When we think of 7-seat crossovers, we often think of larger compacts and mid-sized models. Kia, however, reckons that even small crossovers can seat seven. Meet the 2021 Sonet 7-seater. Yes, it’s the same small crossover the Korean brand introduced last year for the Indian market. But this time around, it can seat seven people inside.
The 7-seat variant of the Sonet was extended by 125mm compared to the standard model, measuring 4,120mm in length. The rest of its measurements remain the same at 1,790mm width, 1,642mm height, and 2,500mm wheelbase.
With that, it’s hard to spot the difference between the two models from the outside. There are no changes in styling either, as both the 5- and 7-seat Sonet look identical. It still features a small tiger-nose grille up front flanked by sharp LED headlights. At the rear, there’s a full-width taillight and black trim on the bumper.
It’s when you step inside can the difference be seen. Given the crossover’s small size, the third row of seats does take up a lot of trunk space. Kia also tweaked the second-row seats, which are now split-folding and allowing access to the third row. The middle seats can slide forward and backward to give some form of legroom. Other interior changes include roof-mounted AC vents with blower controls to cool rear passengers. The rest of the cabin remains unchanged.
Interestingly, the Sonet 7-seater is available only with the 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that produces 115 HP and 144 Nm torque. Gearbox options include a 6-speed manual or a CVT. None of the diesel motors offered in the India-spec model are available.
The Sonet 7-seater is built in the same place at the same plant as the 5-seat model. Interestingly, however, Kia decided to launch the 7-seat model in Indonesia rather than India. With that, the small 7-seat crossover could make its way to the country in the future. It might even challenge crossovers of the same size with only five seats.