This video from a test drive of the Kia Sonet shows why you should not be pressing the brake pedal with your left leg while driving an automatic car.
The trend of affordable automatic cars is considerably new in the Indian market when compared to some international markets. With affordable and advance automatic transmissions making their way to small and cheap cars, consumers are now moving away from their manual counterparts. However, for the first time users, driving an automatic car can be a little cumbersome. As often, most first time users end up pressing the brake pedal with their left leg, and thus, misjudge the feedback of the brake pedal. Here’s a YouTube video from the channel of The Sonnet, wherein a first-time user of an automatic car applies the brake with his left leg while driving the Kia Sonet iMT. Resultantly, the car stops very abruptly.
It happens because our muscle memory has adapted to fully press/release the clutch pedal with force, whereas the right leg can modulate the pedal inputs precisely. For this very reason, the driver of this Sonet ends up jamming the brakes. The Kia representative, however, was quick at the pointing out the mistake. Also, he then asks the driver to let his left foot rest.
While automatic cars are designed to restrict the use of the left foot, first-time automatic car drivers do end up doing this mistake quite often. In case, you are also going to make your first attempt at an automatic car, then remember that your left foot has to relax all the time that you spend on the driving seat.
Talking of the Sonet, it is offered with three engine options. The most docile of the lot is the 1.2L Kappa motor that generates 83 PS against 113 Nm and comes mated to a 5-speed MT only. There’s a 1.5L oil burner as well that churns out 115 PS and 250 Nm. It is available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The last and the most powerful one on the list is the 1.0L turbo-petrol motor. It can put out a rated power output of 120 PS and max torque of 172 Nm. The transmission options for this engine include a 6-speed iMT and a 7-speed DCT. Kia Sonet is priced at Rs. 6.71 lakh for the base-spec trim and at Rs. 12.99 lakh for the top-spec trim.