Here's how Kia Sonet fares against the upcoming Nissan Magnite. Read here to know about their exterior, interior, engines, and gearboxes.
Kia Sonet is the second highest-selling car in its segment. It is also the newest entrant in the sub-4m compact-SUV space. However, Nissan Magnite is all set to make its market debut soon. But how different are these two SUVs from each other? Let’s find out. Starting from the exterior, both Sonet and Magnite feature sharp design elements. While the Sonet comes with Kia’s signature Tiger-Nose grille, the Magnite comes with Datsun-inspired octagonal grille. The headlamps on both of these cars are sleek LED units, but the Magnite gets the sharply-designed of the two.
On the sides, the Magnite does the job with a proportionate silhouette, which draws inspiration from Nissan Kicks. The Seltos, on the other hand, looks a little boxy and tall-boyish. However, both the SUVs come with 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. Also, the roof rails are available on both Sonet and Magnite, but the latter features the functional ones. Talking of the interior, the Magnite gets an all-black theme for the cabin, while the Sonet gets a black-beige dual-tone treatment.
In terms of features, these cars are generously loaded. But, it is the Magnite that misses out on an electric sunroof. However, it makes up for this via its all-digital instrument cluster and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Moreover, the Magnite also comes with a 360-degree parking camera. The Sonet’s highlight is its 10.25-inch infotainment unit and Bose sound system. Interestingly, it also comes with ventilated front seats.
In terms of engine options, the Sonet takes the lead here. It comes with three engine options on offer – 1.2L petrol, 1.0L turbo-petrol, and 1.5L diesel. The Magnite, on the other hand, will be offered with two engine options – 1.0L petrol and 1.0L turbo-petrol. Comparing the turbo-petrol motors of the two, the Sonet’s unit puts out 120 PS and 172 Nm, while the Magnite's turbo-petrol motor can develop 100 PS and 160 Nm. The transmission options for the Sonet include a 5-speed MT, 6-speed MT, 6-speed AT, 6-speed iMT, and 7-speed DCT. In contrast, the Magnite will offer the option of a 5-speed MT and a CVT.