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    2021 Kia Sonet Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

    by Lakshya Khanna on Wednesday, Feb 03 2021

    V3Cars reviews all variants of the 2021 Kia Sonet petrol to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Sonet petrol is available with a 1.2-litre normal petrol engine and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine options. While the normal petrol engine is paired with only a manual transmission, the turbo petrol engine either comes with an auto-clutch manual or a torque converter type automatic transmission.

     

    2021 Kia Sonet

    What are the Price of Kia Sonet?

    The Sonet petrol’s starting price has now increased to Rs 6.79 lakh from the previous Rs 6.71 lakh. The 1.2-litre petrol HTK and HTK+ variants’ prices have increased by Rs 10,000.

    All the variants with the turbo-petrol engine cost the same as before. Thus, the Sonet turbo petrol still has a starting price of Rs 9.49 lakh that extends up to Rs 12.89 lakh. 

    KIA SONET | PRICES

    Variant

    2020 Price

    Difference

    2021 Price

     

    1.2 Petrol Manual

    HTE

    Rs 6,71,000

    Rs 8,000

    Rs 6,79,000

    HTK

    Rs 7,59,000

    Rs 10,000

    Rs 7,69,000

    HTK+

    Rs 8,45,000

    Rs 10,000

    Rs 8,55,000

     

    1.0 Turbo Petrol ACMT

    HTK+

    Rs 9,49,000

    Rs 0

    Rs 9,49,000

    HTX

    Rs 9,99,000

    Rs 0

    Rs 9,99,000

    HTX+

    Rs 11,65,000

    Rs 0

    Rs 11,65,000

    GTX+

    Rs 11,99,000

    Rs 0

    Rs 11,99,000

     

    1.0 Turbo Petrol DCT

    HTK+

    Rs 10,49,000

    Rs 0

    Rs 10,49,000

    GTX+

    Rs 12,89,000

    Rs 0

    Rs 12,89,000

    What are the Engine Specifications of Kia Sonet Petrol?

    The Sonet comes with a 1.2-litre normal petrol engine that produces 83PS of maximum power and 115Nm of peak torque. The same engine does the duty under the hood of the Hyundai Venue, but in a slightly different tune. Apart from the Sonet and the Venue, Magnite, Brezza, Urban Cruiser and EcoSport also come equipped with normal petrol engine. Among these, only the Magnite and EcoSport have 3-cylinder engines, while the rest get a 4-cylinder engine. 

    Among these cars, the EcoSport’s engine is the most powerful and torquey, followed by the Brezza and Urban Cruiser. The EcoSport’s engine also has the best power:weight ratio, while the Brezza offers the best torque:weight ratio, which is an indication of good drivability.

    All these cars in this segment come equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Magnite offers the best fuel efficiency, followed by the Sonet. Only the Brezza and EcoSport are available with an automatic transmission option with the normal petrol engine.

    SONET vs RIVALS

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Sonet

    Venue

    Magnite

    WR-V

    Brezza/Urban Cruiser

    EcoSport

    Displacement

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.0L

    1.2L

    1.5L

    1.5L

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    3

    4

    4

    3

    Cubic Capacity

    1197cc

    1197cc

    999cc

    1199cc

    1462cc

    1496cc

    Maximum Power

    83PS @ 6300rpm

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    72PS @ 6250rpm

    90PS @ 6000rpm

    105PS @ 6000rpm

    122PS @ 6500rpm

    Power:Weight

    76PS/t*

    76.78PS/t

    76.68PS/t

    81.37PS/t

    92.92PS/t

    97.91PS/t

    Peak Torque

    115Nm @ 4200rpm

    114Nm @ 4000rpm

    96Nm @ 3500rpm

    110Nm @ 4800rpm

    138Nm @ 4400rpm

    149Nm @ 4500rpm

    Torque:Weight

    105Nm/t*

    105.46Nm/t

    102.24Nm/t

    99.46Nm/t

    122.12Nm/t

    119.58Nm/t

    Manual

    Transmission

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    Manual

    Claimed FE

    18.4kmpl

    17.27kmpl

    18.75kmpl

    16.5kmpl

    17.03kmpl

    15.9kmpl

    Automatic

    Transmission

    --

    --

    --

    --

    4AT

    6TC

    Automatic

    Claimed FE

    --

    --

    --

    --

    18.76kmpl (Mild Hybrid)

    14.7kmpl

    The Sonet also comes with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which delivers 120PS of maximum power and 172Nm of peak torque. This same engine, in the exact state of tune, also drives the Venue. Apart from the Sonet and Venue, Magnite, Nexon and XUV300 also come equipped with turbo-petrol engines, and all these are 3-cylinder engines.

    The engines of the Sonet, Venue and Nexon offer similar power outputs, but the Sonet and the Venue’s power:weight ratio is better than the Nexon’s. The Magnite’s engine produces the least torque, but as it is lighter than its rivals, its torque:weight ratio is the best in the segment.

    The Sonet’s turbo-petrol engine is available only with the auto clutch manual transmission and dual-clutch automatic transmission options. In case of the automatic transmission, it's claimed fuel efficiency is better than the other cars. 

    SONET vs RIVALS

    TURBO PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Sonet

    Venue

    Magnite

    Nexon

    XUV300

    Displacement

    1.0L

    1.0L

    1.0L

    1.0L

    1.2L

    1.2L

    Cylinder

    3

    3

    3

    3

    3

    3

    Cubic Capacity

    998cc

    998cc

    999cc

    999cc

    1199cc

    1197cc

    Maximum Power

    120PS @ 6000rpm

    120PS @ 6000rpm

    100PS @ 5000rpm

    100PS @ 5000rpm

    120PS @ 5500rpm

    110.1PS @ 5000rpm

    Power:Weight

    103PS/t*

    103.99PS/t

    98.62PS/t

    96.25PS/t

    96.77PS/t

    81.43PS/t

    Peak Torque

    172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

    172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

    160Nm @ 2800 - 3600rpm

    152Nm @ 2200 - 4400rpm

    170Nm @ 1750-4000rpm

    200Nm @ 2000-3500rpm

    Torque:Weight

    149Nm/t*

    149.05Nm/t

    157.79Nm/t

    146.29Nm/t

    137.1Nm/t

    147.93Nm/t

    Manual

    Transmission

    6ACMT

    6MT/6ACMT

    5MT

    --

    6MT

    6MT

    Manual

    Claimed FE

    18.2kmpl

    18.07kmpl

    20kmpl

    --

    17.57kmpl

    16.82kmpl

    Automatic

    Transmission

    7DCT

    7DCT

    --

    CVT

    6AMT

    --

    Automatic

    Claimed FE

    18.3kmpl

    17.99kmpl

    --

    17.7kmpl

    16.35kmpl

    --

    What are the  Dimensions of Kia Sonet?

    The Kia Sonet is a B2 segment SUV, and its overall length is around 4 metres. The Sonet is 20mm wider than the Venue, and its wheelbase is as long as that of the Venue’s. It is the second tallest car in the segment after the EcoSport, and offers the most spacious boot in the segment.

    SONET vs RIVALS

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Sonet

    Venue

    Magnite

    WR-V

    Brezza

    Nexon

    EcoSport

    XUV300

    Length

    3995mm

    3995mm

    3994mm

    3999mm

    3995mm

    3993mm

    3998mm

    3995mm

    Width

    1790mm

    1770mm

    1758mm

    1734mm

    1790mm

    1811mm

    1765mm

    1821mm

    Height

    1642mm

    1605mm

    1572mm

    1601mm

    1640mm

    1606mm

    1647mm

    1627mm

    Wheelbase

    2500mm

    2500mm

    2500mm

    2555mm

    2500mm

    2498mm

    2519mm

    2600mm

    Boot Space

    392-lt

    350-lt

    336-lt

    363-lt

    328-lt

    350-lt

    352-lt

    257-lt

    Ground Clearance

    205mm

    190mm

    205mm

    188mm

    200mm

    209mm

    200mm

    180mm

    Fuel Tank

    45-lt

    45-lt

    40-lt

    40-lt

    48-lt

    44-lt

    52-lt

    42-lt

    Tyre Size (Base)

    195/65 R15

    195/65 R15

    195/60 R16

    195/60 R16

    205/60 R16

    195/60 R16

    195/65 R15

    205/65 R16

    Tyre Size (Top)

    215/60 R16

    215/60 R16

    195/60 R16

    195/60 R16

    215/60 R16

    215/60 R16

    215/60 R16

    215/55 R17

    The Sonet comes with a ground clearance of 205mm, which is the second best in the segment after the Nexon. It offers 2 wheel size options -- 15-inch for the base variant and 16-inch for all the other variants. 

    2021 Kia Sonet Variant-wise Features

    What are the features of Kia Sonet HTE Variant?

    The Sonet 1.2-litre petrol’s base variant -- HTE -- is priced at Rs 6.79 lakh. This variant comes with black interior along with fabric seat upholstery. The HTE variant covers all the basic safety features, apart from which you also get features like central locking, speed sensing auto door lock, impact sensing auto door unlock, tilt steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, front power windows, rear AC vents and front and rear USB charger. 

    This variant lacks some features such as an audio system with steering mounted controls, rear power windows and remote central locking. HTE is the only variant that comes with the smaller 15-inch steel wheels.

    KIA SONET HTE | FEATURES

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Std Safety Features

    Tilt Steering

    Front & Rear Skid Plates

    Emergency Stop Signal

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    R15 Steel Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

    Central Locking

    Front & Rear USB Charging Ports

    Black Interior

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    Rear AC Vents

    Fabric Upholstery

    Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

    Adjustable Front Headrests

     
     

    Fixed Rear Headrests

     
     

    Front Power Windows

     

    What are the features of Kia Sonet HTK Variant?

    The Sonet 1.2 HTK variant is Rs 90,000 more expensive than the base HTE variant. 

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

    HTE 1.2

    DIFFERENCE

    HTK 1.2

    Rs 6,79,000

    Rs 90,000

    Rs 7,69,000


    This variant doesn’t add-in any safety feature, but offers an audio system with steering-mounted controls, rear power windows and remote central locking. With these added features, this variant covers all the basic features. As far as style related features are concerned -- the HTK variant comes with 16-inch steel wheels, which have been styled to look quite similar to alloy wheels, while there is also semi-leather seat upholstery. 

    KIA SONET HTK | FEATURES OVER HTE

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Audio System

    Remote Central Locking

    R16 Styled Steel Wheels

    4 Speakers

    Rear Power Windows

    Semi Leatherette Seats

    Steering Mounted Audio Controls

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

     

    Bluetooth Connectivity

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

     

    UVO Lite (remote app)

    Sunglass Holder

     
     

    Passenger Seat Back Pocket

     

    According to our internal data, this variant’s added features do not completely justify the additional premium of Rs 90,000, but it is also not so expensive over the HTE variant to make you compromise on basic features. So, the buyers, who wish to buy only the most affordable variant of the Sonet can consider the HTK variant. However, if you can afford any of the 3 variants of the Sonet 1.2 litre petrol version, then you should go for the HTK+ variant, which we will take a look at next. 

    What are the features of Kia Sonet HTK+ Variant?

    The Kia Sonet 1.2 petrol’s HTK+ variant is Rs 86,000 more expensive than the HTK variant.

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

    HTK 1.2

    DIFFERENCE

    HTK+ 1.2

    Rs 7,69,000

    Rs 86,000

    Rs 8,55,000


    In the Sonet’s lineup, modern-day features start from the HTK+ variant onwards, features such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. This feature is available only with this system, and not with the bigger 10.25-inch touchscreen that is offered in the higher variants.

    The Sonet HTK+ variant adds-in some important safety features including projector fog lamps, rear defogger, rear parking camera and driver rear view monitor. 

    The other noteworthy additional features include - auto headlamps, turn indicators on ORVMs, roof rails, shark fin antenna, electrically foldable ORVMs and auto AC. 

    All the features that are offered in the Kia Sonet HTK+ variant are listed in the table below:

    KIA SONET HTK+ | FEATURES OVER HTK

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Projector Fog Lamps

    8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System w/ Arkamys Tuning

    Auto Headlamps

    Shark Fin Antenna

    Rear Defogger

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto (Wireless)

    Auto AC

    LED Turn Indicators on ORVMs

    Rear Parking Camera

    2 Tweeters

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

    Chrome Insert Around Grille

    Driver Rear View Monitor

     

    Driver Power Window w/ One-Touch Auto Down

    Leather-wrapped Gear Knob (automatic)

    Electronic Stability Control & Vehicle Stability Management (DCT)

     

    Rear Parcel Tray

    Roof Rails

    Hill Start Assist (DCT)

     

    Multi Drive Modes (DCT)

     

    Traction Control (DCT)

         

    The additional premium of Rs 86,000 of the HTK+ over the HTK variant’s price is justified owing to its useful good-to-have features. Hence, equipment-wise and value-wise the HTK+ is better than the HTK variant. So, among all the 3 variants of the Sonet 1.2 -- the HTK+ is the variant to buy.

    The HTK+ variant is also available with a turbo-petrol engine, paired with an auto-clutch manual and dual-clutch automatic transmission options. The Sonet 1.0 turbo ACMT is Rs 94,000 more expensive than the Sonet 1.2 MT. 

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    HTK+ 1.2

    DIFFERENCE

    HTK+ 1.0

    MT / ACMT

    Rs 8,55,000

    Rs 94,000

    Rs 9,49,000

    DIFFERENCE

       

    ₹1,00,000

    DCT

       

    ₹10,49,000

    This powertrain’s incremental cost is slightly on the higher side. If you are planning to buy the Sonet turbo ACMT, then we would strongly suggest not to buy the HTK+ variant. Keep reading to know why.

    If you are considering the Sonet automatic, then you will need to shell out another Rs 1 lakh for the HTK+ DCT variant. Along with the automatic transmission, this variant will also offer you 5 extra features -- electronic stability control, hill start assist, traction control, multi drive modes and leather gear knob. The DCT version is reasonably priced over the ACMT.

    For this powertrain and the added features the additional Rs 2 lakh premium of the Sonet turbo HTK+ DCT over the 1.2 HTK+ is almost justified. However, the Sonet turbo DCT’s price is higher than the Rs 10 lakh price slab, so in many states it will attract additional taxes. Still, for this powertrain and these features, we feel that it is a decent asking price. 

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

    HTK+ 1.2 MT

    DIFFERENCE

    HTK+ 1.0 DCT

    Rs 8,55,000

    Rs 1,94,000

    Rs 10,49,000

    What are the features of Kia Sonet HTX Variant?

    The Sonet HTX variant is Rs 50,000 more expensive than the HTK+ ACMT variant. 

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

    HTK+ 1.0 ACMT

    DIFFERENCE

    HTX 1.0 ACMT

    Rs 9,49,000

    Rs 50,000

    Rs 9,99,000

    For this additional premium, this variant adds-in a handful of features, such as: LED headlamps, sunroof, smart key with push-button start/stop, cruise control, black-beige interior, adjustable rear headrests and rear armrest.

    KIA SONET HTX | FEATURES OVER HTK+

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    ISOFIX

    Smart Key w/ Push-button Start/Stop

    Dual-function LED DRLs

    LED Headlamps

    Cruise Control

    LED Tail Lamps

     

    Remote Engine Start

    Sunroof

     

    Adjustable Rear Headrests

    Rear Bumper w/ Dual Muffler Design & Skid Plates w/ Diffuser Design

     

    Rear Armrest

    Chrome Door Handles

       

    Beige-Black Interior

       

    Leather-wrapped Flat-bottom Steering

       

    Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

    This variant comes with a sportier visual appeal as compared against the lower variants, but even this doesn’t come with alloy wheels. However, it is not a big miss, as you can retrofit them later. More importantly, the features that Kia has provided in this variant with a price increment of just Rs 50,000, are simply too good. 

    At Rs 9.99 lakh, we would highly recommend this variant to anyone, even to someone who’s planning to buy the Sonet 1.2 HTK+. This is because of the extra features of the HTX and its price difference with the 1.2 HTK+. This means that the better performance of the turbo petrol engine and the convenience of auto-clutch manual transmission are offered almost for free. So, naturally the Sonet turbo ACMT HTX is our top recommended variant. 

    What are the features of Kia Sonet HTX+ Variant?

    The Kia Sonet HTX+ variant is Rs 1.66 lakh more expensive than the HTX variant.  

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

    HTX 1.0 ACMT

    DIFFERENCE

    HTX+ 1.0 ACMT

    Rs 9,99,000

    Rs 1,66,000

    Rs 11,65,000

    HTX+ is the top variant in the Sonet’s HT Line trim. This variant adds-in a number of features such as - tyre pressure monitoring system, auto-dimming IRVM, 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment with Bose sound system, ventilated front seats, connected-car tech, air purifier, 16-inch alloy wheels, sound mood lights and digital instrument cluster. 

    KIA SONET HTX+ | FEATURES OVER HTX

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

    10.25-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

    Ventilated Front Seats

    R16 Alloy Wheels

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    Navigation

    Telematics

    LED Sound Mood Lights

    Auto-dimming IRVM

    Bose 7-speaker Sound System

    Air Purifier

    Leather Door Trim

     

    Voice Recognition

    Driver Seatback Pocket

    Digital Instrument Cluster

     

    (-) Wireless Phone Projection

     

    Dual-tone Exterior (O)

    For these additional features, the incremental cost of Rs 1.66 lakh is high and not justified. This variant’s added feel-good features are not so compelling in nature that you compromise on value. Hence, between the HTX and HTX+ variants, we would recommend you to choose the HTX. 

    What are the features of Kia Sonet GTX+ Variant?

    The Sonet GTX+ variant is Rs 34,000 costlier than the HTX+ variant. 

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

    HTX+ 1.0

    DIFFERENCE

    GTX+ 1.0

    Rs 11,65,000

    Rs 34,000

    Rs 11,99,000

    The GTX+ variant offers many added sporty features such as - alloy wheels, red inserts on the front grille and bumpers, GT Line badging, red painted brake callipers, black interior, leather seat upholstery with red stitching, and wherever the HT Line sports chrome inserts in its interior, the GT Line has glossy black finish.

    Apart from these sporty styling features, the GTX+ variant offers a bunch of other safety features, including - 6 airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist and front parking sensors. This variant also offers wireless phone charger. 

    KIA SONET GTX+ | FEATURES OVER HTX+

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    6 Airbags

    Wireless Phone Charger with Cooling Vent

    Red Brake Callipers

    Electronic Stability Control & Vehicle Stability Management

    Multi Drive Modes (AT)

    Red Exterior & Interior Inserts

    Hill Start Assist

     

    Sportier Front Bumper Design (w/ Faux Intakes)

    Front Parking Sensors

     

    Black Interior w/ Leatherette Seats

    Traction Control (AT)

     

    Alloy Pedals

       

    Black Interior Inserts

    The value of the extra features of the Sonet GTX+ variant over the HTX+ variant for the additional amount of Rs 34,000, is much higher. In fact, according to our internal data, the extra features of the GTX+ actually justify a price increment of Rs 2 lakh over the HTX variant, so it offers high value for its asking price. However, as the GTX+ variant’s price crosses the range of Rs 10 lakh, it will attract more tax than the HTX in many states. Nevertheless, for its added safety and sporty features, you can consider buying the GTX+ variant. 

    The GTX+ variant is also available with an automatic transmission option. Over the ACMT version, the automatic DCT version is Rs 90,000 more expensive. Apart from the automatic transmission, this variant also offers the added features of traction control and multi drive modes, These not only justify the incremental cost over GTX+ ACMT, but also the Rs 2 lakh additional cost over HTK+ DCT variant. 

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

    GTX+ 1.0 ACMT

    DIFFERENCE

    GTX+ 1.0 DCT

    Rs 11,99,000

    Rs 90,000

    Rs 12,89,000

     

    KIA SONET | PRICE COMPARISON

    HTX 1.0

    DIFFERENCE

    GTX+ 1.0

    Rs 9,99,000

    Rs 2,00,000

    Rs 11,99,000

    Kia Sonet Petrol - Which Variant To Buy? 

    Among the 3 variants of the Kia Sonet 1.2-litre petrol, our top recommendation for prospective buyers is the HTK+ variant. The HTK+ variant covers all the must-have features and some good-to-have features without compromising much on value. If you don’t wish to spend for the good-to-have features, then you can choose to buy the HTK variant, but in this case you will be compromising on the value.

    KIA SONET 1.2 PETROL | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    HTE

    Rank 1

    Rs 6,79,000

    Misses some basic features, better upgrade to a higher variant

    HTK

    Rank 3

    Rs 7,69,000

    The entry-level variant you can buy, least value-for-money

    HTK+

    Rank 2

    Rs 8,55,000

    Top recommended

    In the case of the Kia Sonet 1.0 turbo, our top recommendation is the HTX variant. This variant offers a good combination of the basic good-to-have and feel-good features, and it offers incredible value. Above the HTX variant, we recommend the top GTX+ variant, which is a sensible choice given its features as well as value. If we need to choose and recommend a single variant among all the variants of the Sonet petrol with both the engine options, then we will recommend the HTX variant.

    KIA SONET 1.0 TURBO PETROL ACMT | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    HTK+

    Rank 4

    Rs 9,49,000

    Not recommended

    HTX

    Rank 1

    Rs 9,99,000

    Top recommended

    HTX+

    Rank 3

    Rs 11,65,000

    Not recommended

    GTX+

    Rank 2

    Rs 11,99,000

    Worth upgrading

    The Sonet is available with the turbo-petrol engine with the dual-clutch automatic transmission in the HTK+ and the GTX+ variants. The HTK+ is a decent entry-level variant with this powertrain, but the GTX+ variant is superior to the HTK+ in terms of value as well as features. 

    KIA SONET 1.0 TURBO PETROL DCT  | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    HTK+ DCT

    Rank 2

    Rs 10,49,000

    Value-for-money entry-level automatic variant. Can buy.

    GTX+ DCT

    Rank 1

    Rs 12,49,000

    Worth upgrading from HTK+ DCT

    What are the colour options of Kia Sonet? 

    The Kia Sonet is available for sale with 8 monotone exterior colour options, namely - Red, Black, Pearl White, Clear White, Grey, Silver, Blue and Gold. The HTE and HTK variants are available in 4 colour options -- Silver, Grey, Red and Clear White. The HTX+ and GTX+ variants are offered in 3 dual-tone exterior colour scheme options, namely - Red with Black roof, Pearl White with Black roof and Gold with Black roof.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna

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