Kia Sonet is currently one of the most popular sub-4 meter compact SUV in the market. It was launched in the market last year and quickly grabbed buyer’s attention for its looks, features and price. It competes with cars like Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Brezza in the segment. The Sonet is a product that is even sold in international market and recently, Kia Motors launched a 7-seater version of the compact SUV in the Indonesian market. How different is it from the regular five seater version that we have here in India? Let’s check out the video to find out.
The video has been uploaded by AutonetMagz on their YouTube channel. The video presenter shows Kia Sonet 7-seater inside-out in this video. From outside, the Sonet looks the same but, in terms of dimension, it is slightly longer than what we have in India. Apart from that there are no changes on the outside.
The seven seater version of Sonet does not get a sunroof on any variants and the spare wheel has been moved from boot to under the car. The cabin of the Kia Sonet looks almost the same as 5 seater version. There is a large touchscreen infotainment screen that supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and other features. The speaker system on this version is not from Bose, it gets automatic climate control AC, rear AC vents and a roof mounted AC blower for third row passengers. As the three row seat version comes with roof mounted air blower, there is no space for electric sunroof.
Moving to the second row seat, the seating comfort remains the same as the 5-seater version. The only benefit on this version is that the seats are 60/40 split seats. The seats get sliding and recline feature as well. Third row of seats can be accessed by simply tumbling down the seat. The third row seat is not the most spacious one. One must keep in mind that, this still is a compact SUV. The third row seat according to the vlogger were too upright and do not get recline function.
It does not offer much headspace or leg space in the third row. It is best suited for children. With all the three rows of seats up, there is literally no boot space left in the car. If you want to carry some luggage, you’ll have to simply fold the last row seat to make space. The point from where you can access the spare wheel is also under the third row seat.
Kia Sonet is powered by two petrol – one naturally aspirated, one turbo petrol and a diesel engine option. Internationally, Kia offers a different engine on Sonet. The Kia Sonet 7-seater is powered by a 1.5 litre petrol engine that comes 6-speed manual and a CVT gearbox options. This engine generates a maximum of 115 Ps and 144 Nm of torque. Although, Kia Sonet is a very popular SUV in Indian market, it is highly unlikely that Kia might launch it in the Indian market.