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Kia Sonet vs Toyota Urban Cruiser vs rivals: Price, specifications comparison

Rivan RS
·8-min read

The Kia Sonet and the Toyota Urban Cruiser are the latest additions to the hugely popular sub-four-metre SUV segment. The Sonet, which is priced from Rs 6.71 lakh to Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India), and the Urban Cruiser – Rs 8.30-11.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) – join the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and the Hyundai Venue in this fiercely competitive segment. Including the newest additions, the Sonet and the Urban Cruiser, there are now seven compact SUVs to choose from.

We’ve put the Sonet and Urban Cruiser up against their current rivals to see how they fares on price, power, mileage and specifications.

  • Kia Sonet has the highest ground clearance and the largest boot

  • Toyota Urban Cruiser sits in the middle, in terms of size, and near the bottom, on power

  • Sonet most efficient manual compact SUV, while Urban Cruiser and Vitara Brezza are the most frugal automatics

  • Starting price for the Sonet petrol-manualundercuts all rivals, besides the Hyundai Venue

  • The Sonet is the most affordable diesel-manualcompact SUV

Kia Sonet vs Toyota Urban Cruiser vs rivals –size comparison

Kia Sonet vs Urban Cruiser vs rivals: Dimensions

Sonet

Urban Cruiser

Venue

Vitara Brezza

Nexon

XUV300

EcoSport

Length

3995mm

3995mm

3995mm

3995mm

3994mm

3995mm

3998mm

Width

1790mm

1790mm

1770mm

1790mm

1811mm

1821mm

1765mm

Height

1647mm

1640mm

1590mm

1640mm

1607mm

1617mm

1647mm

Wheelbase

2500mm

2500mm

2500mm

2500mm

2498mm

2600mm

2519mm

Wheel size

16-inch

16-inch

16-inch

16-inch

16-inch

17-inch

16-inch

Boot

392 litres

328 litres

350 litres

328 litres

350 litres

257 litres

352 litres

Despite sharing its underpinnings with Hyundai’s Venue, the Kia Sonet is larger on some aspects than its cousin. It is also class-leading on two aspects – the Sonet has the largest boot, 40litresmore than the Ford EcoSport, with which it also equals in height. In terms of width and wheelbase, the Sonet sits in the middle of the pack. The Mahindra XUV300 is the widest sub-four-metre SUV and has the longest wheelbase too, which bodes well for the interior room on offer. The Mahindra is the only model here to get 17-inch alloy wheels; the rest have 16-inch wheels. However, the XUV300 does have the smallest boot by quite a large margin. The Tata Nexon’s wheelbase is shorter by a minimum of 2mm than its rivals, while the Hyundai Venue has the lowest height.

As the Toyota Urban Cruiser and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza are badge-engineered models, they have identical figures. While they aren’t the largest or the smallest of the lot, the 328-litre boot is on the smaller side in this segment.

Kia Sonet vs Toyota Urban Cruiser vs rivals –power and mileage comparison

Kia Sonet vs Urban Cruiser vs rivals: Petrol powertrains

Sonet

Urban Cruiser

Venue

Vitara Brezza

Nexon

XUV300

EcoSport

Engine type

4 cyl, NA/3 cyl turbo

4 cyl, NA

4 cyl, NA/3 cyl, turbo

4 cyl, NA

3 cyl, turbo

3 cyl, turbo

3 cyl, NA

Displacement

1197cc/998cc

1462cc

1197cc/998cc

1462cc

1198cc

1197cc

1497cc

Power

83hp/120hp

105hp

83hp/120hp

105hp

120hp

110hp

123hp

Torque

115Nm/172Nm

138Nm

115Nm/172Nm

138Nm

170Nm

200Nm

150Nm

Manual gearbox

5-speed/6-speed iMT

5-speed

5-speed/6-speed & 6-speed iMT

5-speed

6-speed

6-speed

5-speed

Automatic gearbox

-/7-speed DCT

4-speed torque convertor

-/7-speed DCT

4-speed torque convertor

6-speed AMT

-

6-speed torque convertor

Mileage (MT)

18.4kpl/18.2kpl

17.03kpl

17.3kpl/18.1kpl

17.03kpl

17kpl

17kpl

15.9kpl

Mileage (AT)

18.3kpl

18.76kpl

18kpl

18.76kpl

-

-

14.6kpl

Mild-hybrid

No

AT only

No

AT only

No

No

No

*NA = Naturally aspirated

The Toyota Urban Cruiser and Maruti Vitara Brezza are mechanically identical – they both have some of the lowest output figures among the seven compact SUVs and are the only ones that get a mild-hybrid system, albeit with just the automatic transmission option. The Sonet and Venue 1.2 petrols have the lowest figures, though their respective turbo-petrol versions are among the most powerful. The Ford EcoSport’s engine may not have forced induction but has the highest horsepower rating. Meanwhile, the XUV300’s unit develops the most torque. With the facelift, the Nexon petrol also got a small boost in power – it now equals the Sonet and the Venue. However, its torque figure has remained the same.

Of the petrols, besides the XUV300, all have an automatic option. Hyundai offers a total of four gearbox options – one for the 1.2 petrol, and three with the 1.0 turbo-petrol, including the newly introduced ‘clutchless manual’ transmission (iMT). This unit is also available with the Sonet, though the Kia’s 1.0 turbo engine does not get a standard manual gearbox.

When it comes to ARAI fuel-efficiency figures, the Kia Sonet in 1.2 petrol-manual form is the most fuel-efficient; it’s closely followed by the 1.0 turbocharged petrol-manual Sonet. Despite sharing its powertrain with the Sonet, the Hyundai Venue’s mileage figures are lower. The Urban Cruiser and Vitara Brezza are the most fuel-efficient automatic compact SUVs, thanks to the mild-hybrid tech on offer. The XUV300 and Nexon petrols are on even footing, while the Ford EcoSport sits at the bottom of the fuel economy table.

Kia Sonet vs Urban Cruiser vs rivals: Diesel powertrains

Sonet

Venue

Nexon

XUV300

EcoSport

Engine type

4 cyl, turbo

4 cyl, turbo

4 cyl, turbo

4 cyl, turbo

4 cyl, turbo

Displacement

1493cc

1493cc

1497cc

1497cc

1498cc

Power

100hp (115hp AT)

100hp

110hp

117hp

100hp

Torque

240Nm (250Nm AT)

240Nm

260Nm

300Nm

215Nm

Manual gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

6-speed

6-speed

5-speed

Automatic gearbox

6-speed torque convertor

-

6-speed AMT

6-speed AMT

-

Mileage (MT)

24.1kpl

23.3kpl

21.5kpl

20kpl

21.7kpl

Mileage (AT)

19kpl

-

-

-

-

Toyota and Maruti Suzuki don’t offer a diesel engine option with their respective sub-four-metre SUVs, but it onlyplaces them at a smaller disadvantage than you might think, as demand in this segment is skewed toward petrols.

In terms of output, the Mahindra XUV300 diesel is the most powerful, though it’s also the least efficient. What’s interesting is that the Sonet diesel-automatic is slightly more powerful than its manual counterpart and comes in second on horsepower, but the Nexon diesel has a bit more torque. The Venue diesel, which is only on offer in manual guise, and the Sonet manual are more powerful than the EcoSport.

As with the petrols, the Sonet diesel-manual’s mileage figure is 0.8kpl higher than the Venue’s, making it the most efficient diesel compact SUV. The Sonet diesel-auto uses a relatively inefficient torque converter unit, which results in a 19kpl ARAI rating. However, expect a more sophisticated drivingexperience than the Nexon diesel-AMT and XUV300 diesel-AMT, which may be relatively more frugal.

What are Kia Sonet and Toyota Urban Cruiser prices expected to be?

Kia Sonet vs Urban Cruiser vs rivals: Price range

Sonet

Urban Cruiser*

Venue

Vitara Brezza*

Nexon

XUV300

EcoSport*

Petrol-MT

Rs 6.71-11.99 lakh

Rs 8.30-9.80 lakh

Rs 6.75-11.28 lakh

Rs 7.34-9.98 lakh

Rs 7.00-10.75 lakh

Rs 7.95-11.12 lakh

Rs 8.18-11.22 lakh

Petrol-AT

Rs 10.49-12.89 lakh

Rs 9.80-11.30 lakh

Rs 9.67-11.65 lakh

Rs 9.75-11.40 lakh

Rs 8.45-11.35 lakh

-

Rs 10.67-11.57 lakh

Diesel-MT

Rs 8.05-11.99 lakh

-

Rs 8.16-11.59 lakh

-

Rs 8.45-12.10 lakh

Rs 8.70-11.90 lakh

Rs 8.68-11.72 lakh

Diesel-AT

Rs 10.39-12.89 lakh

-

-

-

Rs 9.80-12.70 lakh

Rs 10.20-12.30 lakh

-

Standard warranty

3 years/unlimited kilometres (est)

3 years/1 lakh kilometres (est)

3 years/unlimited kilometres

2 years/40,000km

2 years/75,000km

2 years/unlimited kilometres

3 years/1 lakh kilometres

*Ex-showroom, Delhi
^Introductory

Kia Motors India has priced the Sonet quite competitively. The introductory prices see the Sonet petrol-manual undercut five out of six compact SUVs currently on sale – only the entry-level Venue is more affordable. However, the top-end petrol Sonet GTX+ – in manual and automatic form – is priced quite a bit above the competition; the top-spec EcoSport, which is the second most expensive manual sub-four-metreSUV, costs Rs 77,000 less. Top-spec Sonet automatic prices are also Rs 19,000 more than the Tata Nexon AMT.

For now, the Sonet is the most affordable diesel compact SUV. In fact, as Sonet diesel and turbo-petrol prices are near-identical – something that’s never been seen before in this segment – Kia’s compact SUV comes across as well-priced; especially in lower-spec automatic form. The top-spec variants boast a long list of equipment, but their prices do encroach into the mid-size SUV segment.

Toyota has adopted the same pricing strategy for the Urban Cruiser asthe one it used for the Glanza. The entry-level Urban Cruiser variant is equivalent in features to the mid-spec Vitara Brezza and costs just Rs 5,000 more. Even the Urban Cruiser automatic prices are just Rs 5,000-10,000 more than the respective Maruti Vitara Brezza variants.

The Toyota Urban Cruiser has the edge over the Maruti in terms of the standard warranty period, but both Korean brands better that.

On paper, the Kia Sonet seems to have what it takes to become the sales champion of the segment. The Toyota Urban Cruiser also seems to have a lot to offer. Only time will tell if this holds true.

Also see:

Toyota Urban Cruiser deliveries to start later this month

Toyota Urban Cruiser first look video

Kia Sonet and rivals: Price comparison

Kia Sonet review, test drive