Kia Sonet 1.0-litre Turbo-petrol iMT Fuel Efficiency: Claimed vs Real

Modified On Oct 01, 2021 01:59 PM By Rohit for Kia Sonet

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Can the Sonet iMT deliver its promised mileage in real world driving conditions? We find out

Kia’s first sub-4m SUV for India, the Sonet, was launched in September 2020 with prices ranging between Rs 6.71 lakh and Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom). It is offered with three engines including a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit. It comes with the choice of a 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual) or a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission). The Sonet is the second SUV to feature Hyundai-Kia’s new iMT (intelligent manual transmission) technology after the Venue. We managed to run our fuel efficiency test with the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol Sonet equipped with the 6-speed iMT and here are our findings:

Engine

1.0-litre Turbo-petrol

Power

120PS

Torque

172Nm

Transmission

6-speed iMT

Claimed fuel efficiency

18.2kmpl

Tested fuel efficiency (city)

12.24kmpl

Tested fuel efficiency (highway)

15.33kmpl

The Sonet iMT turbo-petrol was unable to match its claimed fuel efficiency figure in the city as well as on the highway in our tests and it fell short by up to 5.96kmpl. At its best, it was 2.87kmpl short of the claimed figure. ARAI figures are based on mileage achieved in controlled and simulated test conditions which is why they are usually higher than what is usually achieved in real world conditions.

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Based on the results from our mileage test from city and highway driving conditions, we’ve estimated how it would perform in mixed driving conditions:

Mileage

City:Highway (50:50)

City:Highway (25:75)

City:Highway (75:25)

13.61kmpl

14.41kmpl

12.88kmpl

If the majority of your usage is restricted to the city, expect the Sonet iMT to deliver a mileage of around 13kmpl. For those who use their SUV mostly on wider stretches of roads, the fuel efficiency should go up by around 1.5kmpl. In case your commute is split equally between the city and highway, the Sonet iMT’s mileage could hover around 14kmpl.

It is important to note that fuel efficiency depends on a combination of driving conditions, the car’s condition as well as your driving style, so your experience may vary from ours. If you own a Sonet turbo-petrol iMT, feel free to share your findings with us in the comments.

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prashant patil
Sep 11, 2021 9:06:37 AM

Even I am getting 10 to 12 in city and 14 to 15 on highway, when asked they say I'll improve after 3d service

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    jones tyttus
    Aug 15, 2021 7:38:13 PM

    Very worst mileage am having sonet htk plus imt petrol ....i got millage in highway 11.4 only in traffic 9....

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      sameer belvi mangalwedhe
      Feb 17, 2021 11:45:53 PM

      My daily commute is about 8-10kms, city; bumper to bumper traffic mostly. I am getting a mileage of 10-11kmpl with AC on. On highways I managed to extract a mileage of upto 15kmpl with full load

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