Which compact SUV should you buy? Read this comparison of Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300.
The launch of the Kia Sonet has made the bustling sub-4m SUV segment more crowded. The subcompact SUV space in the country is filled with a worthy list of competitors. All the vehicles carry their own charm and are hard to ignore. The addition of Sonet has further perplexed buyers for choices.
Let’s check out which one among the Sonet, Venue, Nexon and XUV300 appears a better product on paper.
Engine & Specifications
All the sub-4 metre SUVs in this spec comparison come with both engine options – petrol and diesel. While the Sonet and Venue get two engine options in petrol, the Nexon and XUV300 get a single option.
|Petrol Engines||Kia Sonet||Hyundai Venue||Tata Nexon||Mahindra XUV300|
|Capacity||1.0L turbo||1.2L||1.0L turbo||1.2L||1.2L turbo||1.2L turbo|
|Power||120 PS||83 PS||120 PS||83 PS||120 PS||110 PS|
|Transmission||6-speed MT / 6-speed iMT / 7-speed AT||5-speed MT||6-speed MT/ 6-speed iMT / 7-speed AT||5-speed MT||6-speed MT / 6-speed AMT||6-speed MT|
|Mileage||18.2 kmpl / 18.3 kmpl (AT)||18.4 kmpl||18.27 kmpl / 18.15 kmpl (AT)||17.52 kmpl||17.0 kmpl||17.0 kmpl|
While the turbo motors of all subcompact SUVs match each other in terms of power, the XUV300 falls slightly short of it. However, it covers up fast with the torquiest engine in the competition. Except for the XUV300, all the cars get an automatic transmission option. Mileage of the SUVs is also similar, with Sonet and Venue getting slightly better efficiency figures.
|Diesel Engines||Kia Sonet||Hyundai Venue||Tata Nexon||Mahindra XUV 300|
|Power||100 PS / 115 PS (AT)||100 PS||110 PS||117 PS|
|Torque||240Nm / 250Nm||240Nm||260Nm||300Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT / AT||6-speed MT||6-speed MT / 6-speed AMT||6-speed MT / 6-speed AMT|
|Mileage||24.1 kmpl / 19 kmpl (AT)||23.7 kmpl||21.5 kmpl||20 kmpl|
The four SUVs here come with a similar capacity diesel engine options. However, the XUV300 beats the competition here in terms of power and torque. It also gets an AMT with diesel. The only car to be left out of automatic option is, surprisingly, the Venue. The Sonet tops the chart of fuel economy followed by the Venue, Nexon and the XUV300.
Kia Sonet gets tiger-nose grille up front flanked by full-LED headlamps with integrated DRLs. Adding muscle to the Kia SUV are the sculpted bonnet, sweetly chrome-surrounded projector fog lamps and flared wheel arches. It is taller than the Venue by 37mm (15mm ground clearance + roof rails). The rear isn’t the smartest angle to look at. It gets connected LED tail lamps.CHECK OFFERS ON KIA SONET IN DELHI NCR
The Venue gets a clean layout which exudes premiumness thanks to its turn indicator position in place of the conventional headlamps. Fog lamp area now houses headlamps. The smart front fascia gets plus-shaped cascading grille. It gets projector headlamps. Right from the bulging wheel arches to 16-inch diamond-cut alloys and sophisticated tail lamp design, the Venue is an easy-on-eye SUV.CHECK OFFERS ON HYUNDAI VENUE IN DELHI NCR
The Nexon gets crossover kinda looks with shorter bonnet and muscular face. Unlike other cars which get a black roof, the Tata SUV gets a white roof along with a Nexon-trademark ceramic white line running across the waistline. The tail lamps get tri-arrow LED pattern and similar shape as its predecessor.CHECK OFFERS ON TATA NEXON IN DELHI NCR
Mahindra XUV 300 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli. The front gets an aggressive face which resembles the XUV 500 – especially the grille. It gets sharp LED DRLs which look smart. The side profile looks quite neat, however, it ends abruptly. The SUV sits lower than the competition here but gets a long wheelbase. The rear appears muscular but the tail lamp design isn’t smart enough.CHECK OFFERS ON MAHINDRA XUV300 IN DELHI NCR
Styling is a subjective affair. All four sub-4m SUVs here offer contemporary styling. Interestingly, none of the design resembles the other.
Have a look at the dimensions of each sub-4m SUV.
|Dimensions||Kia Sonet||Hyundai Venue||Tata Nexon||Mahindra XUV 300|
|Length||3995 mm||3995 mm||3993 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1790 mm||1770 mm||1811 mm||1821 mm|
|Height||1610 mm||1605 mm||1606 mm||1627 mm|
|Wheelbase||2500 mm||2500 mm||2498 mm||2600 mm|
Surprisingly, the Mahindra XUV 300 is the tallest, widest and has the largest wheelbase in the competition. The Sonet, on the other hand, gets the biggest boot space.
The Sonet gets a raised seating arrangement with a low window line, which imbibes airy feel inside the cabin. The upright stance of the SUV is evident inside as well with a slim dashboard. The use of leatherette elbow rest pads on side doors feel premium. Rear seating is good for two six-footers only.
Its sibling, Venue scores high on practicality just like the Sonet. Adding a premium touch to the cabin are leatherette stitches. The rear row is similar to the Sonet. While the headroom isn’t a problem, the knee room and shoulder room are concerning if you’re looking to seat 3 adults.
The Nexon gets a dual-tone theme and sporty flat-bottom steering of the Tata Altroz. The floating touchscreen infotainment on the ‘tough’ dash looks neat. The seating is comfortable with adequate amount of headroom, knee room, legroom and shoulder room.
Coming to the car with the longest wheelbase, the XUV300 comes with the spacious cabin in the competition. The premium looking cabin gets well-bolstered seats with firm cushioning. Although there is enough room to seat three passengers with ease in the rear, the low seating compromises the under-thigh support. The footwell of the driver is compromised too.
Among the key features, the Kia Sonet gets LED headlamps, projector fog lamps, LED tail lamps, air purifier, push-button start, ventilated seats, rear AC vents, Bose premium sound, voice commands, UVO connected car tech, sunroof, wireless charging and a 10.25inch touchscreen unit.
Hyundai Venue gets its share of creature comforts as well. It gets similar key features of the Sonet except for the ventilated seats. It comes with projector headlamps with LED DRLs, cruise control, electric sunroof and a smaller 8-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Nexon is loaded with convenience features such as auto AC with rear AC vents, cruise control, sunroof with tilt function, tyre pressure monitoring system, 8-speakers system by Harman, remote vehicle control, cooled glovebox and a 7-inch touchscreen unit.
The XUV 300 too gets sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, auto AC, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It does not get rear AC vents.
The Sonet and Venue get 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management, hill assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, ISOFIX child seat mounts and many more.
The USP of Nexon is its 5-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash tests. Besides a tough shell, the Tata SUV gets ABS with EBD, dual airbags, electronic stability program (ESP), rear parking sensors, etc.
The XUV300 gets seven airbags, front & rear parking sensors, corner braking control, rear disc brakes and more.
|Car Models||Price (ex-showroom)|
|Kia Sonet||Rs 6.71 – 12.99 lakh|
|Hyundai Venue||Rs 6.75 – 11.63 lakh|
|Tata Nexon||Rs 6.99 – 12.69 lakh|
|Mahindra XUV300||Rs 7.94 – 12.29 lakh|
In a nutshell, if you want to have a car with over the board features, the Sonet makes the cut with features like wireless charging, ventilated seats, etc. The Venue is suited for those who are looking for a practical elegant-looking car with the right amount of features, comfort and aftersales support. The buyers who want a spacious car which can accommodate three passengers comfortably and offers decent boot space and features, the Nexon should be your pick. The XUV300 is the most spacious of the lot but isn’t the most comfortable. Barring the Mahindra, you can put your money on any one of the SUVs to get a value for money vehicle.