Rs 11.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Why it’s here?
The most expensive compact SUV out there, but is it worth it?
‘Wild By Design’ was Kia’s tag line for the Sonet. It sure looked the part and had garnered quite a following as well, but to dive deeper, you need to drive one for a while. And that is exactly what I did. You see, when I did the first review, I was mighty impressed with the Sonet. But the one I had was the petrol-DCT combo which is always a lot of fun. Add to that, the trim I had then was the top-spec GTX+ with all the bells and whistles so I was bound to be happy.
The one that came for TG Garage though, was far from that. It was the diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Also, it was the HTX+ which meant no black and red interior, no GT badging and no red brake callipers. However, it does have everything else.
Except wireless charging, which I didn’t really need as the Sonet also has two USB ports up front and one of which is a fast charger. What was an absolute saviour, was the option of ventilated seats. In a hot city like Mumbai, nothing matters more than air conditioning and when even the seats have them, it truly is a boon. Next had to be the diesel-manual powertrain. With petrol prices shooting up like rockets, a trusty long-range diesel is always welcome. On a full tank, the Sonet can transport you over 800km and that was quite a relief. Shame that I couldn’t test that out. But the overall efficiency in the city kept hovering around the 15kpl mark and that is with the AC and cooled seats on full blast. Hopefully, in this next stint, we can check its boot, the claim of over 800km and make use of the sunroof as well.
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo-diesel
Power: 99bhp at 4000rpm
Torque: 240Nm at 1500-2750rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed manual
Fuel efficiency, long features list
Pricey, back seat space