South Korean automobile company Kia Motors Corporation revealed the Kia Sonet, manufactured at Kia’s facility at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. This is the third car from Kia in the Indian market as well.
Looking at the immense success of the Seltos in India, the Sonet is also expected to set the sales charts on fire.
The Kia Sonet is closely related to the Hyundai Venue and utilises the same platform and will feature the same set of engines. There will be a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel. Kia had earlier confirmed the presence of an iMT or clutch-less manual transmission as seen on the Hyundai Venue paired with the 1.0-liter turbo petrol.
Kia Sonet Vs Hyundai Venue:
Design and Appearance
As for the Sonet, it gets a completely different styling when compared to the Hyundai Venue. The latter is a boxy-SUV, living on the conventional SUV styling. It gets sharper creases, chunky bumpers and an upright stance. Sonet also gets an upright stance but in a modern avatar. It gets a slightly rounded appearance, protruding wheel arches and somewhat a fusion theme.
Other highlights that we see on the Kia Sonet include its signature Tiger Nose grille, sharp headlamp design and stylish alloy wheels. As for the Venue, it shows off Hyundai’s latest design language with the huge cascading grille, dual-tone alloy wheels and split headlamp design.
|Sonet diesel||1.5-litre||6-MT/ 6-AT||99 bhp||240 Nm|
|Venue diesel||1.5-litre||6-MT||99 bhp||240 Nm|
|Sonet 1.2-litre||1.2-litre||5-MT||82 bhp||115 Nm|
|Sonet 1.0-litre||1.0-litre||6-MT / 6-iMT / 7-DCT||119 bhp||172 Nm|
|Venue 1.2-litre||1.2-litre||5-MT||82 bhp||115 Nm|
|Venue 1.0-litre||1.0-litre||6-MT / 6-iMT / 7-DCT||119 bhp||172 Nm|
Price in India
Hyundai Venue price in India starts at Rs 6.70 lakh for the base variant and the figures reach up till Rs 11.58 lakh for the 7-speed DCT dual-tone option. On the other hand, Kia Sonet’s price in India is likely to be revealed in a few weeks. However, we expect it to cost slightly more than the Venue due to additional features on offer and the presence of automatic option with the diesel engine.