Kia’s entry into the compact SUV segment might have been a bit late in the Indian market, however, the Sonet made a grand debut by bagging over 50,000 bookings within just two months of its launch. The Korean SUV faces direct competition from products like Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue and the Ford Ecosport. One such product that falls within Sonet’s price bracket is the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. In today’s article on Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Kia Sonet, we will compare and discuss which can be your best bet between these two in the compact SUV segment. Let’s roll!

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 Note: All prices are on-road, Mumbai.


new Maruti Vitara Brezza side

The Kia Sonet is 3995mm in length, 1790mm in width and 1610mm in height. The Sonet has a wheelbase of 2500mm and a ground clearance of 205mm. Talking about the Vitara Brezza, it measures around 3995mm in length, 1790mm in width and 1640mm in terms of height. The Vitara Brezza has a wheelbase of 2500mm and a ground clearance of 198mm. Looking at the numbers, both the SUVs have negligible differences in terms of their dimensions. However, Kia Sonet scores a point with its ground clearance here. Also, the Vitara Brezza offers a 328-litre boot space, whereas Sonet offers a 392-litre boot space.

Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Kia Sonet specifications

The Kia Sonet is offered with three engines and five transmission options; a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission, a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a six-speed iMT unit & a seven-speed DCT unit and a 1.5-litre diesel engine with a six-speed manual and a six-speed torque-converter unit. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is capable of producing 81bhp and 115Nm of torque. The 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine produces 117bhp and 172Nm of torque. The diesel engine comes with two different tunings. The manual variant produces 97bhp & 240Nm of torque while the automatic variant produces 112bhp & 250Nm of torque. Sonet offers 15-inch wheels with lower variants and 16-inch wheels with higher variants.

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Coming to the Vitara Brezza, the car is powered by a 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine that produces 103bhp and 138Nm of torque. It is offered with a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic transmission(with Smart Hybrid technology). Brezza offers 16-inch wheels, with lower variants getting steel wheels and higher variants getting alloy wheels.


Maruti Vitara Brezza Interiors

The Kia Sonet in its top-spec trim comes loaded with telematics features like geo-fence, app connectivity, Over The Air (OTA) updates, Find my car, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In terms of safety, the Korean SUV has ABS with EBD, brake assist, ESP, six airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), ventilated front seats, reverse camera with guidance, Bose premium sound system, paddle shifters and electric sunroof, among others.

The Vitara Brezza offers two airbags, ABS with EBD, hill-hold control, reverse parking camera with sensors, a 12V power outlet, rain-sensing wipers, voice command and Android Auto, Apple CarPlay. However, the Vitara Brezza misses out on features like wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, sunroof and ventilated seats.

Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Kia Sonet pricing 

The Kia Sonet starts from Rs 7.89 lakh for its entry-level HTE variant and goes all the way up to Rs 15.90 lakh for the GT line variant. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, on the other hand, starts from Rs 8.73 lakh for the LXi trim and goes up to Rs 13.40 lakh for the ZXI Plus variant.

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Which one is for you?

Although both the vehicles are similar in dimensions, the Maruti Vitara Brezza offers better space for the occupants inside the cabin. The Vitara Brezza will definitely score a point when it comes to safety. With a four-star Global NCAP rating, the Brezza is indeed the safer car here. However, the Sonet feels much more premium when compared to the Vitara Brezza due to the upmarket interiors and availability of modern features. Moreover, the Sonet offers better boot space.

So, if you want a car that comes loaded with features and power-packed petrol engines, the Kia Sonet will be the best bet for you.  However, if you are looking for a tough-build shell, want comfortable second-row space and features are not a big concern, the Vitara Brezza can be your buy. Also, you will definitely get a better resale value for the Maruti in this market.

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