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By Thomas Falkiner

The new 2022 Kia Sonet gets a turbo boost and a performance kick with the introduction of the new SUV turbocharged derivatives, but is it worth the price?


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Available at dealerships from July 11, the 1.0 T-GDi EX and EX+ models are equipped with a 1.0l three-cylinder turbocharged engine making 88kW at 6,000rpm and 172Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000rpm. This is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

This isn’t the first electric expedition for Ramsey, who has been adventuring in electric vehicles for over a decade. In 2017 he and his wife Julie became the first team to complete the Mongol Rally in an all-electric vehicle. The pair travelled over 16,000km through 20 countries in 56 days, driving from the UK to Siberia behind the wheel of a Nissan Leaf.



Our mission is to show that electric vehicles can tackle the harshest of environments — from the bitter cold of the poles to the hot and humid jungles of South America, and illustrate that they can meet the demands of drivers around the world, and encourage the switch to zero-emissions transport,” said Ramsey.


Bother models come standard with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Supplied


16-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard. Supplied


Building on this specification, the flagship EX+ benefits from further goodies such as cruise control, automatic climate control, drive mode select, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, folding electric side mirrors, artificial leather seats with contrast red stitching, side and curtain airbags plus a two-inch TFT LCD Supervision cluster.

The new 2022 Sonet 1.0 T-GDI EX comes in at R359,995 while the EX+ will set you back R389,995. This includes an unlimited kilometre five-year warranty (including roadside assistance) as well as a prepaid four-year/60,000km service plan.


Main Image:  The 2022 Sonet 1.0 T-GDI EX starts at R359,995. Image: Supplied



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