Kia Sonet: Hard to fault aside from its not-so-spacious rear seat

The SUV is obtainable with three engines — 4 for those who depend completely different outputs — and 5 gearboxes

Kia’s Sonet is an all-new mannequin, a compact SUV which shares its platform with a Hyundai stablemate — the Venue. But whereas their underpinnings are the identical, they share little or no when it comes to the outside and inside. So, what’s the Sonet like?

The Sonet’s entrance carries Kia’s ‘Tiger Nose’ grille, and is flanked by slim LED headlights with the signature ‘heartbeat’ DRLs. Below it sits a sharply minimize bumper with fog lights and a fake skid plate. The most defining factor although is the C-pillar that seems swept again, thanks to the inset quarter glass and black-out remedy. The alloys are additionally fairly placing. At the rear, the tail-lights too have the ‘heartbeat’ DRL signature. A fake skid plate with an built-in fake diffuser and dummy exhausts spherical off the rear finish.

Accessories galore

Inside, the Sonet actually scores by way of materials high quality, match and end — it may rival automobiles from increased segments. The textured dashboard high, chunky steering wheel, and the tactile really feel of all of the switchgear are high class. Taking centre stage on the dashboard is the large 10.25-inch touchscreen — the most important in school. It is sharp, provides break up display performance and comes with the model’s UVO connectivity suite. You additionally get ‘Hello Kia’ voice instructions to management numerous settings.

There is loads of gear too: a seven-speaker Bose audio system, an air air purifier with UVC gentle, ventilated entrance seats, and a HEPA filter that the corporate says kills viruses. The security package consists of six airbags, ABS and ESC moreover entrance and rear parking sensors. The rear is comparatively cramped and finest for 2 not-too-tall passengers. The seat itself is kind of cozy with plush padding, although thigh help is a bit quick. The entrance seats, nevertheless, are giant and properly bolstered.


  • LENGTH 3995mm
  • WIDTH 1790mm
  • HEIGHT 1642mm
  • WHEELBASE 2500mm
  • TYRE SIZE 215/60 R16
  • 45 litres
  • BOOT CAPACITY 392 litres
  • ENGINE 998cc, 3-cyls, turbo-petrol;
  • 1493cc, 4-cyls,
  • turbo-diesel
  • POWER 120hp at 6000rpm;
  • 115hp at 4000rpm
  • TORQUE 172Nm at 1500-4000rpm;
  • 250Nm at 1500-2750rpm
  • GEARBOX 6-speed clutchless guide/7-speed dual-clutch auto;
  • 6-speed auto

The Sonet is obtainable with three engines — 4 for those who depend completely different outputs — and 5 gearboxes. There is a base 83hp 1.2-litre petrol paired with a 5-speed guide; a 120hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol mated to a 7-speed DCT or 6-speed iMT; and a 1.5-litre diesel in two states of tune — 100hp, 240Nm when paired with a 6-speed guide, and 115hp, 250Nm with a 6-speed torque converter. For this assessment, we drove each variations of the turbo-petrol together with the diesel-auto.

The diesel-auto has the identical powertrain because the Seltos, placing out 115hp and 250Nm. Refinement is top-notch as is efficiency; there may be little or no turbo lag. There is a step-up in energy supply submit 2,000rpm and also you get a satisfyingly seamless surge of energy up to 4,200rpm, submit which the gearbox will upshift even in guide mode. The auto field can also be properly matched to the diesel’s torque unfold. In Normal mode, it seldom appears like it’s within the unsuitable gear and once you attempt to speed up, it should drop simply the appropriate variety of cogs to provide you with sufficient grunt.

Sport mode helps you to maintain onto gears for longer, however the Normal mode is useable and intuitive; it is going to be sufficient for on a regular basis driving. There can also be an Eco mode that doesn’t throttle the engine’s efficiency.

In the turbo-petrol variant, the engine is balanced and refined; it will get vocal solely close to the redline. The punchy midrange and the convenience with which it builds energy makes it a enjoyable drive. The DCT gearbox is inferior to VW’s DSG unit and tends to get tripped up at gradual speeds. The iMT, as compared, provides you extra management over gearshifts, although the unit itself does its finest work throughout relaxed driving.

In testing, it was the diesel-auto that was the quickest, clocking in a 0-100kph time of 11.48sec, in contrast to the petrol DCT’s 12.25sec and 13.37sec for the iMT. The Sonet additionally simply soaked up huge potholes; the fats 215/60 R16 tyres did a very good job of smothering rain-ravaged roads.

The barely nose-heavy diesel has a slightly heavier steering whereas the petrol felt a bit extra agile. Both automobiles supply an incredible diploma of confidence at excessive speeds. Grip by the corners can also be good, and physique roll is properly contained. The steering doesn’t supply a lot suggestions, however it’s gentle sufficient within the metropolis and has sufficient weight at increased speeds.

It is difficult to fault the Sonet aside from its not-so-spacious rear seat. It is fantastically styled and has placing particulars. Of course, pricing is a key issue within the Sonet’s final success, however there isn’t a doubt that Kia has one other winner on its palms.

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