03 Oct 2020: Kia Sonet outsold Hyundai Venue and other rivals in September
Kia Sonet is off to a flying start. According to the automaker, 9,226 units of the car were sold in September, making it the best selling sub-compact SUV in India last month. The Sonet has beaten rivals like Hyundai Venue and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
To recall, the bookings for the SUV had started on August 20 and it was launched on September 18.
Exteriors: Kia Sonet: At a glance
The Kia Sonet features a 'Tiger Nose' grille with 3D geometric mesh, a muscular-looking bonnet, and a silver-finished faux skid plate. For lighting, it houses swept-back LED headlights with 'heartbeat' DRLs and a full-width LED taillight setup.
On the sides, the sub-compact SUV is flanked by silver-colored roof rails, blacked-out B-pillars, OVRMs, and 16-inch crystal-cut alloy wheels.
Under the hood: Power and performance
The Sonet is offered in four BS6-compliant engine options- 1.2-liter petrol, 1.0-liter turbo-petrol, 1.5-liter WGT diesel, and a 1.5-liter VGT diesel.
The naturally-aspirated and turbo petrol units make 82hp/115Nm and 118hp/172Nm, respectively. The diesel mill produces 99hp/240Nm (WGT) and 113hp/250Nm (VGT).
Transmission choices on the compact SUV include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual/automatic, a 6-speed iMT, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Interiors: Inside the cabin
The Kia Sonet offers a 5-seater cabin with ventilated front seats, an electric sunroof, an air purifier, wireless phone charger, and a Bose audio system.
It sports a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment console with support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the company's UVO connected car technology.
For safety, the SUV offers six airbags, front parking sensors, electronic stability control, and a rear parking camera.
Fact: How much does it cost?
In India, the Kia Sonet starts at Rs. 6.71 lakh for the 1.2 HTE (Petrol) model and goes up to Rs. 12.99 lakh for the top-of-the-line GTX Plus Turbo DCT DT (Petrol) variant.