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Kia Sonet and rivals: Price comparison

Nishmanya Bahadur
·7-min read

The Kia Sonet has just been launched in India, with prices starting at Rs 6.71 lakh. This is Kia’s third offering in our market and is positioned in the extremely competitive compact-SUV segment. We analyse the new Sonet’s prices to see where exactly it sits in the segment.

  • Kia Sonet petrol variant prices start at Rs 6.71 lakh

  • Diesel-powered Kia Sonet prices start at Rs 8.05 lakh

Competing in the compact-SUV segment, the Kia Sonet currently takes on the likes of the Hyundai VenueTata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

Here are the key points concerning the Kia Sonet

How does the Kia Sonet compare to its petrol rivals?

As things stand, every model in the compact-SUV segment can be had with a petrol engine. While all but the Mahindra XUV300 can be had with an automatic gearbox for its petrol engine. We have compiled all the prices below. 

Petrol-manual compact SUV prices

Kia Sonet

Hyundai Venue

Tata Nexon

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Mahindra XUV300

Ford EcoSport

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1.2 HTE

Rs 6.71 lakh

1.2 E

Rs 6.75 lakh

XE

Rs 7.00 lakh

LXi

Rs 7.34 lakh

W4

Rs 7.95 lakh

Ambiente

Rs 8.17 lakh

1.2 HTK

Rs 7.59 lakh

1.2 S

Rs 7.45 lakh

XM

Rs 7.84 lakh

VXi

Rs 8.35 lakh

W6

Rs 8.98 lakh

Trend

Rs 8.97 lakh

1.2 HTK+

Rs 8.45 lakh

1.2 S+

Rs 8.37 lakh

XZ

Rs 8.84 lakh

ZXi

Rs 9.10 lakh

W8

Rs 9.90 lakh

Titanium

Rs 9.76 lakh

1.0 HTK+ iMT

Rs 9.49 lakh

1.0 S

Rs 8.51 lakh

XZ+

Rs 9.64 lakh

ZXi+

Rs 9.75 lakh

W8 (O)

Rs 10.97 lakh

Thunder

Rs 10.66 lakh

1.0 HTX iMT

Rs 9.99 lakh

1.0 SX

Rs 9.84 lakh

XZ+ (O)

Rs 10.54 lakh

Titanium+

Rs 10.66 lakh

1.0 HTX+ iMT

Rs 11.65 lakh

1.0 SX iMT

Rs 10.00 lakh

S

Rs 11.21 lakh

1.0 GTX+ iMT

Rs 11.99 lakh

1.0 SX (O)

Rs 10.90 lakh

1.0 SX (O) iMT

Rs 11.13 lakh

Petrol-automatic compact SUV prices

Kia Sonet

Hyundai Venue

Tata Nexon

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Ford EcoSport

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1.0 HTK+ AT

Rs 10.49 lakh

1.0 S AT

Rs 9.65 lakh

XMA

Rs 8.44 lakh

VXi AT

Rs 9.75 lakh

Titanium AT

Rs 10.66 lakh

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XZA+

Rs 10.24 lakh

ZXi AT

Rs 10.50 lakh

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1.0 GTX+ AT

Rs 12.89 lakh

1.0 SX+ AT

Rs 11.46 lakh

XZA+ (O)

Rs 11.14 lakh

ZXi+ AT

Rs 11.15 lakh

Titanium+ AT

Rs 11.57 lakh

*Prices, ex-showroom, Delhi

Nexon and Vitara Brezza come with dual-tone versions that cost Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000 extra
Nexon also available with sunroof for a premium of about Rs 50,000-60,000

Venue gets a Sport package that costs a Rs 12,000-36,000 premium over the SX and SX(O) models
 

It should be noted that Kia offers the Sonet with two petrol engines, which include an 83hp, 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated unit (with a 5-speed manual) and a 120hp, 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol unit (with a 6-speed iMT gearbox or 7-speed DCT automatic).

As we can see from the table above, the Ford EcoSport has the most expensive petrol manual in base trim. Though, at the top end, the Kia Sonet has the priciest petrol-manual, which is down to the fact that the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine only comes with an iMT gearbox and not a conventional manual. However, it is worth mentioning that the Hyundai Venue also features an iMT gearbox in its top-spec SX(O) trim, priced at Rs 11.13 lakh (Rs 68,000 less).

The most affordable petrol-auto in the segment is the Tata Nexon, as both its base and top-spec variants undercut the competition, while the Ford EcoSport has the costliest petrol-autos in this segment, for now.

The most affordable DCT automatic in the segment is still that of the Hyundai Venue 1.0-litre, S trim priced at Rs 9.65 lakh, which is Rs 84,000 less than the Sonet HTK+ trim. As we go higher up the range, the gap widens as the top-spec Sonet GTX+ trim (Rs 12.89 lakh) is a remarkable Rs 1.43 lakh more expensive than the top end Venue 1.0 SX+ AT, but then the top-spec Kia is better equipped too.

How does the Kia Sonet compare to its diesel-powered rivals?

After the switch to BS6, there are fewer options when it comes to diesel-powered compact SUVs, with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza now being a petrol only model. There are even fewer options when it comes to diesel-automatics.

Diesel-manual compact SUV prices

Kia Sonet

Hyundai Venue

Tata Nexon

Mahindra XUV300

Ford EcoSport

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HTE

Rs 8.05 lakh

E

Rs 8.15 lakh

XE

Rs 8.45 lakh

W4

Rs 8.70 lakh

Ambiente

Rs 8.67 lakh

HTK

Rs 8.99 lakh

S

Rs 9.06 lakh

XM

Rs 9.20 lakh

W6

Rs 9.70 lakh

Trend

Rs 8.97 lakh

HTK+

Rs 9.49 lakh

SX

Rs 10.00 lakh

XZ

Rs 10.20 lakh

W8

Rs 10.75 lakh

Titanium

Rs 10.00 lakh

HTX

Rs 9.99 lakh

SX (O)

Rs 11.45 lakh

XZ+

Rs 11.00 lakh

W8 (O)

Rs 11.75 lakh

Thunder

Rs 11.16 lakh

HTX+

Rs 11.65 lakh

XZ+ (O)

Rs 11.90 lakh

Titanium+

Rs 11.16 lakh

GTX+

Rs 11.99 lakh

S

Rs 11.71 lakh

Diesel-automatic compact SUV prices

Kia Sonet

Tata Nexon

Mahindra XUV300

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HTK+ AT

Rs 10.39 lakh

XMA

Rs 9.80 lakh

W6 AT

Rs 10.20 lakh

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XZA+

Rs 11.60 lakh

W8 AT

Rs 11.30 lakh

GTX+ AT

Rs 12.89 lakh

XZA+ (O)

Rs 12.50 lakh

W8 (O) AT

Rs 12.30 lakh

*Prices, ex-showroom, Delhi

Nexon comes with dual-tone version that cost Rs 20,000 extra
Nexon also available with sunroof for a premium of about Rs 50,000-60,000

Venue gets a Sport package that costs a Rs 12,000-36,000 premium over the SX and SX(O) models

 

As we can see from the table above, the diesel manuals are all priced relatively close to each other, with the base-spec Sonet being the most affordable and just undercutting the Hyundai Venue. On the other hand, the Mahindra XUV300’s diesel manual range is the most expensive, though only fractionally more so than the Ford EcoSport’s.

In the diesel automatic category, there are only three contenders, with the Nexon and XUV300 both equipped with AMT gearboxes. The Kia Sonet is the only car in the segment to offer a torque-converter automatic gearbox with the diesel, giving it a distinct edge.

However, this comes at a cost, as the Sonet’s top-spec GTX+ automatic is priced at Rs 12.89 lakh. Comparatively, the top-spec Tata Nexon XZA+ (O) Dual tone costs Rs 12.70 lakh (Rs 19,000 less). While the top-spec XUV300 W8 (O) AT trim comes in at Rs 12.30 lakh (Rs 59,000 less), though the dual tone version costs Rs 7,520 more. Even the mid-spec HTK+ automatic variant is more expensive than its rivals.

How do the Kia Sonet’s prices compare to rivals?

Considering the variety of engine-gearbox options, features and variants the Kia Sonet is offered with, the carmaker has covered almost all price points in the segment. However, this has also made the higher variants of the Sonet notably more expensive than its rivals.

With the automatics as well, the GTX+ diesel automatic is marginally more costly than its competitors, while the GTX+ petrol automatic is quite a bit more expensive. Even the Sonet HTK+ trim (the only other trim offered with automatic) is costlier than its competition.

So though the Kia Sonet does offer the widest spread of prices and the longest equipment list, it does get quite expensive at the top end of the range.

All prices are ex-showroom, India

Also see:

Kia Sonet review, test drive

2020 Kia Sonet image gallery

Kia Sonet video review