Kia Motors made their entry into the Indian market in 2019 and their first product Seltos was an instant hit. It is now one of the best selling compact SUV in the segment. Buyers loved Seltos for its bold looks and feature loaded cabin. In 2020 Kia then launched their most affordable SUV in the form of Sonet. Just like Seltos, Sonet also became an instant hit in the sub-4 meter SUV segment. It competes with cars like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport and recently launched Nissan Magnite in the segment. We have already seen several videos of customised and modified Kia Sonet SUVs from different parts of the country. Here we have a video that shows probably India’s first Kia Sonet that is fitted with an aftermarket CNG kit.
The video has been uploaded by Car Hut on their youtube channel. The video shows all the customisations that have been done to the SUV. The Sonet seen in the video is HTK+ trim which is in between the top and the base trims. Starting outside, the car gets aftermarket rain visors with chrome garnish on it. Other than this no other accessories have been installed on the outside. On the inside, the owner has installed black colour seat covers with red coloured diamond pattern stitching. The steering also gets a cover with red stitching. The armrest on the front row has also been given the same treatment.
Owner has also installed 7d mats. The main modification however under the hood. Owner has installed an aftermarket CNG kit in this HTK+ Kia Sonet. The gas cylinder in installed in the boot. The boot in Kia Sonet is so large that it has decent amount of space left in it, even after placing the cylinder there. Vlogger even talks to the owner of the car to know more about the fitting.
Kia Motors does not offer factory fitted CNG kit with any of their vehicles. He took it to a certified CNG kit installed and got it modified. The only negative thing in this whole process is that the warranty of the vehicle will be void. The owner can be heard saying the same thing in the video. Owner also says that, he has a minium running of 125-150 kms per day and a full tank CNG last foer about 125-130kms depending upon the driving style and traffic. Owner says that, he does not feel any lag or power drop after installing the kit and is behaving exactly like a petrol vehicle. Overall cost of installing this CNG kit was Rs 37,000.
Kia Sonet was launched in market in 2020 and was an instant hit. It offers number of features that no other SUV in this segment offers. It gets premium audio system from Bose, 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment screen, 6-speed diesel automatic, ventilated seats, electric sunroof, connected car features and so on. It is available with multiple engine and transmission option.
There is a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine which comes with a manual gearbox. The 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine comes with a 6-spped manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox. There is a 1.0 litre turbocharged, 3-cylinder petrol engine that gets 7-speed DCT and iMT gearbox option.