The Kia Sonet is one of the most important launches of the year. It is the latest entrant to the crowded subcompact SUV segment and packs a punch with its bold design, expansive features list and several segment-firsts on board. With all the curiosity around Kia's latest made-in-India, made-for-India offering, there's so much need to know about what could just be the newest market disruptor. Not wasting time then, here's are all the answers you were looking for about the 2020 Kia Sonet SUV.
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Prices for the Kia Sonet start from ₹ 6.71 lakh for the base HTE petrol, going up to ₹ 11.99 lakh for the range-topping GTX+ petrol. The diesel line-up starts from ₹ 8.05 lakh and tops out at ₹ 11.99 lakh as well. All prices are ex-showroom India. The base petrol variant undercuts its rivals while the diesel is just about on par with the competition. There are as many as 15 variants on sale, but Kia is yet to announce prices for the GTX+ diesel automatic.
|Smartstream G 1.2 Petrol||₹ 6.71 lakh (5MT)||₹ 7.59 lakh (5MT)||₹ 8.45 lakh (5MT)|
|G 1.0 Turbo GDI||₹ 9.49 lakh (6iMT)/ ₹ 10.49 lakh (7DCT)||₹ 9.99 lakh (6iMT)||₹ 11.65 lakh (6iMT)||₹ 11.99 lakh (6iMT)|
|Diesel 1.5 WGT||₹ 8.05 lakh (6MT)||₹ 8.99 lakh (6MT)||₹ 9.49 lakh (6MT)||₹ 9.99 lakh (6MT)||₹ 11.65 lakh (6MT)||₹ 11.99 lakh (6MT)|
|Diesel 1.5 VGT||₹ 10.39 lakh (6AT)||TBA|
There are monotone and dual-tone colour options on offer, apart from the Tech-line and GT-Line trim options. Do remember, the GT-Line is available only on the top-of-the-line GTX+ variant of the turbo petrol and diesel engines. It's missed out on the 1.2 Smartstream petrol mill. The Tech-line is offered in five trims - HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, and HTX+. Check out our detailed guide to know which variant offers most value on the new Sonet.
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The Kia Sonet tucks just under four metres with a length of 3995 mm, width of 1790 mm and a height of 1642 mm. That's 20 mm wider and 37 mm taller than the Hyundai Venue, while the wheelbase stays the same on both cars at 2500 mm. Kia has tried to maximise space on the car and the short overhangs with the tall body do try to liberate room in the cabin. However, does come short on rear seat legroom though when compared to some of its rivals. The model does offer a generous ground clearance of 205 mm, ample to tackle our challenging roads, while the boot space stands at a decent 392 litres, which is the largest in its class.
Kia has set new benchmarks with its cars when it comes to features and that's also the case with the top variants of the Sonet subcompact SUV. The model comes with LED headlamps, LED DRLs and projector fog lamps, 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, skid plates on the front and rear bumpers, LED taillights with the heartbeat pattern and more. Those opting for the GT-Line get additional cosmetic tweaks like the chrome accents on the grille, red brake calipers, chrome accents on the door handles, red garnish on the doors, and a slightly tweaked bumper.
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Inside, the Sonet gets faux leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever with contrast stitching, and a gloss black finish. Depending on the trim option, the Sonet will either come with a dual-tone cabin on the Tech Line or an all-black one on the GT-Line. The car also gets a large 10.25-inch HD infotainment display with UVO connected tech, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless charger, electric sunroof, climate control, cruise control, smart key, push-button start, traction control and more.
The Kia Sonet is packed to the features and then some, and you do get several segment-first features added like the front ventilated seats, seven-speaker Bose sound system with mood lights, and digital instrument console with an MID unit. The Sonet also gets rear AC vents with an air purifieroffers bacteria and virus protection, which Kia says is a world first. The car also comes with a torque convertor-based diesel-automatic combination, which is a segment-first as well.
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All variants of the Kia Sonet come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, front disc brakes and emergency stop signal as standard. The top trims add features like the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), ESC, Hill Assist control (HAC), and brake assist. The GTX+ gets six airbags while the automatic version adds multiple driving modes - Eco, Normal and Sport - and traction control. The Kia Sonet is yet to receive a crash test safety rating.
Engines & Transmissions
The Kia Sonet subcompact SUV is offered in three powertrain choices. There's the 1.2 naturally-aspirated Smartstream along with the 1.0-litre turbocharged T-GDI petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel offered with WGT on the manual and VGT on the automatic. The diesel automatic with VGT actually makes more power and is in the same spec as the one offered on the Kia Seltos. Transmission options include the 5-speed manual on the Smartstream, while the turbo petrol gets the 7-speed DCT and the 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (IMT). The 1.5 diesel is paired with the 6-speed manual and the new 6-speed torque convertor. All versions send power only to the front wheels.
|Specifications||Kia Sonet 1.0 T-GDi||Kia Sonet 1.5 CRDi VGT/WGT||Kia Sonet 1.2 Smartstream|
|Displacement||998 cc||1,493 cc||1,197 cc|
|Max Output||118 bhp @ 6,000 rpm||113 bhp/99 bhp @ 4,000 rpm||82 bhp @ 6300 rpm|
|Peak Torque||172 Nm @ 1500-4,000 rpm||250 Nm/240 Nm @ 1500-2750 rpm||115 Nm @ 4500 rpm|
|Transmission||7-speed DCT/ 6-speed IMT||6-speed AT/6-speed MT||5-speed MT|
|Claimed Fuel Efficiency||18.3 kmp / 18.2 kmpl||19 kmpl / 24.1 kmpl||18.4 kmpl|
The Kia Sonet 1.2 returns an ARAI claimed 18.4 kmpl. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol returns 18.3 kmpl on the DCT variant, while the IMT offers a fuel economy of 18.2 kmpl. The diesel engines are naturally more efficient with the automatic returning 19 kmpl while the manual offers 24.1 kmpl.
The Kia Sonet is now on sale at a dealership near you while you can book one online on Kia Motor India's website. The booking can be made for a token amount of ₹ 25,000. The brand has already garnered over 25,000 bookings for its most affordable offering and deliveries have commenced pan India since September 18, 2020.