On August 20, Kia formally opened bookings for its newest offering, the Sonet. The premium sub-4 m SUV has registered 50,000 bookings in the two months since. The prices for the Sonet were revealed on 18 September and deliveries are well under way, with more than 9,000 units dispatched in September alone.
Engine and Gearbox
A 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, and a 1.5-litre diesel unit are available with separate powertrain options. The naturally aspirated petrol is connected to a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual) and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic are offered with the turbo-petrol option. Meanwhile, both a 6-speed manual and a segment-first 6-speed torque convertor automatic are chosen for the diesel engine.
It is fitted with a range of luxurious comforts, such as ventilated front seats, a sunroof, a 10.25-inch connected car touchscreen infotainment display, a built-in air purifier and a semi-digital instrument cluster. A Bose premium audio system, up to six airbags, drive and traction modes, as well as front and rear parking sensors are also provided by the Sonet. Its top-spec GT Line model looks sportier than the regular models of the Tech Line.