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Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300: a battle royale of the compact SUVs

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300: a battle royale of the compact SUVs
  • The Indian passenger vehicle segment has seen rapid sales growth in recent times.
  • Kia Sonet has emerged as a big rival for its peer Mahindra XUV300 in the compact-SUV segment.
  • Mahindra recently launched a new variant of its XUV300 in petrol automatic transmission.
  • Here’s how Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 stack up against each other.
The Indian passenger vehicle segment has seen rapid sales growth in recent times — all thanks to coronavirus-led fear against shared mobility. However, automakers used the opportunity smartly, and Kia launched its all-new Sonet in the market — which has been gaining traction ever since its inception.

The launch of Kia Sonet emerged as a big rival for its peer Mahindra’s XUV300 in the compact-SUV segment. While both the cars made it to the top ten selling SUVs in India in 2020 — Sonet stood at seventh place, and Mahindra’s XUV300 stood at eighth.

Mahindra recently launched a new variant of its XUV300 in petrol automatic transmission.

Here’s how Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 stack up against each other:

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra’s XUV300: features

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra’s XUV300: features
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Kia Sonet is equipped with a host of features, including a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen with navigation and live traffic information, Bose premium seven-speaker sound system with subwoofer, remote engine start, over-the-air (OTA) map updates and wireless smartphone charger with cooling function.

The Mahindra XUV300 also comes with a decent set of features such as dual-zone climate control, automatic headlamps and wipers, steering modes, rear parking camera, front parking sensors, and a sunroof.

However, it does not offer connected car features and a wireless charger like Sonet.

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​Kia Sonet vs Mahindra's XUV300: price

​Kia Sonet vs Mahindra's XUV300: price
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The price of Kia's Sonet starts at ₹6.71 lakh and goes all the way up to ₹11.99 lakh.

Mahindra's XUV300 (ex-showroom) price starts at ₹7.95 Lakh and goes up to ₹12.3 Lakh.

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​Kia Sonet vs Mahindra's XUV300: specifications

​Kia Sonet vs Mahindra's XUV300: specifications
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The Sonet is available across 17 variants, including two petrol engines, two diesel engines (WGT and VGT configurations), five transmissions and two trim levels — Tech Line and GT-Line. The petrol variant will have a 1-litre GDI delivering power of 120 PS and another 1.2-litre G1 engine with a power of 83 PS. At the same time, the diesel option is powered by a 1.5 litre CRDi engine.

Mahindra offers the XUV300 in 13 variants — out of which, 5 are powered by petrol, and 8 are powered by diesel. Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O) AMT Diesel is the base version. And, Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O) AMT Diesel is the top-end version.

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​Kia Sonet vs Mahindra’s XUV300: safety features

​Kia Sonet vs Mahindra’s XUV300: safety features
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The Sonet comes with 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 Mahindra XUV 300 also bagged a 5 star NCAP safety rating. The car offers dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, corner braking control, all 4 disc brakes, ISOFIX, collapsible steering and side intrusion beam, driver and co-driver seat belt reminder, speed-sensing door lock, impact sensing door unlock, high mounted stop lamp and panic braking signal.

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