The Kia Sonet has been a huge success for Kia Mzansi with over 3,500 units sold since its launch. Not to rest on its laurels, Kia has now added Turbo power and a new specification making the Sonnet more attractive to the SUV buyer.
The Kia Sonet design has that funky design with Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose grille’ dominating the front, large halogen headlights seating underneath a curved bonnet design. There is a stylish front skid plate underneath which hints at the SUV DNA with fog lamps placed on the outer edges of the front bumper.
Its sporty silhouette is enhanced by the unique design and structure of its C-pillars, matched with a wrap-around rear windscreen. 16inch alloys comes standard on the EX and EX+ spec whilst a two tone color patterns catches the eye (top is white with body in a metallic colour of choice). Roof rails make it easy for the outdoor lifestyle buyer. The rear has LED lighting with a skid plate placed at the bottom of the rear bumper. The whole car profile has a strong, sporty character imparting greater road presence.
Kia claims the Sonet has one of the largest and most spacious vehicles in the B-SUV segment, ensuring that there is more than enough space for all passengers. There is an 8-inch HD touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto that takes pride of place in the centre console. The EX and EX+ spec is highlighted below:
Feature highlights on the mid-tier EX derivative, to name but a few, include:
- 8,0-inch HD touchscreen infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Bluetooth with voice control
- Height-adjustable driver’s seat
- Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter
- Rear-view camera and rear park distance control (PDC)
- Combination artificial leather and cloth seat trim
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS with EBD
- Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
- Dual front airbags
- ISOFIX child-seat anchoring points
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic headlamp activation
In addition to the EX trim level, the new EX+ specification adds:
- Side and curtain airbags
- Rear combination LED lights with signature graphic
- 2” TFT LCD Supervision cluster
- Artificial leather seats with contrast red stitching
- Folding electric side mirrors
- Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
- Cruise control
- Automatic climate control
- Drive Mode Select
The new Kia Sonet 1.0 T-GDi is equipped with Kia’s advanced 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (7DCT) driving the front wheels. A new engine in the local Kia stable, the 1.0 T-GDi boasts outputs of 88kW at 6,000 r/min and a stout 172 Nm of torque on a plateau from 1,500-4,000 r/min.
This new engine places easy-driving characteristics at the forefront, balancing more than sufficient punch for safe overtaking manoeuvres with low engine speeds at highway velocities for improved fuel consumption and refinement and a satisfyingly sporty 3-cylinder thrum. In the combined cycle, the 1,0 T-GDi option emits a mere 137 g/km of CO2 emissions.
Well-equipped EX plus flagship EX+
Sonet 1.5 LX Manual R296,995
Sonet 1.5 LX CVT R317,995
Sonet 1.5 EX Manual R316,995
Sonet 1.5 EX CVT R337,995
Sonet 1.0 T-GDI EX 7DCT R359,995
Sonet 1.0 T-GDI EX+ 7DCT R389,995
All Sonet models ship as standard with Kia’s industry-leading Unlimited Kilometre, 5-year warranty (inclusive of Roadside Assistance), as well as a prepaid 4-year / 60,000 km service plan. The new Sonet 1.0 T-GDI range is on sale across Kia South Africa’s national dealer network from Monday, 11 July 2022.