Kia made an impactful first impression in India by launching the Seltos, a smashing success. The next product, the Carnival was aimed squarely at the Toyota Innova Crysta and although it did not disrupt the market, it proved to be a great alternate. Keeping the impressive track record in mind, we point out the reasons to buy the Kia Sonet, the next big subcompact SUV.
The close-to-production Kia Sonet concept made its debut at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo and no doubt, gathered a lot of attention. Fast forwarding to the present, the Sonet was unveiled globally and is now nearing its official launch in India. So why is the Kia Sonet a good choice? We highlight five reasons to buy the Kia Sonet.
First and foremost is the design — the Kia Sonet, although is based on the Hyundai Venue, looks nothing like it. Not even the door panels are shared. The Sonet sports a much more muscular, yet sporty stance and Kia has done a splendid job in keeping the production-ready vehicle as close as possible to the concept.
The signature ‘heartbeat’ DRLs and the LED lights add to the Sonet’s overall design language. Towards the rear, the ‘heartbeat’ theme continues in the tail lamp design too, while the two tail lamp units are connected with a thin strip of reflector, making them look like a single element.
2. Engine Specifications
The Kia Sonet shares the same engines as the Hyundai Venue — nothing new here, or is it? The fact is, the engine options are the same as the Venue, a 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol motor. The engines make 82 bhp, 99 bhp, and 118 bhp respectively.
What is interesting though are the gearbox options — the Venue offers a choice of four: a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, a 7-speed DCT, and the newly-launched iMT. The Kia Sonet takes this a step further and offers one more choice in addition to the four, a torque converter, making the Sonet available with a choice of five gearbox options.
3. Interior And Features
The Kia Sonet seats five, although four is the apt number. The occupants enjoy an array of comfort and convenience features, starting with the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features navigation and Kia’s Uvo connectivity suite that allows one to control a host of features. Other gadgets include ventilated seats, electric sunroof, automatic climate control, auto headlamps, tyre pressure monitoring system, wireless charging, Bose speakers, and much more.
On the safety front, the Kia Sonet gets front and rear parking sensors, 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Management, and Brake Assist.
4. Variants And Colours
Similar to the Kia Seltos, the Sonet will be available in Tech and GT Line trims. The Tech Line gets a total of five variants: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, and HTX+, while the GT Line of the Kia Sonet is available in a single GTX+ trim.
Kia is offering the Sonet in seven monotone colours: Clear White, Steel Silver, Intense Red, Gravity Grey, Aurora Black Pearl, Intelligency Blue, and Beige Gold; while the dual-tone options include White Pearl with Black roof, Beige Gold with Black roof, and Red with Black roof.
5. Competition And Pricing
The primary competitor for the Kia Sonet is the Hyundai Venue, however, the Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, and the upcoming Toyota Urban Cruiser are in the way of Kia’s success, which the Sonet can overcome with ease.
When the new Kia Sonet goes on sale officially, we can expect the carmaker to price the sub-compact SUV between ₹8 lakh and ₹13 lakhs, ex-showroom. Now, with competitive pricing such as this, the Kia Sonet is a tempting offer. If these five reasons to buy the Kia Sonet are not compelling enough yet, wait for our official review to find out more.
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