Kia Sonet 2021: Is the Brand-New Avatar Worth Buying?

Badged with an all-new logo, the new Kia Sonet is offered in a revamped avatar. But is this upgrade worth the money? Here we have discussed it in detail.

Kia Seltos 2021

Kia Sonet has received subtle revamps in its recently launched avatar. This new Kia Sonet now comes with an all-new ‘Kia’ logo badged on the hood. There are new variants that have been introduced in this 2021 Sonet alongside few first-in-segment updated features.

The Kia Sonet 2021 is offered at the starting price of Rs 6.79 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) and the prices go up to Rs 8.35 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The buyers would want to know the changes and upgrades done in the new Sonet and hence, we have discussed them all below. Read on!

Key highlights of this article:

  • Kia Sonet 2021 is upgraded with new features.
  • Kia Sonet 2021 gets two new variants.
  • Kia Sonet 2021 will continue to be available in 1.2 Petrol, 1.0 Turbo-Petrol, and 1.5 Diesel engines.

Kia Sonet 2021 Variants

Kia Sonet New Model Changes

Kia Sonet has added two new variants. The variant is called ‘HTX’ and it will now be offered in turbo-petrol automatic and turbo-diesel automatic versions. The previous month, Kia Sonet discontinued the HTK+ diesel automatic and turbo-petrol automatic variants from the current list. As of now, Kia Sonet will be offered in the following variants –

  • HTE
  • HTK
  • HTK+ (Automatic option has been discontinued)
  • HTX
  • HTX+
  • GTX+

Kia Sonet 2021 Price

Kia Seltos 2021 On-Road Price

Below mentioned is a variant wise price list of Kia Sonet 2021:

1.2-litre Petrol Variants Prices (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
HTE (Manual) Rs 6.79 Lakh
HTK (Manual) Rs 7.79 Lakh
HTK+ (Manual) Rs 8.65 Lakh
1.4-litre Turbo Petrol Variants Prices (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
HTK+ iMT Rs 9.79 Lakh
HTX iMT Rs 10.29 Lakh
HTX DCT Rs 10.99 Lakh
HTX+ iMT Rs 11.75 Lakh
GTX+ iMT Rs 12.19 Lakh
GTX+ DCT Rs 12.99 Lakh
1.5-litre Diesel Variants Prices (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
HTE (Manual) Rs 8.35 Lakh
HTK (Manual) Rs 9.29 Lakh
HTK+ Rs 9.89 Lakh
HTX (Manual) Rs 10.49 Lakh
HTX AT Rs 11.29 Lakh
HTX+ (Manual) Rs 11.99 Lakh
GTX+ (Manual) Rs 12.45 Lakh
GTX+ AT Rs 13.25 Lakh


Kia Sonet 2021 Features

2021 Kia Sonet Interior Features

Various variants of 2021 Kia Sonet have been rearranged with new features. Like HTK+ is now updated with keyless entry with remote on/off engine system for both, the turbo-petrol as well as diesel variants.

Kia Sonet variants will now also be offered with iMT gearbox. Features such as sunroof and keyless entry are now available in various 1.2-litre petrol engine trims. The HTX variants will be equipped with ESC, Hill-start assist, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, stability management, ESC, brake assist, and hill start assist.

In addition to this, all the automatic transmission variants will be equipped with paddle shifters, multiple drive modes (Normal, Eco and Sport) which were previously offered only in the top variants like GTX+. The car also features traction control mode which includes Sand, Mud, and Wet. The HTX+ and GTX+ variants will be available with an AI-based voice control system which will be activated by the “Hello Kia” command.

Kia Sonet 2021 Interior

Alongside the upgrades the very popular HTX+ trim continues to come equipped with features such as sunroof, cruise control, air purifier, 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leatherette upholstery, ventilated front seats, Kia’s UVO connected car technology and ambient lighting. Also the other trims of this SUV continue to carry the similar bunch of features, alike their forerunners.

Variant-wise explanation of new features added in Kia Sonet 2021:  

Paddle Shifters
  • HTX 7DCT
  • GTX+ 7DCT
  • HTX AT
  • GTX+ AT
UVO – Voice Assist Sunroof Open/Close (1st-in-segment)
  • HTX+
  • GTX+
Rear Door Sunshade Curtain (1st-in-segment)
  • HTX
  • HTX+
  • GTX+


Kia Sonet 2021 Engine and Specifications

Kia Seltos 2021 Exterior

Kia Sonet is offered with petrol and diesel engines and there are no changes made under the hood. It is available with 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine which is paired to either a 6-speed iMT transmission option or a 7–speed DCT automatic option, the second one is 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is mated only to a 5–speed manual transmission and lastly the 1.5–litre diesel engine is paired to a 6–speed manual transmission option or a 6–speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

Engine Types Power Torque Transmission
1.0 Litre Turbo-Petrol 120 PS 172 Nm 6 – Speed Manual / 6 -Speed iMT/ 7 – Speed DCT
1.2 Litre Petrol 83 PS 115 Nm 5 – Speed Manual
1.5 Litre Diesel 100 PS 240 Nm 6 – Speed Manual / 6 – Speed Automatic


Kia Sonet continues to compete against Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV 300, Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Renault Kiger, and Nissan Magnite.

Is the new Kia Sonet 2021 worth buying?

The refreshed version of Kia Sonet and Kia Seltos now boasts various features that give direct competition to even the higher segment cars such as Hyundai Creta and MG Hector. These newly upgraded features in the line-up make it even more capable than the outgoing model and give it an edge over the rivals in the compact SUV segment.

The addition of new variant HTX gives a more diversified choice to the buyers. While the petrol engine trims are an affordable choice in the line-up, the DCT and iMT mated variants may appear to be an expensive choice to some.

But all in all, the Kia Sonet has earned a good reputation in the market in its precise existence and has been able to sideline even some of the mainstream SUVs. Similar capabilities are present in the newly arrived model. The powertrains remain similar and hence, the tried and tested punch will be delivered on the roads for sure. Moreover, the upgraded features are likely to add more to the convenience of buyers.

Buying the refreshed ‘KIA’ Sonet will indeed be a good choice for seekers of performance, comfort and convenience!

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