The Kia Sonet is poised to overshadow the Tata Punch in the competitive compact SUV market, thanks to its striking design and robust engine. With a price range of Rs 7.79 lakh to Rs 14.89 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Sonet offers a compelling package of style, performance, and value.

1. Variants and Special Editions:

The Sonet is offered in six broad variants: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, and GTX+, catering to a wide range of preferences and budgets. Additionally, it features an Anniversary Edition on the HTX trim and a newly introduced X Line trim based on the top-spec GTX+ variant, enhancing its appeal.

2. Potential Drawbacks:

However, the Sonet does have a few drawbacks. The limited width of the rear seat constrains its utility as a 5-seater. Some cost-cutting measures are evident, such as backlighting only for the driver’s power window, the absence of a chilled glovebox, and a non-adjustable front armrest. Moreover, automatic transmissions are limited to the mid-spec HTK+ and high-end GTX+ variants.

3. Desirable Features:

On the positive side, the Sonet’s tall stature and commanding bonnet give it a powerful presence. It’s packed with features including ventilated seats, wireless charging, ambient lighting, and a Bose sound system. For those seeking an automatic transmission, the Sonet provides a 7-speed DCT for the turbo-petrol and a 6-speed AT for the diesel model.

4. Specifications:

The Kia Sonet comes equipped with a diesel engine of 1493 cc displacement, featuring four cylinders. It delivers a maximum power of 114.41 bhp at 4000 rpm and a torque of 250Nm at 1500-2750rpm. The SUV has a seating capacity of five, an automatic transmission, a spacious boot of 392 liters, and a 45-liter fuel tank.

Kia Sonet
Kia Sonet


  • Kia Sonet priced between Rs 7.79 lakh and Rs 14.89 lakh.
  • Available in six variants including HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, GTX+.
  • Special Anniversary Edition offered on HTX; X Line trim on GTX+.
  • Rear-seat width limits, not ideal as a comfortable 5-seater.
  • Cost-cutting evident: only driver’s window backlit, no chilled glovebox.
  • Automatic transmission limited to mid-spec HTK+ and top-spec GTX+.
  • Strong stance with tall height and prominent bonnet design.
  • Offers 7-speed DCT for turbo-petrol, 6-speed AT for diesel.
  • Feature-rich: ventilated seats, wireless charging, ambient lighting, Bose sound system.
  • Specifications: 1493 cc diesel engine, 114.41bhp power, 250Nm torque.
  • On-road price in Delhi starts from Rs. 8,76,039.
  • EMI option available at ₹17,458/month for 60 months.
  • Available in colors like Intense Red, Glacier White Pearl, etc.

Sonu Roy is originally a resident of Samastipur district of Bihar, has been working as a writer in digital journalism for the last 4 years. In his career of 4 years, he has good experience from politics, automobile, motivation, sports to technology field.