Latest Update: Kia has revealed the prices of the dual-tone variants of the Sonet. Check them out here.
Kia Sonet Price: The sub-4m SUV retails between Rs 6.71 lakh and Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Kia Sonet Variants: It is available in six variants: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, and GTX+.
Kia Sonet Seating Capacity: Kia offers the Sonet in a 5-seater layout.
Kia Sonet Powertrains: It shares its engines with the Hyundai Venue: 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. Their output figures are as follows:
1.0-litre turbo-petrol: 120PS and 172Nm
1.2-litre petrol: 83PS and 115Nm
1.5-litre diesel (MT/ Auto): 100PS and 240Nm/115PS and 250Nm
The transmission options on offer are a 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual) and a 7-speed DCT with the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, a 5-speed MT with the 1.2-litre petrol, and a 6-speed MT or AT with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The Sonet’s claimed fuel efficiency figures are as follows:
1.2-litre petrol MT- 18.4kmpl
1.0-litre turbo-petrol iMT- 18.2kmpl
1.0-litre turbo-petrol DCT- 18.3kmpl
1.5-litre diesel MT- 24.1kmpl
1.5-litre diesel AT- 19kmpl
Kia Sonet Features: Kia has loaded the Sonet with UVO connected car tech, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an air purifier, a sunroof, and wireless charging.
Kia Sonet Safety: Safety features on offer include up to six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), and vehicle stability management.
Kia Sonet Rivals: It fights it out with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue, and Tata Nexon. The Kia SUV will also take on the upcoming Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite.
With the Sonet, Kia wants to rewire your notions of what to expect from a small SUV. How much have they succeeded?
From the glitzy Auto Expo show floor to your friendly neighbourhood showroom, Kia’s Sonet has crossed the bridge virtually unchanged. There’s confidence in Kia’s actions too, an outcome of the popularity of the Seltos and the acceptance of the Carnival Indians have shown. For not much else explains why the Sonet appears as loaded as it is, or comes with the drivetrain options that it does. Kia seems to think they have a winner on their hands. To be fair, we think the same too.
There’s very little to hold against Kia’s Sonet. It could do with more cabin width to seat five better, and also add at least one more variant for the automatic transmission. An aspect where not just the Sonet but Kia themselves as a manufacturer needs to prove their long term reliability and dependability.
The Sonet is ticking all the right boxes otherwise. It’s delivering on the wow factor with pukka mini-SUV looks, quality interiors and a feature list that’d make you question paying a premium for larger SUVs. It’s being sensible and practical too, with loads of cubby holes and a large boot. You get proper automatics, and the engines on offer cover a wide range of usage.
Kia’s Sonet is rewiring our expectations from sub-4-metre SUVs. It’s proving that a small vehicle can be big on experience.