Compare KIA Sonet vs Maruti Baleno - Looks, Specs,Engine
Comparison : KIA Sonet vs Maruti Baleno 1.2
KIA has just launched its Sonet in India and of course the entry level pricing is very aggressive. With a starting price of Rs 6.7 lakh the Sonet finds itself also competing with the premium hatchbacks on offer like the Maruti Baleno. The Baleno is the best selling premium hatchback so a buyer thinking about that car might also think about the KIA Sonet with the 1.2l petrol, so let us take a look.
KIA SONET VS BALENO COMPARISON - DESIGN, LOOKS
The Baleno is a hatchback and the Sonet is a compact SUV but look closer and the dimensions are quite similar in many ways. The Baleno and Sonet have the same length while the Sonet is higher and wider plus has more ground clearance. Both are attractive cars nevertheless with the Baleno having a large hatchback look with flowing headlamps are DRls. It is good looking for a hatchback but the KIA Sonet has the more presence with more aggressive looks and it actually has the stance of a much bigger car. The Sonet has a huge Tiger Nose grille with bigger alloys and certainly looks more attractive.
KIA SONET VS BALENO - INTERIORS AND SPACE COMPARISON
The Sonet gives you dual tone interiors but also lower spec trims have an all black cabin. The Baleno only gets an all black cabin. Both are well designed cars with modern looking details. The Sonet looks sportier with the steering wheel and the larger centre console along with the futuristic instruments. The Baleno has a cool centre console and even dials but elsewhere the design is a bit bland. Both have good quality levels but KIA feels a step up.
In terms of features both offer you a touchscreen, smartphone connectivity and more. In the Sonet a lot of the features are there in the HTK+ and the HTX plus same in the Baleno that all of the talked of the features are there on the top-spec trims. That said the KIA offers you more with a fancier audio system, drive modes, rear ac vents, UVO connected tech and more. Where the Baleno scores though is the rear seat since the Baleno has a longer wheelbase and gets a more spacious rear seat. It offers more headroom and legroom plus three can fit better than in the Sonet.
KIA SONET VS BALENO - ENGINE COMPARISON
The KIA Sonet offers you two petrol engines and one diesel while the Baleno has two petrol engines. However we are talking about the Sonet 1.2 and it makes 83 bhp. The Baleno has 84 bhp while the Dualjet with the smart-hybrid tech makes 90 bhp. The Sonet with the 1.2 only offers you a manual while the Baleno 1.2 offers you a CVT automatic. For an automatic Sonet you need to spend more and get the 1.0 turbo petrol with 120 bhp. The Sonet 1.2 delivers 18.4 kmpl while the Baleno gives 21 kmpl for the standard 1.2l petrol while the top-end smart-hybrid gives 23.8 kmpl.
KIA SONET VS BALENO COMPARISON VERDICT - WHICH ONE IS A BETTER BUY?
The Sonet starts at Rs 6.7 lakh but the one you want to buy is the HTK Plus at Rs 8.4 lakh. Then you can get the 1.0 turbo petrol at Rs 9.4 lakh onwards. The Baleno starts at Rs 5.7 lakh and goes till Rs 9 lakh. The verdict is clear that the Sonet looks better, has more features but you also need to spend more plus the 1.0 turbo is the better engine and that means you are spending more.
The Baleno is more value, more spacious and more efficient if lacking the features, look or the quality of the Sonet but as said earlier it is the value choice. Decide depending on your budget.
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