Affordable sedan shootout: Kia Soluto vs. Tata Manza

Affordable sedan shootout: Kia Soluto vs. Tata Manza

Traditionally, sedans and hatchbacks have been the vehicles of choice for first-time car owners as these are the forms taken by the most inexpensive of models.

And it's a good thing that our local car industry has been flooded by a multitude of options from many brands. Competition, of course, ultimately benefits the consumer.

If you're on the lookout for a new (or first) vehicle, one of the low-cost yet reliable choices is the Kia Soluto, which was launched by the Korean car brand in 2019.

Meanwhile, truck maker Tata Motors has also joined the sedan scene in the country with the introduction of the affordable Tata Manza.

Both the Kia Soluto and the Tata Manza feature a classic sedan exterior. The Kia Soluto is embellished with electric adjustable mirrors with LED side repeaters, projector fog lamps, and rear combination lamps. Meanwhile, the Tata Manza sports Tata’s trademark grille, three-barreled headlamps, and chrome ornaments. It is also quite bigger in dimensions compared to Soluto.

The Kia Soluto’s interior features a spacious cabin which is made comfortable by leatherette seats with generous headroom and legroom. The coziness inside is enhanced by the car’s air-conditioning system that can easily be adjusted with the rotary temperature control and 360-degree rotatable air ducts. Meanwhile, the Tata Manza’s air-conditioning system can be managed effortlessly through its adjustable one-touch climate control. For a more relaxing ride, the sedan is installed with an in-cabin noise cancellation feature.

Enjoy limitless streaming of your favorite songs with the Kia Soluto’s Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity feature. The vehicle’s audio system has controls that are mounted on the steering wheel so you can easily configure it while staying focused on the road. As for the Tata Manza, you can connect your phone to the car’s audio system through Bluetooth. Just like the Soluto, the Manza is also equipped with steering wheel audio controls.

Both sedans have with power windows. They also similarly provide cabin compartments where you can keep your essentials while on the road. The Kia Soluto has a glove box and cup holders, while the Tata Manza can additionally  carry your stuff in the storage under front passenger seat and cup holders on the rear seat center armrest.

The high-performing engine of the Kia Soluto is mated to a four speed automatic transmission, while the Tata Manza’s engine is mounted with a 5 + 1 speed manual gearbox.

The Kia Soluto gets additional points when it comes to driver assistance features such as rear camera display and rear parking distance warning, which are not available on the Tata Manza.

The number of safety and security features in the Kia Soluto and the Tata Manza may not be as big as the other popular (and more expensive) sedans, but it is quite convenient for the vehicles’ budget-friendly price. The Kia Soluto is equipped with front airbags, anti-lock brake system (ABS), immobilizer, child anchor and child proof door locks. Meanwhile, the Tata Manza has dual front airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) function, side impact protection beams on front and rear doors, remote central locking, and child safety lock on rear doors.

We list down the specifications of the top trims of the Kia Soluto and the Tata Manza so you can further compare the two affordable sedans.

SPECIFICATIONS

Kia Soluto EX AT

Tata Manza Quadrajet Diesel

Overall Length (mm)

4,300

4,413

Overall Width (mm)

1,700

1,703

Overall Height (mm)

1,460

1,550

Wheelbase (mm)

2,570

2,520

Minimum Ground Clearance (mm)

150

165

Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

43

44

Curb Weight (kg)

1,066

1,100-1,210

Number of Cylinders

In Line 4

In Line 4

Displacement (cc)

1,368

1,248

Maximum Output (ps / rpm)

95 / 6,000

90 / 4,000

Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

132 / 4,000

200 / 1,750-3,000

Transmission

Four Speed Automatic

5 + 1 Speed Manual Gearbox

Brakes

Front: Disc

Rear: Drum

Front: Ventilated Disc

Rear: Drum

Suspension

Front: McPherson Strut + H-type Sub-frame

Rear: V-Beam Coupled Torsion Beam Axle

Front: Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut Type with Coil Spring and Anti-roll Bar

Rear: Semi-independent, Twist Beam with Coil Springs and Hydraulic Shock Absorbers

Tire Size

185 / 60 R15

170 / 70 R14

Steering Wheel Column

Manual Tilt

Tilt-adjustable

Power Windows

With

With

Power Door Locks

With

Without

Remote Keyless Entry

With

With

Power Outlet

With

With

Air Conditioning

Manual

One-touch Climate Control

Audio System

Seven-inch Touchscreen; AM/FM Radio, MP3 with USB and Aux-in Ports

Integrated 2-DIN System with USB Port

Audio Connectivity

Bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android Auto with Voice Control

Bluetooth

Rear Camera Display

With Static Guidelines

Without

Parking Distance Warning

Rear

Without

Front Airbags

With

With

Anti-lock Brake System

With

With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Function

Anti-theft System

Immobilizer

Immobilizer

Side Impact Protection Beams

Without

Front and Rear Doors

Seatbelt

Front: Three-point with Pretensioner and Load Limiter

Rear: Three-point, Two-point

Front: Three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)

Rear: Three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)

Child Anchor

Upper and Lower

Without

Child Safety Lock

Rear Doors

Rear Doors

Available Body Colors

Clear White, Titanium Silver, Blue Stream, Aurora Black Pearl, and Marcato Red

Cavern Grey, Porcelain White, Jet Silver, Spice Red, and Infinity Black

Price

P755,000

P738,000

 

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Length 4601 mm
3995 mm
4475 mm
4425 mm
4390 mm
Width 1818 mm
1735 mm
1706 mm
1730 mm
1725 mm
Height 1489 mm
1515 mm
1469 mm
1475 mm
1490 mm
Power 112
82
89
98
99
Torque 150 Nm
113 Nm
132 Nm
123 Nm
135 Nm
Front Brake Type Ventilated Discs
Ventilated Discs
Ventilated Discs
Ventilated Discs
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Rear Brake Type Drums
Drums
Drums
Discs
Drums
Alloy Wheels No
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Yes
Headlamp Type Halogen
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Halogen
Halogen
Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank Yes
Yes
Yes
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