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KIA Sonet is best sub four meter SUV: Compared with competition

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KIA Sonet price shall be revealed next week till then lets have a look how its leading the segment with plenty of segment first features and engine options


Finally long awaited KIA Sonet is Officially unveiled for public, first time it was showcased at Auto expo 2020 where it won best show car award, there are various segment first features offered in it which makes it perfect choice in segment also competition seems standing nowhere,

Competition

In Market KIA Sonet competes with Hyundai Venue, Maruti vitara breeza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, Nissan Magnite, Toyota urban cruiser and TATA Nexon

In terms of design both Venue and Sonet are manufactured on same platform having different design, Sonet appears boxy whereas Venue appears car like, KIA Sonet is Introduced with IMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) option, if we check competition than except Hyundai Venue none of sub 4 meter SUV is coming with this option,

KIA Sonet features

looks and features wise it appears leading the segment KIA Sonet is offered with LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, First and rear parking sensors, UVO (Your Voice) connected car which offers 57 connectivity features, fully digital instrument cluster with 4.4 inch multi information display, Segment first 10.25 inch infotainment system which supports android auto and apple car play, Sound mood lamp, Electric sunroof, Automatic AC, rear AC vents, wireless charging pads, TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system), and alloy pedals are some features which makes it stand apart from competition,

Other segment first features include: multi driving modes, 07 Bose premium speakers and sound system, Smart ventilation with virus protection and ventilated front seats

KIA Sonet features vs Competition

We can easily observe Hyundai venue falls short of features if compare with KIA Sonet, for example – Hyundai Venue only have semi-digital instrument panel, eight-inch infotainment system with BlueLink connectivity, Arkamys sound system, electric sunroof,  automatic AC, wireless phone charger, driver rear view monitor, rear AC vents, rear parking sensors whereas KIA Sonet is coming with large touchscreen, fully digital instrument panel, ventilated front seats, BOSE sound system, air purifier, tyre pressure monitoring system, and multiple driving and traction modes. 

KIA Sonet Dimensions

If we compare with Nearest competition Hyundai venue then – unlike Hyundai venue KIA Sonet is coming with automatic option in diesel variant, in terms of dimension KIA is yet to confirm Sonet size but considering its based on venue platform for reference Hyundai Venue is 3,995mm long, 1,770mm wide and 1,590mm height, having boot space of 350 liters, we are expecting almost similar boot space and cabin space in KIA Sonet

KIA Sonet engines vs competition

If we compare with nearest competition Hyundai venue then we find Both KIA Sonet and Hyundai venue are powered with 1.2 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine and 1.0 liter turbo petrol engine, The 1.2-litre unit generates 82 bhp, 115 Nm of peak torque, and will be available with a five-speed manual gearbox. The turbocharged petrol engine puts out 119 bhp, 172 Nm, and will be offered with a choice between a six-speed manual gearbox, IMT transmission, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox

KIA Sonet Price

KIA Sonet price shall be revealed in next 1-2 weeks however are are expecting it to be little more expensive then Hyundai venue due to multiple segment first and additional features still it shall be kept competitive to attract larger number of buyers, currently Hyundai Venue’s price in India starts from ₹6.7 lakh and goes all the way to ₹11.5 lakh.  All prices are ex-showroom, India. 

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