29th Aug 2020 7:00 am

When they arrive in September 2020, Kia’s Sonet and Toyota’s Urban Cruiser will face off against five other compact SUVs.

ADRivan RSAuthor

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The Kia Sonet and Toyota Urban Cruiser will soon be the two latest additions to the hugely popular sub-four-metre SUV segment. It may have begun with the now-discontinued Premier Rio back in 2009, but it was the Ford EcoSport in 2013 that popularised it. Fast forward seven years and, come September 2020, there will be a total of seven contenders in this fiercely competitive segment.

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched back in March 2016 and has been significantly updated recently, Tata’s Nexon has been available from September 2017 and has also been refreshed at the beginning of 2020, while the Mahindra XUV300 (February 2019) and Hyundai Venue (May 2019) are more recent entrants.

We try to answer how well the Sonet and Urban Cruiser will fare against their rivals, on paper.

  • KiaSonet has the highest ground clearance and the largest boot
  • Toyota Urban Cruiser sits in the middle in terms of size and near the bottom on power
  • Sonet most efficient manual compact SUV, while Urban Cruiser and Vitara Brezza are the most frugal automatics

How do the Kia Sonet and Toyota Urban Cruiser compare on size?