Kia Sonet launched in India: Price and other highlights
What seeks to help Kia Sonet's case is its striking looks, a feature-packed cabin, multiple engine and transmission options and the fact that elder sibling Seltos has been a runaway hit in the Indian market. While rivals like Hyundai Venue and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza are strong and proven performers, Sonet is looking at upstaging them in this intense battle.
Here is a quick recap of all the highlights from the launch event of Kia Sonet:
Sonet launch report
Click here for the full report from Kia Sonet launch event.
Sonet has been launched in India
Click here to know about the five major highlights of Kia Sonet.
Kia has big dreams for Sonet
Kia has big ambitions from Sonet. It aims to sell 100,000 units of the car in India and export 50,000 units in the first year itself.
Full price list of Kia Sonet
Here is the full price list of Kia Sonet.
What is the price that Kia Sonet starts at?
Kia has priced the Sonet at the starting price of ₹6.71 lakh.
Kia Sonet has an India connect
Kia Sonet is being offered first in India before it makes way to international markets including Russia and Latin America.
How many bookings has Sonet garnered so far?
Kia says the Sonet has garnered over 25,000 bookings for so far with over 1,000 bookings each day.
Launch event for Sonet begins
Sonet is the second 'Made in India' product from Kia.
Launch event of Sonet about to begin shortly
The wait nears its end.
Have you checked out the Sonet drive review yet?
HT Auto drives Sonet. Here's what we make of it.
What are the features that are unique to Sonet alone
Kia is making the bold claim of offering more than 30 segment-first features in the Sonet. Take a look at some of these here.
Why is the sub-compact SUV segment booming in India?
There are a plethora of reasons why this segment is faring better than most others in India. SUV proportions is key because, say market watchers, people tend to prefer cars with a higher driving position. SUVs also tend to look more striking for many buyers.
Then there is the long list of features that many OEMs bring to their products in this category.
Preference for SUVs is being observed in many global markets but because sub-compact SUVs are priced aggressively, they tend to find favour in a price-conscious market like India.
How much fuel does Sonet sip?
While Kia has not officially revealed the mileage figures on Sonet, reports suggest it could return 18.5 to 19 kilometres per litre, depending on fuel and transmission options. (Full report here)
What are the design highlights of the Sonet? Take a quick look:
Recap - first look video of Kia Sonet
First customer car
The first customer unit of Sonet was rolled out of the Anantpur facility on September 4. (Full report here)
Sonet vs Venue
Ah, that big question about which Korean sibling to choose. While we wait for the pricing structure of Sonet, here's a look at what the car offers that the Venue does not.
Did you know?
Sonet received over 6,523 orders on the first day that pre-launch bookings were opened. This figure is more than the orders that Seltos received on the first day its bookings were opened. (Click here for full report)
The hues of Sonet
Sonet will be offered in a plethora of mono and dual-tone colour options. While there are seven single-tone colour choices, there are three dual-tone options. But not every variant will have all the choices available.
Want to make sense of what's available on which variant? Check our detailed report here.
Options galore on Sonet
Sonet, much like Seltos, will be offered in Tech Line trim as well as the higher-spec GT Line trim. (Click here to find out what's different in the two Sonet)
'Made in India, Made for the World'
Kia's Anantpur facility in Andhra Pradesh is where the Sonet will be manufactured - both for India as well as international markets. The company says the quality of the Sonet in India will be the exact same as it is anywhere else.
Kia's India journey
Kia entered the Indian market with the Seltos and managed to taste a whole lot of success despite the challenges that hounded the industry in 2019. Seltos was well liked for its looks as well as performance and managed to give Creta from Hyundai some serious competition.
Next in line from Kia was Carnival, a luxury MPV. Kia says selling huge volumes was not the idea behind bringing in Carnival but it was to showcase what the company was capable of.
Now, it is time to go hunting for numbers again as Sonet enters a very lucrative space of sub-compact SUVs.