Rivervale's Guide to the New Kia Stonic
Kia has released the baby of its SUV range! The Stonic is now available and offers a compact, urban SUV hoping to be noticed in an increasingly crowded market ...
The SUV is a popular choice in the UK, so manufacturers are keen to give us every version of an SUV they can think of. The Stonic from Kia is a front wheel drive only SUV for about town. Perfect for those drivers who like the look and raised ride height of an SUV, but have no desire to go off-roading at the weekends. The name is a mix of the words Speedy to reflect the small size and agility and the word tonic which refers to the first note in a diatonic scale. When combined Kia believe the name Stonic describes something 'new and fresh in the compact SUV segment.'
Exterior Features and colour options
On the outside, the Stonic displays some recognisable features as it shares the same 'Tiger Eye' grille seen on other Kia models in the Kia family. The Stonic is based on the Rio so many features are already familiar. The Stonic has sleek, compact, sporty styling which creates a muscular stance following the trend among most of the compact SUV's on the market at the moment.
There are 5 colour options for the entry level model; Midnight Black, Graphite, Blaze Red, Clear White and Sienna Brown. However, select the First Edition model and you can personalise your Stonic with a different colour roof with the addition of a few more colours to play with; Zest Yellow, Urban Grey, Lime Green, Orange and Satin Silver. Colour themes are continued throughout the interior to add a little interest.
As the smallest SUV in the Kia range the Stonic stands 1520 mm high, 1760 wide mm (including wing mirrors) and 4140 mm long.
Interior features, technology, and Driver Aids
On the inside, the Stonic provides a spacious cabin with enough room for 5 adults to be seated comfortably. The boot capacity is 352 litres which can be increased to 1,115 litres if the rear bench is lowered. To make the space flexible the rear bench is on a 60:40 split so you can tailor the load space to your needs.
Technology wise you will find Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with voice control as standard enabling the driver to make calls, send messages and get directions without ever needing to take their hands off the wheel. There is a 7" touchscreen for the navigation system with Kia Connected and TomTom Live services available to keep you informed while you are on the road.
Which driver aids come as standard varies depending on which model of Stonic you choose, but most are available as an optional extra.
- Driver Attention Warning - this system will monitor your driving behaviour and if you are showing signs of fatigue it will recommend that you take a break.
- Hill Start Assist - holds the Stonic steady for you when you are pulling away on a hill, reducing the risk of rolling backwards.
- Cruise Control - perfect for long journeys, the Stonic will keep you at a steady speed while your foot is removed from the accelerator.
- Speed Limiter - for when you want to make sure you do not exceed the speed limit, the Stonic will allow acceleration up to a pre-programmed speed and no further, even if you are still pressing on the accelerator.
- Reversing Camera - takes any guess work out of parking by giving you a clear view of the area behind the car.
- Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert - this aid will let you know when there is an object in your blind spot assisting you to change lanes more safely and will let you know if there is anything likely to cross your path of travel when reversing out of a space.
- Autonomous Emergency Braking - using cameras and radars the Stonic will monitor the likelihood of any forward collisions, if the driver has not responded to a danger an alert will be given, if there is still no response from the driver the brakes will automatically be applied reducing the chances of a collision.
- Rear Parking Sensors - these sensors provide an indication of how close the rear of the Stonic is to another object when parking.
- High Beam Assist - this feature will monitor other traffic on the road and automatically reduce the headlight power to avoid dazzling any oncoming drivers.
- Bi-Function Projection headlights with Static Bending - new technology in these headlights provide optimal vision and can illuminate around bends so you have a clearer idea of what lies on the road ahead.
Trim Levels and Specifications
Currently there are only 2 versions of the Stonic to choose from. The entry level Stonic 2 and the top of the range Stonic First Edition. Upgrading to the First Edition allows contrasting roof colour options as well as extra luxury touches such as a leather steering wheel and privacy glass. Examples of standard features at each trim level can be seen in the table below;
|17" alloy wheels||♦||♦|
|Heated and electrically adjustable folding door mirrors with LED indicator lights||♦||♦|
|Chrome side window trim||♦|
|Privacy glass rear windows and tailgate||♦|
|Bi-function projection headlights with static bending||♦||♦|
|Automatic headlight control||♦||♦|
|LED daytime running lights||♦||♦|
|Projection front fog lights||♦||♦|
|Rear fog light||♦||♦|
|Rear combination lights||♦|
|LED rear combination lights||♦|
|Rain sensing front wipers||♦|
|Black cloth upholstery with grey stitching||♦|
|Black cloth and grey faux leather upholstery||♦|
|D-shaped steering wheel with perforated leather trim||♦|
|Heated front seats||♦|
|Automatic air conditioning||♦|
|Automatic defog system||♦|
|Auto dimming rear view mirror||♦|
|Cruise control and speed limiter||♦||♦|
|Engine stop/start button with smart entry system||♦|
|7" display with DAB radio and MP3 compatible||♦||♦|
|7" touchscreen navigation||♦|
|Kia connected services with TomTom Live||♦|
|Apple CarPlay with voice control||♦||♦|
|Android Auto with voice control||♦||♦|
|Rear parking sensors||♦||♦|
|Hill start assist||♦||♦|
|Autonomous emergency braking||♦|
|Blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert||♦|
Engine Choices for the Kia Stonic
There are 3 engines to choose from; 2 are petrol, 1 is diesel as follows;
- Petrol - 1.4 MPi 98 bhp, 125g/km Co2, 51.4 mpg (combined)
- Petrol - 1.0 T-GDi 118 bhp, 115g/km Co2, 56.5 mpg (combined)
- Diesel - 1.6 CRDi 108 bhp, 109g/km Co2, 67.3 mpg (combined)
All engines are Euro 6 compliant and all use a manual gearbox, automatic drivers will have to wait and see if the range expands in time. The fastest engine on offer is the 1.0 petrol engine will a top speed of 115mph and a 0-60mph time of 9.9 seconds. The most frugal is the diesel engine with the highest mpg and the lowest Co2 emissions.
The Kia Stonic is on sale now, with no basic entry level model on offer the starting price seems a little higher than its competitors at £16,295 so only time will tell if this compact SUV will make a big impact on the crossover segment.
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