That’s a little more than entry-level models from rivals, but Kia isn’t worried, because even the ‘base’ Stonic is actually a mid-line ‘2’ variant, and thus comes with rather more standard equipment than some of its competitors.
The entry-level Stonic 2 1.4 ISG duly includes as standard a haul including air con, 17-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, cornering lights, LED running lights plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity via smartphone apps – it’s controlled through the standard 7.0-inch colour touchscreen (which also has standard DAB radio).
Kia’s also rolling out a higher-spec First Edition, a launch special that’s loaded with equipment. It has keyless go, climate control part-faux-leather upholstery (yes, they admit it’s not ‘real’ leather…), rear privacy glass, LED rear lights heated front seats, USB sockets in the front and the back, and a fancier D-shaped steering wheel.
The First Edition also gets autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, high-beam assist and rear blind spot detection. Kia’s given it two-tone paintwork as well: choose to have the roof, door mirrors and rear spoiler either in black, lime green, red or orange.
Colours? Standard on the First Edition is Sienna brown with a black roof, and the 2 comes in Clear White, Blaze red, Graphite and Midnight black. The First Edition can be had in Clear white, Blaze Red or Zest yellow with a black roof, Midnight black with a red roof, Graphite with a lime green roof, or Urban grey and Satin silver with an orange roof. Got that?
Kia Stonic: the supermini SUV
Kia cheerily admits the Stonic is derived from the Rio, because buyers in this sector “are moving into B-SUVs from superminis, small MPVs and three-door compact hatchbacks”. It’s 4,140mm long, marginally up on the Rio, and 70mm taller overall, with a 42mm ride height. Despite this stance, all versions are front-wheel drive: just 8 percent of buyers in this sector go for all-wheel drive, says Kia.
The base engine is a 98hp 1.4-litre that crawls to 62mph in 12.2 seconds and averages 51.4mpg. The alternative 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder turbo will thus likely be a better bet; it costs £700 more, ups power to 118hp and cuts the 0-62mph time to 9.9 seconds. It averages 56.5mpg.
If economy is all, and you’re not deterred by the current anti-diesel vibes, the 1.6-litre CRDi averages 67.3mpg, produces 108hp and does 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds. All models have a six-speed manual gearbox
Kia Stonic: UK ambitions
This is an important new model for Kia, which still has its sights set on strong growth in the UK. The Sportage is already its best-selling car, an enviable result for Kia UK given the profit margins in this £25,000-plus model. Having a smaller alternative will give it added firepower in the showrooms.
Kia’s hoping to sell around 8,000-10,000 Stonic in the UK, out of a total of 100,000 sales across Europe. It’s thus a significant introduction, particularly as the appeal of the Rio (and many over superminis) starts to fade. Chuck in a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, Kia dealers will no doubt add, and what’s not to like?
Kia Stonic SUV: prices
|Stonic 2 1.4 ISG||£16,295|
|Stonic 2 1.0 T-GDi ISG||£16,995|
|Stonic 2 1.6 CRDi ISG||£17,795|
|Stonic First Edition 1.0 T-GDi ISG||£19,695|
|Stonic First Edition 1.6 CRDi ISG||£20,495|