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Kia Sonet Official Review. Positives, Negatives in SUV Segment Explained

Kia Sonet Official Review. Positives, Negatives in SUV Segment Explained

Kia Sonet Official Review. Know Key Strengths, Postives, Negatives of Kia Sonet with Detailed Interiors, Space, Drive and Handling Response, Engine Performance Explained


Kia Sonet Official Review

Kia Sonet is the all new Entrant in Compact SUV Segment and possibly going to surprise every other SUV in range with its segment first Features, Styling Element and the way this SUV Drives

Engine Performance: Available in 4 Engine Options and 4 Transmission Choice

  • 1 Litre 120 PS, 172 NM – 6 Speed IMT (18.2 Kmpl Mileage), 7 Speed DCT (18.3 Kmpl Mileage) – htk plus, htx, htx plus, Gtx plus
  • 1.2 Litre 83 PS, 115 NM – 5 speed MT (18.4 Kmpl MIleage) – hte, htk, htk plus
  • 1.5 Litre 100 PS, 240 NM – 6 Speed MT (24.1 Kmpl Mileage) – All variants
  • 1.5 Litre 115 PS, 250 NM – 6 Speed Auto (19 Kmpl Mileage) - htk plus and Gtx plus

which as per Kia is going to offer Sonet for every Segment of Buyer in almost 21 Variants (including Dual Tone shade) having On Road Budget from Rs 8 Lakh to 15 Lakh. 


Kia Sonet Exterior Looks

Front Fascia: Sonet is one among better looking Sub 4 Meter Crossover /  SUV in India

  • Crown Jewel LED Headlights with LED DRL and Projector Fog Light
  • Kia Signaure Tiger Nose Front Grille with Dark Chrome Black Finish and exclusive Red accents in GT Line
  • Large Air Dam along with Stylish Skid Plates in GT Line

You will be reasonably impressed with Kia Sonet Front Looks which are Bold and Stylish


Side Looks: Yes, you are witnessing a Tall Car - infact taller than the Top 2 Compact SUV leading the chart. You will be impressed with these 16 Inch Stylish Crystal Cut Alloy Wheels which looks handsome, Wheel Arch Cladding, Wide Body Design, Piano Black Finish in C Pillar, Cut out of Rear Door - all looks in well proportion

  Kia Sonet Hyundai Venue Maruti Vitara Brezza
Length 3995 mm 3995 mm 3995 mm
Width 1790 mm 1770 mm 1790 mm
Height 1642 mm 1605 mm 1640 mm
Boot Space 392 Litre 350 Litre 328 Litre
Wheelbase 2500 mm 2500 mm 2500 mm
Tyres 15 Inch, 16 Inch 15 Inch, 16 Inch 16 Inch
Ground Clearance 205 mm 190 mm 198 mm

Not only that but Kia Sonet is what the

  • Tall Car
  • Available with Biggest Boot Space
  • Yes has relative Superior Ground Clearance too


Rear Looks: Rear too feels Upmarket and thanks to LED Tail Lights, Reflector in center, Spoiler with Dual Muffler design. Also has Shark Finn Antenna and has contrast Roof Wrap available in Top of Line HTX Plus and GTX Plus Trim which what makes Kia Sonet an eye candy

If you care for a SUV with possibly the most Stylish element among lot and yes with superior Proportion - Kia Sonet is Definite going to impress in. Check out Width-Height as against existing Segment Leaders

  Kia Sonet Hyundai Venue Maruti Vitara Brezza
Width 1790 mm 1770 mm 1790 mm
Height 1642 mm 1605 mm 1640 mm
Ground Clearance 205 mm 190 mm 198 mm



Kia Sonet Build, Safety

No Second thought that Kia Sonet used the very best of Advanced High Grade Steel for ensuring the very best of Sturdy Build. Bonet feels lot heavier, Door Panels are thick and feels heavier.

You definitely gets confidence of getting the same level of International Level Build Quality as what expected in for the very best. Adding on 

  • ABS EBD with Brake Assist, Dual Airbags, Reverse Parking Sensor, High Speed Alert are Standard Safety across all Models
  • ESP, Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist are Standard Safety across DCT Automatic Transmission Models
  • Fully Loaded GTX Plus Model 6 Airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, ESP, Traction Control along with ABS EBD and Brake Assist to ensure the very best of Active and Passive Safety



Kia Sonet Seating Comfort, Space

Its a Compact SUV. Some important Points about Kia Sonet Space

  • Its a Tall SUV with easy Ingress and Egress, You wont have any problem in coming in and out of Vehicle
  • Headroom Space is what the Best in Segment. Taller Passengers even of height 6 Feet or 6'1" or 6'2" will love to be in Kia sonet
  • Driver Seat and Front Co-Passneger Seats are well Comfortable. Wide and can hold in Good Build Person with Utmost Comfort. Also, comes with Ventilated front Seats in top of line HTX Plus and GTX Plus for giving the very best of Comfort. Also get Driver Side Armrest
  • Rear Seat Width is best for 2 Well Build Passengers and possibly a Small Child in Between. You get Center seat Armrest in Rear too
  • Rear Seats have slight Upright Recline Position and any one with Average Height of 5'3" or 5'4" would be absolute comfortable in terms of Under-thigh support and legroom even if passenger in Front is of Taller Height. However, Under-thigh suppprt on Rear Seat is slight average for some one as 5'11" or higher

In Below Pics - Front Seat is adjusted to height of 5'11" and then Rear Seats are what occupied by 

1st Pic - 5'11" Height on Rear

2nd Pic - 5'3" Height on Rear



Kia Sonet Interiors, Features

Well - Interior Aesthetics feels upmarket. Dashboard Layout depicts Cockpit kind Design Layout. Steering Wheel is direct lift from Seltos. Also, is 10.25 Inch Touchscreen which is what a direct lift from Seltos

Dashboard Plastics however are not sot touch, they are Hard Plastic. But overall Fit, Finish, Quality Levels feels impressive. For those buyers who seek Maximum Features will be impressed with 

  • Ventilated Driver and Co-Passenger seat in HTX Plus and GTX Plus Model
  • Electric Sunroof  in HTX Plus and GTX Plus Model
  • Segment Largest 10.25 Inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Artificial Intelligence of Voice Command operated function like Navigation, Power Window Down etc in HTX Plus and GTX Plus Model
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play Feature in 8 Inch Touchscreen as used in Lower Model Trim
  • Remote Engine and AC Start Feature from 30 Meter Distance in HTX and Onwards
  • Bose Premium Speaker Quality having 6.5 Inch Speaker in Front, 5.25 Inch Speaker in Rear, 2 Tweeter and 1 Subwoofer in HTX and Onwards
  • Wireless Charging Feature in HTX Plus and Onwards
  • Driver Rear View Monitor
  • Air Purifer with World first Virus Scan
  • Also Turbo GT Line DCT gets in 3 Modes - Eco, City, Sport and 3 Traction - Mud, Snow and Sand to adjust car capabilities basis drive Output



Kia Sonet Drive Performance, Suspension, Handling

SUV are typically heavier Cars and best if Experienced in Diesel for 2 Reasons

  • Diesel Engines are Torquey with a kind of Fun to Drive Experience
  • Relative Much Lower Running Cost as against petrol. Almost 30% Lower Running Cost can be expected in Diesel SUV as against Petrol SUV in real World

Kia Sonet 1.5 Diesel available with 100 PS Power and 240 NM Torque and there is no second thought that this 1.5 Litre Diesel Engine is by far the most refined Diesel Engine - shared with its sibling SUV Venue too in terms of Engine NVH Levels. You will be reasonably impressed with Kia Sonet Engine Refinement.

Some close observations after almost 150 Kms of drive in Kia Sonet Diesel

  • Sonet feels like very silent at low rpm of upto 1200 rpm with Power Build up from 1200 to 1800 rom and gets a punch in from 1800 rpm to 4000 rpm and you will experience the best in Mid Range
  • There is no Turbo Lag kind of feel at even lower RPM, but excitement builds up to next level post 1800 rpm
  • Suspension is relative on Stiff Side in 1.5 Sonet Diesel but not excessive stiff to be a pain. Overall Well composed Ride Handling Experience
  • Steering Feedback is awesome. Very light at low Speed and Gains feedback on higher speed. You will love Steering Feedback and great to hold in too
  • Clutch is very smooth and felt possibly the lightest among all other Competition Diesel SUV. Also has Driver Side footrest, which will love in to relax in your left foot while on the go on highways 
  • Gear Shifts are Sleek and well slotted Gears. 
  • Overall Visibility is good. Wide Window Lines, No Obstruction as such like not excessive thick A Pillars, Rear Windshield is large enough, Cornering is good and will be impressed with Drive response of Kia Sonet
  • Spare Tyre is a Space Saver 15 Inch Wheel. So if you replace regular tyre having 16 Inch Wheels with this spare tyre have to restrict speed at 80 Kmph

I can confirm you one thing that if you plan for Diesel Automatic - its even more Powerful at 115 PS Power and 250 NM Torque and is the same Engine state as what used in Seltos, Creta and can be even more engaging and fun to drive

There is Turbo GDI IMT Option too - but trust SUV been heavier vehicle and considering running cost as factor too, Kia Sonet Diesel with possibly just Rs 30K to 40k higher price than IMT Petrol can end up as superior choice for those who seek Fun to Drive and yet a SUV with Lower Running Cost


Overall Recommendation for Kia Sonet

Sonet would be what a Dream SUV for most of Buyers looking for 

  • Impeccable Build
  • Superb Styling
  • Suspension & Handling
  • Impressive Steering Feedback
  • Clutch and Gear Shift Movements
  • Dream Features
  • Performance Oriented Turbo GDI and Diesel Engines
  • Choice of Highest Number of Transmission

Kia after tasting success with Seltos is bang on with Sonet and we at MyCarHelpline recommend strongly to consider in Kia Sonet Diesel Manual or Diesel Automatic to enjoy the very best from this SUV.

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Comments 2

Guest - Abhishek Goyal on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:12

How it is if compared to Ecosport Petrol?

How it is if compared to Ecosport Petrol?
Guest - Varun on Saturday, 12 September 2020 16:19

People claim to have more real world mileage than ARAI claim, how authentic is same. What can we except on Sonet diesel manual?

People claim to have more real world mileage than ARAI claim, how authentic is same. What can we except on Sonet diesel manual?
Thursday, 24 September 2020

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