New Kia Sonet Turbo Finally Arrives (Spec and Price)

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Since Kia introduced its Sonet model in April 2021 to the South African market it has sold 3 500 units making it one of the most popular SUVs in its segment. Just over a year later Kia has launched the new Sonet 1.0 T-GDi turbocharged derivative. Powered by a naturally aspired 1.5-litre engine in the entry level LX and mid-tier EX specification and top-tier EX+. 

The new model 1.0 T-GDI is equipped with Kia’s advanced 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission boasts outputs of 88kW at 6 000 r/min and a stout 172 Nm of torque on a plateau from 1,500-4,000 r/min. 

The featured highlights on the mid-tier EX derivative include:

8.0-inch HD touchscreen infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Bluetooth with voice control

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift

Rear-view camera and distance control

Artificial leather and cloth seat trim

Electronic Stability Control

ABS with EBD

Hill-start Assist Control

Dual front airbags

ISOFIX child-seat anchoring points

16-inch alloy wheels

Automatic headlamp activation

For the EX+ include all the above and add the following specs: 

Side and curtain airbags

Rear combination LED lights with signature graphic

2” TFT LCD Supervision cluster

Artificial leather seats with contrast stitching

Folding electric side mirrors

Electrochromatic rear view mirror

Cruise Control

Automatic climate control

Drive Mode Select

As buyers continue to migrate to the compact SUV segments Kia is offering in its Sonet model, an affordable high quality vehicle with an array of features and benefits. The addition of the turbocharged derivatives makes the Kia Sonet more attractive to potential customers. 

Retail Price of the completed Sonet line-up

1.5 LX Manual                            R296 995

1.5 LX CVT                                   R317 995

1.5 EX Manual                            R316 995

1.5 EX CVT                                   R337 995

1.0 T-GDI EX 7DCT                     R359 995

1.0 T-GDI EX+ 7DCT                   R389 995

Standard Unlimited kilometre 5-year warranty (including roadside assistance) as well as a prepaid 4-year/60 000km service plan. The new 1.0 T-GDI range will be on sale in South Africa from Monday 11th July 2022.

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