The Kia Sonet is one of the most popular and top-selling cars in its segment in India. Making its debut in our market in September 2020, this subcompact SUV has found many takers here. Similarly, the Sonet is the best-selling SUV model from Kia’s lineup in Indonesia – at times accounting for over 90 percent of its overall sales. Given how valuable the Indonesian market is for the Korean automaker, Kia has decided to launch a 7-seater version of the Sonet. While the Seltos is sold in the country, it is only available as a strict 5-seater. Interestingly enough, the 7-seater version of the Sonet is manufactured in India and then exported to Indonesia.
In order to make room for the third-row seats, Kia has increased the length of the Sonet by 125mm. Compared to the standard India-spec model, this 7-seater variant measures 4,120mm in length (instead of 3,995mm). Pretty much all of that extra length has gone in extending the portion of the SUV behind the second row of seats. When not in use, the third-row seats can be folded away to make room for luggage. However, should you require those seats, you can bid goodbye to any usable cargo space. This is because the last two seats are stored directly under the cargo bay, rendering it pointless for carrying additional passengers and luggage.
Furthermore, the Kia Sonet is still technically a subcompact crossover. Therefore, those seated in the third row will not be comfortable in the least. Still, it seems like Kia has found a market for a 7-seater version of the Sonet in Indonesia. If you want to free up some legroom for those in the far back, this variant of the Sonet gets sliding middle-row seats. Also, to make the rear-most passengers feel better and cool during the summer, Kia has integrated AC vents into the roof. Meanwhile, the middle-row occupants can use the floor-mounted vents to keep themselves nice and cool. As for the rest of the package, the 7-seater Sonet is identical in every way to the standard 5-seater model.
In terms of equipment, the 7-seater Sonet gets an electric sunroof, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, wireless charging, a Bose audio system, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Covering the safety angle here are features like six airbags, front & rear parking sensors, Vehicle Stability Management, and anti-lock brakes.
Meanwhile, the only engine option for the 7-seater Kia Sonet is a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated petrol unit that makes 113hp and 144Nm of torque. It comes paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. There is no word from Kia as yet about its plans for bringing the 7-seater Sonet to India. However, it is highly unlikely to actually materialize.