KIA has just launched a spicy India-sourced newcomer in the compact crossover segment.
SAID to be manufactured to the highest quality standards at its state-of-the-art production facility at Anantapur, India, the KIA Sonet is the South Korean brand’s all-new smart urban compact SUV, marking the brand’s entry into the burgeoning B-SUV segment in South Africa.
“With its sporty, eye-catching design language, fun-to-drive dynamics and the high-quality features we are renowned for, the all-new Sonet puts an exclamation point on our ambition to make KIA the brand of choice for trendy urbanites,” says Gary Scott, CEO, KIA South Africa. “The Sonet fulfils an important role in KIA’s local line-up, and is well positioned to attract a large number of customers who value design, comfort and quality.”
A complete package
The Sonet is all-new, developed and engineered from the ground-up jointly between KIA Motors India and the company’s global R&D headquarters in Namyang.
Following extensive market input, especially relating to its design, engine and transmission tuning and characteristics, and suspension attributes, the Sonet was designed to offer customers a car that ticks all the boxes while offering a selection of features that add value to the ownership experience.
During its development, the Sonet has been through extensive tests across diverse terrain, driving situations, and climatic conditions, with engineers from India and South Korea covering over 100,000km. The outcome is a B-SUV designed to turn heads on the road, engineered to offer driving pleasure, built to world-leading quality standards, and offered with the convenience, comfort, safety and features that every modern KIA is known for.
“The B-SUV segment is continuously growing and evolving, with strong competition from multiple brands. This segment is a launchpad for consumers actively upgrading their lifestyle, whether because of a notable life change, or a desire to see more, do more and experience more,” comments Stephen Crosse, sales and marketing director, KIA South Africa. “We’re confident that these consumers, keen to start their SUV life, will be attracted to the complete package the Sonet represents.”
A look at the specification breakdown and pricing:
ENGINE: The Sonet is offered with a new engine for the South African market: a fuel-efficient naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine that boasts outputs of 85kW of power at 6300rpm and 144Nm of torque at 4500rpm.
GEARBOX: Customers have a choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Two trim levels will be available with both transmission options.
Feature highlights on the entry-level KIA Sonet LX derivatives include:
20cm infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Remote central locking
Front and rear electric windows
15-inch steel wheels
Height-adjustable driver’s seat
Automatic headlamp activation
Combination artificial leather and cloth seat trim
KIA Sonet EX models gain the following on top of LX specification:
Rear park distance control
Leather steering wheel and gear knob
Silver skid plates
16-inch alloy wheels
Side repeater lamps
Front fog lights
All KIA Sonet models offer:
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS with EBD
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
Dual front airbags
ISOFIX child-seat anchoring points
KIA Sonet South African recommended retail prices:
Sonet 1.5 LX Manual – R264 995
Sonet 1.5 LX CVT – R285 995
Sonet 1.5 EX Manual – R284 995
Sonet 1.5 EX CVT – R305 995