Kia’s entry into the compact crossover segment, the 2018 Kia Stonic, has gone on sale in the UK.
The Stonic is built on a different platform to the 2018 Hyundai Kona, and the Stonic enters a segment that is expected to double to 2.2 million sales a year in Europe by 2020. This is in addition to its plans to bring another sub-compact crossover to market in early 2019.
Kia clearly wants a piece of the SUV action and so five versions across two trim levels will be offered, with three drivetrains available.
There’s a 1.0-litre petrol turbo, a 1.6-litre diesel turbo and a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, all four-cylinder engines, and all come with a six-speed manual as standard.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are included, as is torque vectoring, and Cornering Brake Control (CBC) to counter bad weather. Hill descent is also standard.
At 4140mm long, 1760mm wide and 1520mm high, it’s not exactly huge, but that’s perfect for slotting into small gaps and threading through UK roads.
There will be a launch version called the First Edition which will include Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning. These features then will be optional on future cars as part of an Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (ADAP), which will cost an extra £350.
Inside you’ll find cloth seating, a 7.0-inch screen with a DAB radio and MP3 playback capability, while the First Edition also receives a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but this time includes navigation and Kia Connected Services with TomTom™. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration come as standard across all cars.
You’ll notice that the interior is closely related to the Kia Rio, which is because the Rio is the basis for the Stonic.
There’s adequate space in the back seats for teenagers and the luggage capacity of 352 litres isn’t quite enough to carry everyone’s luggage, but is enough for some shopping bags. Fold the back seats down and the space grows to 1,155 litres.
2018 Kia Stonic pricing
|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|