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Kia Sonet vs Ford EcoSport: Which Sub-4m SUV To Buy?

Modified On Nov 25, 2020 10:19 AM By Saransh for Kia Sonet

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How does the oldest sub-4m SUV fare against the latest entrant? Let’s find out

Kia entered the sub-4m SUV with the launch of the Sonet in September 2020. And with the launch, the Kia SUV has been an instant hit becoming the best-seller in its class. However, with the high demand, the waiting periods on the sub-4m SUV have also gone up to 3 months. So, if you are willing to buy a sub-4m and not willing to wait for the Sonet, can the EcoSport be a worthy alternative? Let’s find out. 

Before diving into the detailed comparison let’s take a look at dimensions:

 

Kia Sonet

Ford EcoSport

Length

3995m

3998mm

Width

1790mm

1765mm

Height

1642mm

1647mm

Wheelbase

2500mm

2519mm

  • The EcoSport is slightly longer and taller than the Sonet. It also has a longer wheelbase.

  • When it comes to width, the Sonet has an edge over the EcoSport. 

Engines:

Petrol:

 

Kia Sonet

Ford EcoSport

Engine

1.2-litre

1.0-litre turbo

1.5-litre

Power

83PS

120PS

122PS

Torque

115Nm

172Nm

149Nm

Transmission

5-speed MT

6iMT*/7DCT

5MT/6AT

*clutchless manual

  • The Kia Sonet offers two petrol engine options while the EcoSport only has one.

  • The EcoSport’s 1.5-litre engine is the most powerful engine here but its the Sonet’s 1.0-litre turbo unit that makes the most torque.

  • The Sonet’s 1.2-litre is the least powerful and also makes the least torque.

  • Both the SUVs here are offered with automatic transmission options. Where the Sonet gets a 7-speed dual-clutch, the EcoSport is offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic. 

  • The Sonet also offers a clutchless iMT with its turbocharged 1.0-litre unit whereas the low-spec unit is only present with a manual.

Diesel:

 

 

Kia Sonet

Ford EcoSport

Engine

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Power

100PS/115PS

100PS

Torque

240Nm/250Nm

215Nm

Transmission

6MT/6AT

5MT

  • Both the SUVs are offered with a 1.5-litre diesel engine producing identical 100PS. But when it comes to torque, the Sonet takes the lead.
  • The Sonet also gets a more powerful version of the 1.5-litre engine but it is offered with the 6-speed automatic only. It makes 15PS and 10Nm more than the standard 1.5-litre engine.
  • While the EcoSport gets a 5-speed manual transmission, the Sonet comes with a 6-speed manual unit. The Sonet is the only SUV here to come with an automatic transmission with the diesel engine. 

Price Comparison: 

Kia Sonet

Ford EcoSport

Petrol

Petrol

1.2 HTE Rs 6.71 lakh

 

1.2 HTK Rs 7.59 lakh

 

1.2 HTK+ Rs 8.45 lakh

Ambiente Rs 8.19 lakh

1.0T HTK+ 6iMT Rs 9.49 lakh

Trend Rs 8.99 lakh

1.0T HTX 6iMT Rs 9.99 lakh

Titanium Rs 9.78 lakh

 

Thunder Rs 10.68 lakh

 

Titanium+ Rs 10.68 lakh

1.0T HTX+ 6iMT Rs 11.65 lakh

S Rs 11.23 lakh

1.0T GTX+ 6iMT Rs 11.99 lakh

 

Automatic

Automatic

1.0T HTK+ 7DCT Rs 10.49 lakh

Titanium AT Rs 10.68 lakh

 

Titanium+ AT Rs 11.58 lakh

1.0T GTX+ 7DCT Rs 12.89 lakh

 
   

Diesel

Diesel

HTE Rs 8.05 lakh

 

HTK Rs 8.99 lakh

Ambiente Rs 8.69 lakh

HTK+ Rs 9.49 lakh

Trend Rs 9.49 lakh

HTX Rs 9.99 lakh

Titanium Rs 9.99 lakh

HTX+ Rs 11.65 lakh

Titanium+ Rs 11.18 lakh

 

Thunder Rs 11.18 lakh

GTX+ Rs 11.99 lakh

S 11.73 lakh

Petrol: 

Kia Sonet 1.2 HTK+ vs Ford EcoSport Ambiente

Kia Sonet 1.2 HTK+

Rs 8.45 lakh

Ford EcoSport Ambiente

Rs 8.19 lakh

Difference

Rs 26,000 (Sonet more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet 1.2 HTK+

Ford EcoSport Ambiente

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

No

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Fog lamps

Projector

No

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

DRLs

No

No

Wheels

215/60 R16 steel wheels

195/65 R15 steel wheels

Rear washer and wiper

No

No

Defogger

Yes

No

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

No

AC

Auto AC

manual

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

No

Rear armrest

No

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

No

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

No

Connected car tech

No

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

No

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The Sonet is our pick here. It offers a lot more features over the EcoSport and the premium it attracts for these features is justified in our opinion. 

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTK+ 6iMT vs Ford EcoSport Trend

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTK+ 6iMT

Rs 9.49 lakh

Ford EcoSport Trend

Rs 8.99 lakh

Difference

Rs 50,000 (Sonet is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTK+ 6iMT

Ford EcoSport Trend

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

No

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Fog lamps

Projector

No

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

DRLs

No

No

Wheels

215/60 R16 steel wheels

205/60 R16 steel wheels

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

No

Rear armrest

No

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

No

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

Yes

Connected car tech

No

Yes 

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The EcoSport is our pick here simply because it offers a better value for money package. That said, the Sonet has its own advantage in form of the clutchless manual gearbox. However, you’ll have to test it out to see if it fits your needs better. 

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTX 6iMT vs Ford EcoSport Titanium

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTX 6iMT

Rs 9.99 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium

Rs 9.78 lakh

Difference

Rs 21,000 (Sonet is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTX 6iMT

Ford EcoSport Titanium

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

Projector

Yes

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

Projector

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

215/60 R16 steel wheels

205/60 R16 steel wheels

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Interior

   

Push-button start

Yes

Yes

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

Yes with storage

Rear armrest

Yes

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

No

Connected car tech

No

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

No

Cruise control

Yes

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The Sonet continues to be our pick. It offers more features than the EcoSport including auto LED headlamps, ISOFIX child seat anchors and electric sunroof and the premium it attracts for these features is justified.

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTX+ 6iMT vs Ford EcoSport S

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTX+ 6iMT

Rs 11.65 lakh

Ford EcoSport S

Rs 11.23 lakh

Difference

Rs 42,000 (Sonet is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTX+ 6iMT

Ford EcoSport S

Airbags

2

6

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

Yes

Yes

Electronic stability control

No

Yes

Traction control

No

Yes

Hill launch assist

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Auto-dimming

Auto-dimming

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

HID

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch alloys

16-inch alloys

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

Rain sensing wipers

No

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Interior

   

Push-button start

Yes

Yes

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Ventilated front seats

Yes

No

Air purifier

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

Yes with storage

Rear armrest

Yes

Yes

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Ambient lighting

Yes

No

Infotainment

10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Connected car tech with voice commands

Yes

Yes

Premium sound system

Bose music system

No

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Cruise control

Yes

Yes

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The Ecosport is our pick here since it offers better safety features than the Sonet. The Sonet does get some additional features like a larger touchscreen and Bose music system but they can be missed out on in favour of the extra safety that the EcoSport has to offer. It is to be noted that the EcoSport also more affordable than the Sonet by Rs 42,000.

Automatic:

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTK+ 7DCT vs Ford EcoSport Titanium AT

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTK+ 7DCT

Rs 10.49 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium AT

Rs 10.68 lakh

Difference

Rs 19,000 (EcoSport is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTK+ 7DCT

Ford EcoSport Titanium AT

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

No

Electronic stability control

Yes

Yes

Traction control

Yes

Yes

Hill launch assist

Yes

Yes

Multiple driving modes 

Yes

No

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Projector

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

DRLs

No

Yes

Wheels

215/60 R16 steel wheels

205/60 R16 alloys

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

Yes with storage

Rear armrest

No

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

No

Push-button start

No

Yes

Paddle shifters

No

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

No

Connected car tech

No

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

Yes

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The Sonet is our pick here. The EcoSport does get some additional features over the Sonet in the form of adjustable rear headrests, cruise control and projector headlamps but the premium it attracts for these features is not justified in our opinion. Moreover, the Sonet’s DCT is a more sophisticated transmission compared to EcoSport’s torque converter. 

Diesel:

Kia Sonet HTK vs Ford EcoSport Ambiente

\

Kia Sonet 1.2 HTK

Rs 8.99 lakh

Ford EcoSport Ambiente

Rs 8.69 lakh

Difference

Rs 30,000 (Sonet more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet 1.2 HTK

Ford EcoSport Ambiente

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

No

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Fog lamps

No

No

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

Auto headlamps

No

No

DRLs

No

No

Wheels

215/60 R16 steel wheels

195/65 R15 steel wheels

Rear washer and wiper

No

No

Defogger

No

No

ORVM

Electrically adjustable

Electrically adjustable

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

No

AC

manual

manual

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

No

Rear armrest

No

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

No

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

No

No

Connected car tech

No

Yes

Parking camera

No

No

Steering mounted controls

Yes

No

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The EcoSport is our pick here. The Sonet does get some additional features over the EcoSport but the premium it attracts for these features isn’t justified. 

Kia Sonet HTK+ vs Ford EcoSport Trend

Kia Sonet 1.0T HTK+

Rs 9.49 lakh

Ford EcoSport Trend

Rs 9.49 lakh

Difference

Nil

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet HTK+ 

Ford EcoSport Trend

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

No

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Fog lamps

Projector

No

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

DRLs

No

No

Wheels

215/60 R16 steel wheels

205/60 R16 steel wheels

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

No

Rear armrest

No

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

No

Connected car tech

No

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The Sonet is our pick here. At an identical price, the Sonet offers slightly more features than the EcoSport.

Kia Sonet HTX vs Ford EcoSport Titanium

Kia Sonet HTX

Rs 9.99 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium

Rs 9.99 lakh

Difference

Nil

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet HTX 

Ford EcoSport Titanium

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

Projector

Yes

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

Projector

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

215/60 R16 steel wheels

205/60 R16 steel wheels

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Interior

   

Push-button start

Yes

Yes

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

Yes with storage

Rear armrest

Yes

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

No

Connected car tech

No

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

No

Cruise control

Yes

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The Sonet continues to be our pick. It offers more features than the EcoSport including auto LED headlamps, ISOFIX child seat anchors and electric sunroof despite being identically priced. 

Kia Sonet HTX+ vs Ford EcoSport Titanium+

Kia Sonet HTX+ 

Rs 11.65 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium+

Rs 11.18 lakh

Difference

Rs 47,000 (Sonet is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet HTX+ 

Ford EcoSport Titanium+

Airbags

2

6

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

Yes

No

Electronic stability control

No

Yes

Traction control

No

Yes

Hill launch assist

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Auto-dimming

Auto-dimming

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

No

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

Projector

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch alloys

16-inch alloys

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

Rain sensing wipers

No

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Interior

   

Push-button start

Yes

Yes

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Ventilated front seats

Yes

No

Air purifier

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

Yes with storage

Rear armrest

Yes

Yes

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Ambient lighting

Yes

No

Infotainment

10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

No

Connected car tech with voice commands

Yes

Yes

Premium sound system

Bose music system

No

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Cruise control

Yes

No

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Verdict: The Ecosport is our pick here since it offers better safety features than the Sonet. The Sonet does get some additional features like a larger touchscreen, Bose music system, LED headlamps and connected car tech but they can be skipped in favour of the extra airbags the EcoSport has to offer. It is to be noted that the EcoSport is also more affordable than the Sonet by Rs 47,000.

Kia Sonet GTX+ vs Ford EcoSport S

Kia Sonet GTX+ 

Rs 11.99 lakh

Ford EcoSport S

Rs 11.73 lakh

Difference

Rs 26,000 (Sonet is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Kia Sonet GTX+

Ford EcoSport S

Airbags

6

6

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

Front parking sensors

Yes

No

ISOFIX child seat anchors

Yes

Yes

Electronic stability control

Yes

Yes

Traction control

Yes

Yes

Hill launch assist

Yes

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Auto-dimming

Auto-dimming

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

HID

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch alloys

16-inch alloys

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

Rain sensing wipers

No

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Interior

   

Push-button start

Yes

Yes

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Ventilated front seats

Yes

No

Air purifier

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes with storage

Yes with storage

Rear armrest

Yes

Yes

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Ambient lighting

Yes

No

Infotainment

10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Connected car tech with voice commands

Yes

Yes

Premium sound system

Bose music system

No

Parking camera

Yes with driver rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Cruise control

Yes

Yes

Power windows

Yes 

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt and telescopic

Wireless mobile charger

Yes

No

Verdict: The Sonet is our pick here. It offers a lot more features over the EcoSport and the premium it attracts for these features is justified in our opinion. 

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