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Nissan Magnite vs Kia Sonet: Which SUV Sub-4m Should I Buy?

Nissan Magnite vs Kia Sonet

Nissan launched the Magnite SUV with a starting price of Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It takes models like Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Maruti Vitara Brezza, and Tata Nexon. So, let’s see Nissan Magnite vs Kia Sonet and find out which one offers better value at comparable prices.

Nissan Magnite vs Kia Sonet: Dimensions

Nissan Magnite Kia Sonet
Length 3994mm 3995m
Width 1758mm 1790mm
Height 1572mm 1642mm
Wheelbase 2500mm 2500mm
Boot Space 336L 392L

Sonet is longer, wider, and longer than Magnite. However, the wheelbase is identical on both SUVs.

Nissan Magnite vs Kia Sonet: Engine

Since Magnite is an exclusive offering of petrol, we compare it to the Kia Sonet’s various petrol models.

Nissan Magnite Kia Sonet
Engine 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol
Power 72PS 100PS 83PS 120PS
Torque 96Nm 160Nm/152Nm 115Nm 172Nm
Transmission 5MT 5MT/CVT 5MT 6iMT/7DCT

Nissan Magnite vs Kia Sonet: Price comparison

Here we will only compare the similar price

Nissan Magnite Kia Sonet
1.0L XE Rs 4.99 lakh
1.0L XL Rs 5.99 lakh
1.0L XV Rs 6.68 lakh/ Rs 6.82 lakh (DT) 1.2 HTE Rs 6.71 lakh
1.0L Turbo XL Rs 6.99 lakh
1.0L XV Premium Rs 7.55 lakh/ Rs 7.69 lakh (DT) 1.2 HTK Rs 7.59 lakh
1.0L Turbo XV Rs 7.68 lakh/ Rs 7.82 lakh (DT)
1.0L Turbo XV Premium Rs 8.45 lakh/ Rs 8.59 (DT) 1.2 HTK+ Rs 8.45 lakh
1.0L Turbo XV Premium (O) Rs 8.55 lakh/ Rs 8.69 lakh (DT)
1.0T HTK+ 6iMT Rs 9.49 lakh
1.0T HTX 6iMT Rs 9.99 lakh
1.0T HTX+ 6iMT Rs 11.65 lakh
1.0T GTX+ 6iMT Rs 11.99 lakh
Automatic Automatic
1.0L Turbo XL CVT Rs 7.89 lakh
1.0L Turbo XV CVT Rs 8.58 lakh/ Rs 8.72 lakh (DT)
1.0L Turbo XV Premium CVT Rs 9.35 lakh/ Rs 9.49 (DT)
1.0L Turbo XV Premium (O) 9.45 lakh/ Rs 9.59 lakh (DT)
1.0T HTK+ 7DCT Rs 10.49 lakh
1.0T GTX+ 7DCT Rs 12.89 lakh

Nissan Magnite XV vs Kia Sonet 1.2L EL

Nissan Magnite XV Rs 6.68 lakh
Kia Sonet 1.2L HTE Rs 6.71 lakh
Difference Rs 3,000 (Sonet is more expensive)

Features

Safety  Nissan Magnite XV Kia Sonet 1.2 HTE
Airbags 2 2
ABS with EBD Yes Yes
Rear parking sensors Yes Yes
ISOFIX child seat anchors Yes No
Day/night IRVM Manual Manual
Fog lamps LED No
Central locking Yes with keyless entry Yes
Exterior
Headlamps Halogen Halogen
Auto headlamps No No
DRLs LED No
Wheels 195/60 R16 Alloys 195/65 R15 steel wheels with covers
Rear washer and wiper Yes No
Defogger Yes No
ORVM Electrically adjustable and foldable Electrically adjustable
Interior
Height-adjustable driver’s seat Yes No
AC Auto AC Manual AC
Rear AC vents No Yes
Adjustable headrest Front and rear Front
Front armrest No No
Rear armrest Yes No
60:40 split rear seats Yes No
Infotainment 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system No
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Yes (wireless) No
Parking camera Yes No
Digital driver’s display 7-inch No
Push-button start Yes No
Connected car tech No No
Steering-mounted controls Yes No
Sunroof No No
Cruise control No No
Power windows Yes Front
Adjustable steering Tilt Tilt

The verdict: Magnite is our natural choice here. It offers many more features than the Sonet despite being affordable. If you like, you can shell out another Rs 39,000 for Magnite’s Tech Pack, which adds features like an air purifier, wireless charging pad, and JBL premium audio system.

(RELATED: KIA SONET VS HYUNDAI VENUE: Which one to buy? )

Nissan Magnite Turbo XL vs Kia Sonet 1.2L LT

Nissan Magnite XL Turbo Rs 6.99 lakh
Kia Sonet 1.2L HTE Rs 6.71 lakh
Difference Rs 18,000 (Magnite is more expensive)

Features

Safety  Nissan Magnite Turbo XL Kia Sonet 1.2L HTE
Airbags 2 2
ABS with EBD Yes Yes
Rear parking sensors Yes Yes
ISOFIX child seat anchors Yes No
Day/night IRVM Manual Manual
Fog lamps No No
Central locking Yes Yes
Electronic stability program Yes No
Hill launch assist Yes No
Traction control Yes No
Exterior
Headlamps Halogen Halogen
Auto headlamps No No
DRLs No No
Wheels 195/60 R16 steel wheels with covers 195/65 R15 steel wheels with covers
Rear washer and wiper Yes No
Defogger Yes No
ORVM Electrically adjustable and foldable Electrically adjustable
Interior
Height-adjustable driver’s seat No No
AC Auto AC Manual
Rear AC vents No Yes
Adjustable headrest Front and rear Front
Front armrest No No
Rear armrest Yes No
60:40 split rear seats Yes No
Infotainment 2-din music system with Bluetooth 2-din music system with Bluetooth
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto No No
Parking camera No No
Connected car tech No No
Steering-mounted controls Yes Yes
Sunroof No No
Cruise control No No
Power windows Yes Front
Adjustable steering Tilt Tilt

The verdict: The Nissan Magnite gets a lot of safety features and a few extra amenities on the Sonet. The premium it attracts for these characteristics is justified in our opinion. So the new Nissan wins again.

(RELATED: Tata Nexon vs Kia Sonet: Price, specs, features)

Nissan Magnite Turbo XV Premium vs Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK +

Nissan Magnite Turbo XV Premium Rs 8.45 lakh
Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK+ Rs 8.45 lakh
Difference Nil

Features

Safety  Nissan Magnite Turbo XV Premium Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK+
Airbags 2 2
ABS with EBD Yes Yes
Rear parking sensors Yes Yes
ISOFIX child seat anchors Yes No
Day/night IRVM Manual Manual
Fog lamps LED Projector
Electronic stability control Yes No
Traction control Yes No
Hill launch assist Yes No
360-degree camera Yes No
Tyre pressure monitoring system Yes No
Central locking Yes with keyless entry Yes with keyless entry
Exterior
Headlamps LED Halogen
Auto headlamps No Yes
DRLs Yes No
Wheels 195/60 R16 Diamond cut alloys 215/60 R16 styled wheels
Rear washer and wiper Yes No
Defogger Yes Yes
ORVM Electrically adjustable and foldable Electrically adjustable and foldable
Interior
Height-adjustable driver’s seat Yes Yes
AC Auto Auto
Rear AC vents Yes Yes
Adjustable headrest Front and rear Front
Front armrest Yes No
Rear armrest Yes No
60:40 split rear seats Yes No
Infotainment 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Yes (wireless) Yes (wireless)
Parking camera Yes Yes with rear view monitor
Connected car tech No No
Steering-mounted controls Yes Yes
Driver’s display 7-inch No
Push-button start Yes No
Sunroof No No
Cruise control Yes No
Power windows Yes Yes
Adjustable steering Tilt Tilt

The Verdict: Magnite is outperforming the Sonet, and offers several other features at a similar price. For an additional 10,000 rupees, Magnite also offers connected car technology in the XV Premium (O) variant, which is way too high in our opinion.

We hope this Nissan Magnite vs Kia Sonet helps you make your decision easier.

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