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Sonet 2021 India

1st Generation Kia Sonet (2020-2021)

Kia Sonet was debuted in February 2020 as a subcompact crossover SUV in India which was the third model of Kia to be launched in India after the entry of Seltos and Carnival. This crossover started its sale as production version on August 7, 2020, while it became available for customers actually from 18th September 2020 in India. This front-engine front-wheel-drive car is available with three engine choices having manual and Automatic transmissions including dual-clutch transmission too. The Indian automobile market has shown quite an interest towards SUV in the recent times that sensed by Kia and company bring one after another SUV‘s in the Indian market and introduced Kia Sonet after Kia Seltos while the story does not end here as this marvellous SUV is released globally. Kia sonet shares the same DNA as Hyundai Venue and also resembles with its previous sister SUV Seltos with its similar exterior design, while some more technical aspects are also added in its drivetrain. We will discuss some of the important features and technicalities in detail.

Trims & Versions:

1st Generation Kia Sonet is available in three engine options that include Refined 1.5 CRDi Diesel engine trim, Powerful G1.0 T-GDi Petrol engine trim and Advanced Smart stream G1.2 Petrol Engine trim. Total six variants are available among GT line while the Tech line trims in Kia Sonet are THE, HTK trim, HTK plus trim, HTX trim, HTX plus trim and GTX plus trim. The Tech line trims highlights more on the exterior looks giving Sonet elegant looks while the GT line displays bold and sporty looks to the car by adding red inserts to it all over from inside and outside.

1st Generation Kia sonet title image
1st Generation Kia sonet title image

Engine, drive train & Power:

Sonet 1.0 GDi is powered by 998 cc petrol engine offering six-speed manual transmission that generates total power of 120 PS at 6000 rpm and torque of 172 Nm at 1500 rpm to 4000 rpm while Smart stream G1.2 is powered with 1197 cc engine generating power of 83 PS at 6300 rpm and torque of 115Nm @ 4200 rpm and offered with a five-speed manual transmission. The 1.5 CRDi engine is available with two options either with manual transmission or with automatic transmission. The manual transmission car is charged with 1493 cc turbocharged engine producing 100 PS power @ 4000 rpm and torque of 240 Nm @ 1500 to 2750 rpm while the automatic transmission car is powered with 1493 cc turbocharged engine producing maximum power of 115 PS @ 4000 rpm and torque of 250 Nm at 1500 to 2750 rpm.

Performance & Drive:

Sonet is a versatile and practical front-wheel-drive car that offers three engine choices with five transmission options. We are discussing the performance and drive of 1.0 litres petrol engine trim that offers a six-speed manual transmission, the engine is superbly refined and sporty. It speeds up in no time by surging from 2000 to 3000 rpm but runs linearly at higher speeds after 3000 rpm. This powerful engine is quick and precise which makes the car curving and turning smooth even on highways as well as it delivers convenient performance within the city too. While talking about its manual throttle changes which minus the clutch meaning you can change the gears easily without pressing the clutch.

 Quality of ride is fairly good with balanced suspension and the stiffer geometry of car soaks up all the potholes and kept the driver engage in careful drive especially during turning the car that minimizes the body roll too. The uneven streets in the city can sometimes make the ride harsh but overall it is a good choice to buy. Fuel Economy: It gives you a mileage of 18.2 kilometres per litre combine which is quite decent, economical and appealing. It can accelerate from zero to hundred kilometres per hour in 12.3 seconds which is same as 1.5 litres diesel engine but with its 1.2 litres petrol engine Kia Sonet sprints from zero to hundred kilometres in 13.3 seconds. One of the disappointing things is its steering control technique that is not efficient because it lacks in heftiness that decreases the thrill which one could expect while driving a turbocharged petrol engine.

Exterior design and features:

Kia Sonet displays a bold and stylish design with tiger-nose grille on front flanked by its distinctive crown jewel-shaped LED headlights and it is the real beauty. The LED daytime running lights that given on the front end add more unique looks to the Sonet while the Kia logo that is encrypted above the central grille looks astonishing on the front. The side profile is clean which includes roof rails, alloy wheels, bold wheel arches and lastly its rear end that is completely known for its tail light unit connected with tail lamps and attractive two-sided muffler design on its rear bumper.

Interior design and features:

Kia has given the Sonet a very premium feeling especially to the cabin by adding up to mark trim pieces. When moving inside the Sonet your eyes will be driven to the narrow and tall old school styled dashboard with air-con vents that gives a unique look inside and two screens including 10.25 inches touch screen with additional 4.2 inches display screen aided with driver’s assistance program displaying as an instrumental cluster feels helpful.

The GT line trim features a black theme coloured cabin with red stitching details that has seating capacity for at least 4 adults. Boss Audio with Seven speakers gives you an exceptional sound quality while some of the other up to the mark features inside the cabin include wireless charging, ventilated seats on front, AI voice recognition system, USB charging sockets at the front and rear compartment, driver’s seat easily adjustable, fully automatic air conditioning system, electric sunroof, remote engine start along with smart key, smart pure air purifier, sound mood lighting, rear AC vents and navigation system.

Safety features:

Kia uses high strength steel structure for the manufacturing of Sonet body that adds comprehensive safety and helps in reducing the impact of severe accidents. Some of its safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, hill start assistance control, vehicle stability management system, speed alert system, electronic traction control, braking assistance, driver’s seat belts given with pre-tensioners and parking sensors at front and back.

Major competitors:

Price

The price range of 2021 Kia Sonet ranges from 6.71 lacs Indian rupees to 12.89 lacs Indian rupees.

Verdict

Kia has provided everything we expect from an SUV and the biggest competition Sonet has to face is from its sister rival Hyundai Venue but the price for Sonet is kept quite economical that set this vehicle on fire and we hope a good market for Sonet as it has the potential to be a winner as like Kia Seltos.

Engine and Transmission:

Engine Type: G1.0 T-GDi

Engine Displacement: 998 cc

Fuel Type: Petrol

Max Power: 118.35bhp@6000rpm

Max Torque: 172nm@1500-4000rpm

Emission Norm Compliance: BS VI

No Of Cylinders: 3

Transmission: Automatic

Gear Box: 7 Speed

Drive Type: FWD

Paddle Shift: Not Available in Sonet

Performance and Fuel Economy:

Mileage (ARAI): 18.3 Kmpl

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tyres:

Suspension Front: McPherson Strut with Coil Spring

Suspension Rear: Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) with Coil Spring

Brakes Front: Disc

Brakes Rear: Drum

Steering Type: Power

Tyre Size: 215/60 R16

Alloy Wheel Size: R16

Tyre Type: Tubeless, Radial

Interior Dimensions:

Seating Capacity: 5

Doors: 5

Boot Space: 392 Liters

Fuel Capacity: 45 Liters

Exterior Dimensions:

Length*Width*Height: 3995*1790*1642 mm^3

Wheelbase: 2500 mm

Interior:

Ventilated Seats: Yes
Leather Seats: Yes
Rear Seat Headrest: Yes
Fabric Upholstery: No

Dual Tone Dashboard: Not Available in Sonet

Exterior / Exterior Appearance:

Alloy Wheels: Yes
Additional Exterior Features: Crown Jewel LED Headlamps, Red Brake Caliper – Front, Sporty Red Center Wheel Caps, Kia Signature Tiger Nose Grill – Black High Glossy with GT Line Logo, Radiator grille chrome with Diamond knurling pattern, Front Bumper with Sporty Red Accent, Rear Bumper with Dual Muffler Design and Red Accent, Turbo shaped musculine skid plates, Diffuser fin rear skid plates, Side molding – Black, Red door garnish, Belt Line – Chrome, Rear Center garnish – Reflector connected type, Piano black Delta garnish, Outside Door Handle – Chrome, Floating type Roof rails, Heartbeat LED DRL with intergrated indicators, Heartbeat LED tail lamps
Lighting: LED Headlights,DRL’s (Day Time Running Lights),LED Tail lamps,Projector Fog Lamps
Outside Rear View Mirror: Yes
Turn indicators on ORVM: Yes
Roof Rails: Yes
Antenna: No

Comfort and Convenience:

Tailgate Ajar: Yes
Smart Entry: Yes
No of Speakers: 7
Central Control Armrest: Available
Additional Entertainment Features: UVO Connected Car with OTA Map Updates, Smartwatch Connectivity
Gear Shift Indicator: Yes
USB Charger: Front & Rear
One Touch Operating Power Windows: Driver’s Window
AC: Yes
Rear AC Ducts: Yes
Heater: Yes
Power Steering: Yes
Steering Mounted Audio Control: Yes
Cruise Control: Yes
Power Windows ( Front / Rear ): Front and Rear
Adjustable Driver Seat: Yes
Adjustable Front Passenger Seat: Yes
Lumbar Support: Yes
Folding Rear Seat: Bench Folding
Rear Seat Center Armrest: Yes
Tachometer: Yes
Dual Trip Meter: Yes
Low Fuel Warning Lamp: Yes
Clock: Yes
Seat Belt Warning: Yes
Push Ignition: Yes
AM/FM Radio: Yes
USB Auxiliary Input: Yes
Touch-screen Display: Yes
GPS Navigation System: Yes
Speakers Front: Yes
Speakers Rear: Yes
Automatic Head Lamps: Yes
Follow me home headlamps: Yes
Adjustable Head Lights: Yes
Parking Sensors: Front & Rear
Front Cupholders: Yes
Door Pockets: Front Door
12V Power Outlets: Yes
Bottle Holder: Front Door
Sun Roof: Yes
Lane Change Indicator: No

Luggage Hook and Net: No

Moon Roof: No

Internal Storage: Not Available in Sonet
Rear Entertainment System: Not Available in Sonet
Heated Seat Front: Not Available in Sonet
Heated Seats Rear: Not Available in Sonet
DVD Playback: Not Available in Sonet
Auto Rain Sensing Wipers: Not Available in Sonet
Cigarette Lighter: Not Available in Sonet

Safety and Security:

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock: Yes
Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock: Yes
ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts: Yes
Hill Assist: Yes
Anti-Pinch Power Windows: Yes
Day/Night Rearview Mirror: Yes
Airbags: Driver, Passenger and Side Front
Seat Belts: Yes
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS): Yes
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD): Yes
Brake Assist (BA): Yes
Electronic Stability Program (ESP): Yes
Engine Immobilizer: Yes
Central Locking: Yes
Child Safety Lock: Yes
Fog Lamps (Front / Rear ): Front
Rear Wash Wiper: Yes
Rear Defogger: Yes
Traction Control System (TCS): No

360 View Camera: Not Available in Sonet
Knee Airbags: Not Available in Sonet
Hill Descent Control: Not Available in Sonet

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