Since the launch of Kia Sonet in September 2020 last year, it has taken the sub-compact SUV segment by storm and has left car enthusiasts in a gasp of all the features it has to offer. Starting with the price that surprisingly looks affordable, ranging between ₹6.71 lakhs and ₹11.99 lakhs. This car has left the Indian audience astonished because of all the features it offers that one would find in an SUV for a much higher price. This highly competitive sub-compact SUV is one of the best in the Indian automobile market and here are some reasons why.
Engine and transmission:
Most subcompact SUVs offer one engine in diesel and petrol variants. But Kia Sonet is the first of its kind to offer 2 engines for both diesel and petrol. The closest model to this car would be its cousin, the Hyundai Venue.
|Specification||Kia Sonet||Hyundai Venue||Mahindra XUV 300|
|Engine||1.0-litre turbo petrol||1.0-litre turbo petrol||1.2-litre turbo petrol|
|Power||120 hp @6,000||120 hp @6,000||116 hp @5000|
|Torque||172 Nm @1,500- 4,000||172 Nm @1,500- 4,000||200 Nm @2000-3500|
|Transmission||6-speed iMT and|
|6-speed manual, |
and 7-speed DCT
Starting with the Turbo petrol engine, the Kia Sonet gets a 1.0L turbo petrol engine, with power and torque of 120ps@6000rpm and 172Nm @1500-4000rpm. The transmission is the highlight which gets the best of both intelligent and dual-clutch transmissions i.e., 6-speed iMT and 7-speed DCT. Comparing this to other vehicles like Hyundai Venue and Mahindra XUV 300, Kia Sonet clearly stands first in terms of the umpteen engine features as already stated in comparison to these two vehicles.
|Specification||Kia Sonet||Ford Ecosport||Hyundai Venue|
|Engine||1.2-litre petrol||1.5- litre petrol||1.2-lire petrol|
|Power||83 hp @6,300||122 hp @6500||83 hp @6300|
|Torque||115 Nm @ 4,200||145 Nm @4500||115 Nm @4200|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual||5-speed Manual and 6-speed Automatic||5-speed Manual|
Coming to the Naturally aspirated petrol engine, Kia Sonet may not win it in terms of the engine but in terms of price, it does win. Kia takes over the price department in this segment but still makes it in the chart with Ford Ecosport obviously being the best out of the three vehicles.
|Specification||Kia Sonet||Ford Ecosport||Hyundai Venue|
|Engine||VGT and WGT 1.5-litre diesel||1.5- litre diesel||1.2-lire petrol|
|Power||110/115 hp @4,000||100 hp @3750||100 hp @4000|
|Torque||240/250 Nm @ 1500-2750||215 Nm @1750-2500||240 Nm @1500-2750|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual and 6-speed Automatic||5-speed Manual||6-speed Manual|
Finally, comparing the same three vehicles for the diesel engines, Kia Sonet has two. Both coming with a 1.5L engine but the difference is the turbo. The engine equipped with low power output with WGT gets an option of 6-speed MT whereas the powerful engine gets a 6-speed AMT that is also equipped with VGT.
As all the 4 variants of diesel and petrol were discussed we can clearly see that Kia Sonet despite being a compact SUV has a lot to offer given its price range.
Almost all important safety features are present such as ABS with EBD, Dual airbags, rear parking sensors, and emergency stop signal are built-in except ISOFIX child anchors which is also absent in its rival Ford Ecosport, rear disc brakes absent in Sonet, Ford Ecosport, and Hyundai Venue and Hill Hold control which is absent Sonet and all its rivals except Tata Nexon.
The interiors of this sub-compact SUV have taken everyone’s breath away if it had to be put this way, it includes everything one would expect from a higher model SUV. Yes, the Kia Sonet does offer a 10 -inch infotainment system, smart purifier, electric sunroof, Smart connectivity, ventilated seats, cruise control, wireless charging system, and a BOSE premium surround sound system built within, aren’t these the most enticing features for a sub-compact SUV?
Apart from these features, the interior is also made with premium quality materials with clear attention to detail. The wireless charging system is included with an A/C vent to cool down the phone while charging, looks like the driver and the passengers are not the only ones getting VIP treatment in this vehicle but also the phones.
Many may argue that the Sonet could have done better with the exterior design but the front tiger-nose grille, with headlamps that are all LED powered, does give a bold and sleek finish. The sides look not so appealing but the rear side with its all-LED headlights with a wide red stripe that runs through the boots does give an increased width. For a sub-compact SUV, it could have done better in comparison to the Mahindra XUV 300 and Hyundai Venue which have a much bolder design scheme going on.
Dimensions and boot size:
One of the main reasons for this competition is the dimensions this sub-compact SUV has to offer is the dimensions.
|Dimension||Kia Sonet||Tata Nexon||Hyundai Venue|
|Length (in mm)||3,995||3,993||3,995|
|Width (in mm)||1,790||1,881||1,770|
|Height (in mm)||1,647||1,606||1,605|
|Wheelbase (in mm)||2,500||2,498||2,500 |
|Boot space (in litres)||392||350||350|
As we can clearly see, Kia Sonet is the tallest amongst the other two major sub-compact SUVs in the market which means that the car has more headroom and cabin comfort for leg space as well. Although the width isn’t as much compared to the Nexon, the other dimensions are favourable to making the Sonet a slightly larger car compared to the other two. In addition to this, the Sonet also offers the largest boot space available in the sub-compact SUV segment out there, which is an added benefit for the luggage space one might need for a road trip cross country.