Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 Comparison – Price, Features, Interior

Mahindra XUV300 is the most feature rich car in its segment offering some of the features which are not available even in one segment above features but soon it will be challenged by a highly feature rich competitive offering in the form of Kia’s Sonet. Here is a detailed comparison of Mahindra XUV300 Kia Sonet on the basis on interior, exterior, features, safety, specs.

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 Exterior

Kia Sonet

  • Upfront, Sonet features tiger nose front grille with hyper metallic surrounds. The headlamp unit looks super stylish and is all LED while incorporating sleek and sharp LED daytime running lamps.
  • Coming a little down, it gets air intakes, uniquely designed faux skid plates and projector fog lamps.
  • The wheels are of 16 inch and these are diamond cut alloys. Black cladding runs across the sides and wheel arch cladding along with sleek roof rails accentuates the SUV looks.
  • You cannot just take off your eyes from the rear profile of the compact SUV. The tail lamps are LEDs with elegant heartbeat effect and are connected as well albeit it has still got crossover stance.
Kia Sonet Concept front
New Kia Logo and sleek connected tail lamps of Sonet with heartbeat effect

Mahindra XUV300

  • XUV300 gets Projector headlamps with stylish elongated LED DRLs and the headlamp unit integrates with the chrome studded front grille.
  • Chrome lines even runs at the lower bumper and skid plates are also present.
  • At the sides, the major highlight is big size 17-inch alloy wheels. Sharp cuts and creases runs across the sides and are quite prominent from rear door handle to the tail lamps.
  • Roof rails and shark Finn antenna are also present.
  • Coming to the rear, there is huge rear bumper with reflectors one either side as well as faux skid plates. The tail lamps are LED as well.
Mahindra XUV300 Top Model

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 Interior

Kia Sonet

  • Sonet borrows number of elements inside the cabin from Kia Seltos.It gets flat bottomed steering wheel and Seltos like instrument cluster
  • Also it features 10.25” infotainment system and below it are controls for the air conditioning with AC vents with silver surrounds on the either sides
  • While the XUV300 features dual tone black and beige interior, Sonet will be available with dual tone as well as single tone environment theme for the cabin depending upon the engine option you choose.
Kia Sorento 2021 Interior Sketches

Mahindra XUV300

  • XUV300 offers the best cabin experience with most premium interiors in its segment with top notch material quality.
  • The SUV gets dual tone black and beige upholstery and aluminium finishes can be seen on the steering controls as well as power window switches.
  • There is a waterfall design at the centre of the dashboard with 7-inch infotainment system placed above with A/C vents surrounding it.
  • Since it has got the lowest boot carrying capacity, Mahindra has provided multiple storage spaces inside the cabin.
Mahindra XUV300 Top Model Interior

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 Features

Kia SonetMahindra XUV300
Tail LightsLEDLED
Seat UpholsteryLeatherLeather
Connected Car TechnologyYes
Infotainment System10.25″7”
Instrument ClusterAnalogAnalog
Sound SystemBose Sound System (8 Speakers)6 Speakers
Air Conditioning Automatic2-zone automatic
Rear AC VentsYesNo
Ventilated SeatsYes
Wireless ChargingYes
Electric SunroofYesYes
Air Purifier Yes
Cruise ControlYesYes
Heated ORVMsYes
Wheel Size16-inch17-inch

In terms of features, both these SUVs comes with certain class leading unique equipment. While the XUV300 offers dual zone ac, 17 inch alloys, heated ORVMs on the other hand, the upcoming Kia sub compact SUV comes bundled with front ventilated seats, Bose sound system and largest in segment 10.25” infotainment setup with all the modern connectivity options.

Kia Sonet gets best in segment 10.25″ infotainment system

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 Safety

Kia SonetMahindra XUV300
ABS with EBDYesYes
BrakesDisc / DrumDisc / Disc
Park AssistReverse Parking CameraReverse Parking Camera
Rain Sensing WipersYesYes
Auto HeadlampsYesYes
Electrochromic IRVMYesYes
Fog LampsYesYes
Rear DefoggerYesYes
Hill Start AssistYesYes

In terms of safety features, surely the XUV300 beats the Kia Sonet with more number of airbags, front parking sensors as well as disc brakes for all four wheels. 7 airbags is a segment best feature with neither of the above class SUVs offering it as well.

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 Platform

Kia Sonet will be built up on the same platform which underpins the Hyundai Venue, the Advanced K1 Platform and the latter managed to score 4 stars in the Australian NCAP as well while the made in India XUV300 which shares X100 platform grabbed perfect 5 stars rating with scores better than Tata Nexon and highest among any Indian car tested before.

Kia Sonet gets elegant LED tail lamps, 16-inch alloys

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 Engine Options


Kia SonetMahindra XUV300
Engine1.2 MPI Petrol1.0 Turbo GDI Petrol1.2 L Turbo Petrol
Capacity1197 cc998 cc1197 cc
Power82 BHP118 BHP110 BHP
Torque115 NM172 NM200 NM
Transmission5 Speed MT6 Speed MT / 7 Speed DCT6 Speed MT
Fuel Efficiency 16.7 kmpl17.5 kmpl17 kmpl
  • Kia Sonet is available with two petrol engines while XUV300 gets a single turbo unit.
  • Kia Sonet has an advantage here with the availability of automatic gearbox which the XUV300 is bound to get soon.
  • While talking about the numbers, XUV300 has great power and torque figures.
  • Mileage figures of all these three engines are quite close to each other as well.


Kia SonetMahindra XUV300
Engine1.5 U2 CRDi Diesel1.5 L Turbo Diesel
DrivetrainFront wheel driveFront wheel drive
Capacity1493 cc1497 cc
Power99 BHP115 BHP
Torque240 NM300 NM
Transmission6 Speed MT / 6 Speed AT6 Speed MT / 6 Speed AMT
Fuel Efficiency 22.5 – 22.7 kmpl20 kmpl
  • Both, Sonet and XUV 300 comes with 1.5 litre Diesel engine but with varying power and torque outputs.
  • Power and torque of XUV300 turbocharged Diesel engine is much better than that of Kia Sonet.
  • While Kia Sonet slightly less output figures have resulted in 2-3 kmpl better mileage than the Indian compact SUV.
  • Both the SUVs comes with 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic (Torque converter for Sonet and Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for XUV300)

Kia Sonet vs Mahindra XUV300 Price

Kia SonetMahindra XUV300
Base Petrol (1.2 L) Model7 Lakh8.3 Lakh
Top Petrol (1.2 L) Model7.7 Lakh12 Lakh
Base Petrol Model (1.0 L)8.65 Lakh
Base Petrol DCT Model (1.0 L)9.9 Lakh
Top Petrol Model (1.0 L)11.25 Lakh
Top Petrol DCT Model (1.0 L)11.65 Lakh
Base Diesel (1.5 L) Model8.4 Lakh8.69 Lakh
Top Diesel (1.5 L) Model12 Lakh12.69 Lakh
*All Prices, Ex Showroom

Kia Sonet is expected to be launched in India at a introductory price tag of Rs. 7 Lakhs with the top ranging 1.5 litre diesel automatic trim costing around Rs. 12 Lakhs while the XUV300 falls between the price category of Rs. 8.3 Lakhs to Rs. 12.69 Lakhs (All Prices, Ex Showroom).

Why to buy Kia Sonet over Mahindra XUV300?

  1. Price – It is terms of pricing, where Kia Sonet seems to be better value for money offering as all it variants and engine options undercuts that of the one year old SUV. If you want a feature rich car with a long feature list, Kia Sonet is one you must wait for.
  2. Petrol Automatic – Kia Sonet comes with 7 speed DCT gearbox for its turbocharged petrol engine which the XUV300 misses out on as the latter has an AMT transmission option only for its 1.5 diesel engine.

Why to buy Mahindra XUV300 over Kia Sonet?

  1. Powerful Engines – Both the petrol as well as diesel powertrains of XUV300 are really powerful and delivers class leading output figures as well and outnumbers the power and torque churned by the South Korean sub four metre compact SUV.
  2. Wide Service Network – Kia Motors is a new entrant to the Indian market while the domestic automakers, Mahindra have been since a long time in the country and has got a much more wide spread service network thank the former.

In the aspect of features, both these SUVs are highly feature rich and are neck to neck. If you want features like 7 airbags, dual zone air conditioning, all 4 disc brakes and other you should buy XUV300 but if want equipments like cooled front seats, 10.25” massive touchscreen setup, Bose audio in your car, then Kia Sonet is the best choice at this price point.

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