Firmly established on the South African motoring scene, the Kia brand continues to find favour by offering a comprehensive range of impressively refined, value-focused products packaged in modern, striking designs.
While the modern Picanto and Rio hatchback offerings ensure this Korean brand remains relevant within two key entry-level segments in our market, it's the rise in popularity of the SUV shape that has seen Kia keen to expand its footprint into this raised-ride-height space.
Using the broad popularity of four generations of Sportage packages as a platform, the brand's current SUV portfolio now includes the flagship modern Sorento seven-seater and two compact offerings in the Sonet and Seltos.
Kia South Africa has sold more than 3 500 Sonet models since its 2021 introduction. Built in India, this compact B-SUV package competes with the likes of the VW T-Cross, Ford EcoSport and Renault Captur, as well as its Hyundai Venue cousin.
Measuring 4 120 mm in length, the strength of the Sonet package lies in its clever use of interior space. This includes a claimed 392-litres-worth of luggage space. It's worth noting that unlike in some rivals, the Kia's rear-seat backrests don't offer the convenience of a 60:40 split lowering function.
Other key highlights of the compact SUV are the Kia Sonet interior offering, which includes a full bouquet of modern infotainment technologies including smartphone mirroring operated via an 8-inch digital display.
Now available in six derivatives, a recent model line-up refresh has seen the inclusion of a new 1,0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine option. Where previously the Sonet was only offered with a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre motor, the introduction of this new turbocharged engine option is notable, especially for those South Africans living at altitude, where non-turbo powertrains suffer from an inevitable loss in performance.
Available in EX and new flagship EX+ trim, the two new turbocharged derivatives are also fitted with a somewhat more refined dual-clutch transmission compared with the type of automatic gearbox used in conjunction with the 1.5-litre options. The non-turbo motor is also offered with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission.
Entry-level LX trim includes air-conditioning, a reverse camera, central locking, auto headlights and 15-inch steel wheels. EX trim adds a leather-covered steering wheel and transmission lever, park distance control, roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels. The new EX+ trim is highlighted by an additional two airbags, faux leather upholstery, climate control and cruise control.
Standard safety features fitted throughout the range include stability control, ABS-assisted brakes, driver and front passenger airbags, and Isofix child seat anchor points.
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Via Kia's ever-expanding dealership network, the Sonet is sold with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, including roadside assistance. A 4-year/60 000 km service plan is included in the asking price.
Services like a warranty booster, or even the brand's Bumper2Bumper cover that kicks in once the standard warranty has expired, can be added. This service also gives estimated pricing for replacement parts and lists accredited panel beaters in your area.
The Sonet has yet to receive a crash test rating on the ANCAP system (a trusted and independent crash testing authority), although its Hyundai Venue cousin delivered a four-star score.
But Kia still has a reputation for affordable and reliable motoring. So, whether you're a student, a young family, or just value convenience, make sure you're getting the best deal on Car Insurance for your Kia Sonet.