Kia has announced that the Sonet has become the best-selling vehicle in the segment last month. The all-new Sonet, which was launched earlier this year has become the best-selling car in the segment. Kia has outsold vehicles like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport and more.
Even though Kia Motors has not revealed the sales data of the competition cars, they did announce that as many as 11,417 units of the Sonet were sold in the month of November 2020. Overall, Kia has posted a sales of 21,022 units that includes the Sonet, Seltos and the Carnival.
Mr Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Kia Motors India said,
“I am delighted to witness the wide acceptance we have received in India for our vehicles. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we were quite hopeful about the festive month and the results are overwhelming. Not only urban, but customers from tier II, III, and IV markets too are acknowledging the need for personal mobility to maintain personal safety. While there is still a lot of uncertainty in the market due to the pandemic, the overall consumer sentiment has significantly improved and we are all prepared to offer a safe and hassle-free ownership experience to our customers. We are expecting the market sentiment to improve more in coming months and we are confident that we will be able to continue this positive momentum in future as well.”
Kia Sonet is currently the most affordable car in the segment with the base version priced at Rs 6.71 lakh. It is available in two major trims – Tech Line and GT Line, just like the Seltos. Kia also offers a range of segment-first features with the Sonet and to attract a wider range of customers, there are various engine and transmission options available too.
The Sonet offers three engine options. There is a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 82 Bhp and peak torque of 115 Nm. It only gets a manual transmission. The more powerful petrol variants get powered by the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 118 Bhp and peak torque of 172 Nm. The turbo petrol engine gets two transmission options – iMT or Intelligent Manual Transmission and DCT – Dual Clutch Transmission. The diesel engine option is available in two states of tunes. The Tech Line variants get the Wastegate Turbocharger with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. It generates a maximum power of 99 Bhp while the top-end GTX+ version gets the Variable Geometry Turbocharger, which ensures a maximum power of 115 PS, making it the most powerful diesel car in the segment.
Kia also offers a range of segment-first features with the Sonet. It gets a massive 10.25-inch infotainment screen, which is the biggest in the segment. It plays through a 7-speaker system from Bose and also gets the connected ambient light system that dances according to the music played. The Sonet also offers remote engine start and features like multiple traction modes too.