Kia Motors entered Indian car market earlier last year and quickly became popular. There first product Seltos became an instant hit because of it bold looks, feature loaded interiors and variety of engine and transmission options. Same was the case with their recently launched compact SUV Sonet. It is a sub-4 meter SUV that competes with Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 in the segment. It is a feature loaded SUV that offers several segment first features but, the base variant is not at all loaded. That is were aftermarket modifications come in the scene. Here we have a base trim Kia Sonet that is modified with features like Cruise control in it.
The video has been uploaded by Tarun Shandilya on his youtube channel. The video shows all the changes or modifications that were made to the SUV. Front of the car looks in stock condition. The owner has not done any wild looking mods on the outside. The grille and the headlamps remain stock. The fog lamp is still missing in the car. Moving to the side profile, the owner has installed a new set of aftermarket alloy wheels. The tyres have also been changed. Other than that, there is a rain visor, chrome garnish on door handles and around headlamp.
Moving inside, the whole cabin has been updated too. It now gets jet black coloured seat covers. It goes well with the black theme of the cabin which is broken by brushed aluminum inserts around AC vents. As this is the base variant, it does not get touchscreen infotainment system but, they do provide provision for it. The aftermarket Android touchscreen fits perfectly on to the dashboard. Other modification made to the SUV include a 7D floor mat, roof mounted sunglass holder with lamps and so on.
The main highlight of this Sonet modification is that it is base variant petrol variant and it gets cruise control. Owner has installed Kia’s original steering mounted control to control the touchscreen and set cruise control. The touchscreen infotainment also supports voice commands like turn up and turn down the volume. The Cruise control is the highlighted feature in this modification. This is probably the first base model Kia Sonet in India to get this feature. The fit and finish of the work looks very neat.
The vlogger even shows how the cruise control in this base model Sonet is functioning. According to the video, the approximate cost of making this modification in base model Kia Sonet was Rs 70,000 which is not much considering the fact that people spend a large amount for this purpose.
Kia Sonet is a sub-4meter SUV that is available with three engine options and variety of transmission options. The first is the 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that is available with a manual gearbox. The 1.5 litre diesel engine is available with both manual and automatic transmission options. Last but, not the least is the 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates 120 Ps and 172 Nm of torque. This engine is available with a 7-speed DCT and iMT gearbox.