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Kia Sonet: 5 Features Which Make It A Tech Laden SUV

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Here is a look at all the modern tech the upcoming Kia Sonet will be equipped with.

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The Kia Sonet will be offered with a host of segment first features.

Highlights

  • The Kia Sonet will be offered with a host of segment first features.
  • It gets the largest touchscreen infotainment system in its segment.
  • It also gets 7-Speaker Bose sound system and the UVO connected car tech.

Kia's first subcompact SUV has just made its global debut in India. The Sonet is Kia's Trojan horse to take over the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and it's own sibling the Hyundai Venue. And like the Venue, it comes with all kinds of whiz-bang gadgetry. Let's take a look at the core features of the Sonet and get an idea of how good it is considering we had some alone time with the car before it's launched in India next month. 

Also View: Kia Sonet Picture Gallery

Also Read: Kia Sonet Subcompact SUV Makes World Debut

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The 10.25-inch touchscreen on the Sonet is the largest in the segment.

Infotainment System

The Sonet gets a massive screen which is the hub for controlling all the tech on the vehicle. A 10.25-inch capacitive touchscreen takes over the centre console. Mind you, this is an awesome screen which is bright, vivid and responsive while also being larger than even a screen on an iPad. It also is the hub to control the sound system which is by Bose on the top of the line trim. Some of the other features like the parking assist, the radio, Kia's UVO platform and even the navigation system are all parsed through this hub.

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The Kia Sonet will also get a 7-Speaker Bose sound system

7 Speaker Bose Sound System

It is not often you hear of a Bose sound system being in a car that doesn't cost an arm or leg. But here we are as technology gets democratised, we have a car like the Sonet which enables a bombastic audio system. In the short time we tested it, it sounded remarkably good for all kinds of music -- hip-hop, Bollywood, rock and even house. It also has the potential to get quite loud, though we didn't crank it up. It also has a cool feature that allows you to refocus the sound field towards a particular seat on the car or balance it across. So, if you like driving alone, you can have it focused towards the driver's seat or it is chauffeur-driven, then you can have the entire sound focussed towards where you are sitting.

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The UVO connected car tech can be accessed from either the app or the big display panel.

UVO Connected Car System

The Sonet is a connected smart car. It comes with an e-SIM that will ensure that it is hooked up to the interwebs allowing you to control it remotely from an app on your phone and comes with 57 connected car tech. This is what Kia calls the UVO platform. UVO can be accessed from either the app or the big display panel. It provides all kinds of telematics and even tells you if the car requires servicing. If the car is chauffeur-driven, you can set up geo-fenced blockades based on distance and time. You can also open the car remotely.

Wireless Charging

The Sonet also embraces wireless charging technology which is increasingly being used in top tier premium smartphones. It has a cubby pad below the central console which is a tad cramped. Wireless charging is convenient because it doesn't need you to carry wires, but it is also slow to charge the phones. Some phones like the Xiaomi Mi 10 and OnePlus 8 Pro now support 30-watt wireless charging, but the Sonet will only charge those phones at a snail's pace of 5-watts. It is a trade-off, but it is a feature that is well appreciated in this segment.

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The Kia Sonet gets an industry-first air purifier with virus protection.

Air Purification

The Sonet adds an air purification system on the rear seat AC column. It also acts like a car freshener. Considering the times we are living in, we can't overemphasise how important a feature this is. In India, especially metro cities where the bulk of the sales will happen for the Sonet, the pollution levels are also amongst the highest levels in the world, which makes it doubly important. User interfaces wise, it is quite straightforward as it has a display which shows the air quality index.

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Besides these core features, there is a lot more going on with the Sonet in terms of tech. Voice recognition being one. As of now, we haven't taken a deep dive into the car but be rest assured we will have a more detailed review of the in-car tech experience soon.

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