The turbocharged Kia Sonet has finally launched in South Africa. See pricing below…


The Sonet 1.0 T-GDi is equipped with the South Korean carmaker’s “advanced” three-cylinder petrol mill, which is exclusively coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The turbocharged unit produces 88 kW and 172 Nm of torque, available from a lowly 1 500 to 4 000 r/min in the rev band. 

According to the local arm of Kia, “This new engine places easy-driving characteristics at the forefront, balancing more than sufficient punch for safe overtaking manoeuvres with low engine speeds at highway velocities for improved fuel consumption and refinement and a satisfyingly sporty three-cylinder thrum.”

The 1.0-litre powertrain is available in two levels of specification. These are EX and EX+. As standard, the former model ships with an eight-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment system incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth functionality, and a reverse-view camera set-up supplemented by park distance sensors. Further included are a height-adjustable driver’s pew, leather trim for the steering wheel and gear lever, and automatic headlamps. EX variants are fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels.

Regarding safety, EX models feature dual front airbags, Isofix child-seat anchorages, ABS with EBD, and ESC. Hill-start assist is also present. 


On top of the EX derivative’s standard items, the EX+ model gains automatic climate control, a 2.0-inch TFT LCD ‘Supervision’ cluster, and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror. The range-topping variant also features cruise control, folding electric side mirrors, and rear combination LED lights. Red contrast stitching can be found inside. 

As standard, all models ship with Kia SA’s four-year/60 000 km service plan. A five-year/unlimited km warranty is included.

Kia Sonet pricing:

  • 1.5 LX MT: R296 995
  • 1.5 LX CVT: R317 995
  • 1.5 EX MT: R316 995
  • 1.5 EX CVT: R337 995
  • 1.0 T-GDI EX 7DCT: R359 995
  • 1.0 T-GDI EX+ 7DCT: R389 995