Kia Motor’s third offering to the country, the Kia Sonet has finally arrived with a introductory price ranging between Rs 6.71-12.89 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). Just like Kia’s first offering, the Seltos, the Sonet is also available in two trim lines – a Tech Line, with five variants, and a GT Line, with a single, top-spec fully loaded variant. It seems like offering such a wide range of options to the customers, is one of the biggest reason behind Kia’s success in India. In case you are wondering, what we mean by the wide range of options, the Kia Sonet comes with three engines and five gearbox options in total.
So, the Sonet comes in two different trims, which includes the Tech Line and the GT Line. The Tech Line comprises of HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX and HTX+ variants, while the GT Line is offered with just one option, the GTX+ variant. With so many variants on line, it becomes important for a company to differentiate each and every variant to cater the needs of every type of customer. Kia has very efficiently added a host of features to each and every variant and that’s where we help you with this detailed guide.
The First Glance:
Before we begin with the variant wise feature list, lets have a glance at the performance and engine options on offer. The Kia Sonet comes with both petrol and diesel power-trains. The Sonet gets a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine, which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and produces 83bhp of power. The other interesting option in Sonet, for the performance enthusiasts, is the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is available with either a 6-speed iMT (clutch-less manual) or 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. Lastly, for the diesel lovers, the Sonet comes with a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine, that produces 100bhp of power, and comes paired to the 6-speed manual gearbox. However the same engine produces a slightly increased performance of 115bhp, when paired to a 6-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox.
Variant-Wise Pricing and Features:
Lets start with the most affordable variant of the Kia Sonet, the HTE variant. This variant comes with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated (petrol) engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The price for this variant starts at Rs 6.71 lakh (ex-showroom). The other option available is a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine paired with a manual transmission and it comes at a starting price of Rs 8.05 lakh. The features available for this variant includes ABS with EBD, Dual airbags, Rear parking sensors, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, Electrically adjustable ORVMs, Tilt-adjustable steering, Front power windows, Manual AC, Rear AC vents, Front and rear USB charging ports, Fabric upholstery, and All-black interiors to name a few.
This is the second most affordable variant for the line-up. The HTK variant comes with the same engine and transmission options as the HTE variant, which includes a 1.2-litre petrol engine, priced at Rs 7.59 lakh, and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine priced at Rs 8.99 lakh. For the addition premium you pay, you will not only get all the features from the HTE variant, but additionally, you will also get 16-inch wheels with covers, Driver seat height adjust, Remote locking, Rear power windows, Steering mounted media controls, 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, ‘UVO Lite’ connected features speakers, All-black interior, and Semi-leatherette seats.
This is probably the most “value for money” variant in the entire line-up, which comes with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with manual transmission, priced at Rs 8.45 lakh, a 1.5-litre diesel engine paired with manual transmission, priced at Rs 9.49 lakh, or a automatic transmission for Rs 10.39 lakh. Interestingly, this variant also gets a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine which produces 118bhp of power and 172Nm of torque. This engine is paired with a automatic transmission only and comes at a price starting Rs 10.49 lakh. However, Kia also claims to introduce a manual option with the turbo-charged engine, if demanded by the market. Apart from all the features in the HTK variant, the HTK+ comes with ESC, Drive modes, Hill start assist, Traction control, all these features are exclusive to the 1.0 litre petrol engine with AT only. The rest of the models get Projector fog lamps, Auto headlamps, ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, Power-folding ORVMs, Rear defogger, Auto climate control, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, and Rear view camera with parking guidelines.
The HTX variant comes with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine which comes with the recently launched iMT technology, which allows the users to enjoy the experience of driving a manual car, without the hassle of clutch. This variant costs Rs 9.99 lakh(ex-showroom). The engine option available with the iMT transmission option is the 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is also priced the same, at Rs 9.9 lakh. Additional features in this variant include, Auto LED headlamps, Projector fog lamps, LED front and rear DRLs, ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, Sunroof, Keyless entry and go, Cruise control, Remote engine start, Beige and black interiors, Leatherette steering wheel and gear knob, Rear centre armrest, Rear seat adjustable headrest, and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
This is the most premium offering in the Tech Line, which comes with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, with the iMT transmission, priced at Rs 11.65 lakh. The other option includes a 1.5-litre diesel engine paired with a manual transmission, priced at Rs 11.65 lakh. This variant gets a host of different features which includes, Rear washer and wiper, Dual-tone roof (optional), 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, Tyre-pressure monitor, Leatherette upholstery, Leatherette door trim, Ventilated front seats, Air purifier, 10.25-inch touchscreen, ‘UVO’ connected car tech, Voice commands, 7-speaker Bose Audio system, and LED ‘sound mood lighting’.
Lastly, the top-spec variant from the GT Line is the GTX+, which comes loaded with all the features and comes with everything, for a comfortable trip. This variant comes with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with iMT transmission. It comes with a prices tag of Rs 12.89 lakh, which has been announced by Kia on Thursday. The other option is a 1.5-litre diesel engine paired with manual transmission, it also comes at the same price of Rs 12.89 lakh. All the features mentioned above will be present in this variant, apart from that, the car will also get 6 airbags, ESC, Hill-start assist, Traction control (AT only), Drive modes (AT only), Front parking sensors, and a handy Wireless phone charger.