3,317 kilometres – that’s the distance our long-term Kia Sonet covered this month! But believe me, it wasn’t done for fun and games. In fact, all these kilometres were clocked for some work or the other. Over the last three weeks, I took the Sonet on four road-trips from Delhi – to Jaipur/Alwar, Dehradun and Chandigarh. However, in the Sonet, it was just a breeze. Here's why.
The diesel-automatic combination of the Sonet is blissful. Sure, it's a little gruff during cold starts, but apart from that, the engine and gearbox are mated together like a marriage made-in-heaven. Power delivery is creamy, you're always in the right gear and the driving experience is utterly comfortable. The best part is the highway manners of this car. Even at triple-digit speeds, it feels like you're doing 80km/h. That's because there's no noise filtering into the cabin. Plus, the Sonet feels firmly planted on the road at those speeds. On top of that, you have all the luxuries inside, which means, munching miles, even for the most mundane of things, becomes an enjoyable affair.
Is there anything I don't like? At low speeds, the ride is stiff, and there's some understeer during spirited driving in the hills, thanks to the heavy nose due to the diesel-AT drivetrain. But, overall, it's just a phenomenal machine on all sorts of roads.
When it came: October 2020
Current Odo reading: 7,619kms
Mileage this month: 3,317kms
Fuel efficiency: 16km/l
What’s good: Diesel-AT is effortless
What’s not: Stiff low-speed ride
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