Kia Sonet has made its global debut in India – Launch will take place next month
One of the most awaited cars in 2020, Kia Sonet has been unveiled in a virtual event. It is here to challenge the supremacy of popular compact SUVs such as Maruti Brezza. Considering Sonet’s long list of features and gorgeous looks, it would be safe to assume that the compact SUV segment is getting ready for a major showdown.
Just like Seltos, Kia Sonet will also be available in two trims – GT Line and Tech Line. While the contours and core body language are the same, GT Line is the sportier of the two. It is more expressive, as can be seen in its eye catchy design elements. Here’s a quick comparison between Sonet GT Line vs. Sonet Tech Line to better understand the differences between the two trims.
Exterior and Interior
One of the key characteristics of GT Line is the liberal use of red accents. These act as highlighters that enhance the visual appeal of the various components. These can be seen on the front grille, air dam, door skirts, alloy wheel hub, brake callipers, and rear skid plates. On Sonet Tech Line, these design elements are done in relatively sober silver colour. The silver insert on the front air dam has a different design for GT and Tech.
Talking about interiors, the red theme continues on the inside for GT Line. One key highlight is the red stitching that creates an exciting contrast with the all-black interiors. Red stitching can be seen on the seats, gear lever, door and steering wheel. Red ambient lighting is another key characteristic of GT Line.
In comparison, Tech line has the more refined black and beige colour theme on the inside. Its AC vents have silver garnish whereas the ones on GT Line have a darker shade. Tech Line does not have any branding on the seats whereas GT Line comes with ‘GTLine’ insignia.
Engine and transmission
Sonet borrows its engine options from Hyundai Venue. Sonet Tech Line will be getting the 1.2 litre petrol unit (83 ps / 114 Nm) and the 1.5 litre diesel (110 ps / 240 Nm). These are mated to 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmission, respectively. The 1.0 litre turbo petrol unit will be reserved exclusively for the GT Line. The engine makes 120 ps / 172 Nm and has 6-speed manual, iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission), and 7-speed DCT as transmission options. It is possible that Kia may launch a diesel-automatic variant for the GT Line.
If you want to turn heads on the streets and enjoy some peppy rides, the GT Line is the one you can buy. In other areas such as comfort and convenience, safety and connectivity, both GT Line and Tech Line are exactly the same.