South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has recently unveiled a 7-seater variant of their famous compact SUV Sonet in Indonesia. The new Kia Sonet 7 is based on the Indonesian Sonet, which is longer than the Indian model. The 7-seater Sonet is expected to arrive in India shortly, as Kia has already filed the name ‘Sonet 7’ as a trademark in the nation. In this article, we will compare the Kia Sonet 7 Seater dimensions, ground clearance, cargo space, tyre size, engine, performance, expected launch date, and pricing to the 5-seater Sonet that is currently available in India.
Kia Sonet 7 Seater Dimensions
The length of the Kia Sonet 7 is 4,120 mm, which is 125 mm longer than the length of the 5-seater Sonet, which is 3,995 mm. Both versions have the same width and height at 1,790 mm and 1,647 mm, respectively. The Kia Sonet 7’s wheelbase remains unaltered at 2,500 mm. The dimensions of both Sonet models are summarized in the table below.
|Dimension||Kia Sonet 5||Kia Sonet 7|
|Length||3,995 mm||4,120 mm|
|Width||1,790 mm||1,790 mm|
|Height||1,647 mm||1,647 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,500 mm||2,500 mm|
Kia Sonet 7 Seater Ground Clearance
The Kia Sonet 7’s ground clearance has not been officially announced, however it is expected to be similar to the 205 mm of the 5-seater Sonet. This is a reasonable figure for a tiny SUV that can easily handle bumpy roads and speed bumps.
New Kia Sonet 7 Seater Boot Space
To accommodate the third row of seats, the boot area of the Kia Sonet 7 is projected to be reduced from 392 litres in the 5-seater Sonet. However, the precise figure is unknown. When not in use, the third row of seats can be pulled down to improve boot capacity. The Kia Sonet 7 also has a roof-mounted spoiler and a shark fin antenna, which contribute to its athletic appearance.
The Kia Sonet 7’s tyre size is anticipated to be comparable to that of the 5-seater Sonet, which is R16 – 40.64 cm (16″) crystal cut alloys. These tyres provide excellent grip and stability in a variety of driving situations. The Kia Sonet 7 also has a dual muffler design and a roll bar style top with dual-tone to add to its rough appearance.
Kia Sonet 7-Seater Engine
The Kia Sonet 7 is driven by a 1.5-liter diesel engine with 114 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Kia Sonet 5, on the other hand, comes with three engine options: a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 82 bhp and 115 Nm of torque; a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 118 bhp and 172 Nm of torque; and a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 99 bhp and 240 Nm of torque.
A 5-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed automatic transmission, a 6-speed clutchless manual transmission (iMT), and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) are available for the Kia Sonet 5.
The Kia Sonet 7 is projected to perform similarly to the Kia Sonet 5, as both share the same diesel engine choice. The Kia Sonet 5 has a claimed fuel economy of 16.55 kmpl for petrol models and 24.1 kmpl for diesel models. Because of its increased weight and length, the mileage of the Kia Sonet 7 may vary slightly. The Kia Sonet 7 also has paddle shifters, a BOSE premium 7-speaker system with sound mood lights, an electric sunroof, LED headlamps with DRLs, LED tail lamps, a linked panel, a voice-triggered sunroof, the next-generation Kia Connect, and a 10.25″ touchscreen.
Kia Sonet 7 Seater Expected Launch Date and Price in India
The Kia Sonet 7 will be available in India by the end of 2023 or early 2024. The Kia Sonet 7 is expected to cost more than the 5-seater Sonet, which costs between Rs. 7.79 lakh and Rs. 14.89 lakh (ex-showroom). In the Indian market, the Kia Sonet 7 may compete with other 7-seater small SUVs such as the Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari, and MG Hector Plus.
The Kia Sonet 7 is a new small SUV with additional space and seating capacity than the previous Sonet model. It has a larger length, comparable ground clearance, a smaller trunk capacity, comparable tyre size, a single diesel engine option, comparable performance, and other qualities that make it an appealing choice for Indian clients. The Kia Sonet 7 is set to be on sale in India soon, at a higher price than the 5-seater Sonet. The Kia Sonet 7 is a vehicle that will appeal to both families and adventurers looking for a versatile and beautiful vehicle.