Transmission 6MT 6AT 6-speed MT / AMT 6-speed Manual
Fuel Efficiency 22kmpl 23kmpl
  • Vitara Brezza does not offer a diesel engine too. Kia Sonet offers the engine with two turbocharger options: a wastegate turbo and a variable geometry turbo.
  • Kia Sonet offers the most powerful diesel engine but when it comes to torque, Tata Nexon adds an extra 10Nm to the chart.

How safe is the Kia Sonet when compared to the rivals?

Kia Sonet vs Rivals Safety Features Comparison
Kia Sonet vs Rivals Safety Features Comparison

Before we compare the features, let’s take a look at some points.

  • Tata Nexon is the safest in the segment, 5-star rated at the Global NCAP.
  • Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has scored 4-stars at the same test while Hyundai Venue scored 4 stars at the ASEAN NCAP.
  • Kia Sonet is yet to be tested.

    Safety Features

    Kia Sonet Tata Nexon Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Hyundai Venue
    *BASE VARIANT*
    Dual Airbags
    ABS with EBD
    Rear Parking Sensors
    Front Disc Brakes
    ESP
    Roll-over Mitigation
    Hill Hold Control
    ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
    *Note: The features mentioned are available/not available in the base variant. Higher variants might offer the said features*
  • It is clear from the table why Tata Nexon is the safest in the comparison.
  • Do note that other cars do offer the above-said features in the higher variants.
  • Kia Sonet offers first-in-class Front Parking Sensors in the higher variants.

Let’s compare the dimensions now!

Kia Sonet vs Rivals | Dimensions
Kia Sonet vs Rivals | Dimensions

Dimensions Comparison

Kia Sonet Tata Nexon Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Hyundai Venue
Length (mm) 3,995 3,993 3,995 3,995
Breadth (mm) 1,790 1,811 1,790 1,770
Height (mm) 1,642 1,606 1,640 1,605
Wheelbase (mm) 2,500 2,498 2,500 2,500
Boot space (litres) 392 350 328 350
  • Kia Sonet gets the best boot space, it’s massive!
  • Sonet is the tallest amongst the rivals too. This means you are going to get enough headroom inside the sub-compact SUV.

What about the features, you must be expecting something from Kia Sonet!

Kia Sonet vs Tata Nexon vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Hyundai Venue Interior
Kia Sonet vs Tata Nexon vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Hyundai Venue Interior

Comfort and Convenience Features

Kia Sonet Tata Nexon Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Hyundai Venue
Infotainment System 10.25-inch 7-inch 7-inch 8-inch
Smart Purifier
Ventiliated Seats
Instrument Cluster (DIGITAL)
Electric Sunroof
Fully Automatic Air Conditioner
Tilt Steering
Rear AC Vents
UVO Connect
Tata Connect
Hyundai BlueLink
Cruise Control
*FEATURES ACROSS VARIANTS*

Kia Sonet is going to be feature loaded for sure, a point that will help Kia outsell any compact SUV in the segment.

So, this is a detailed comparison between Kia Sonet and the likes of Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue. Want to know anything else, comment in the section below.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, pretty good and straightforward comparison.

    I have booked Kia sonet HTK+ diesel but currently in dilemma whether to go for Venue S turbo petrol (considering the price/performance value for money) or Tata Nexon XMS diesel (good features and value for money).

    I’m hesitant with Nexon as there are numerous complaints regarding gearbox, after sales service and so on.

    I’m hesitant with Sonet HTK+ as based on the car demo I visited, cabin feels congested than venue.

    Please help out as to why would be the best option or good order.

    • Hi Ashwin,

      Kia Sonet HTK+ is a great option for sure. Although you will have to compromise with the space inside the cabin which is due to the segment-largest boot space of 392 litres. You won’t regret buying Sonet over Hyundai Venue as it gets the same engine options but Sonet surely has an upper hand when it comes to features. Stay pinned!

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