Are you confused between Kia Sonet GTX+ and Kia Seltos HTK+? Here's a small spec comparison to help you decide between the two
The Korean automaker Kia has recently introduced its all-new sub-4-SUV named as Sonet in the Indian market. The car is offered with a lot of segment-first features. But, these features are offered with the top-spec models of the car, which makes the all-new Kia SUV a bit expensive. Recently, the automaker has revealed the prices of GTX+ AT and DCT trims of Sonet. The prices of top-spec models of the all-new Sonet got closer to the price of Kia Seltos. The all-new Kia Sonet is great in all the aspects, but the cabin space is not one of them. If you are willing to buy a budgeted SUV under Rs 16 lakh, which one of these SUVs you should consider? So, here’s a little spec comparison between the Kia Sonet GTX+ and Kia Seltos HTK+.
Kia Sonet is one of the best-looking cars in its segment. In terms of design, the production-spec Kia Sonet looks a lot like the concept model showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. It employs a ‘Tiger Nose’ grille upfront, silver-coloured faux skid plate, and a sporty looking bumper. Illumination duties are done by LED headlamps with integrated Heartbeat LED DRLs. The side profile of the SUV gets blacked-out pillars, all black plastic cladding, sloping roofline, rear-sloping C-pillar, and bold creases. The rear profile of the SUV will feature wrap-around LED taillights adjoined by red coloured reflector strip, a sporty looking rear bumper and faux dual-exhaust muffler.
On the other hand, Kia Seltos is the most-good looking SUVs in its segment. It is one of the main reasons for its success in the Indian market. Upfront, the connected LED DRLs on the top of the grille enhances the overall premium quotient of the SUV. The GT Line trim of the Seltos is the best-looking variant. In terms of dimensions, the Kia Seltos is bigger than the Sonet. The width and height of both cars are almost the same. But, Kia Seltos overcomes Sonet in terms of length, wheelbase and boot space. Despite being smaller in length, the all-new Kia Sonet offers good width and height.
Interior & Features
The all-new Kia Sonet is a sub-4-meter SUV, so you can’t expect a plush cabin at this price point. Inside, the SUV does not feature soft-touch materials on the dashboard or leather-wrapped elbow rests. But, the dashboard layout of the Sonet is quite good and practical. It also gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the latest connectivity features. Talking about the features, it sports drive/traction modes, ventilated seats, automatic climate control, sound mood lighting, six airbags, TPMS, BOSE sound system and much more.
On the other hand, Kia Seltos gets a spacious as well as a premium cabin. The top-spec trims of the SUV feature leather-wrapped dashboard. The HTK+ trim features plastic finish, but it looks plush. Nevertheless, the HTK+ is a lower trim, so it misses out features like automatic climate control, adjustable rear headrests, LED headlamps, sound mood lighting, an electric sunroof and so on. One can get an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility, cruise control, keyless entry, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear sunblinds, height-adjustable seatbelts and much more.
Engine & Performance
Both the SUVs are offered with a wide range of engine options. As we are comparing the top-spec GTX+ trim of Sonet and HTK+ variant of Seltos. The fair comparison between both the SUVs is the 1.5-litre diesel MT/AT.
The diesel engine offered with Sonet comes in two states of tune- 100 PS MT (WGT) and 115 PS AT (VGT). Talking about the diesel motor of Seltos, it produces 15 PS more power and 10 Nm more torque. Kia Sonet is expected to return higher fuel efficiency as it is lighter.
Kia Sonet is one of the most feature-loaded cars in its segment but is Rs 1-1.5 lakh pricier than its rivals. The size and cabin space it offers is not justifiable at this price. On the other hand, Kia Seltos is bigger and offers better ride quality and space. One can seriously look forward to the Seltos HTK+, which is not that much loaded with features, but offer a segment above space and comfort.