Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300
Top Compact SUVs In-Depth Analysis - Facts & Figures Detail Comparison to Help You Choose the Best SUV?
If you want more interior and cargo space than a hatchback or sedan, compact SUVs can be a great choice. The sub 4m compact SUV segment (under Rs 13 lakhs) is becoming one of the most loved segments amongst the consumers in India. Every car manufacturer wants a piece of this and lately, we have seen many new entrants competing in this segment. As of now, the compact SUV segment is dominated by Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Ford Ecosport and the Mahindra XUV 300. Kia revealed the Baby Seltos, Kia Sonet compact SUV recently and have commenced the pre-bookings for the Sonet . It will be launched in September 2020. Toyota has also revealed the Toyota Urban Cruiser based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and has commenced with the pre-bookings from Aug 22,2020. Nissan has also taken the covers off the Magnite with expected launch in Jan,2021.
Let’s compare all the hard facts and figures and have a look at how these sub 4m compact SUVs lock their horns against each other.
1. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - The one with best looks
None of these SUVs look boring and outdated. Even Ford EcoSport, the oldest compact SUV of the lot which has a slightly conservative design looks sporty and rugged with a spare wheel mounted on the rear end. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Mahindra XUV300 have the conventional muscular SUV looks with boxy design elements blending with angular cues. Tata Motors has recently launched the Nexon with a new facelift. As compared to the previous model, it looks sleek and has a curvy design with sloping roofline. The Hyundai Venue has chunky love-it-or-hate-it looks with thin headlights sitting atop a large grille.
But perhaps the most striking-looking SUV is the new Kia Sonet with aggressive front design with signature tiger nose grille, sharp lines and a sportier look, although the rear end isn’t as good looking as the front. The upcoming new Nissan Magnite also looks futuristic and modern based on its concept avatar
2. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - Which one is the roomiest
|SUV Dimensions||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)||Ground Clearance (mm)|
|Mahindra XUV 300||3995||1821||1627||2600||180|
When comparing the compact SUV dimensions, the Ford Ecosport is the longest by 3998mm and the tallest by 1647mm amongst the lot. The Mahindra XUV 300 leads the pack when it comes to width (1821mm) and wheelbase (2600mm) thus offering a very roomy and spacious cabin. Nexon, on the other hand, has the highest ground clearance of 209mm. The Hyundai Venue is the narrowest and the shortest and it also has the lowest ground clearance. But the length and the wheelbase is similar to that of the Vitara Brezza. On the other hand, the Vitara Brezza has the largest space which is then followed by the Nexon and the XUV 300. The Kia Sonet has a similar length of 3995mm and width of 1790mm like the Vitara Brezza, whereas its wheelbase (2500mm) is similar with the Hyundai Venue, hence it will offer larger space and a roomier cabin.The Magnite will be sharing the same underpinnings with the upcoming Renault Kiger and it won’t be as spacious as the other competitors like the Venue- a self-driven compact SUV with the focus towards the front seats.
So, If you’re often making use of the back seats and carry 3 passengers in the rear, Tata Nexon or the Mahindra XUV300 would be a better pick for your family. But incase you are 6 feet or taller, the New Kia Sonet, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza or Ford EcoSport would be more comfortable.
3. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - The fastest and most powerful one
Petrol Compact SUV Specification Comparison
|1.2L Turbocharged Revotron||118bhp||170Nm||94bhp/tonne|
|1.2 Turbo||109 bhp||200Nm||84bhp/tonne|
5-speed MT/6-speed iMT/7-speed DSG AT
1.2L Kappa/1.0L Kappa Turbo
5-speed MT/4-speed AT
5-speed MT/6-speed AT
|1.5L Ti-VCT||121bhp||149 Nm||97bhp/tonne|
5-speed-MT/6-speed iMT/7-speed DSG AT
When it comes to performance figures, the Ford Ecosport comes with the most powerful petrol engine of the lot, whereas the XUV 300 has the highest torque. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the only car in the competition to be offered with a mild-hybrid SHVS system, making it the most economical when it comes to average. Both the Hyundai Venue and the Kia Sonet come with the option of two petrol units to choose from and this helps to cater the needs of both economical and powerful engine options. In addition to this, the Venue and Sonet also offer many gearbox options to choose from. The Nissan Magnite will be sharing the mechanicals with the Renault Kiger and it is expected to come with an option of a 1.0 litre, naturally aspirated and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol mill.
Ford Ecosport would be our pick as most performance oriented Compact Petrol SUV with a power-to-weight ratio of 97bhp/tonne. Power-to-weight ratio is the most important parameter to compare one vehicle's performance with another, a higher ratio indicating a faster vehicle acceleration. Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet with the same 1.0 L turbo petrol engine option with a power-to-weight ratio of over 100bhp/tonne considering the low kerb weight are also recommended as a performance oriented Compact Petrol SUV
Diesel Compact SUV Specification Comparison
6-speed MT/6-speed AMT
|1.5L Turbocharged Revotorq||108bhp||260Nm||83bhp/tonne|
6-speed MT/6-speed AMT
|Hyundai Venue||6-speed MT||1.5 Litre||99bhp||240Nm||80bhp/tonne|
|Ford Ecosport||5-speed MT||1.5L DV5||99bhp||215 Nm||77bhp/tonne|
|KIA Sonet||6-speed MT/6-speed AT||
1.5 CRDI /1.5 CRDI VGT
Maruti Suzuki discontinued the diesel powertrain for the Vitara Brezza after the BS6 emission norms came into place. All of the cars in the competition are powered with similar engine displacement.
Leading the pack as the most powerful Diesel Compact SUV to buy is the Mahindra XUV 300 with a power output of 115 bhp, 300 NM of torque and power-to-weight ratio of 84 bhp/tonne. Right behind the XUV300 in terms of performance is the Tata Nexon Diesel with a power-to-weight ratio of 83 bhp/tonne. Both the Nexon and the XUV 300 come with an option of a 6-speed manual and AMT gearbox.
Power output from the Hyundai Venue and the Ford Ecosport is almost similar and both of the cars only come mated to a manual transmission with the Ecosport getting a five-speed unit. The Sonet will be offered with a similar engine but in two states of tune, the WGT version will produce 97 bhp of power and 240 Nm of torque and it will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the VGT version will produce 112 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque and it will be coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
4. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - The one focused on driving pleasure
Although the Ford Ecosport is among the oldest compact SUV in the comparison, it is still the best handling compact SUV with tight body control followed by Hyundai Venue with one of the best steering response among Hyundai cars in India and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
5. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - The pocket friendly one to drive
Athough we are switching from small hatchbacks to compact SUV, we still want to get the best fuel economy from our cars considering the fuel prices.
For comparing the SUV fuel economy, we use the official ARAI mileage figures. But they are not always representative of real world mileage which depends on factors like traffic condition, driving style and number of passengers
Compact SUV Fuel Economy (ARAI Mileage)
- Tata Nexon - Petrol-Manual: 17 kmpl | Petrol-AMT 17 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 22.4 kmpl | Diesel-Automatic: 22.4 kmpl
- Hyundai Venue - Petrol-Manual: 18.27 kmpl | Petrol-Automatic 18.15 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 23.4 kmpl
- Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza - Petrol-Manual: 17.03 kmpl | Petrol-Automatic 18.76 kmpl
- Ford Ecosport - Petrol-Manual: 15.9 kmpl | Petrol-Automatic: 14.7 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 21.7 kmpl
- Mahindra XUV 300 - Petrol-Manual: 17 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 20 kmpl | Diesel-Automatic: 20 kmpl
- KIA Sonet - Petrol-Manual: 18.4 kmpl | Petrol-DSG 18.3 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 24.1 kmpl | Diesel-Automatic: 19.0 kmpl*
Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet would be our pick for the most fuel efficient Petrol Compact SUV with manual transmission while Maruti Suzuki Brezza AT comes as the most fuel efficient Petrol Automatic SUV with mild-hybrid system. Similar to Petrol-Manual SUV result, Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet are the most efficient Diesel Petrol Compact SUV with manual transmission. But the most fuel efficient Diesel Automatic Compact SUV would be Tata Nexon followed by Mahindra XUV30
6. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - The safest one for your family
When it comes to safety, we have two contenders who have scored 5-star rating at the Global NCAP tests - Mahindra XUV 300 and the Tata Nexon.
On the other hand, both the Ford Ecosport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza have scored 4 stars at the Euro NCAP crash tests. All of the SUV come with standard front dual airbags and ABS with EBD. In addition to this, the top variants of the Hyundai Venue and the Ford Ecosport come loaded with 6 airbags. But leading the pack is the Mahindra XUV 300 with 7-airbags in the top-spec models. Kia will be offering the Sonet with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, VSM, Brake Assist, hill-start assist and traction controls. We are expecting the Nissan Magnite to be offered with features such as 4 airbags and electronic stability control over and above the mandatory safety features.
7. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - The feature rich connected one
All of the cars come loaded with a touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But the screen sizes do differ, Kia will be offering the largest 10.25 HD unit. the Venue and the Ecosport get 8-inch units whereas the Vitara Brezza, XUV 300 and the Nexon come with 7-inch units. Other than the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza all other models that include the Nexon, Venue, Sonet and the Ecosport are being offered with a sunroof on the top-spec variants. Over and above similar creature comfort features, the Hyundai Venue comes loaded with wireless charger, Hyundai’s BlueLink Car Connected technology and an air purifier. On the other hand, Kia will be offering the Sonet with UVO connectivity, ventilated front seats, wireless charging with cooling function, air purifier and LED sound mood lighting. The XUV 300 gets dual-zone climate control system, multiple steering modes and heated IRVM’s. Both the Kia Sonet and the Tata Nexon get different driving modes but the Sonet will be offered with additional traction control modes as well.
Kia Sonet, The "Social Network" connected compact SUV has overall the most comfort and technology features along with its sibling, Hyundai Venue. So, If you want to impress your tech-savvy friends, Kia Sonet or Hyundai Venue would be a better pick.
8. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - The most value for money one
In terms of the entry-level variants, both the Tata Nexon and the Hyundai Venue undercuts all the other rivals in the competition. But when it comes to the top-spec variants, the Vitara Brezza is cheaper and it is also the only car on sale which misses out on a diesel powertrain. Both the Mahindra XUV 300 and the Ford EcoSport come with a higher price tag, but they also come loaded with powerful engine options and best in segment safety and creature comfort features.
Compact SUV Price Range
- Tata Nexon (Petrol & Diesel) - Rs 6.95 - Rs 12.70 lakh
- Hyundai Venue (Petrol & Diesel) - Rs 6.70 - Rs 11.50 lakh
- Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza (Petrol) - Rs 7.34 - Rs 11.40 lakh
- Ford Ecosport (Petrol & Diesel)- Rs 8.04 - Rs 11.58 lakh
- Mahindra XUV 300 (Petrol & Diesel) - Rs 8.30 - Rs 12.69 lakh
- KIA Sonet (Petrol & Diesel) - Rs 8 - Rs 12 lakh (expected)
*Price: (Ex-Showroom, India)
With loads of creature comfort features, modern technology and multiple engines and transmission options, the Sonet is expected to be launched between Rs 8 lakh - Rs 12 lakh price range. On the other hand, it is expected that Nissan is going to price the Magnite in a very aggressive price range for its entry-level model starting from Rs 5.5 lakh (Ex-Showroom).
Based on the prices of compact SUV and features offered, Tata Nexon and Hyundai Venue would be our pick for value for money compact SUV in 2020
9. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 - The recommended one
The competition in the sub 4m Compact SUV under Rs 13 lakhs is tight and every manufacturer in this competition is fighting hard. Hyundai offers the Venue at an attractive price with the best in the class connected technology, a long list of modern features and multiple engine-transmission option making it best suited for city use with occasisonal road trips. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Petrol has one of the most budget-friendly top-spec variant along with low service cost and the only SUV to get a mild hybrid system offering good mileage. Both the Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV 300 are the safest and spacious SUV in the competition making them best for small family and come with powerful diesel engines. Whereas the Ford Ecosport is the rugged looking SUV with a powerful petrol engine and is fun to drive.
The New Kia Sonet is loaded with technlogy and is a very desirable SUV. The pre-bookings has commenced with expected launched in September 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, Renault and Nissan will be launching the Kiger and Magnite compact SUV respectiively based on the Triber platform somewhere around Oct, 2020 and January 2021 at prices undercutting all the other compact SUVs.
The badge engineered New Toyota Urban Cruiser to be launched in Sept,2020 will be very similar to Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza except minor front end design upgrade and longer warranty period.
Compact SUV Comparison Verdict - Pros and Cons
- Tata Nexon: Pros - 5 Star Safety Rating, Space, Pricing Cons: AMT Gearbox, Refinement
- Hyundai Venue: Pros - Features, Pricing, DCT Gearbox, Turbo Petrol Engine Cons: Space, Love it or Hate it Looks
- Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Pros - Space, Auto Mileage, Service Cost Cons: Features, No Diesel Option, Build Quality
- Ford Ecosport : Pros - Performance, Handling Cons: Interior Quality, Fuel Economy, Price
- Mahindra XUV 300 : Pros - 5 Star Safety Rating, Ride Quality, Space Cons: Price, Interior Quality, AMT Gearbox
- KIA Sonet : Pros - Looks, Features, DCT Gearbox, Turbo Petrol Engine Cons: Long Waiting Period, No Dealer Discount
10. Upcoming New Compact SUVs in 2020-2021 include
- Toyota Urban Cruiser - Expected Launch in September 2020 - Pre-Bookings Open at Rs 11,000
- Kia Sonet- Expected Launch in September 2020 - Pre-Bookings Open at Rs 25,000
- Renault Kiger - Expected Launch in October 2020 - Pre-Bookings Coming Soon at Rs 21,000
- Nissan Magnite- Expected Launch in January 2021
So, you can see that all these compact SUV are competent and the best recommended one to buy depends on your need and usage
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