Kia just launched the 7-seater version of the Sonet in the Indonesia market. It is called Kia Sonet 7. The 7-seater version of the Sonet is not coming to India as it Indonesia exclusive. The 7-seater Sonet is identical to the Indian version in some aspects and today we share the details of Sonet 7.
The Indonesia-spec Sonet is slightly longer than the Indian version. It measures 4,120 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width and 1,642 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. When compared, India’s Sonet measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width and 1,642 mm in height. It also has a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. As we can see that the main difference in both the Sonets is in length, the Indonesian one is longer by 125 mm. This is due to the fact that vehicles in India that are less than 4-metres get a tax advantage from the government.
Other than this the design of the Indonesian Sonet is completely identical to the Indian version. The differences come in when you step inside the cabin. There are two small seats that have been added to the boot which takes the entire boot space. You can access the third row of seats by folding the second row that has a 60:40 split. If you want to increase the boot space of the vehicle, you would need to fold the seats. The third-row seats do come with adjustable rear headrests.
The other major difference is in the powertrain. The Indonesian Sonet is offered only with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The engine puts out 115 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 144 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an IVT automatic transmission. This is the same engine that we have seen on the Hyundai Verna, Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos.
In India, on other hand, the Sonet is offered three engine options. There is a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine, 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is borrowed from other Hyundai’s such as i20, Aura, Venue and Grand i10 Nios. The engine produces 83 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 115 Nm. It is offered with only a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The 1.0-litre turbo petrol is also shared with Hyundai Venue, Grand i10 Nios Turbo, Verna and the Aura Turbo. The engine produces 120 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 172 Nm. It is offered with a 7-speed Dual-Clutch automatic gearbox or a 6-speed intelligent Manual Transmission(iMT) which is basically a clutch-less manual gearbox.
Finally, there is the 1.5-litre diesel engine shared with the Hyundai Creta, Verna and the Kia Seltos. The engine produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 240 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. If you opt for the automatic transmission then the engine puts out 115 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. The Sonet in India costs Rs. 6.79 lakhs ex-showroom for the base variant while the top-end variant costs Rs. 13.19 lakhs ex-showroom.