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Old 21st March 2024, 09:37   #151
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Re: 2024 Kia Sonet Facelift Review

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Is anyone facing the same issue or the existing pre-facelift owners faced any such issues?
Except this one issue, the car is very good to drive. You will love to keep it driving forever.
Hey, there is definitely some issue with your AC blower. I will suggest escalating this to higher ups in Kia. I have driven my Sonet D-AT for more than 45k kms and never experienced this issue. I often drive with only blower on and it has never stopped.
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Old 21st March 2024, 12:39   #152
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I am using the "WaterProof" cover from Coverwell (https://coverwellindia.in/), which cost me 4k one year back.

If you have street dog menace, I would advise against it. Otherwise, it's a great product.
No dog menace, let me check it out, how easy is it to clean and wash this?
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2024 Kia Sonet Facelift Interior Review

The ORVM Tech in Sonet seems to be an upgrade on the one in Seltos. Seltos costs ~6-6.5k and Sonet ORVM costs ~9-9.5k as per the service center guy. I really wish Seltos had the view around your car feature that Sonet has. It's strange that feature in the lower segment is missing in the higher segment

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The ORVM Tech in Sonet seems to be an upgrade on the one in Seltos. Seltos costs ~6-6.5k and Sonet ORVM costs ~9-9.5k as per the service center guy. I really wish Seltos had the view around your car feature that Sonet has. It's strange that feature in the lower segment is missing in the higher segment
This price is for GT Line or Tech Line ? GT line comes with cameras on ORVM.
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This price is for GT Line or Tech Line ? GT line comes with cameras on ORVM.
I have the GT Line. But It does not support Look Around the Car Feature that Kia Sonet has. When i kept nagging about to the Service Guy, he finally explained that the ORVM in Sonet FL is more advanced and costs 50 % more. So the tech to take pics remotely is built into it somehow. Surprised to see this missing in Seltos FL and Creta FL though.
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The AC blower stops working intermittently.
Is anyone facing the same issue or the existing pre-facelift owners faced any such issues?
Except this one issue, the car is very good to drive. You will love to keep it driving forever.
Hey,

I have faced, and resolved a similar issue with my elite i20 diesel (previous car).

Firstly, next time this happens, park your car somewhere and keep ignition on. Open the bonnet and see if you can find ice formation anywhere the AC lines.

If yes, the problem is usually with the temp sensor.

Hope this helps. It took me 3 years of follow up to get this problem diagnosed and rectified from Sharayu Hyundai after regular emails to the higher ups then.
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Hey,

I have faced, and resolved a similar issue with my elite i20 diesel (previous car).

Firstly, next time this happens, park your car somewhere and keep ignition on. Open the bonnet and see if you can find ice formation anywhere the AC lines.

If yes, the problem is usually with the temp sensor.
In my case, its happening as soon as I starts the car or AC, the blower runs for around 2-3 seconds and stops. I could hear the sound of compressor being run but the vents don't throw any air. Previously it was happening intermittently while driving. Now its happening as soon as I start the car. The service centre guys seems to be clueless of the actual issue, they initially thought it is a blower issue henec they replaced it.
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500km Initial impression

We purchased a Kia Sonet HTK+ 1.0 Turbo in Feb month. Due to low running, I have only been able to clock 500km a month. But still good enough for the initial impression. Just for context I also have a 2022 Baleno, so few points will be compared to that.

Positives
  • Engine
    I went with the turbo because I already have a 1.2NA in the garage. Being a 3 cylinder, I expected some vibrations. But it is very refined, it only feels rough on a cold start for about 1 minute. There is turbo lag up until 1500rpm, then things move swiftly. The turbo is felt above 2,000 rpm & it just goes. I have only pushed to 4,000 rpm as of now & the turbo pull/feel is great. I am sure it will solve my overtaking issue in the mountains with Baleno when fully loaded up.
  • Transmission
    The middle way? Neither here nor there. Why would someone want or even invent the iMT? That is what my thoughts were beforehand. But after skipping the AMT in Baleno, I curse myself every time stuck in traffic. With Sonet I had made up my mind to not go with MT. DCT was out of budget, so iMT was the only option. And I was so wrong.
    It is the best of both worlds. The left leg is always happy in traffic & the satisfaction of rowing through the gears remains! It was very easy to get used to, there is no head nod like AMT. The gearbox is fast & the gear shift is quick, I only feel the 1st to 2nd is not that quick/smooth. It crawls at 7-8kmph in traffic.
    The convenience of even just dumping the clutch is 10 fold when you live in Delhi NCR. After getting used to it, I did grind gears in my Baleno on a few occasions.
  • High-speed stability & Suspension
    To put it simply. 100kmph on Baleno is okay & above 100 is scary & nervous. 100kmph in Sonet is very calm & even 140(did try once) is the same calm feeling. It just keeps pulling, there is very little road noise. The suspension feels tight & composed. It is a bit firmer than the Baleno, which strikes the right balance between handling & comfort.
    Potholes are dealt better after I reduced the Tyre pressure from 40 to 34psi.
  • SUV Characteristics!
    Yes we all know it is a raised hatchback. And that's what is required to deal with 95% of my running. So that I don't have to worry about scraping. I generally carry more speed in Sonet on the same broken roads than in Baleno. The view is commanding, I can see the hood & feel like I am sitting higher & confidence level is more than what I feel sitting inside the Baleno. Baleno has a low seat(at least feels like one).
  • Features & Interior
    The HTK+ is loaded up as per my requirement. I bought the Baleno base variant, with the plan of making it Alpha Pro++ from Karol Bagh Wizardry. Yes, that didn't turn out very well & there is always something off. So with Sonet, I made sure I at least got some feel-good features.
    Keyless Entry, Sunroof (My Wife specifically wanted this), Auto headlamps, good infotainment screen with Wireless AA/Carplay & all the standard safety features. I only miss cruise control which can be retrofitted very easily.
    Also, the quality of the interior feels a segment or two above Baleno. The plastics, the way everything has been put together.
Negatives/Could be better
  • Mileage
    Remember how I mentioned the crawling speed in traffic? Turns out the Sonet converts that 8kmph to 8kmpl. Jokes apart. I know it’s still in the Run-in period. But I come from a Maruti family all the way. Baleno gives 19kmpl in the city, I have my mindset rigged by it!
    Sonet gives an average of 10kmpl in the city as of now. Max, I went up to 16kmpl on a less traffic day. Just stay below 2000rpm. But I did not get the 1.0Turbo for that, so 10-11 is what I have settled with
  • Space
    The front row is sufficient & good. But the rear space is not as much as the Baleno. The front seats are scooped so you have decent enough leg space, unless there is someone tall. Thigh support is not that great too.
  • Auto Start/Stop
    It seems to have a mind or logic of its own. It switches off the car in 1st gear when I come to a stop with the brake pressed. Then I shift to N & it wakes up again. So for it to work I have to keep the brake pedal pressed & stay in 1st which I think is not the ideal way.

All in all, I am satisfied with the purchase. I am planning to take it to the Highway & Mountains soon. So that I enjoy more of what this sweet little Engine has to offer.
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500km Initial impression

Potholes are dealt better after I reduced the Tyre pressure from 40 to 34psi.
Nice review and congrats on your acquisition.

Try dropping the pressure to 32 / 33 psi and you'll be amazed with the difference.

If you drive with just 2 passengers + some minor load , 32 psi is just fine.

Wish you blissful miles ahead and keep us updated.
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All in all, I am satisfied with the purchase. I am planning to take it to the Highway & Mountains soon. So that I enjoy more of what this sweet little Engine has to offer.
Looks like someone has finally taken his new Sonnet to his home in the mountains
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Nice review and congrats on your acquisition.

Try dropping the pressure to 32 / 33 psi and you'll be amazed with the difference.

If you drive with just 2 passengers + some minor load , 32 psi is just fine.

Wish you blissful miles ahead and keep us updated.
Thanks. I did reduce it to 32psi all around, the ride quality feels better now. I was skeptical when everyone complained about the ride quality being very stiff in the Sonet(pre-facelift), but it is good.
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Re: 2024 Kia Sonet Facelift Review

Kia is on a ‘paid - promotion’ spree for the Sonet with almost all the major media channels on YT.

Seems like the FL euphoria is dying down and the sales are settling to normal akin to the Seltos.

Inspite of this , they’re still shamelessly increasing the prices significantly!
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Well Kia is on an update spree, my sources tell me that the Kia Sonet is coming with new variants. Apparently the HTE and HTK are coming up with (O) option variants which means you can now get sunroof right from base model! Talk about the craze for sunroofs with our fellow Indians. Also the black colour will be available from the base model itself. Any one looking for a new Sonet , I guess its the right time to go ahead and book.

The crazy competition in this segment is making the market crazier, anyway better for us I say!

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Well Kia is on an update spree, my sources tell me that the Kia Sonet is coming with new variants. Apparently the HTE and HTK are coming up with (O) option variants which means you can now get sunroof right from base model! Talk about the craze for sunroofs with our fellow Indians. Also the black colour will be available from the base model itself. Any one looking for a new Sonet , I guess its the right time to go ahead and book.

The crazy competition in this segment is making the market crazier, anyway better for us I say!
Not to forget , all this couples with a price hike of upto 3% !

All these feature additions in the lower variants are cashed in by inflating the prices of the mid / top variants.

P. S.: There a few feature additions to the Seltos line-up as well. There’s a video by a YouTuber on this wherein he managed to get hands on Kia’s ‘official’ internal brochure.
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Well Kia is on an update spree, my sources tell me that the Kia Sonet is coming with new variants. Apparently the HTE and HTK are coming up with (O) option variants which means you can now get sunroof right from base model! Talk about the craze for sunroofs with our fellow Indians. Also the black colour will be available from the base model itself. Any one looking for a new Sonet , I guess its the right time to go ahead and book.

The crazy competition in this segment is making the market crazier, anyway better for us I say!
They should offer 1.5L NA Petrol engine like Brezza. 1.2 NA petrol is under powered & is only offered in lower three variants with many features missing. Keep 1.2 to lower variants but mid variants should have 1.5L NA petrol engine option. Brezza is killing it in the Sub Compact segment with its no fuss engine.

Also turbo should have MT option as well even for Top variants. Hyundai certainly has shown it can be done with Venue & even Creta.

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