Kia Sonet vs Tata Nexon detailed comparison, price, Safety, Features

Which compact SUV is better: Kia Sonet or Tata Nexon? We tried comparing their prices, dimensions, engine specs, mileage and performance to help you decide which suits you the best.


A very popular car segment in India – subcompact SUV is getting massive number of sales with the varied options available and ease of access and lower price compared to bigger suv’s in the country – now gets a new contender in the form of the new Kia Sonet. How well does it compete with it’s rival Tata Nexon lets have a look.

Price :

Talking about the price Kia Sonet starts from ₹ 6.71 lakhs and the Tata Nexon starts from ₹ 6.99 lakhs ex-showroom which is 28,000 costlier than the Sonet for the base model of the cars.

Variant wise price list of Tata Nexon:

Tata Nexon Petrol Manual

1. Nexon XE 6.95 lakh
2. Nexon XM R 7.70 lakh
3. Nexon XZ 8.70 lakh
4. Nexon XZ+ 9.50 lakh
5. Nexon XZ+ Dual Tone 9.70 lakh
6. Nexon XZ+ (S) 10.10 lakh
7. Nexon XZ+ (S) Dual Tone 10.30 lakh
8. Nexon XZ+ (O) 10.40 lakh
9. Nexon XZ+ (O) Dual Tone 10.60 lakh

Tata Nexon Petrol Automatic

1. Nexon XMA 8.30 lakh
2. Nexon XZA+ 10.10 lakh
3. Nexon XZA+ Dual Tone 10.30 lakh
4. Nexon XZA+ (S) 10.70 lakh
5. Nexon XZA+ (S) Dual Tone 10.90 lakh
6. Nexon XZA+ (0) 11.00 lakh
7. Nexon XZA+ (O) Dual Tone 11.20 lakh

Tata Nexon Diesel Manual

1. Nexon XE 38.45 lakh
2. Nexon XM 79.20 lakh
3. Nexon XZ 10.20 lakh
4. Nexon XZ+ 11.00 lakh
5. Nexon XZ+ Dual Tone 11.20 lakh
6. Nexon XZ+ (S) 11.60 lakh
7. Nexon XZ+ (S) Dual Tone 11.80 lakh
8. Nexon XZ+ (O) 11.90 lakh
9. Nexon XZ+ (0) Dual Tone 12.10 lakh

Tata Nexon Diesel Automatic

1. Nexon XMA 9.80 lakh
2. Nexon XZA+ 11.60 lakh
3. Nexon XZA+ Dual Tone 11.80 lakh
4. Nexon XZA+ (S) 12.20 lakh
5. Nexon XZA+ (S) Dual Tone 12.40 lakh
6. Nexon XZA+ (0) 12.50 lakh
7. Nexon XZA+ (0) Dual Tone 12.70 lakh

See the Variant wise price list of Kia Sonet here Kia Sonet Launched at a base price of ₹ 6.71 lakhs


First looking into Kia Sonet’s dimensions the length, width, height is 3995mm, 1790mm, 1642mm whilst the Tata Nexon is 3994mm, 1811mm and 1607mm.

• The Sonet is 1mm longer than Nexon
• Nexon is 21mm wider than Sonet
• Seltos is 35mm taller than the Sonet

The wheelbase of Sonet is 2500mm and 2498mm that of Nexon which is 2mm lesser than Sonet.

Fuel capacity :
Sonet – 45l
Nexon – 44l

Boot Space :
Sonet – 392l
Nexon – 350l

Engine :

The Kia Sonet has 1 Diesel Engine and 2 Petrol Engine on offer. The Diesel engine is 1493 cc while the Petrol engine is 1197 cc and 998 cc. Kia Sonet is currently available in Petrol and Diesel engines. The 998 cc Petrol engine generates a power of 118.35bhp and a torque of 172nm. The 1493 cc Diesel engine generates a power of 98.63bhp and a torque of 240nm. Kia Sonet is available in both 5/6-speed Manual & 6/7-speed Automatic transmission. The claimed mileage of Sonet is 24.1 kmpl.

The Tata Nexon 2020 is available in 2 engine options with 2 transmission choices (6-speed manual and AMT) and a total of 6 trims: XE, XM, XZ, XZ+, XZ+ (S), and XZ+ (O).

•1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron Petrol engine, which delivers 118bhp and 170nm of torque. ARAI approved mileage is 17.4 kmpl.

•1.5-litre turbocharged Revotorq Diesel engine which produces 108bhp and 260nm of torque.
The claimed mileage ranges between 22kmpl.

Safety :

•In terms of the safety, the Sonet has a lot to offer that include six airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and BA (brake assist), Front and rear parking sensors, Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS, Auto headlamps, and an ISOFIX child-seat anchoring point.

•The Tata Nexon was awarded a full 5 start by the Global NCAP in crash test and occupant safety.
Here is the full list of the safety features on the 2020 Tata Nexon:
Fortified cabin, Dual-front airbags as standard, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic Traction Control, Roll-over mitigation, Emergency brake assist, Hill Hold Control, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX anchorage, Height-adjustable seatbelts, Reverse parking assist, Connected car safety.

Overall both the car manufacturers have done a great job in all ways possible talking about design, Safety features, Performance etc. Hope this detailed comparison was helpful to choose your dream car 🙂

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