Nissan Magnite vs Kia Sonet: Which Sub-4m SUV To Buy?

Modified On Jul 20, 2021 04:11 PM By Saransh for Nissan Magnite

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Can the latest Nissan dethrone the best selling sub-4m SUV? Let’s find out

Nissan has launched the Magnite SUV at a starting price of Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom India). It takes on the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser and Tata Nexon. So, let’s pit the Magnite against the best selling sub-4m SUV, the Sonet, and find out which of the two offers better value at similar prices.

Dimensions 

 

Nissan Magnite

Kia Sonet

Length

3994mm

3995m

Width

1758mm

1790mm

Height

1572mm

1642mm

Wheelbase

2500mm

2500mm

Boot Space

336L

392L

  • The Sonet is longer, wider and taller than the Magnite. The wheelbase, however, is identical in both the SUVs.

Engine 

Since the Magnite is a petrol-only offering, we’re comparing it to the petrol variants of the Kia Sonet.

 

Nissan Magnite

Kia Sonet

Engine

1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol

1.0-litre turbocharged petrol

1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol

1.0-litre turbocharged petrol

Power

72PS

100PS

83PS

120PS

Torque

96Nm

160Nm/152Nm

115Nm

172Nm

Transmission

5MT

5MT/CVT

5MT

6iMT/7DCT

Price Comparison

Here we will compare only the similarly priced (difference

Nissan Magnite

Kia Sonet

1.0L XE Rs 4.99 lakh

 

1.0L XL Rs 5.99 lakh

 

1.0L XV Rs 6.68 lakh/ Rs 6.82 lakh (DT)

1.2 HTE Rs 6.71 lakh

1.0L Turbo XL Rs 6.99 lakh

 

1.0L XV Premium Rs 7.55 lakh/ Rs 7.69 lakh (DT)

1.2 HTK Rs 7.59 lakh

1.0L Turbo XV Rs 7.68 lakh/ Rs 7.82 lakh (DT)

 

1.0L Turbo XV Premium Rs 8.45 lakh/ Rs 8.59 (DT)

1.2 HTK+ Rs 8.45 lakh

1.0L Turbo XV Premium (O) Rs 8.55 lakh/ Rs 8.69 lakh (DT)

 
 

1.0T HTK+ 6iMT Rs 9.49 lakh

 

1.0T HTX 6iMT Rs 9.99 lakh

 

1.0T HTX+ 6iMT Rs 11.65 lakh

 

1.0T GTX+ 6iMT Rs 11.99 lakh

Automatic

Automatic

1.0L Turbo XL CVT Rs 7.89 lakh

 

1.0L Turbo XV CVT Rs 8.58 lakh/ Rs 8.72 lakh (DT)

 

1.0L Turbo XV Premium CVT Rs 9.35 lakh/ Rs 9.49 (DT)

 

1.0L Turbo XV Premium (O) 9.45 lakh/ Rs 9.59 lakh (DT)

 
 

1.0T HTK+ 7DCT Rs 10.49 lakh

 

1.0T GTX+ 7DCT Rs 12.89 lakh

Nissan Magnite XV vs Kia Sonet 1.2L HTE

Nissan Magnite XV

Rs 6.68 lakh

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTE

Rs 6.71 lakh

Difference

Rs 3,000 (Sonet is more expensive)

Features 

Safety 

Nissan Magnite XV

Kia Sonet 1.2 HTE

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

LED

No 

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes 

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

Auto headlamps

No

No

DRLs

LED

No

Wheels

195/60 R16 Alloys

195/65 R15 steel wheels with covers

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

No

Defogger

Yes

No

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable 

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat    

Yes

No

AC

Auto AC

Manual AC

Rear AC vents

No

Yes

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front

Front armrest

No

No

Rear armrest

Yes

No

60:40 split rear seats

Yes

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

No

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (wireless)

No

Parking camera

Yes

No

Digital driver’s display

7-inch

No

Push-button start

Yes

No

Connected car tech

No

No

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

No

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Power windows

Yes

Front 

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

Verdict: The Magnite is our natural pick here. It offers a lot more features than the Sonet despite being more affordable. If you want, you can shell out another Rs 39,000 for the Tech Pack accessory package for the Magnite which adds features such as an air purifier, wireless charging pad, and a premium JBL sound system.

Nissan Magnite Turbo XL vs Kia Sonet 1.2L HTE

Nissan Magnite XL Turbo

Rs 6.99 lakh

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTE

Rs 6.71 lakh

Difference

Rs 18,000 (Magnite is more expensive)

Features

Safety 

Nissan Magnite Turbo XL

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTE

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

No

No

Central locking

Yes 

Yes 

Electronic stability program

Yes

No

Hill launch assist

Yes

No

Traction control

Yes

No

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

Auto headlamps

No

No

DRLs

No

No

Wheels

195/60 R16 steel wheels with covers

195/65 R15 steel wheels with covers

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

No

Defogger

Yes

No

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

No

No

AC

Auto AC

Manual

Rear AC vents

No

Yes

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front

Front armrest

No

No

Rear armrest

Yes

No

60:40 split rear seats

Yes

No

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

No

No

Parking camera

No

No

Connected car tech

No

No

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Power windows

Yes

Front 

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

Verdict: The Nissan Magnite gets a lot more safety features and a few extra comforts over the Sonet. The premium it attracts for these features is justified in our opinion. So, the new Nissan wins again. 

Nissan Magnite XV Premium vs Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK

Nissan Magnite XV Premium

Rs 7.55 lakh

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK

Rs 7.59 lakh

Difference

Rs 4,000 (Sonet is more expensive)

Features

Safety 

Nissan Magnite XV Premium

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK

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

LED

No

360-degree camera

Yes

No

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

No

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes with keyless entry

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

Halogen

Auto headlamps

No

No

DRLs

Yes

No

Wheels

195/60 R16 Diamond cut alloys

215/60 R16 styled wheels

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

No

Defogger

Yes

No

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Manual

Rear AC vents

Yes

Yes

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front

Front armrest

Yes

No

Rear armrest

Yes

No

60:40 split rear seats

Yes

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (wireless)

No

Parking camera

Yes

No

Connected car tech

No

No

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Digital driver’s display

7-inch 

No

Push-button start

Yes

No

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

Yes

No

Power windows

Yes

Yes 

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

Verdict: The Magnite is our choice here as well as it gets a lot more features than the Sonet despite being more affordable. You could even get a Tech Pack with the Magnite for Rs 39,000 which adds features such as an air purifier, wireless charging pad, and a premium JBL sound system.

Nissan Magnite Turbo XV vs Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK

Nissan Magnite Turbo XV

Rs 7.68 lakh

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK

Rs 7.59 lakh

Difference

Rs 9,000 (Magnite is more expensive)

Features

Safety 

Nissan Magnite Turbo XV 

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK

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

LED

No

Electronic stability control

Yes

No

Traction control

Yes

No

Hill launch assist

Yes

No

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes with keyless entry

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

Auto headlamps

No

No

DRLs

Yes

No

Wheels

195/60 R16 Diamond cut alloys

215/60 R16 styled wheels

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

No

Defogger

Yes

No

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto AC

Manual

Rear AC vents

No

Yes

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front

Front armrest

No

No

Rear armrest

Yes

No

60:40 split rear seats

Yes

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (wireless)

No

Parking camera

Yes

No

Connected car tech

No

No

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Digital driver’s display

7-inch 

No

Push-button start

Yes

No

Sunroof

No

No

Power windows

Yes

Yes 

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

 Verdict: The Magnite has an edge here as it gets a lot more features than the Sonet and the premium it attracts for that is fair.

Nissan Magnite Turbo XV Premium vs Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK+

Nissan Magnite Turbo XV Premium

Rs 8.45 lakh

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK+

Rs 8.45 lakh

Difference

Nil

Features

Safety 

Nissan Magnite Turbo XV Premium

Kia Sonet 1.2L HTK+

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

LED

Projector

Electronic stability control

Yes

No

Traction control

Yes

No

Hill launch assist

Yes

No

360-degree camera

Yes

No

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

No

Central locking

Yes with keyless entry

Yes with keyless entry

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

Halogen

Auto headlamps

No

Yes

DRLs

Yes

No

Wheels

195/60 R16 Diamond cut alloys

215/60 R16 styled wheels

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

No

Defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Electrically adjustable and foldable

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto

Auto

Rear AC vents

Yes

Yes

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front

Front armrest

Yes

No

Rear armrest

Yes

No

60:40 split rear seats

Yes

No

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (wireless)

Yes (wireless)

Parking camera

Yes

Yes with rear view monitor

Connected car tech

No

No

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Driver’s display

7-inch 

No

Push-button start

Yes

No

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

Yes

No

Power windows

Yes

Yes 

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

Verdict: The Magnite outshines the Sonet as it offers a lot more features at an identical price. For an extra Rs 10,000, the Magnite also offers connected car tech in the XV Premium(O) variant which is quite high in our opinion. 

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suanlun tonsing
Dec 8, 2020 9:15:56 PM

I've seen myself at the showroom. You can't compare the premium quality of sonet with that of magnite. Magnite feels plastic and doesn't have any premium look or feel even at its top variant.

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    akshay
    Dec 6, 2020 9:58:55 PM

    Magnite if you want to have a safe car and save money

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      krishnamohan dharmapuri
      Dec 4, 2020 6:07:45 PM

      Turbo version of Magnite is not compared with Turbo version of Sonnet. Like to Like comparison to be done. Magnite is much cheaper in Turbo version

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