After acing the compact SUV segment with Seltos, Kia did it again in the Sub-compact SUV segment when it launched the Kia Sonnet in mid-September. The model had a launch starting price of ₹ 6.72 Lakh. Despite being a new entrant in a highly competitive category, Kia Sonnet received an overwhelming response. Kia Motors reported a record 6,523 bookings on the first day for their new kid on the block.
The responses suggest the car is a fantastic sub-4m SUV. But what exactly do you get when you buy Kia Sonnet? The Sonnet Compact SUV is available in two variants, the Tech Line, which consists of HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, and HTX+ trims, and the GT Line comprising of GTX+ trim.
All six trim levels have a 5-seater capacity. The standout difference is in the appearance, with the GT Line being a sportier version and higher end of the two. It also has red accents on its exterior.
The Sonnet comes in two engine options; petrol and diesel engines. Petrol users have two engine options. A 1.2-liter turbo-petrol powered engine producing 83hp and 115Nm of torque, and a 1.0-liter, turbo-petrol powered engine that can generate 120hp and 175Nm of torque. Diesel users, on the other hand, get a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine.
As is the norm with Kia models, the Sonnet features tons of equipment. They include; cruise control, UVO connected car tech, an air purifier, a 10.25-inch touchscreen containing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sunroof, to name a few. There are also additional safety features, including electronic stability control, front parking sensors, six airbags, and vehicle stability management, among others.
The sub-compact SUV segment is highly competitive with several rivals, such as Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Taxa Nexon, making an impact, but still, Sonnet has managed to stamp its authority. This is an indication of how good this sub-4m SUV is.