Kia’s entry into the compact crossover segment, the 2018 Kia Stonic, has gone on sale in the UK.
Built on the same platform as the 2018 Hyundai Kona, the Stonic enters a segment that is expected to double to 2.2 million sales a year in Europe by 2020. Kia clearly wants a piece of the action and so five versions across two trim levels and three drivetrains will be offered.
There’s a 1.0-litre petrol turbo, a 1.6-litre diesel turbo and a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, all with a six speed manual available.
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.
A launch edition called “First Edition” will include Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning but then will be optional on future cars as part of an Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (ADAP).
Inside you’ll find 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.
Pricing for the UK is as follows:
- 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
- Optional Paint – £250
- Premium Paint – £545
- ADAP – £350