Kia’s Sonet has been a steady seller in India, exceeding 100,000 sales in its first year of sales. For the past 12 months, Kia India’s overall sales have been driven by the Sonet, which accounted for 32 percent.
The Sonet has raised 100,000 units in sales despite being launched in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. As per sources, Kia India sold 91,706 Sonet models between September 2020 and July 2020, including 56,121 petrol models and 35,585 diesel models. In terms of fuels, there is a 61:39 split in favour of petrol.
Kia says most of Sonet’s sales come from a 1.5-litre diesel engine with automatic transmission. This engine contributes almost 10 percent to the company’s total sales. Most total sales are accounted for the top-spec models. Furthermore, almost 30 percent of customers chose a connected variant of the Sonet, while 26 percent chose the company’s iMT technology.
During the past year, the Sonet has also become Kia India’s fourth highest-selling SUV in India, accounting for almost 17 percent of the segment and 32 percent of overall sales.
Kia sold 155,686 units in FY2021, a rise of 83 percent in the prior year. Its UV market share rose from 8.98 percent in FY2020 to 14.68 percent in FY2021. The Seltos remained its best-seller, contributing 89,173 units, followed by the Sonet at 63,717 and the Carnival MPV at 2,796. Kia sold 73,942 units between April and August 2021, showing 161% year-over-year growth, though on a lower-than-normal Covid base.
Powertrain Details and Pricing:
The Sonet comes in 17 variants – Tech Line and GT Line – with two different petrol engines to choose from: a 120hp 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and an 83hp 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. With regards to the 1.2-litre, you can only get it with a 5-speed manual transmission, while with the 1.0-litre, you can get either a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Its 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine produces 100 horsepower and 240Nm with a manual gearbox, or 115 horsepower and 250 Nm (an increase of 15 horsepower and 10 Nm) with the automatic transmission. Sonet’s current price range falls between Rs 6.89-13.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The company introduced a Seltos X-Line version in India this month and updated the Carnival recently. The company will introduce a brand new MPV (Codename: KY) sometime next year, though no major launches are planned for this year.