Kia Motors India launched the all new sub-4 meter compact SUV Sonet in the market recently. It is one of the most feature rich vehicle in the segment and competes with cars like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport in the segment. Here we have a video that shows a detailed comparison between Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet to see which one is better in terms of driving, comfort, features and space on offer.
The video has been uploaded by PITSTOP on their youtube channel. The video simply compares both the compact SUV in the sub-4 meter segment to see which one offers what. Both Nexon and Sonet used in the video have a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine. As per the video, the Nexon feels a bit more matured and SUVish in comparison to the Sonet. The Kia Sonet comes with a lot of features like front parking sensors, all LED headlamps, projector fog lamps at the front. The Nexon on the other hand gets none of those and comes with standard projector type headlamps with LED DRLs.
In terms of dimensions, the Kia Sonet is taller but the Nexon is wider which translates into more space inside the cabin. The Sonet gets diamond cut alloy wheels whereas the Nexon gets sporty looking alloy wheels. In terms of looks, the video presenter feels that Nexon is better.
Moving inside the cabin, Sonet is definitely the winner here. It comes with a host of features like segments largest 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment screen, UVO connect features, ventilated seats, air purifier, electric sunroof, wireless charging and so on. The Nexon on the other hand gets a simple looking dashboard with touchscreen infotainment screen, digital instrument cluster, multi function steering wheel, electric sunroof and rear AC vents.
When it comes to the space on the inside, the Kia Sonet feels a bit tight on the inside. It can easily seat 4 passengers but, if a fifth one comes in then it would be a bit difficult to accommodate. This happens mainly because Sonet is less wider in comparison to the Nexon. Tata Nexon on the other hand can seat 5 people easily.
In terms of driving, the presenter was driving Sonet 6 speed automatic diesel version. Sonet is the only car in the segment to offer such a transmission with diesel engine. It feels very punchy and had enough power on reserve. The car felt stable at higher speeds and was very comfortable to drive both in the city and on highways. Nexon on the other hand was a diesel manual. It looks like presenter has a soft corner for Nexon and can be seen talking a lot about Nexon itself. Nexon is also a pretty good car to drive around and he personally like the manual gear shifts and long gear ratios of Nexon diesel.
To sum up, the Nexon has more space on the inside but Sonet offers segment best boot space. Sonet looks more modern and has a lot of features on offer. Overall, both the cars had their positives and negatives and Kia Sonet being the latest entrant in the segment definitely has the upper hand in terms of features and stylings.