We reviewed the 2024 Kia Sonet facelift and are ready to share key insights. The compact SUV segment in India is gaining massive popularity. In fact, in the last few years, the sales numbers in this segment have experienced an exponential surge. Sonet has been a major contributor to these numbers. It has always been the most feature-laden vehicle in this category. With the facelift model, things have improved even further. The deliveries and price announcement will take place in a few days.
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2024 Kia Sonet Facelift Review
We had the X-Line trim of the 2024 Kia Sonet facelift for review. Starting at the front, there are distinct changes to make it look apart from the pre-facelift model. The biggest change is the tweaked Tiger Nose grille with the inclusion of the glossy black elements. Additionally, it now also gets the 7-shaped LED DRLs which lend a striking appearance. They encapsulate the LED headlamps. What’s also new is the horizontal LED fog lamps with gloss black skid plate and bumper. These enhance the front fascia of the new Sonet significantly.
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There are not many changes to the side profile of the new Sonet. However, in this facelift, you will get to choose between 4 alloy wheel designs (16-inchers) depending on the trim you opt for. That is quite impressive for a vehicle of this segment. To accommodate these alloys, there are prominent wheel arches. The rear section consists of the new connected LED taillamps. In the lower section, there are connected taillamps with halogen bulbs too. It also comes with glossy black elements on the rear bumper and skid plate area. The shark fin antenna and roof rails enhance the SUV-ish stance. All in all, the new Kia Sonet facelift offers tons of modern bits to tell it apart from the outgoing model.
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Interior and Features
The 2024 Kia Sonet facelift continues to be the most feature-rich vehicle in the compact SUV segment in India. A prominent update is at the rear which now offers more comfortable seating with more thigh support in comparison to the pre-facelift model. To make more legroom for the rear passengers, the back sides of the front seats are scooped out. This is a clever way of liberating more space. Apart from that, it gets one of the largest boots in the segment. The digital instrument cluster is now new and can be customized based on the drive modes. Some highlights of the features include:
- Segment-best Ambient Lighting
- Connected 10.25-inch HD Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
- 10.25-inch Driver’s Instrument Cluster
- Remote Window Auto Up/Down Function
- Rear Doors Sunshade Curtains
- Air Purifier with Virus and Bacteria Protection
- Kia Connect with 70+ Features
- X-Line with Matte Black Colour
- Diesel Engine with iMT (Intelligent Manual Clutchless Transmission) and 2 Different Alloy Wheel Designs
- Find My Car with Surround View Monitor
- Hinglish Voice Commands
- Valet Mode
- Level 1 ADAS Functions
- Highline Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
- 3-Point Seatbelts For All Occupants
- Premium Bose Audio System
- Powered Driver’s Seat
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The 2024 Kia Sonet facelift is presented in three trim levels – GT-Line, X-Line, and Tech-Line. The sole component retained from the current model pertains to the powertrain options for the compact SUVs. These encompass a 1.2-litre NA petrol, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. These engines yield power and torque figures of 83 PS / 115 Nm, 120 PS / 172 Nm, and 115 PS / 250 Nm, respectively. To cater to diverse preferences, a variety of transmission choices are available, including a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, iMT, 6AT, and 7-speed DCT automatic. Prices will be disclosed at the launch event.
|1.2L (P), 1.0L (Turbo P) & 1.5L (D)
|83 PS / 120 PS / 115 PS
|115 Nm / 172 Nm / 250 Nm
|5MT, 6MT, iMT, 6AT, 7-DCT
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We drove the 1.0-litre turbo petrol variant of the Sonet. Note that there are no changes to the mechanicals of the compact SUV. As a result, the performance still remains strong, especially once the turbo spools up. You won’t find power delivery lacking whether you are at city speeds or on highways. Similarly, the driving dynamics and ride handling remain decent. It is one of the few cars in this segment to strike a great balance between all these parameters of driving. Now a lot depends on the pricing. We know that it won’t be the cheapest car in the segment. But with the kind of powertrain options and features on offer, Kia could aim to make it a great value-for-money proposition. We shall have to wait for the launch (and deliveries to commence) for the price announcements.