After the Seltos SUV and Carnival luxury MPV, Kia Motors is ready with its third offering for India in the form of Kia Sonet sub-compact SUV which was launched on 18th Sep 2020. Kia Sonet has managed to create a whole lot of buzz and will enter the extremely lucrative sub-compact SUV segment which is also hotly contested. The Indian car-buying audience has shown a preference towards SUVs in recent times and Kia seems to have sensed what car customers here desire as it struck the right chords with its initial offerings, especially Seltos. But the game is bigger this time and stakes even higher.
The Sonet has been placed in a segment which is booming not just in India, but globally. So much so, that sub-compact segment is eating up demands from the sedan segment. As a result, almost every car company is either already present in this space or is planning a new product for future launch. In India, Maruti’s Vitara Brezza set sales standards in the sub-compact SUV space, while Hyundai Venue has now managed to carve a lead of sorts.
So, let’s look at quick review from Autocar India:
Kia Sonet Price:
Kia Sonet, a subcompact SUV in the Indian market starting at an introductory price of ₹6.71 lakh for the base HTE variant, extending up to ₹11.99 lakh for the top of the line GTX+ variant ex-showroom price.
Kia Sonet 2020 Variants and Colors:
The Sonet will be made available in two trims concept – Tech Line trim and GT Line trim – as previously seen with the Seltos. While the Tech Line has been reserved for the lower and mid-spec variants, the GT Line will be added on to the top-spec variant. Moreover there will be as many as seven colour options along with three dual-tone colour themes.
The HT Line (Tech Line) variant list on the Sonet includes HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+. The number of colours available increases when going up the order. While the HTE, HTK variants are featured in colours such as Clear White, Steel Silver, Gravity Grey and Intense Red, the HTK+ and HTX variants additionally get Aurora Black, Beige Gold and Intelligence Blue options.
Also, there is an option to choose Glacier White which has a slightly different hue against the Clear White. For the customers opting for the dual-tone colour theme, HTX+ and GTX+ will be the only options available. These top-of-the-line variants will be available in Glacier White Pearl/Aurora Black Pearl, Beige Gold/Aurora Black Pearl, and Intense Red/Aurora Black Pearl colour options.
Kia Sonet Key Features:
Kia Sonet promises to offer one of the most feature loaded cabins in the segment. It starts with boasts of a 10.25-inch HD infotainment screen, UVO connectivity options, Bose seven-speaker system with sub-woofer, LED Sound Mood Lamps, wireless smartphone charger with cooling function, ventilated front seats, air purifier, and much more. Some of its main safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist Control,and Brake Assist.
Kia Sonet Engine:
The Sonet will feature two petrol engine options – the Smartstream 1.2-litre and the performance-oriented 1.0-litre Turbo GDi . In addition to these, there will also be a 1.5-litre diesel engine unit. The transmission options will be aplenty. There will be a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, and a 7-speed DCT. A clucthless transmission option in the form of 6iMT will also be available.
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