This Kia Sonet owner has fitted a CNG kit for a cheaper running cost, as the prices of petrol are hitting the new heights. Read about his feedback here.
When Kia Motors entered the Indian automotive market with the Seltos, it was wecomed with an overwhelmingly positive response. So when the Sonet was readying for a launch, expectations were pretty high from the company, and it has met them decisively. Launched in August 2020, the Kia has already sold close to 39,000 units of the Sonet within this short period. Its mixture of feature-packed variants, competitive pricing and aggressive design has made it one of the best-selling SUVs in India. The figures are even more impressive when you realize it competes against the new Nissan Magnite, Tata Nexon, and its sibling the Hyundai Venue in a crowded segment. Today we came across this Kia Sonet which has an aftermarket CNG kit installed on it.
The video above has been uploaded by Car Hut on YouTube, and it shows all the customizations that have been done to this Kia Sonet. The modification that isn’t visible but arguably the most important is the aftermarket CNG kit that has been bolted on. The gas cylinder has been fitted in the boot, and there’s still usable boot space left owing to its large size trunk. Kia Motors doesn’t offer factory-fitted CNG kit with any of their vehicles, so this owner had to take his Sonet aftermarket to get a certified CNG kit installed. Since this is not a factory installation, the warranty for the vehicle has been void. The owner mentions that he has a daily driving cycle of 125-150 kms and a full tank of CNG lasts for 125-130 kms depending on varying conditions. The owner also says that he doesn’t feel any power drop or lag issues after the conversion. The total cost of installing this CNG kit was Rs 37,000.
The Kia Sonet in the video is the mid-range HTK+ variant, and the owner has added some aftermarket bits excluding the CNG kit. The Sonet now gets black colour seat covers with red coloured diamond pattern stitching. The steering and the front armrest also get a cover but it gets contrast red stitching instead while the floor gets new 7D mats. The exterior remains the same except for the new rain visors.
The Kia Sonet HTK+ is the only trim where you have the choice of three engine options, 2 petrol, and 1 diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol makes 83 PS/115 Nm of peak figures and is paired with a 5-speed manual while the 1.0 turbo-petrol makes 120 PS/172 Nm of max power and torque and is mated to a 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT. The 1.5-litre oil-burner comes in either 100 PS/240 Nm or 115 PS/250 Nm states of tune and you get two gearbox choices, a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto. Prices for the Kia Sonet HTK+ range between Rs 8.45 lakh – Rs 10.49 lakh depending on which engine and gearbox combo you go for, all prices ex-showroom.