Launch: The Sonet will be launched on September 18.

Price: It is expected to be priced between Rs 6.60 lakh and Rs 12.90 lakh (ex-showroom).

Seating Capacity: It gets a 5-seater configuration.

 Powertrain: The Sonet will be offered with the Hyundai Venue’s engine options: 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Their output figures are as follows:

  • 1.0-litre turbo-petrol: 120PS and 172Nm
  • 1.2-litre petrol: 83PS and 115Nm
  • 1.5-litre diesel (MT/ Auto): 100PS and 240Nm/ 115PS and 250Nm

The transmission options on offer will be a 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual) and a 7-speed DCT with the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, a 5-speed MT with the 1.2-litre petrol, and a 6-speed MT or AT with the 1.5-litre diesel engine.

Kia Sonet Features: Kia will offer the Sonet with UVO connected car tech, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an air purifier, a sunroof, and wireless charging.

Kia Sonet price list (Variants)

1.2 HTE       1197 cc, Manual, Petrol Rs.6.6 Lakh*

1.2 HTK      1197 cc, Manual, Petrol Rs.6.99 Lakh*

1.2 HTK Plus 1197 cc, Manual, Petrol Rs.7.7 Lakh*


From the glitzy Auto Expo show floor to your friendly neighbourhood showroom, Kia’s SONET has crossed the bridge virtually unchanged. There’s confidence in Kia’s actions too, an outcome of the popularity of the SELTOS and the acceptance of the Carnival Indians have shown. For not much else explains why the Sonet appears as loaded as it is, or comes with the drivetrain options that it does. Kia seems to think they have a winner on their hands. To be fair, we think the same too.There’s very little to hold against Kia’s Sonet. It could do with more cabin width to seat five better, and also add at least one more variant for the automatic transmission. An aspect where not just the Sonet but Kia themselves as a manufacturer needs to prove their long term reliability and dependability.

The Sonet is ticking all the right boxes otherwise. It’s delivering on the wow factor with pukka mini-SUV looks, quality interiors and a feature list that’d make you question paying a premium for larger SUVs. It’s being sensible and practical too, with loads of cubby holes and a large boot. You get proper automatics, and the engines on offer cover a wide range of usage.

Kia’s Sonet is rewiring our expectations from sub-4-metre SUVs. It’s proving that a small vehicle can be big on experience.



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