Kia Sonet crosses 1.5 lakh unit sales in India; iMT and diesels popular

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Automatic variants of the Sonet accounted for 22 percent of the sales and diesel variants accounted for 41 percent.

Kia Sonet has crossed the 1.5 lakh-unit sales milestone in India in under two years of its launch. Kia says the Sonet accounts for over 32 percent of the brand’s sales in India. 

  • 26 percent of Sonet customers opt for the higher variants 
  • Quarter of the Sonet sales come from the iMT variant 
  • Automatic variants account for 22 percent 

The Kia Sonet was launched in September 2020 with an introductory price tag of Rs 6.71 lakh, going up to Rs 11.99 lakh. It took just 12 months for the Sonet to sell one lakh units in India.

In FY22, with 73,864 units sold, the Sonet was the fourth highest-selling compact SUV, behind the Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza, as well as the Sonet’s sister model  the Hyundai Venue.

Kia Sonet top variants, iMT and diesels popular 

Twenty-five percent of Sonet buyers opted for the iMT clutchless manual gearbox; the higher variants (HTX+ and GTX+) accounted for 26 percent of the overall sales. While Kia saw 22 percent of the buyers opting for automatic variants, the diesel model accounted for 41 percent of the sales. Kia says black and white are the most popular exterior colour options for the Sonet.  

A few months back, Kia had updated the Sonet, along with the Seltos, with an additional focus on safety and more equipment on the lower variants. Now priced from Rs 7.15 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Sonet comes with an 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine; a 120hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine; and a 1.5-litre diesel. Buyers can opt for a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT, 6-speed torque converter, or a 7-speed DCT, depending on the engine and variant. 

Kia Sonet rivals 

The Sonet rivals other compact SUVs like the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Toyota Urban Cruiser and the recently launched facelift of the Hyundai Venue. The Sonet will also take on the upcoming new-gen Brezza, scheduled to launch on June 30. 

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