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Kia Sonet compact-SUV launched at an introductory price of INR 6.17 lakh

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Kia Motors India has launched the Kia Sonet urban compact SUV in the Indian market at a special introductory price of INR 6,71,000 ex-showroom, India. The Made in India Kia Sonet is offered in a dual trim concept – ‘Tech Line’ and ‘GT Line’ with a wide variety of powertrain and gearbox options including naturally-aspirated petrol, turbocharged petrol and two diesel options (WGT & VGT configurations) along with a 5-speed, 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT, 6-speed torque converter automatic and 7-speed DCT automatic transmission options. In all the Sonet is being offered across 17 variants HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX and HTX+ variants on the Tech Line trim and a single fully loaded GTX+ variant on the GT Line.

On the exteriors, the Kia Sonet is available in 8 monotone colour options – Clear White, Glacier White Pearl, Steel Silver, Gravity Grey, Intense Red, Aurora Black Pearl, Intelligency Blue, Beige Gold and 3 Dual-tone colour options – Intense Red with Aurora Black Pearl, Glacier White Pearl with Aurora Black Pearl, Beige Gold with Aurora Black Pearl. In terms of dimensions, the Sonet measure 3,995 mm length, 1,790 mm in width, 1,642 mm in height, 2500mm of the wheelbase and 392-litres of boot space. 

In terms of styling, the Kia Sonet features the brand’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille flanked by ‘heartbeat’ LED daytime running lights, crown jewel LED headlamp units, a chrome with diamond knurling pattern in the grille, with a 3D geometric design resembling the stepwell in the grille intake area, a prominent skid plate on the front bumper, a distinctive hood with a raised centre area, a rounded roofline, 16-inch machined alloy wheels, rearward raked C-pillar, rear skid plate with diffuser fins, sporty dual mufflers and heartbeat LED taillamps. 

On the inside, the Kia Sonet features a smooth flowing dashboard with decluttered central console area, World first Kia’s Smart Pure Air Purifier integrated into the central armrest and comes with Virus and bacteria protection, first-in-segment 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and live traffic information, UVO ‘connected car’ technology with 57 smart features, a first-in-segment Bose premium seven-speaker sound system with sub-woofer, LED Sound Mood Lights, ventilated driver and passenger seats, wireless smartphone charger with cooling function, flat-bottomed steering wheel, a segment-first 4.2-inch digital instruments cluster and drive mode with traction mode selection.

The Kia Sonet is powered by a Smartstream 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. A 1.0 T-GDi turbo-petrol engine matched to a clutch-pedal less 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission) or an automatic 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission). The Sonet is also offered in two 1.5-litre CRDi diesel (WGT & VGT) that come married to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter type automatic gearbox. The Kia Sonet claims the best in the segment fuel efficiency on the Smartstream G1.2 5MT – 18.4 kmpl, G1.0T-GDi 6iMT – 18.2 kmpl, G1.0T-GDi 7DCT – 18.3, D1.5 VGT 6AT – 19.0 kmpl and D1.5 WGT 6MT – 24.1 kmpl. 

The Kia Sonet also comes with a plethora of safety features that includes six airbags, ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and BA (brake assist), front and rear parking sensors, auto collision notification, automatic headlamps, projector fog lights, ISOFIX child seat anchorage system and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). 

Kia Motors India has also announced that the company has received more than 25,000 bookings so far and the compact SUV is produced at the brand’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh with an annual production capacity of 300,000 units, to keep up with the rising demand. 

Engine Variant All India
Price (Ex Showroom Prices in Lacs)
Smartstream Petrol 1.2L
HTE 5MT INR 6,71,000
HTK 5MT INR 7,59,000
HTK+ 5MT INR 8,45,000
Petrol 1.0 T-GDI
HTK+ Smartstream 6iMT INR 9,49,000
HTK+ Smartstream 7DCT INR 10,49,000
HTX Smartstream 6iMT INR 9,99,000
HTX+ Smartstream 6iMT INR 11,65,000
GTX+ Smartstream 6iMT INR 11,99,000
Diesel1.5L CRDi WGT
HTE 6MT INR 8,05,000
HTK 6MT INR 8,99,000
HTK+ 6MT INR 9,49,000
HTX 6MT INR 9,99,000
HTX+ 6MT INR 11,65,000
GTX+ 6MT INR 11,99,000
Diesel1.5L CRDi VGT HTK+ 6AT INR 10,39,000