06 Oct 2020 Shakti Nath Jha
The sub-compact SUV segment of India is flourishing at a very rapid pace. It is a very lucrative segment and so to grab a piece of the pie, more and more carmakers are launching their sub-compact SUVs in the country. Kia Motors recently launched the Kia Sonet in India and it has a lot of rivals. However, its arch-rival is the Hyundai Venue as they both share a lot of things. Here, we have a detailed comparison of the 2020 Kia Sonet vs Hyundai Venue BS6. We have compared the top-end GTX+ and SX (O) trims of the Sonet & Venue.
|Specification||Sonet GTX+||Venue SX (O)|
|Length||3995 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1790 mm||1770 mm|
|Height||1647 mm||1590 mm|
|Wheelbase||2500 mm||2500 mm|
|Ground Clearance||211 mm||190 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||45-litres||45-litres|
|Model||Sonet GTX+||Venue SX (O)|
|Petrol Engine||1.0-litre turbo||1.0-litre turbo|
|Max. Power||120 PS||120 PS|
|Max. Torque||172 Nm||172 Nm|
|Manual Gearbox||Not Offered||6-speed|
|Automatic Gearbox||7-speed DCT / 6-speed iMT||6-speed iMT|
|Mileage MT||MT Not Offered||18.1 kmpl|
|Mileage AT||NA / 18.2 kmpl||NA|
Now, let's have a look at the engine specs, so first of all, we will start with the petrol mills. The top-end GTX+ trim of the Sonet and the top-end SX (O) trim of the Venue get the same BS6-compliant 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This turbo petrol motor churns out 120 PS of power and 172 Nm of peak torque. The Sonet doesn't get a manual gearbox and it comes mated to a 6-speed iMT (intelligent Manual Transmission) and a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission). The petrol top model of the Venue comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed iMT, DCT is not offered in this variant.
|Diesel Engine||1.5-litre WGT|
|Max. Power||100 PS (MT)|
115 PS (AT)
|Max. Torque||240 Nm (MT)|
250 Nm (AT)
|Automatic Gearbox||6-speed AT||NA|
|Mileage MT||24.1 kmpl||23.3 kmpl|
|Mileage AT||19 kmpl||NA|
Now, coming to the diesel engine, again there are similarities as well as differences. Both the Venue and the Sonet gets a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre diesel engine with WGT (Waste Gas Turbocharger). This oil-burner churns out 100 PS of power and 240 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Sonet gets the same engine with VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger) too. The 1.5-litre diesel engine of Sonet with VGT churns out 115 PS of power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a segment-first 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Now, talking about features, so both the Venue as well as the Sonet is very feature-loaded. But, the Sonet is a notch above as it gets plenty of segment-first features too. The Venue gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets Hyundai's BlueLink connectivity that offers around 33 BlueLink connected car features. Some other features include an electric sunroof, Arkamys sound system, push-button start/stop, paddle-shifters, wireless charger, etc.
The Kia Sonet gets a big 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It also gets Kia's UVO connected car technology that offers around 57 connected car features. Some other features include a premium BOSE sound system, an electric sunroof, smart car air purifier with virus protection, ventilated front seats, LED mood lighting, wireless charger, multi-drive and traction modes, etc. The safety features of these compact-SUVs include up to six airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), etc.
|Engine & Transmission Option||Sonet GTX+ Price||Venue SX (O) Price|
|1.0 Turbo Petrol (6-speed MT)||Not Available||Rs. 10.91 lakhs|
|1.0 Turbo Petrol (6-speed iMT)||Rs. 11.99 lakhs||Rs. 11.15 lakhs|
|1.0 Turbo Petrol (7-speed DCT)||Rs. 12.89 lakhs||Not Available|
|1.5 Diesel WGT (6-speed MT)||Rs. 11.99 lakhs||Rs. 11.47 lakhs|
|1.5 Diesel VGT (6-speed AT)||Rs. 12.89 lakhs||Not Available|
So, this was our detailed specification-based comparison of the top-spec GTX+ and SX (O) trims of the new 2020 Kia Sonet vs Hyundai Venue BS6. In the end, let me ask you guys, between these two South Korean sub-compact SUVs, which one will be your pick? Tell us in the comments below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.
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