The time couldn’t have been higher. SUVs have been a well-liked physique sort and on prime of that B-segment is busy enjoying floor. Nexon to XUV300, Rs 7 lakh to Rs 12 lakh, producers play on totally different playing cards – security, creature comforts, refinement and classy. We’ve the newest one within the combine – the Sonet. Let’s get going, and discover out the place does it sit:
10:47Kia Sonet first drive evaluate
Sonet is available in Tech Line and a extra premium GT Line trim, very like the Seltos. The physique is well-proportioned, with a well-recognized face. Kia’s prodigy is obvious right here as effectively. A tiger-nose grille with chrome diamond knurling, vertically-placed LED headlights with LED DRL on prime with a kink present the aggressive facet of the Sonet. The projector fog lamp is within the form of an ice dice, very like the Carnival. The entrance skid plate completed in gray color coordinates with the black grille.
On the edges, the R16 alloys match beneath the oblong arches. Dimensionally, Sonet has a wheelbase of two,500 mm and excessive floor clearance of 205 mm.
To fulfill the under-four metre size, Sonet’s again seems an abrupt chopped off part, nonetheless, it doesn’t miss out on uniqueness. The heartbeat-shaped LED DRLs, strong strains on the tailgate and a powerful decrease profile will guarantee heads flip in the direction of the Sonet on highway.
Kia Sonet calls for numerous consideration the best way it seems. This golden color is unique to Sonet and you’ve got a selection of greater than 10 different colors.
Contained in the automotive, there’s a lot is frequent with the Seltos and that’s not a nasty factor. The steering wheel is multi-function and tilt adjustable. The motive force’s seat is electrically adjustable and the entrance occupants take pleasure in a air flow facility as effectively. The house on provide is respectable as effectively.
Kia is understood to usher in vibrant colors to combine. The GT line sports activities black upholstery with pink stitching whereas the Tech line is obtainable dual-tone leatherette seats with silver stitching.
The 10.25-inch infotainment is the biggest within the section. It’s slick to make use of and is taken straight out of the Seltos. And Sonet stands for Social Community, so understandably the related options are subsequent to none.
Kia’s matchless know-how is mirrored contained in the cabin. In a primary, Sonet has distant begin facility in guide variants as effectively. How about an air air purifier? Seltos launched the thought, now Sonet can also handle the in-car air high quality.
For the second row occupants, you get an adjustable headrest, well-padded seats, devoted AC vents, USB charging port and a sunroof for all. The one space Sonet scores much less is the width. It’s strict for 2 folks.
Use the wi-fi charging on the go, whereas issues like cruise management, 7-set Bose audio system coupled with LED sound temper lights and sunroof guarantee Sonet will be transformed right into a lounge very quickly.
It’s simply not the seems and options of Sonet that can stump you. Get behind the driving wheel and luxuriate in your selection of engine-transmission choice, which by far is essentially the most versatile within the section until date.
1.2 litre petrol with 5 MT
1.5 litre diesel with both 6 MT or 6 AT
1.2 litre turbo petrol with both iMT or 7-DCT.
Diesel is out there in two state of tunes with the brand new computerized transmission providing engine belts out 115 PS. The one I’m driving is the 6-speed iMT with turbo petrol. We tried this out just a few days in the past with the Venue. And the scenario in Sonet is even higher.
Which one would you choose? A turbo petrol iMT or a diesel AT? I’m actually trying ahead to drive essentially the most superior computerized gearbox within the section, which is paired with the diesel.
The iMT, which will be thought of a semi-automatic, is thrilling, will trill your senses. The gearshifts are seamless, with no clutch pedal within the center. The gear stage, nonetheless, is somewhat heavy to function and the most effective factor iMT is that this: The engine doesn’t cease even whenever you come to a halt abruptly. The clutch truly holds you within the gear, and the engine with beeps reminds you. The iMT with the Turbo-Venue is thrilling, nonetheless, the expertise is even higher right here.
And that’s main due to the compact wheelbase, stiffer suspensions and a sporty steering wheel. Sonet has good highway manners and freeway stability whereas zipping within the mundane metropolis site visitors, the place the automotive will spend most of its time, is equally enjoyable.
The diesel guide has a whopping mileage determine of 24 whereas each turbo petrol and diesel computerized are adequate for 18 kmpl on the common run. Surprisingly, Kia claims higher FE figures in Sonet over Hyundai Venue.
The record of segment-first options retains rising. Kia Sonet in GT Line additionally comes with three ranges of traction management and as many drive modes.
Now, not all can go good for Sonet. What do you consider the ready interval? It’s going be a extremely lengthy one earlier than you get your palms on Kia’s wild by design.
With the launch on the horizon, Kia Sonet is anticipated to be priced round Rs 7 lakh – 12 lakh (ex-showroom). Do you assume its the following go-to SUV within the making?