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Tata Nexon Facelift vs Kia Sonet – How much is Nexon Facelift better than the Sonet?

Tata Nexon Facelift rivals the Kia Sonet!

In just few weeks, Tata Motors is going to launch the Nexon Facelift with some big changes as it prepares to take on its rivals, and possibly dominate its rivals in sales. So, we thought, why don’t we compare the Nexon Facelift against one of its rivals, Kia Sonet, to see just how much similarity these two SUVs share with each other!

Tata Nexon Facelift vs Kia Sonet – Exterior

The facelifted Nexon features a closed grille with a black element at the center to separate the two DRLs. The design is clearly Curvv-inspired. The facelift Nexon gets sleeker and thinner L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). These lights might be reshaped to have a slimmer and more refined appearance. Below the DRLs, there are vertically positioned split LED headlamps. These headlamp units are positioned vertically, and the bumpers have been redesigned, with small rectangular elements that make the Nexon resemble the Curvv SUV.

The side profile remains largely unchanged, except for sleeker ORVMs (Outside Rear-View Mirrors) inspired by the Harrier and Safari. The wheels have also been slightly redesigned, featuring 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear of the Nexon Facelift features V-shape LED taillamps that are connected by a LED light bar for a distinctive design. It gets sequential indicators, C-shaped protrusions, and the reflectors have been positioned towards the edges for a wider SUV appearance.

The Sonet has the blacked-out tiger grille with cube like fog lamps at the bottom sides and dual-tone treatment for the front bumpers and creases on the bonnet for that aggressive sporty look. The headlamp has an LED DRLs in it which is also used for the indicators as well. The side of the Sonet looks great with the 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles, black non-functional roof rails, chrome line at the bottom frame of windows, and thin wheel arches. The rear has LED taillamps which are joined by the reflector strip to make it look like one unit, small roof spoiler, and shark fin antenna.

Tata Nexon Facelift vs Kia Sonet – Interiors

The Nexon Facelift features a 10.25-inch infotainment system over the thinner and sharper AC vents, and the dashboard comes with dual-tone theme option. The Facelift features a new two-spoke steering wheel with new digital instrument cluster which is the same as the one in current Harrier and Safari, and a single-pane sunroof on top. The two-spoke steering wheel has a rectangular display which illuminates the Tata logo, which is the same as the Curvv SUV. Below the AC vents, there are no physical buttons to control the HVAC, but rather a new touch-sensitive control system for a clean design. There is a huge center console with steptronic gear lever, wireless charging pad in front of the lever, storage place behind the rotary dial drive modes, cup holders, and armrest. Moving to the rear, the seats are split in 60:40 ratio, and this SUV comes equipped with 8-speaker Harman sound system.

The Kia Sonet dashboard has the same layout as the Seltos as it has 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system placed above the AC vents and the AC vents at the sides are vertically positioned. The Sonet does not have dual-tone dashboard option unfortunately. It has multi-function three-spoke steering wheel with digital instrument cluster, the pedals finished in metallic silver, and has a single-pane sunroof. It has two USB ports at the front and two at the rear, and it has buttons for the ventilated seats for the driver and the passenger seats. At the rear, the seats have 60:40 split with recline option as well. The Sonet also has ambient lighting with 64 colors on offer and it has 7-speaker Bose sound system.

So, the exterior and the interior, Tata Motors nailed the designing and styling of the SUV, and now when you look at the Nexon facelift, it looks sportier and premium from the outside while looking spacious and premium from inside.

Tata Nexon Facelift vs Kia Sonet – Dimensions

Tata Nexon FaceliftKia Sonet
Ground Clearance209mm205mm
Boot Space350 L392 L
Fuel Tank Capacity44 L45 L

While we don’t have the official dimensions for the Nexon Facelift, but as we look at the spy shots, it looks the Nexon Facelift will undergo slight increase in length, height, and wheelbase. The length will be the same as the Sonet, i.e, 3995mm, and wheelbase will be the same which is 2500mm. The Nexon Facelift has a width of 1811mm, height of 1610mm, and ground clearance of 209mm where as the Sonet’s width is 1790mm which is 21mm narrow, height of 1642mm that is 32mm taller, and ground clearance of 205mm that is 4mm lower. The Nexon Facelift features boot space of 350 L which is smaller by 42 litres over the Sonet’s 392 L boot. The Nexon Facelift has a 44 L fuel tank but the Sonet got a 45 L fuel tank which is 1 litre bigger than Nexon.

Tata Nexon Facelift vs Kia Sonet – Powertrains

Tata Nexon FaceliftKia Sonet
Engines1.2 L 4-Cylinder Turbo Petrol1.0 L 3-Cylinder Turbo Petrol
Power118.35 BHP / 125 BHP118.36 BHP
Torque170 NM / 225 NM172 NM
Transmission Type5 and 6-speed MT, 6-speed AMT, 7-speed DCT6-speed iMT, 7-speed DCT

When it comes to Engine Options, the Tata Nexon Facelift and Kia Sonet comes with turbo petrol powertrain that has two different power and torque output and gearbox option. The 1.2 L 4-Cylinder turbo petrol engine that puts out 118.35 BHP and 170 NM of torque for the lower to mid variants mated to 5-speed Manual and 6-speed Automatic Gearbox, and the higher variants with the same engine will see bump in power and torque output, which is 125 BHP and 225 NM of torque paired to 6-speed Manual, and 7-speed DCT (or DCA as Tata Motors calls it) Gearbox.

The Kia Sonet on the other hand comes with 1.0 L 3-Cylinder Turbo Petrol Engine producing 118.36 BHP and 172 NM of torque paired to 6-speed iMT, and 7-speed DCT Gearbox.

Tata Nexon FaceliftKia Sonet
Engine1.2 L 4-Cylinder NA petrol
Power81.86 BHP
Torque115 NM
Transmission Options5-speed MT
Fuel Efficiency18.4 kmpl

Other than the Turbo Petrol engine, the Sonet is powered by the 1.2 L 4-Cylinder NA petrol engine that puts out 81.86 BHP and 115 NM of torque. It drives the front wheels via a 5-speed Manual Gearbox only with a fuel efficiency of 18.4 kmpl. It has no Automatic Gearbox and no diesel engine on offer. Tata Nexon has no non-turbo petrol or diesel engine on offer.

Tata Nexon FaceliftKia Sonet
Engine1.5 L 4-Cylinder Turbo Diesel
Power113.42 BHP
Torque260 NM
Transmission Type6-speed MT, 6-speed AMT
Fuel Efficiency24.05 kmpl

Other than the turbo petrol engine, the Nexon Facelift will continue to sport the turbo diesel powertrain. The 1.5 L 4-Cylinder Turbo Diesel engine produces 113.42 BHP and 260 NM of torque paired to a 6-speed Manual and 6-speed Automatic Gearbox with a fuel efficiency of 24.05 kmpl.

Tata Nexon FaceliftKia Sonet
Engine1.5 L 4-Cylinder Diesel
Power113.48 BHP
Torque250 NM
Transmission Type6-speed iMT, 6-speed AT
Fuel Efficiency19 kmpl

The Sonet has an additional engine and that is the diesel engine. The 1.5 L 4-Cylinder Diesel engine puts out 113.48 BHP and 250 NM of torque and that has a 6-speed Manual Gearbox only with a fuel efficiency of 19 kmpI.

Tata Nexon Facelift vs Kia Sonet – Features

FeaturesTata Nexon FaceliftKia Sonet
HeadlampsLED ProjectorLED
Wheel Size & Type16-inch alloy wheels16-inch alloy wheels
Auto Power WindowYesYes
Seat upholsteryLeatherLeather
Leather-wrapped steering wheelYesYes
Ambient LightYes
Rear AC ventsYesYes
Ventilated SeatsYesYes
Instrument ClusterDigitalDigital
Infotainment System10.25-inch10.25-inch
Android Auto, Apple CarPlayWirelessWireless
Voice ControlYesYes
Air PurifierYesYes
Sound System8-speaker JBL sound system7-speaker Bose Premium Sound System
Cooled GloveboxYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
Auto-dimming IRVMYesYes
Paddle ShiftersYes
Drive ModesYesYes
Powered Seats

In features, the Sonet misses out on cooled glovebox, 8-speaker sound system, powered seats, and ventilated seats while the Nexon facelift misses out on paddle shifters. This makes the Tata Nexon Facelift a much preferred choice over the Kia Sonet.

Safety FeaturesTata Nexon FaceliftKia Sonet
AirbagsSix airbagsSix airbags
ABS with EBDYesYes
Camera360-Degree Camera Reverse-Parking Camera
Parking SensorsFront and RearFront and Rear
Rain-Sensing WipersYes
Auto HeadlampsYesYes
Cruise ControlYesYes
Traction ControlYesYes
Hill AssistYesYes
All 4 Disc BrakesFront DiscFront Disc
ISOFIX anchoragesYesYes

In Safety, Kia Sonet misses out on Rain-Sensing Wipers, All 4 Disc Brakes, and 360-Degree Camera.

Tata Nexon Facelift vs Kia Sonet – Price and Warranty

ModelPrice (ex-showroom)
Tata Nexon FaceliftExpected Rs. 8.20 L
Kia SonetRs. 7.79 lakh – Rs. 14.89 lakh

The Kia Sonet starts at Rs. 7.79 lakh for the entry-level ‘1.2 HTE’ variant and goes up to Rs. 14.89 lakh for the ‘X-Line Automatic’ Diesel variant which is a top variant,  where as the Nexon Facelift is expected to be priced from Rs. 8.20 Lakh, and it is expected to have new variants name as like the Smart, Smart+, Smart+ (S), Pure, Pure+, Pure+ (S), Creative, Creative+, Creative+ (S), Fearless, Fearless+, and Fearless+ (S).

As for the warranty, Tata Motors offers 3 years/1,00,000 km warranty period for Nexon and can be extended for additional 3 year/1,25,000 km and Kia is offering 3 years/1,00,000 km warranty period for the Sonet and can be extended up to 5 years/1,00,000 km.

Tata Nexon Facelift vs Kia Sonet – Verdict

In the end, the decision to buy which SUV depends totally on you, however, it is recommended to wait for the launch of Nexon Facelift as its going to come with big changes, new features, powertrains, and matches the dimensions of the Sonet. The Sonet is a really good SUV as well and has almost the same features but the facelift is going to be feature-loaded than the Sonet. The facelift for the Sonet is also in the works. So, if I was you, I would wait it out, and buy the Nexon Facelift over the Sonet, or if you don’t wanna wait, you can go ahead and buy the Sonet. So, what’re you going to do?

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