2019 New KIA Stonic Models Compared
Published Date: 25th Mar 2019
We have some excellent deals on new 2019 KIA Stonic cars, a well-equipped small SUV with some eye-catching exterior and interior styling options available on Mixx and ‘4’ models…. Read on for a full review and comparison of available models….
The Stonic is KIA’s new, well-equipped, small SUV rivalling similar vehicles like the Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and the Suzuki Vitari in an ever-increasingly popular car segment.
KIA Stonic Equipment & Models Compared
The Stonic boasts excellent levels of equipment, even on entry-level KIA Stonic 2 models you’ll find exterior features like 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, black gloss grille, LED daytime running lights and bi-function projection headlights.
Inside features plenty of tech too, including an infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, integrated DAB radio and smartphone support with Bluetooth, voice control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. For comfort and convenience there’s also front and rear electric windows, steering wheel mounted audio controls and air con. Driver aids include rear parking sensors and cruise control with speed limiter.
The KIA Stonic MIxx model features funky two-tone exterior paint-work that includes an orange roof and door mirrors. Inside is equally bright and cheerful with orange inserts/trim on the dash, d-cut steering wheel and black cloth seats with faux leather trim and orange accents. The interior does feature a lot of hard plastic but still for a vehicle in this segment/price range it’s pretty eye-catching in the cabin. The Mixx model also improves on the entry-level model with a reversing camera, rear privacy glass and a rear LED combination light cluster.
The KIA Stonic 3 model drops the exterior two-tone paintwork and tones-down the interior replacing the orange dash and seat trim with a grey trim. It adds the following driver aids and safety tech: sat nav with traffic alerts, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping technology, driver attention warning, high-beam assist and automatic windscreen wipers.
The KIA Stonic 4 model builds on the ‘3’ with the addition of full faux leather and heated front seats, heated steering wheel, engine start/stop button and smart entry. There’s also some additional safety tech including blind spot detection (BSD) with rear cross traffic alert.
KIA Stonic Engines
Petrol engines include a 1.4 MPi ISG (98 BHP) with manual gearbox (combined fuel economy up to 49mpg and CO2 emissions 132g/km) or a 1.0 T-GDi ISG (118 BHP) turbo-charged petrol, available with 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. There’s also and a single diesel option in the form of the frugal 1.6 CRDi ISG (113 BHP) that offers a combined fuel economy of up to 70mpg and CO2 emissions of 106g/km.
The turbo-charged 1.0 T-GDi ISG petrol engine is a no-brainer for us, its quieter, smoother and feels pokier than both the 1.4 petrol and the diesel and while it won’t return the same economy figures as the diesel, it does trump the 1.4 petrol with fuel economy figures of up to 51mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of 131 g/km (based on manual transmission).
Should You Buy A KIA Stonic?
The KIA Stonic offers some funky interior and exterior styling options, excellent levels of equipment and the 1.0 turbo petrol engine offers a great balance of low running costs with enough power.
There’s no 4-wheel drive option but that isn’t where the demand is in this segment and like other rival small SUV-like vehicles, it’s not a full-blown SUV but a Crossover based on a standard passenger car platform, in fact it's spawned from the KIA Rio. It does however offer many of the in-demand SUV-like features, like a higher driving position and more rugged exterior styling.
If you’re in the market for a small SUV/Crossover vehicle then you should definitely put the new KIA Stonic on your shortlist.