The Kia Sonet is the latest entrant in the compact SUV space, and launched at a rather competitive (and introductory) starting price of Rs 6.71 lakh (ex-showroom), is poised to shake things up in the segment. Rather interestingly, Kia Motors India decided against giving the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol version of the Sonet a traditional manual gearbox, and instead launched it with a 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission). Why did Kia opt to go with the iMTinstead of a proper manual? Let’s get right into it.

  • Sonet 1.0 turbo-petrol ditches manual for iMT
  • Added convenience a clincher for the clutchless manual
  • Kia open to offering the Sonet 1.0 with a traditional manual in the future

Why does the Kia Sonet 1.0 turbo-petrol forego a manual gearbox?

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