Kia Sonet subcompact SUV: top 5 rivals

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The Kia Sonet is one of the best-selling SUVs on the market right now, with around 6,000 to 7,000 units per month. However, the segment itself is very competitive and here are 5 subcompact SUVs that are its biggest rivals.


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The Kia Sonet comes in both gasoline and diesel engine options, and a ton of modern features

The Kia Sonet is one of the most popular subcompact SUVs in India, and it is also one of the best-selling SUVs on the market, with around 6,000-7,000 units per month. The SUV marked the entry of the South Korean manufacturer into this very competitive segment, and it has already created a strong niche. Kia introduced the refreshed Sonet with the brand’s new logo earlier this year, along with a bunch of new and updated features. The Sonet comes in 3 powertrain options – naturally aspirated 1.2 petrol, 1.0-liter turbocharged T-GDI petrol and 1.5-liter diesel and 5 transmission choices. SUV prices start at ₹ 6.79 lakh, up to ₹ 13.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). And here are 5 subcompact SUVs that rival the Sonet in India.

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Hyundai website

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The Venue is based on the same platform as the Sonet and shares not only the powertrain and transmission options, but most of its features as well. However, the Kia Sonet is the most stylish and it comes with a few premium features like ventilated seats or an automatic diesel option, which the venue doesn’t get. In terms of price, the price of the Hyundai Venue is between 6.92 lakh and ₹ 11.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is one of the best-selling SUVs in India. In fact, it took the top spot even in June 2021, with the company selling 12,833 units. Unlike the Sonet, Maruti’s competitor is offered as a gasoline-only SUV, fitted with a 1.5-liter K15B four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or automatic torque converter to 4 speeds. The price of the SUV is between 7.51 lakh and ₹ 11.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Aunty nexon

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The Nexon Subcompact SUV is one of the safest SUVs in the segment, holding a 5-star safety rating from Global NCAP. The SUV is available in gasoline and diesel engine options – a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder oil burner. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT. Nexon’s prices start at 7.19 lakh, up to ₹ 13.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra XUV300

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The Mahindra XUV300 also has a 5-star safety rating from Global NCAP, however, it also holds a 4-star rating for child occupant protection, the highest in the segment. Like most SUVs in this space, the XUV300 also comes as an option for gasoline and diesel – a 1.2-liter petrol and a 1.5-liter diesel, mated to a 6-speed manual or AMT unit. The SUV is priced at ₹ 7.96 lakh to ₹ 13.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Ford EcoSport

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The Ford EcoSport was the SUV that popularized the subcompact SUV segment in India and it is still one of the best options in the market. Yes, the Sonet is definitely more upscale and feature rich, and the EcoSport has started to show its age, but it comes with all the necessary features and comfort that one could possibly need. Plus, it also offers a ton of security features. The EcoSport gets a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine with manual and automatic transmission choices. The price of the SUV is between ₹ 8.19 lakh and ₹ 11.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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