Kia India announced that the Sonet compact SUV surpassed the 1.5 lakh sales mark in the domestic market within two years of its launch. Sonet contributed 32% of overall sales. The diesel traction chain contributes 41% of the matrix while 25% of customers opt for iMT. The Kia Sonet goes up against Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue and Maruti Brezza. It controls a 15% market share in the segment.
Commenting on this milestone, Mr. Myung-sik Sohn, Sales Director, Kia India said, “We are delighted that Sonet has added 1.5 Lakh customers to the Kia India family. Today’s advanced urban Indian customer is dynamic, tech-savvy and daring, and we are incredibly proud to have developed a product that has proven to be the right companion for them. The Sonet won several accolades not only for its design, performance and practicality, but also creating favor for the iMT and introducing the segment’s only Diesel AT. In April this year, we added 4 airbags as standard, even on lower Sonet variants, further improving vehicle safety and boosting its popularity.
Kia Sonet: a brief recap
Recently the entire Sonet range has been updated with standard security features on all variants. Standard safety features include a premium TPMS and side airbags. Curtain airbags are standard from the HTX+ variant. The mid-range HTK+ variant of the IMT avatar comes with electronic aids such as ESC, VSM, HAC and BA. The base HTE variant comes with leatherette seats. The popular HTX and HTX Anniversary Edition variants come with a 4.2-inch MID that was previously found in the higher variants. Finally, all variants now come with rear seat folding buttons for added convenience.
Another change will be updating the Sonet logo and Kia Connect logo to a new design. The auto-dimming IRVM will also have a new design with updated Kia Connect and other buttons. The current Silver and Blue colors are replaced with two new shades called Sparkling Silver and Intelligency Blue which are borrowed from the Carens. The Kia Sonet range costs between ₹7.15 lakh to ₹13.69 lakh.