KIA Sonet Diesel Automatic First Drive - Expert Review
KIA SONET DIESEL AUTOMATIC FIRST DRIVE REPORT - BEST DIESEL SUV UNDER Rs 13 LAKH?
Yesterday we told you about the Sonet with its 3 cylinder turbo motor paired with the 7-speed double clutch auto. Now we will talk about the other variant which is the diesel automatic Sonet. Yes the KIA Sonet automatic 2020 is very happening and it would be a part of its line-up being the most expensive Sonet that you can get.
ENGINE PERFORMANCE AND MILEAGE
The diesel engine that we are talking about is the BS6 1.5 litre diesel which develops 115 bhp and 250Nm of torque. Interestingly the diesel manual version develops less power than the automatic with 100 bhp. Back to the diesel automatic and the gearbox is a 6-speed torque converter which is also found on the Seltos diesel automatic. In the Sonet when you first start the car, the refinement of this diesel is brilliant and does not get the loud diesel clatter with very minimal noise. Then when you get going the automatic works very well with the automatic which means performance is well spread and you do not feel the turbolag which would be seen on the manual. The automatic engages gears at an optimum pace and feels powerful when you want to overtake or it helps you cruise well when you want it to. The good amount of torque makes driving the diesel Sonet more enjoyable plus you will get regular near 18 kmpl which is brilliant.
Just like the DCT auto there are three driving modes with either eco, normal or sport being available. Depending on the surface you can also choose the traction with the various traction modes. Sport gives you the power you want in the highways while the normal is best for everyday use. Eco is when you are wanting to stretch every litre of fuel but even then performance is not poor and it is usable.
KIA SONET DIESEL VERDICT - 4/5
Currently, you will find no other compact SUV which offers a proper automatic in the diesel segment and that gives the KIA Sonet a big advantage. The automatic is a brilliant cruiser and will make long journeys easy and with the diesel you would do long journeys more. That said it would be more expensive but at least you have a good choice now. If you are buying a Sonet diesel, the automatic is highly recommended.
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