My Friend And Me… The New KIA Sonet Aims To Keep You Connected. But You Gotta Pay For It.

By Clifford Chow, 03 January 2022

Singapore - KIA wants to keep customers connected with their new SUV, the Sonet. While the name has got nothing to do with a song by 90’s band The Verve, it sure looks like the small SUV is aimed quite squarely at those who were made during the said band’s existence. 

The Sonet slots “boom” between the smaller Stonic, and the larger Seltos, and will retail at a dollar less than $110,000. The buzz in the new small-ish KIA SUV, is the connectivity it boasts, termed Connect Lite. This enables owners to check on the Sonet’s status (like fuel and tyre pressure), and even start/stop the car, and lock and unlock it remotely. The app is also linked to Cycle & Carriage’s myC&C app, which allows owners to book their next service, and even check on progress. The app also provides information on driving statistics and history, great if you are monitoring fuel efficiency. 

Kia Connect Lite also is able to engage a pre-registered quick contact when the car’s airbags are activated, allowing for emergency response, even remotely. 

The Connect Lite app subscription is free for two years if the Sonet is purchased before 31 March 2022, and can be renewed from $100 every two years after the initial subscription lapses, or $140 for 3 years.

The infotainment unit, fronted by an 8-inch touchscreen in the Sonet, supports both Apple and Android mobile devices, and also comes complete with a wireless charging pad.

Under the bonnet, the Sonet features a 1.5 litre engine, good for 115hp and 144Nm, and has its front wheels driven by a CVT. The engine and transmission combination for this ‘Tiger Nosed’ SUV, delivers a combined 6.4L/100km, and a neutral band B VES rating.

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