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Kia Sonet launched, priced from 499 million

Kia’s small high-rise urban car is available in 4 versions, including a manual version for service customers.

On the morning of October 9, next to Carnival, Thaco introduced a new Sonet model. Unlike the Sonets in the Indian market, the Sonet launched in Vietnam has a larger size, specifically the length and width parameters are 4,120 x 1,790 x 1,642 (mm) respectively. While the overall length of the Sonet model in India is 3,999 mm, equivalent to the Toyota Raize model about to launch.

The overall design of the car is similar to the elder Seltos. Photo: Dac Thanh

The size of Sonet is equivalent to the size of the 7-seat version in the Indian market, but in Vietnam it will only be 5 seats.

Sonet is ranked in the A+ or B- segment, below Seltos in the B segment. Sonet has a wheelbase of 2,500 mm, roughly equivalent to a B-size sedan, this size of Vios is 2,550 mm. Sonet’s ground clearance is also relatively large 205 mm, equivalent to the close distance of some C-sized crossovers.

The car has a hook-shaped position light connected to the characteristic tiger nose grille. The overall design is a bit like the elder Seltos but rounded in more points. 16-inch die-cast wheels.

The interior design of the car is similar to the Sorento model, such as the screen area, air conditioner, central adjustment key, but the central screen is designed with two clocks, one of which is a 3.5-inch electronic form. . Sonet’s main screen has a size of 10.25 inches. The car is equipped with 6 speakers, leather seats and armrests in the most advanced version.

In the most advanced version, the car is also equipped with a smart key, remote ignition, sunroof, automatic anti-glare rearview mirror, automatic throttle. The lower versions will cut equipment, the standard MT and AT versions will not have automatic throttle.

The car uses a Smartstream engine, with a capacity of 1.5 liters, producing 113 horsepower and maximum torque of 144 Nm. Vehicles using a 6-speed MT or CVT gearbox called Smartstream IVT with chain belts instead of the usual form.

In terms of safety equipment, the car has 6 airbags, ABS, EBD brakes, electronic balance, hill start assist, front and rear sensors, reverse camera, tire pressure sensor.

The car has 4 versions, all petrol engines and 9 color options. Among the 4 versions introduced, there are three automatic versions and a manual number.

Version Price
AT Premium 609
AT Luxury 579
AT Deluxe 539
MT 499

(Unit: million dong)

At this price, Sonet fills the gap between the high-rise A and B-size cars. The highest version of Sonet almost touches the low version of Seltos (1.4 Deluxe – 629 million). Therefore, the new AT luxury version is the one expected to bring high sales. However, the price of Sonet is quite similar to B-class sedans, which is also a challenge.

Sonet is the first model launched to give birth to the high-rise car segment A+ (B-). In the near future, Toyota Vietnam will also introduce the Raize in this segment. Small high-rise models are gradually becoming a trend in many countries in choosing urban cars, so Vietnam is not outside the destination of these models.

Doan Dung


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