BORN WILD
Motown India|October 2020
BORN WILD
The subcompact SUV segment which is the sub-4-metre segment to be more precise is one of the most popular passenger vehicle segments in the country today and is growing rapidly too. Kia Sonet is the latest entrant in this segment. There are already popular models here like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Mahindra XUV 300, which incidentally is one of the safest vehicles on road in India today, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport, among others.
Farhan Khan

The subcompact SUV segment which is the sub-4-metre segment to be more precise is one of the most popular passenger vehicle segments in the country today and is growing rapidly too. Kia Sonet is the latest entrant in this segment. There are already popular models here like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Mahindra XUV 300, which incidentally is one of the safest vehicles on road in India today, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport, among others.

I would describe the Kia Sonet as a handsome vehicle, just like its sibling Kia Seltos. Like the Selitos, the Kia Sonet too comes in two trim levels: Tech Line of variants as well as a GT Line of variants. The GT Line is more exciting looking variant line with its sporty design elements.

The Kia Sonet, irrespective of Tech or GTLine, will be offered with four engine options. One is a 1.2-litre Smarstream G1.2 MPI petrol engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The second engine option is the 1-litre Turbo GDI petrol engine that comes with an option of either an Intelligent Manual Transmission or a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. The third engine option is a 1.5-litre CRDI WGT or waste gas turbocharger diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The fourth engine option is a 1.5-litre VGT or variable geometry turbocharged diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Sonet has crown Jewel LED headlamps, ‘Heartbeat’ LED DRLs with integrated side turn indicators and projector fog lamps.

Kia Sonet gets a Tiger Nose grille with three-dimensional ‘stepwell’ geometric grille mesh. GT Line trim gets a black high glossy Grille with GT Line logo and red accents on the front.

The vehicle overall has a length of 3995mm, a width of 1790mm and a height of 1642mm. The wheelbase of the Sonet is 2500mm.

EXTERIORS

The Kia Sonet gets a Tiger Nose grille with three-dimensional ‘stepwell’ geometric grille mesh. The moment you look at the grille you will be reminded of the popular Seltos SUV. The Sonet has a “Wild by Design’ theme attributed to it.

GT Line trim gets a black high glossy Grille with GT Line logo and red accents on the front. The bumper of the Tech Line and GT line are different, the latter being more sporty and pronounced.

The Sonet has crown Jewel LED headlamps, ‘Heartbeat’ LED DRLs with integrated side turn indicators and projector fog lamps. It gets ‘Turbo’ shaped skid plates in front. The KIA badge sits prominently on the lower tip of the bonnet. The bonnet itself is built to exude a tough and bold design theme.

From the side the vehicle has a decent look with chrome-plated door handles, diffused chrome strip at the bottom of the door and decently shaped wheel arches. The vehicle has alloy wheels with 215/60 R16 tyres. The ORVMs come with in-built side indicators. The Sonet comes with roof rails, electric sunroof and a shark fin antenna. The roof slants down as it moves towards the rear, giving it an aerodynamic shape. Just below the A-pillar by the side of the bonnet, you have the transmission type written whether it is an iMT or Auto or DCT.

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