Kia Motors is all set to launch its third offering in India – the Kia Sonet sub-compact SUV – next week. Since its unveiling in August, Kia Sonet has garnered a lot of attraction already. Sonet sub-compact SUV garnered more than 6,500 bookings on opening day, hinting that it might have enough firepower to shake up the crowded segment.Many experts in the field are of the opinion that ‘while its looks and how it drives obviously matter, much would also depend on how Kia will price the Sonet’.
Kia is known to price its vehicles aggressively. The starting price at this launch is expected to be ₹7 lakh, and may go up till ₹13 lakh. That pits it directly against its key rival Hyundai Venue. The Venue SUV starts at a price of a little under ₹7 lakh and goes up to ₹11.5 lakh.
The much talked about iMT transmission is a shared technology between the two. Besides, there are several other features and elements, like turbo variants, that are common between the two sub-compact SUVs. But there are elements that promise to set Sonet apart from Venue and can be a dealmaker or deal-breaker
The first feature being a 1-litre turbo engine with iMT or regular transmission in a car of this size which is believed to promise to be peppy and fun to drive anywhere. But Kia decided to bring in the 1.5-litre CRDi diesel engine that powers the Seltos SUV in Sonet as well. This specific engine, mated to a 6-speed torque converter, is one of the biggest differences between Sonet and Venue. It can produce 115 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque.
Also, it has three modes – snow, mud and sand. People however speculate that these will not make a major difference in performance when the Sonet is pushed into such scenarios where you need such modes to kick in, but may well edge out of a sticky situation. Further, Kia Sonet gets 7-speaker Bose sound system which comes with LED Sound Mood Lights that keeps changing. Hyundai Venue comes with 6-speaker Arkamys audio.
The car is likely to be more preferred from the safety aspect as well. This is owing to the fact that besides the regular rear parking sensors that are common in most cars, Kia Sonet comes with a front parking sensor too. It not only helps while parking the car in a tight spot, but can also help the car negotiate narrow lanes or start-and-stop traffic in the city.
Also, the car is very popular among the youngsters because it has a bigger touchscreen infotainment system along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and AI voice recognition, it has a connected car technology called UVO.