THE Sonet is Kia’s all-new smart urban compact SUV, marking an entry into the growing B-SUV segment in South Africa.

This sporty, eye-catching design SUV from Kia is expected to be a fun-to-drive and is likely to have high-quality features.

“The all-new Sonet puts an exclamation point on our ambition to make Kia the brand of choice for trendy urbanites,” said CEO of Kia South Africa, Gary Scott.

“The Sonet fulfils an important role in Kia’s local line-up and is well-positioned to attract a large number of customers who value design, comfort, and quality.”

The Kia Sonet is all-new, developed, and engineered from the ground up jointly between Kia Motors India and Kia’s global R&D headquarters in Namyang, South Korea.

It showcases a range of styling attributes that sets it apart from its competitors, including a fresh interpretation of Kia’s signature “tiger-nose grille”, with a stylish front skid plate underneath.

Its sporty silhouette is enhanced by the unique design and structure of its C-pillars, matched with a wrap-around rear windscreen.

KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.

The profile, meanwhile, has a strong, sporty character thanks to the shape of the bonnet and bumpers, with the strongly raked A-pillars and rounded roofline imparting greater road presence.

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Inside, the Sonet offers a sophisticated cabin with a smooth, flowing dashboard to appeal to young-at-heart and always-connected consumers.

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KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.

Keeping the comfort of the driver and passengers in mind, intelligent packaging has liberated plenty of legroom, headroom, and shoulder room, and created a large luggage area measuring 392 litres.

Taking centre stage on the dashboard is an eight-inch HD touch-screen infotainment system that incorporates a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, a standard fitment throughout the range.

KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.

The Sonet is offered with a new engine for the South African market. Kia’s fuel-efficient 1.5 MPI petrol engine boasts outputs of 85 kW at 6 300 r/min and 144 Nm of torque at 4 500 r/min.

KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
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KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.
KIA Sonet. Photo: MotorPress.

It can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

PRICING:

Sonet 1.5 LX Manual

R264,995

Sonet 1.5 LX CVT

R285,995

Sonet 1.5 EX Manual

R284,995

Sonet 1.5 EX CVT

R305,995

All Sonet models ship as standard with Kia’s industry unlimited kilometre five-year warranty inclusive of roadside assistance, as well as a prepaid four-year/60 000 km service plan.