Kia Motors India has announced that the company has received over 50,000 bookings for its all-new compact SUV – Kia Sonet. This milestone figure was attained within two months of opening of bookings on August 20, 2020. Kia says that the company received a staggering response from Indian consumers, with an average of two orders placed every three minutes since it started accepting bookings.
In September 2020, 9,266 units of the Sonet were dispatched, making it the leader of the compact SUV segment within 12 days of its price announcement and market launch.
About a month ago, Kia Motors India announced the prices of the top-of-the-line variants of its all-new Sonet compact SUV. The Sonet GTX+ 1.0 T-GDI petrol variant with 7-speed DCT gearbox and the GTX+ 1.5 CRDi diesel variant with 6-speed automatic gearbox – both are priced at Rs 12.89 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).
This is the third car from Kia, is based on the same platform as the Hyundai Venue, and comes as a derivative of the Seltos in terms of features. Kia Motors had launched the much-anticipated Sonet in India at a starting price of Rs 6.71 lakh (introductory, ex-showroom). These are the prices of the previously announced variants:
Kia Sonet 1.2-litre Petrol HTE (5MT) - Rs 6.71 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.2-litre Petrol HTK (5MT) - Rs 7.59 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.2-litre Petrol HTK+ (5MT) - Rs 8.45 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol HTK+ (6iMT) - Rs 9.49 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol HTK+ (7DCT) - Rs 10.49 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol HTX (6iMT) - Rs 9.99 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol HTX+ (6iMT) - Rs 11.65 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol GTX+ (6iMT) - Rs 11.99 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.5-litre Diesel WGT HTE (6MT) - Rs 8.05 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.5-litre Diesel WGT HTK (6MT) - Rs 8.99 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.5-litre Diesel WGT HTK+ (6MT) - Rs 9.49 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.5-litre Diesel WGT HTX (6MT) - Rs 9.99 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.5-litre Diesel WGT HTX+ (6MT) - Rs 11.65 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.5-litre Diesel WGT GTX+ (6MT) - Rs 11.99 Lakh
Kia Sonet 1.5-litre Diesel VGT HTK+ (6AT) - Rs 10.39 Lakh
(All prices introductory, ex-showroom)
The Kia Sonet stands butch with an upright sporty stance. At the front, the car sports the brand’s signature tiger-nose grille with a three-dimensional ‘stepwell’ geometric grille mesh. At the rear the Sonet comes with heartbeat LED tail lamps and dual muffler design with diffuser fin skid plates. The vehicle will be available with a set of crystal-cut alloy wheels for a sporty and premium appeal.
Fuel Efficiency (in km/l)
D1.5 VGT 6AT – 19.0 (Best in the segment)
D1.5 WGT 6MT – 24.1 (Best in the segment)
G1.0T-GDi 7DCT – 18.3
G1.0T-GDi 6iMT – 18.2 (Best in the segment)
Smartstream G1.2 5MT – 18.4 (Best in segment)
The Sonet is available in eight monotones and three dual-tone colour options. The monotone colour options are – intense red, beige gold, aurora black pearl, gravity grey, steel silver, intelligent blue, glacier white pearl and clear white. Meanwhile, the dual-tone colour options are – intense red with aurora black pearl, beige gold with aurora black pearl and glacier white pearl with aurora black pearl.
The Kia Sonet gets a minimalistic centre console that offers easy access to new features. The vehicle will get several first-in-segment features, such as a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen and navigation system with UVO Connected technologies, BOSE premium seven-speaker system with LED sound mood lights and ventilated front seats.
In terms of mechanicals, the car is powered by the same engines as the Hyundai Venue. This includes a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit delivering 120 PS and 171 Nm, a 1.5-litre petrol unit that produces 115 PS and 144 Nm and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel unit that puts out 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque. There's also a regular petrol engine with a 1.2-litre unit producing 83 PS of power. The engine will come with an option of a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed AT, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and the IMT.