Kia launched their first sub-4 meter compact SUV, Sonet in the market last year. It is currently the entry level model from the Korean brand. Kia Sonet is currently one of the popular SUVs in the segment and it competes with cars like Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport in the segment. The SUV became popular among buyers in a short span of time and now there is a waiting period on the SUV as well. Earlier this year Kia launched the 2021 version of both Sonet and Seltos in the market and here we have a walkaround video that shows what all is offered with the base HTE variant of the Sonet.
The video has been uploaded by Arun Panwar on his YouTube channel. In this video, vlogger shows base HTE diesel variant of the 2021 Kia Sonet. The vlogger owns a Kia Seltos base variant and is seen comparing the features on both the SUVs. The vlogger starts by talking about the look of Sonet from outside.
As in the case with any other brand, the base variant offers minimum amount of features in comparison to other variants. The Kia Sonet is no different. It gets halogen headlamps with no LED DRLs, matte black front grille and no fog lamps. Even though, it is a base variant, Kia still offers a body coloured bumper with silver coloured garnishes around front grille and lower bumper. As this is the 2021 model, it also has Kia’s new logo on the bonnet.
Moving to the side profile, it gets 15 inch steel rims with silver coloured wheel caps. the ORVMs and door handles are body coloured and not black which is a good addition. The turn indicators are not placed on the ORVMs but on the fender. The SUV also misses out on features like shark fin antenna and roof rails.
At the rear, it gets a conventional tail lamps with reflector strip running between the lamps. The rear bumper is body coloured too and has parking sensors and faux silver coloured skid plate. He opens the boot before showing the interiors. The base HTE variant does not get a parcel tray but, it does come with a 15 inch spare wheel and tool kit.
Inside the cabin, vlogger shows buttons for adjusting the ORVMs but, they cannot be folded electrically. The seats are not adjustable for height and the seat gets fabric seat covers. Only the front seats get power windows and it does not even come with a basic music system and speakers. Steering wheel only gets controls for the MID. It does get silver inserts around AC vents, USB port and 12V socket, rear AC vents and so on.
The vlogger was not very impressed with the amount of features that Kia Sonet base variant is offered with. The one seen in the video is a diesel variant and it costs over Rs 9 lakh, ex-showroom which is too much for an SUV of this segment. He felt that for an SUV that costs this much should be offered with a bit more features. It is powered by a 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine that generates 100 Ps and 240 Nm of peak torque. Higher version also comes with an automatic transmission.