The Kia Sonet is one of the most popular compact SUVs in India, thanks to its sharp styling, feature-rich cabin, and wide range of powertrain options. The Sonet was launch in 2020 and has been a strong contender in the sub-4-metre segment. However, Kia is not resting on its laurels and is planning to update the Sonet for 2023 with new features and better safety equipment. In this article, we will take a look at what the upcoming Kia Sonet facelift has to offer in terms of safety and how it fares in crash tests.
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Safety Features of Upcoming Kia Sonet Facelift
The Kia Sonet already comes with a decent level of safety features, such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors with a rearview camera, and ISOFIX child seat anchors as standard across the range. However, the 2023 Kia Sonet Facelift will take it up a notch by adding more safety features to the lower variants and making some of them standard for all trims. Here are some of the key safety features that the 2023 Sonet will get:
Side airbags and tyre-pressure monitoring system (TPMS):
These two features will be standard across all variants of the 2023 Sonet. Side airbags provide additional protection to the occupants in case of a side impact, while TPMS alerts the driver if any of the tyres are under-inflated or over-inflated, which can affect the handling and fuel efficiency of the vehicle.
The top-spec HTX+ and GTX+ variants of the 2023 Sonet will get curtain airbags, which cover the windows and protect the head and neck of the occupants in case of a rollover or side impact. This will bring the total number of airbags in these variants to six, making them among the safest compact SUVs in India.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill Assist Control (HAC):
These three features will be available on the HTK+ variant with iMT gearbox. ESC helps to prevent skidding or loss of control by applying brakes to individual wheels or reducing engine power. VSM assists the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle by adjusting steering torque and brake pressure. HAC prevents the vehicle from rolling back when starting on an incline.
Digital instrument cluster:
The HTX variant will get a digital instrument cluster, which displays various information such as speed, fuel level, trip meter, odometer, etc. in a clear and crisp manner. The digital instrument cluster also enhances the aesthetic appeal of the dashboard and gives a premium feel to the cabin.
Crash Test Ratings
The Kia Sonet has not been tested by any official crash test agency in India yet, but it is based on the same platform as the Hyundai Venue, which has scored four stars out of five in the Global NCAP tests. The Venue scored 15.77 out of 17 for adult occupant protection and 28 out of 49 for child occupant protection. The Venue also had dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminder, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and front seat belt pretensioners as standard.
The Kia Seltos, which is a larger SUV from Kia, has scored five stars out of five in the ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) tests. The Seltos scored 16.53 out of 16 for frontal offset impact, 8 out of 8 for side impact, 7.5 out of 8 for pole impact, and 2 out of 3 for whiplash protection. The Seltos also had six airbags, ESC, VSM, HAC, TPMS, lane keep assist, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and driver attention alert as standard or optional features.
Based on these results, we can expect that the Kia Sonet will perform well in crash tests and offer a high level of safety to its occupants. However, we will have to wait for the official results from agencies like Global NCAP or Bharat NCAP to confirm this.
The Kia Sonet is already a formidable competitor in the compact SUV segment, but with the upcoming facelift, it will become even more attractive and appealing to buyers who value safety and features. The 2023 Sonet will get more standard safety features across all variants and some additional ones on the higher trims. It will also get a new ‘Sonet’ logo and two new exterior colour options – Imperial Blue and Sparkling Silver. The powertrain options are likely to remain unchanged, but Kia could introduce a diesel iMT option like the Seltos.
The prices of the current Sonet start at Rs 6.79 lakh, but they are expected to increase with the updates. The 2023 Sonet will compete with other compact SUVs like the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue, Toyota Urban Cruiser and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The 2023 Sonet is expected to launch in India soon, so stay tuned for more updates.
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