Kia entered Indian market in 2019. First product that they launched in India was Seltos mid-size SUV. The SUV became popular among buyers in a short span of time. It grabbed buyers attention for its bold looks and features. Seltos competes with cars like Hyundai Creta, MG Hector and Tata Harrier in the segment. Last year, the Kia launched their second made in India product Sonet in the market. It also became popular among buyers and competes with SUV like Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon. One of the unique feature in Kia Sonet is the iMT gearbox. It is a clutch-less manual transmission and here we have a video where an owner shares his experience with HTX iMT Kia Sonet 8 months after buying it.
The video has been uploaded by The Buyer Guide – Amit Tyagi on their YouTube channel. In this video, vlogger has a conversation with the owner of the SUV in which he talks about things he liked and things he thought could have been improved in this SUV. The owner starts by saying that, he was using a Hyundai i10 for the last 11 years and when he thought changing his car, he considered SUVs like Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet. At the end, he shortlisted Venue and Sonet as they both come with iMT gearbox.
iMT was one thing that he was looking forward in his next SUV and finally after some research he went ahead and bought the Sonet. He bought the SUV 8 months ago and the SUV has hardly clocked 3,000 kms on odometer. He once took the SUV to Rajasthan with his family and that was the only long distance trip he had done in this SUV so far. He was travelling with his family and said that he never felt tired and it the 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine even offered fuel efficiency over 20 kmpl on highway.
He mentions that the suspension on this SUV is quite stiff and that provide good stability to the car at high speeds. So far he has not faced any problems with the iMT gearbox and says he has been seeing some videos regarding the weak build quality of the Sonet and even he is concerned about it as a buyer. He even overlooked at the fact that in comparison to some of its competitors, Sonet offers less space for rear seat passenger because most of the time, he is travelling in the car alone. He said, he really liked the design and look of the Sonet and that was another reason why he finalised Sonet.
The only suggestion he has about the Sonet is regarding the interiors. He felt that the quality of plastic used inside the cabin looks cheap at places. Apart from this, the owner was very impressed and happy with the Sonet. He also mentions that there are several other options available in the market and one should finalise their option depending upon their priorities. He has also installed accessories worth Rs 20,000 on his SUV. Kia Sonet is available with a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine (MT), a 1.5 litre diesel engine (MT and AT) and a 1.0 litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine that comes with iMT and DCT gearbox option.