After Seltos, Kia has made its mark by its mid-size hatchback, Sonet which is indeed a great value for money and also brings some unique features first in its class. It was initially launched on the 18th of September, 2021 in India and from that day attracted a lot of customers. Why? Welcome to the next blog of the Review Series.
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Engine and Spec’s
Kia Sonet is powered by two petrol and two diesel engine options. Currently, the petrol engines are available in 1.0L T-GDi and Smart stream G1.2L configuration. While the diesel variant is available in 1.5L CRDi WGT and 1.5L CRDi VGT motors. The claimed mileage varies between 18-24kmpl. Also, the G1.0L T-GDi petrol engine is available in 7DCT automatic transmission and the 1.5L CRDi VGT diesel engine is only available in normal 6 speeds automatic transmission.
For more specs refer to the Quick spec sheet given below:
In the front Sonet features a bold muscular grill which kinda reminds you of the Kia Seltos. The headlamps are LED with the support of the DRLs just above them which also plays a role as an indicator. Below the headlamps, projector fog lamps are placed under which you again got a glossy muscular bumper.
On the side, Sonet looks absolutely phenomenal with the dual-tone (black roof and the default color) Sonet looks absolutely stunning. Sonet also features black body cladding for the wheels as wheel and the wheels are alloy this time which looks nice too.
On the rear first of all the lights are LED with the halogen indicator and reverse lights. The complete tail light setup is well integrated with each other and is connected by a reflector running between both the tail lamps. Under the reflector, there’s a Kia logo and between the logo and the reflector, the reverse camera is placed as well. Below the logo, there’s a sharp bulge. At the bottom Sonnet features a skid plate and fake exhaust as well to give a bold look to the vehicle.
On the interiors starting with the dashboard the infotainment system is kinda connected with the instrument cluster physically which gives it a unique design. The dashboard is available in a dual-tone color finish. Moreover, plenty of design and glossy finishes are available everywhere including the steering wheel, gear lever, central console, etc.
The steering wheel is quite good and feels premium and contains controls for the audio system and as well as for the cruise control system as well.
Well, technology is an aspect from which Kia Sonet has made to take a position in the market. First of all, talking about the major highlights, Sonet features a wireless charging pad in the GT Line variant and Ventilated front seats which are first in its class. It also gets cruise controls, steering mounted controls for almost everything. The instrument cluster is digital and features an information panel which kinda provides basic information about the vehicle. Moreover, the tachometer and the temperature meter also the fuel meter are analogous.
The party trick in Sonet is its Sunroof which is an industry first in this segment. Sonet also features the inside dimming of the rearview mirror. Moreover, it is also equipped with an air purifier as well.
On the rear, the seats are comfortable enough but it will be much better if they had given more legroom for the rear passengers. The rear seats feature only two headrests i.e. no headrest is available for the middle passengers. However, the door pockets are large enough to hold a 1L bottle. The boot is also of a decent size with a moderate loading lip.
Well no doubt Sonet is a good option among all the hatchbacks but the main reason for this Review Series is to tell about some of the major drawbacks of the vehicle which are as under:
- More features in the GT Line: Well, there’s a lot of discrimination between the normal Sonet and the one which is equipped with the GT Line trim. Some of the features which are offered in the GT line but not in the normal Sonet are front parking sensors, wireless charging pad, etc.
- Safety: Along with the features Sonet’s normal version is lagging behind the GT line trim version in terms of safety as well. The GT line trim offers 6 airbags as standard while the normal one has got only two of them which is kinda disappointing.
- Missing features: Some features such as traction control are missing in the manual variant of Kia Sonet which is available only in the automatic one which is again discrimination between the two.
Well in terms of specs and features Kia Sonet is absolutely worth it. With its bolder looks like an SUV, it is actually attracting the market a lot but the only main problem with it is with its trim selection as some of the features are there in normal trim while some of the features are lagging behind from GT line.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from the official Kia website.