Venue vs Sonet Comparison | Which Compact SUV is Better ?

Kia has launched all new compact SUV in August 2020 to rival already settled compact SUVs of different brands like Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, XUV300, Vitara Brezza and the one from its S.Korean cousin, Hyundai Venue. Venue was launched in May 2019.As both compact SUVs are based on same platform, let us clear your all confusions about, which one is better, in this comparison of Venue vs Sonet.


Before starting the comparison, we would like to apprise you about a fact that Kia and Hyundai are South Korean cousin companies with Hyundai having 33.88% stakes in Kia as of now. In addition to that, Kia and Hyundai also share same range of engines and transmissions. So, factually comparison is just for clearing the doubts over their designs and features they both offer in this Venue vs Sonet comparison. We will be comparing their 1.0L TGDi Petrol engines with iMT variants.


1 As both companies offer same engine and transmission range, there is nothing much to compare other than slight changes in their performances because of different dimensions and weight. Unsurprisingly both produces same torque and power of 172 Nm & 118 Bhp respectively. Although, there is a slight difference in their mileages. To be exact, Kia Sonet gives a mileage of 18.2 Kmpl while Hyundai Venue gives a mileage of 17.8 kmpl. (Both numbers for 1L Petrol Engine wit iMT)

2 Second important factor to compare is their dimension. In this, favoritism together with your requirement plays a major role. Coming straight to the point, Kia Sonet is better build for rough patches and rough roads. You can go for bit of off-roading in Kia Sonet but Hyundai Venue, slightly lags in here with smaller dimensions. Both are compact SUVs, so both have the length less than 4 m but Kia Sonet offers you more ground clearance, width and overall height. Clearly, Kia Sonet takes a lead in build quality.

Kia SonetParticulars Hyundai Venue
3995 mmLength3995 mm
1790 mmWidth1770 mm
1610 mmHeight1605 mm
2500 mmWheelbase2500 mm
205 mmGround Clearance195 mm
392 LBoot Space 350 L
45 LFuel Tank Capacity45 L

3 Coming to cabin comfort, handling and convenience, Hyundai Venue offers softer set-up of its suspension, perfect for small pot-holes on the urban roads, where as when rough roads are considered again Sonet takes the lead. We observed a lighter steering set-up in Venue and comparatively stiffer steering set-up in Kia Sonet. If you want relaxed driving within the city, you will love to drive Hyundai Venue with easier handling and inside cabin comfort. Further, Venue offers slightly better cabin space than Sonet.

4 In the case of features, as Kia Sonet is a new launch, it is loaded with features. Hyundai Venue sports an old looking touchscreen of 8 inch, where as Venue’s equivalent variant of Kia Sonet sports a better touchscreen of 8 inch in-built in a common cluster of black piano finish, which also sports an MID. Although, both screens offer features like Driver Rear view monitor, android auto/apple car play, WiFi, Bluetooth, voice recognition, UVO and Blue-link connectivity respectively.

5 In addition to above 4 factors, After sales and service plays an important role. In this, Hyundai would not allow Kia to take the lead, as far as the current scenario is considered because Kia is a year old brand in India and has limited dealerships and service stations. Customers of Kia face this inconvenience quite often, usually in Tier II & Tier III cities of India.


Verdict of Venue vs Sonet :

We hope, we have been able to clear your all doubts in this Venue vs Sonet comparison. But if we talk about our opinion, we are inclined towards Kia Sonet, although it is costlier than Venue but in terms of build quality and the company’s thoughts about India, makes us inclined towards Sonet.

Kia had expressed it rightly, ” Sonet is made in India for the world” . Kia’s Global Head of Designs has taken care of all the factors in Sonet that represents India, be it Tiger nose shaped grill, Elephant tusks chrome knurls or Chand Baori step-well inspired multi-segmented 3D inserts. To check out our detailed article on Kia Sonet, visit the link below;

Also Read : KIA Sonet, MADE IN INDIA | Specs, Price & Images


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