I got this car in 2 days as it was the only model available when i booked. I went to book the dct but looking at its waiting period of more than 6 months, had to opt for top model (gtx+) imt. Buying insurance & accessories weren't compulsory in the showroom.
At a budget below 14 lac, i had options like Creta (1.5 p), kushaq, sonet, venue, brezza, i20. I choose sonet because of its availability, exterior & interior look, semi automatic (atleast) gearbox, very low nvh level. Kushaq was a good option with 1.0 turbo petrol but skoda isn't doing much better in terms of sales. So their future isn't that bright (i already had a ford EcoSport). Creta 1.4 was min 17 lac. Brezza & venue interior not that good. Didn't opt for i20 because of (again) long waiting time & low ground clearance.
I wanted a powerful petrol engine, that's why i choose turbo petrol. Mostly city use, so automatic or imt was the best options. Already had a EcoSport diesel with so much dpf issues.
Now for sonet, it's stylish look (Interior & exterior) is a big positive point.
Cabin space is less but having a family of 3 people, we had no issue.
Mileage i am getting around 12-14 km/l in city (light foot drive mostly) which is actually good enough with this 1.0 L turbo petrol engine.
Suspension is a bit stiffer than Hyundai or maruti cars but i had no problem being an Ecosport owner. It's much soft compared to any ford cars.
Steering response isn't that great like ford or Vw obviously.
NVH level is very good.
Body structure isn't that strong like ford but with long list of safety features & 6 airbags, its manageable.
Now the imt gearbox is really good if you want to. You have full control over engine rpm & gear shifting (unlike dct, more convenient than a manual. Crawl mode in 1st & 2 d gear helps a lot, you can pick up the car in 2nd gear from 0 speed to 70-80 kmph. You just need to be familiar with imt which will take max 2-3 days. That's all & you are good to go.
Though the pricing could be a bit lower (at least 1 lakh).