Kia Sonet Offered in Saudi Arabia is Bigger & Powerful than India-spec Version

by Jatin Chhibber | 24/03/2021
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The Kia Sonet offered in Saudi Arabia is powered by a 1.5-litre NA petrol motor. The is the same motor, which propels India-spec Seltos.

Kia Sonet is one of the top-selling sub-4-meter SUVs offered in the Indian market. The automaker also offers the SUV in foreign markets. Nevertheless, in the foreign markets, the SUV is offered as a longer and powerful car. Kia Sonet has been recently launched in Saudi Arabia. In the Saudi Arabian market, it is offered in a longer avatar. In our market, the small cars have a length restriction of 4-meters, and the India-spec Sonet measures 3,995 mm in length. The Kia SUV retailed in Saudi Arabia is 4,120 mm long. Because of this increased length, the car gets a muscular bumper. 


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Except for length, other dimensions of the car remain the same. The Kia Sonet is 1,790 mm wide, 1,642 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. The biggest difference between the Kia Sonet sold in the Saudi market, and the Indian market are the powertrain options. In India, the Kia SUV is offered with three different engine options- 1.2-litre NA petrol, 1.0-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre turbo diesel. In Saudi Arabia, it derives power from the Seltos-sourced more powerful 1.5-litre NA gasoline unit, which develops 115 PS of power and 144 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes paired with a 6-speed MT or a CVT. In the Indian market, the Kia Sonet is offered with a 5-speed MT, 6-speed MT, 6-speed iMT, 7-speed DCT and 6-speed AT.

The feature list of India-spec and Arabia-spec Sonet is almost similar to each other. It gets safety features like six airbags, drive modes, TPMS, ABS with EBD, hill-start assist, traction control and much more. Moreover, it comes loaded with convenience features like a wireless phone charger, automatic climate control, Bose sound system, electric sunroof, front & rear parking sensors, ambient lighting, cruise control and much more. In India, the Sonet gets retailed at a starting price of Rs 6.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base trim and goes all the way up to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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