Ever since the wraps were taken off the Sonet, it has garnered praise from the industry and customers alike. Kia has done a stellar job of developing the most desirable compact SUV in the country. From its high-grade build quality to top-notch fit and finish and modern powertrain options, the Sonet offers it all. So, it was only natural for me to jump at its keys when it entered our long-term fleet.
The model that we have is the Sonet diesel automatic, which is powered by the 113bhp, 250Nm version of the 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine. This means that it’s as powerful as the bigger, more expensive diesel versions of the Creta and Seltos. Thanks to its compact dimensions and lighter weight, the Sonet diesel automatic is a hoot to drive! There is always ample power on tap, and the powertrain is quick to respond to throttle inputs. Its six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, meanwhile, goes about its business smoothly and quickly. The Sonet, in fact, is not just fun to drive but also very comfortable as a daily driver, as I’ve come to find out. My daily work commutes are absolutely stress-free, as I can navigate city traffic effortlessly, thanks to the smooth manners of the powertrain. My only complaint would be the high NVH from the powertrain. Another aspect to note is that the Sonet diesel AT isn’t an especially efficient car, as its currently returning about 15 – 16km/l.
Still, I love the appeal of this top-end GTX variant, with its all-black interior, which makes the cabin look quite upmarket. Everything, from the use of leather to high-quality seats, makes it feel very premium. What’s more, it’s loaded to the gills with equipment too, some of which is segment-leading. The way I see it, the Sonet is the most desirable compact SUV on sale today. And it’s evident, for people simply can’t seem to take their eyes off it on the road.
When it came: October 2020
Current Odo reading: 4,302kms
Mileage this month: 1,205kms
Fuel efficiency: 16km/l
What’s good: Premium quotient
What’s not: High NVH