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Driving the Kia Sonet to Mahabaleshwar was just what I needed after months of lockdown

Fresh cream with fruits and the impressively refined diesel powertrain of the Kia Sonet was what my first long drive after the lockdown was all about.

I recently returned from my first inter-city drive (with all precautionary measures in place) in the Kia Sonet, and it feels like a shot in the arm. For journos like us who are used to living out of a suitcase and jumping straight into a car, being confined indoors seemed like a difficult task.

With the Kia Sonet as my new long-term car, I was itching to go on a long, leisurely drive. The reason: it breaks a bunch of stereotypes associated with compact cars. It’s good-looking, has decent room even on the back seats, comes with great powertrain options, and is filled to the brim with features — some of which even cars from a segment above don’t offer! Moreover, it also endorses that diesel engines are not dead and the humble torque converter isn’t passé, nor are they expected to be any time soon.
Triple delight—the Sonet, the long due road trip and the dessert

Making my long-term twice as nice is the 115-hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine, borrowed from the Seltos, and the silky smooth six-speed torque converter. The taller ratios ensure that the engine remains in the lower revs, which not just improves fuel efficiency but also improves the refinement, adding to the overall premium experience. The combination of good driving dynamics and a torquey motor ensured I could easily keep up with the premium cars my colleagues were driving, even in the winding and steep ghat sections. After all, the race was to relish some strawberries and cream in Mahabaleshwar.
Kia Sonet cabin quality India frist drive

Next month, I’ll be talking more about in-city driving experience and what my family (the biggest critics I’ve come across) think about the Sonet. So, till then, stay safe and wear your masks.

 

Logbook
Driven: 3,750 km
Like: Diesel AT powertrain, features
Dislike: Price, oversensitive air pressure sensors

 

About the author: Sarmad Kadiri

 

 

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