Kia Sonet Long Term Report: February 2021

By Shivank Bhatt | on February 28, 2021

Another month living with the Sonet, and it is steadily munching miles without a single problem. For the last two months, I've just been going on and on about its comfort, performance and premium features. Long story short, I’ve only been singing praises of it. 

As an objective critic, this has made my life difficult. I have to literally scratch beneath the surface to find flaws with it. So, are there any? Well, it's quite pricey, especially this diesel AT version, the rear space is tight, the ride is a bit firm at low speeds, and cold starts are clattery. But the thing is, none of these things is actually a deal-breaker. The positives far outweigh the negatives here.

There haven’t been any issues with our long-term Sonet so far. But recently I noticed that the rear parcel tray rattles a lot. This continued for days before I decided to fix it for good. However, there were no loose connections. Instead, the service guys had left a spare parcel tray in the boot of our car when it went for a periodic check-up a few weeks ago. Quite annoying, actually –  I now have to start looking for faults elsewhere!


When it came: October 2020

Current Odo reading: 9,735kms

Mileage this month: 827kms

Fuel efficiency: 15km/l

What’s good: Performance, comfort

What’s not: Nothing really

Long Term Report: March 2021

This is my fifth month with the Sonet, and the more I drive it, the more I like it. Truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of pseudo sub-4m compact-SUVs, for I’ve always thought that it’s just a trick to make customers pay extra money for what is a glorified high-riding hatchback. However, over time, I’ve come to realise that compact-SUVs really do have a solid case in our market – and the Sonet has convinced me even more about this. 

Kia Sonet Long Term Report February 2021

Good ground clearance, high seating, a long list of creature comforts, impeccable engine performance, and a hatchback-like driving experience are some of the key highlights of the Sonet that I absolutely adore. After driving the Sonet for months, I’ve noticed that I now find the low seating of sedans and hatchbacks to be rather uncomfortable during my regular commutes and long drives. And, maybe, more than the looks and macho-appeal, the higher and upright seating of a compact-SUV is what makes buyers gravitate towards these faux SUVs. In all honesty, if I were to spend 15-odd lakhs on a new car today, my heart would be tempted to buy the new Thar, whereas the petrol head in me would pull me towards a hot hatchback like the i20 DCT. However, when it’ll be time to put my money down, I have a nagging feeling that I’ll end up with the Sonet.   


When it came: October 2020

Current Odo reading: 12,006kms

Mileage this month: 2,271kms

Fuel efficiency: 14km/l

What’s good: Comfort, high seating

What’s not: Heavy drinker

Long Term Report: April 2021

The Kia Sonet is now entering the phase where it might need a visit to the service station. Now there's no mechanical fault or any pending maintenance work, but there are some panels that have started rattling, especially the front doors and the parcel tray. It isn't that bad but on bad roads, it's quite apparent that something is loose in the car. 

Kia Sonet Long Term Report April 2021

Apart from that, the fuel economy has taken a serious hit. Now, as we already know, and have experienced in the past, the Sonet diesel AT isn't a light drinker. But the fuel economy figures have dipped even lower this month, thanks to the continuous use of air-conditioning since the summer is here. Plus, the on-board trip computer's distance-to-empty feature isn't very accurate - let's just say that it's quite optimistic, but sees a sudden drop once the fuel level goes below a quarter of a tank. On the upside, the ventilated seats are a godsend on a hot day. It's such a cool feature, literally.  


When it came: October 2020

Current Odo reading: 13,862kms

Mileage this month: 1,856kms

Fuel efficiency: 12.5km/l

What's good: Ventilated seats

What's not: Door rattle

Read more:

Kia Sonet Long Term Report: January 2021

Kia Sonet Long Term Report: December 2020

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