Kia Sonet 07 seater is launched in the Indonesian market. Earlier the model was spotted testing in India. Now, with the launch of the 07-Seat Sonet, Speculations are increasing about its much possible launch in the domestics market.
- The Indonesian Spec Sonet is 125mm longer than the Indian spec KIA Sonet
- Comes only with a 1.5liter, 115hp Petrol engine
- KIA is unlikely to bring 7 seaters KIA Sonet model in India
KIA Sonet 7 Seater measurement
In terms of Size, the 7-Seater KIA Sonet looks like a true copy of the 5 seater model that is sold in Indonesia. Though the Indonesia Spec KIA Sonet model is measuring 4,120mm in length which is almost 125mm longer than the Indian-Spec KIA Sonet model which measures 3,995mm in length. Following an extra length of the Sonet Indonesia model make it easy for Kia to accommodate the added seat row.
Seating arrangement in KIA Sonet 7 Seater
An additional third-row seat is fixed at the boot. Resulting in almost no room for boot Space. Also, the third-row passengers have to compromise with legroom and shoulder room. Third-row seats are foldable but not offers flat-folding. One-touch tumble function is given in the middle row to facilitate easy access for last row passengers.
Also to balance the legroom between the second row and third row. Second-row seats can be slid forward and backwards. but even after sliding the second-row seats forward, there is not much legroom for third-row passengers. And space in the last row appears cramped for adults.
7 Seat KIA Sonet features list
Talking about features – The seven-seater Sonet has got all the features that are being offered in the 5 seaters Indonesian variant. like wireless phone charging, A 8.0-inch infotainment (unlike 10.25 inch on top-spec India Sonet) which supports Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Ventilated front seats and Electric Sunroof and more.
The biggest change between 5 seater and 7 seater Indonesian Spec KIA Sonet is roof-mounted AC vents and Blower that are offered in 7-Seat Sonet.
KIA Sonet 7 Seat Engine
Under the hood the 7 seater KIA Sonet gets a 1.5-litre, 4 cylinders naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates 115hp and 144Nm Torque. Following is the only engine that is being offered in Indonesia. Unlike India where it is offered with 1.2 petrol, 1.5 Diesel or 1.0 turbo petrol
Will 07 Seater Sonet launch in India
Though Indonesian Spec KIA Sonet is manufactured in the KIA Anantpur plant and is exported. Compare to Indian Sonet which is sub-four meter the Indonesian model is 125mm longer in size hence enabling 3rd row in it was easy.
The seven-seater Sonet is very unlikely to launch in India. To enable the third-row seats the length of the car need to be increased. If KIA increases the length then it shall not receive the tax benefits of sub-four meter cars that it is getting at present.
Here in India the KIA Sonet competes with TATA Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Magnite, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitra Breeza and Toyota Urban Cruiser.
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