The Kia Stonic is the South Korean brand's most affordable crossover in the Philippines. Sharing many attributes with its stablemate, the Kia Soluto. Slotting under the Kia Seltos in terms of size and price, the Stonic serves as the 11th model in the brand's lineup. Designed by Peter Schreyer, its clean lines and incorporated Kia design language was able to win awards from IF Design and the Red Dot Design Awards in 2018. Stonic is a contraction of the two words "style" and "iconic," which is apt given the accolades it has already won just after its introduction to the market.
As an entry-level crossover to the Kia brand, the Stonic comes equipped with a 1.4-liter gasoline motor that produces 94-100hp and 132 Nm of torque depending on the variant, which is mated to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. As a crossover, the Stonic is built on a unibody chassis that has a MacPherson Strut in the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. The exterior and interior both feature clean lines that stem from Schreyer's European design language for the Kia brand. Signature elements such as the Tiger-nose grille is put in full view on the face of the car, while the clean lines and sleek profile add to the charm of this subcompact crossover.
The Kia Stonic was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to immediate acclaim. Right out the gate, the Stonic was able to bag several design awards which include the IF Design award for the "Transportation Design" category, and the Red Dot award for car design, both accolades were won in 2018.
Kia Philippines will launch the Stonic in October of 2020 as a 2021 model. Early bird promos are available and give excited customers an opportunity to get discounts for this award-winning crossover before its launch date. The launch price of the vehicle started at just P735,000 for the base LX MT variant, and the top of the line EX AT variant went for P925,000. As for discounts, Kia Philippines gave the Stonic an introductory promo that slashed the price of the new crossover in the Philippines by P60,000 for the base LX MT variant, and P50,000 for the LX AT and EX AT variants in the lineup.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
In terms of its platform and chassis, the Stonic shares the same interior and the same platform as the fourth-generation Kia Rio, the brand's subcompact hatch and sedan. For its suspension, the Stonic rides on a set of MacPherson struts in the front and a torsion beam in the rear. The unibody chassis of the Stonic promises a refined ride and ample ground clearance figures of 185mm. It also rides on the Hyundai-Kia GB platform which is shared between both brands.
For its engine, the Kia Stonic comes equipped with a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder gasoline motor that is the same unit as the Kia Soluto. To maximize the motor's efficiency and power delivery, Kia has outfitted it with its Dual-Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) technology allowing for horsepower figures of 94 hp and torque figures of 132 Nm for the manual variant, the automatic version gets 98hp and 132 Nm of torque. The transmission of the Stonic is either a 5-speed manual for entry-level variants, or a 6-speed automatic for LX AT and EX AT variants.
Front-engined, Front Wheel Drive
Hyundai-Kia GB Platform
1.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline
94 horsepower, 132 Newton-meter of torque
99 horsepower, 132 Newton-meter of torque
The 2021 Kia Stonic, as standard for all models, comes with an 8-inch infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. For the higher EX trim, the subcompact crossover comes with a push to start feature as well as a single-zone automatic climate control system. Other variants will receive a dial-type airconditioning system instead.
Making the vehicle easier to maneuver when parking, Kia Philippines, as has given the Stonic a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines. The EX trim-level, on the other hand, comes with the additional benefit of getting rear parking sensors, hill start assist, and an electronic stability control program
The 2021 Kia Stonic’s brings with it a youthful and sporty design. It comes with the brand’s signature tiger-nose grille along with projector halogen headlights which are standard across the range. The subcompact crossover will also feature LED daytime running lights as well, which is an exclusive feature for the EX variant. It also gets roof rails for all variants along with 185mm worth of ground clearance.
The 2021 Kia Stonic comes with a black interior with fabric seats being the only available seating material. Two climate control options are available depending on the trim-level. The LX variants come with dial-type manual controls, while the EX variant comes with a single-zone automatic climate control system.
In when it comes to safety the Kia Stonic comes with driver and front passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill-start assist, vehicle stability control, and traction control as well. This puts it on par when it competitors in its segment.
The Kia Stonic in terms of safety has scored a 3-star Euro-NCAP safety rating for its standard model. For its variant that has an optional safety pack in Europe, it comes with a 5-star safety rating. For the standard model, it comes with an adult occupant safety rating of 32.5, a child occupant safety rating of 41.2, a pedestrian safety rating of 26, and a safety assist rating of 71. For the optional safety pack model, it scores 35.2 for adult occupant safety rating, for child occupant safety it scores a 41.2, for pedestrian safety, it scores a 29.8, and for safety assist features, it comes with a score of 7.1.
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Does the Kia Stonic come with a leather interior?
All variants of the Stonic from the LX to EX in the Philippines will only come with cloth upholstery.
Does the Kia Stonic have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
With its 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the Stonic features smartphone pairing via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto just like the other Kia models with the brand's touchscreen system on board.
What is the ground clearance of the Kia Stonic?
The Kia Stonic has 185mm of ground clearance, which is about as much as other crossovers in the Kia lineup.
What are the transmission options for the Kia Stonic?
The Kia Stonic is available only with a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
What is the most affordable Kia Stonic?
The most affordable Kia Stonic is the base LX MT variant, which has a launch price of just P735,000, making it one of the most affordable crossovers in the Philippine market.
How big is the Kia Stonic?
Comparing the Stonic with other models in the Kia lineup, the crossover sits right under the Seltos in terms of size and in price. It seats the same number of people, but with a smaller engine and a smaller overall dimension.
What transmission does the Kia Stonic have?
The transmission options for the Kia Stonic include a 5-speed manual an a 6-speed automatic.
Does the Kia Stonic come with a diesel engine?
No, the Kia Stonic in the Philippines only comes with a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that outputs either 94 hp for the manual variant, or 99 hp for the automatic variants.
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