The Kia Sonet concept was showcased in February 2020. Kia launched this subcompact crossover SUV in August 2020 and from 18th September 2020, it was available for sale in the Indian market. Sonet is Kia's latest car model as of now. It has front and rear bumpers for other countries where its length has increased to 4,120 mm.
The Sonet finds itself just below the Seltos and competes with Hyundai Venue,Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford Ecosport. It is developed specifically for the Indian market.According to IndiaToday Kia Seltos, Sonet total sales at 1,35,295 units in 2020 which is really a big number.
It's another variant was introduced in Indonesia on April 2021 as "Sonet 7". It had a third-row bench seat installed and had no such exterior changes. This reduced the boot space to some extent. The Sonet 7 also features a roof-mounted air circular system and an updated second-row bench seat with split-folding. Since it is a 7 seater it has a similar door structure like Carnival i.e a one-touch folding mechanism.
The average Ex-Showroom price of Kia Sonet is ₹6.80 - 7 Lakhs
This is a 5 seater
Sonet offers an average mileage of around 18 Kmpl
Sonet offers three engine variants. Two Petrol Engines and one Diesel Engine. The Petrol engines are - Powerful G1.0 T - GDi and Advanced Smartstream G1.2. The Diesel Engine is the Refined 1.5 litres CRDi Engine.
It has both Petrol and Diesel variants
There are both automatic and manual transmission options depending on the variant
It has Multi-drive modes which include Normal, Eco and Sport. For traction, there are separate modes - Mud, Snow and Sand
The dimensions of Sonet are 3,995 mm L x 1,790 mm W x 1,610-1,642 mm H
The Petrol engines are 1197 cc and 998 cc. The Diesel engine is 1493 cc
It has rear parking sensors
There are airbags for both drivers and passengers
The Wheelbase is 2500 mm
It has a boot space of 392 litres
Sonet is equipped with an electric power steering
It has an ABS along with a central locking system
The mono instrument cluster is 3.5 inches
It has a fuel tank capacity of 45 litres
The ground clearance of this subcompact SUV is 211 mm
A Smart Pure Air Purifier comes pre-installed in this device which maintains fresh airflow within the car
Packed with safety features
Elegant design and impressive looks
Perfectly tuner suspension
Powerful Engine variants
The top-level variants are expensive
The Powerful 1 Litre Petrol Engine doesn't have a manual gearbox option
The interior space is a bit compact
3-star ratings by Global NCAP
Look and Feel
The Sonet has a tiger-nose grille with crown jewel LED headlamps at the sides. It gives the Sonet a more wild and aggressive look. At the back, there are heartbeat LED tail lamps which help maintain its distinctive character. There are two variants of Sonet - Tech Line and GT Line. It offers 17 trims. It has 7 solid colour options and three dual-tone colour options.
The solid colour options are - Intense Red, Steel Silver, Gravity Grey, Aurora Black Pearl, Intelligence Blue, Beige Gold and Glacial White Pearl. The contrast colour options available are Intense Red + Aurora Black Pearl, Glacial White Pearl + Aurora Black Pearl and Beige Gold + Aurora Black Pearl.
Interior and Accessories
The interiors are well decorated by LED sound mood lights to set up your mood for a wonderful drive. The infotainment system has a connected 10.25 inches HD touchscreen display and 4.2 inches colour display. You can connect your smartphone or smartwatch with the system using the UVO app and enjoy over 50 features. There is a sunroof which you can use with voice commands. The black coloured interiors look classy along with the seats which are placed perfectly. There are rear door sunshades pre-installed in this car to protect you from direct sunlight.
The opening price of Sonet is pretty good but if you extend your budget a bit then you can get SUVs like Tata Nexon. Overall it is a good car if you have a fixed budget and the features are pretty good compared to the price tag.
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