2021 Kia Sonet First Look: A Tiny, Stylish SUV for (Most of) the World

2021 Kia Sonet First Look: A Tiny, Stylish SUV for (Most of) the World

A Kia and now? Meet the Sonet, a new small crossover being launched for India that Kia says will soon be available in other global markets. It’s not entirely clear whether the United States is one of those markets, but that seems unlikely given Kia’s well-rounded lineup of small SUVs. The Sonet is more or less the same size as Hyundai’s Venue – which is sold in America – meaning it would strongly overlap the Kia Soul and, to some extent, the recently introduced Seltos which sneaks between the sub -compact Soul and the compact Sportage.

What is the Kia Sonet?

The Sonet is a subcompact SUV that looks a bit like a crashed mashup of a Sportage and a Seltos, with small, thin wheels and a sparkling roof. It’s cute how cute most little things are and interesting details abound, from the body-color stripe behind the rear doors that wraps around the black roof to the deeply sculpted body sides. Lower trim levels get body-colored roofs, but the trim lines define the same roll-bar style element highlighted on the GT-spec Sonets.

This applies doubly to the interior, which has vertically oriented air vents, an available large 10.3-inch center display, and large digital displays for the speed and climate controls. The gauge cluster, in particular, has a nifty interior design with a 4.2-inch screen on one side that can show navigation instructions, as well as overall readings for fuel level, engine temperature. and the tachometer.

A herd of transmissions

For something so small, the Sonet certainly offers a host of powertrain options. There are two gasoline engines – a 1.2-liter four and a 1.0-liter turbo – and a 1.5-liter diesel. Kia went crazy with the transmission options of the Sonet, five (!) things: a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, a segment-exclusive six-speed automatic (in India) for the diesel engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and the same i- The manual without clutch pedal MT introduced in Indian market Hyundai Venue. This last transmission is easily the most interesting of the bunch, as it retains a traditional manual gear lever but does not have a clutch pedal; moving the shift lever initiates an automated clutch process.

Kia doesn’t specify, but it looks like the Sonet is front-wheel drive, like the Venue. With automobile safety being a topic of growing interest in India, especially among budget vehicles, the Sonet has a series of airbags, child seat anchors, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. And while the Kia will certainly be inexpensive, it doesn’t look, which will suit it well if and when it spreads to other markets. Will it come to the United States? If Kia sees room under the soul, maybe, but it’s a thin slice of the market and the company says it has no plans to do so just yet. The Soul starts at $ 18,610, so the Sonet would have to land in the $ 15,000 space to make sense, but never say never in a market that can’t get enough crossover SUVs.

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