Kia Stonic Crossover Arrives Hot On The Heels Of Hyundai Kona

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The all-new Kia Stonic subcompact crossover has made its debut, arriving hot on the heels of the related Hyundai Kona. The Stonic follows the automaker’s corporate design blueprint, sporting sculpted surfaces, sharp lines and the automaker’s recognizable ‘tiger nose’ grille. A unique two-tone exterior paint scheme helps set it apart from other entries in the segment and will be offered in 20 different color combinations from launch.

Available engines include Kia’s 118-horsepower 1.0-liter T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine, 1.25- and 1.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines and a 1.6-liter diesel, all of which come standard with a manual transmission. A variety of advanced safety systems are also offered including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

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Kia says the Stonic’s cabin “places technology and ergonomics at its heart.” Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while optional extras include heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry. Kia also claims the cabin offers class-leading shoulder room, “generous” leg and head room and a sizeable 352-liter two-step trunk floor. Customers will have the option to personalize the interior similar to the exterior, with Kia offering a wide variety of bright color packs.

“The Kia Stonic will be one of the most compelling new cars in this rapidly expanding class, backed by Kia’s unique warranty, and the brand’s reputation for reliability, quality and contemporary design,” said Kia Motors Europe boss Michael Cole. As the segment expands, the Stonic looks set to become one of our best-selling cars.”

As with all other Kia vehicles, the Stonic will be backed by the automaker’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. The crossover will arrive at dealers in the third quarter of this year. Pricing has yet to be announced, but details should become available as its arrival nears.

  • cardboardharley

    Motors are too small.

  • roundthings

    Attractive.
    Dumb name.
    Techie nonsense standard but not cruise control?
    Pass

  • Perry F. Bruns

    CarPlay and Android Auto are likely tossed in as free in order to help gain acceptance for each of the two protocols. People already like cruise control, so they’ve decided to economize and make that an option. I don’t agree with it either, but it makes economic sense.

  • kaffekup

    That was my first though: a 1.25L naturally aspirated engine? Surely they mean turbo? Unless it weighs like, 1,000 pounds…

  • DClark

    I suspect those engines are for the European and/or Asian markets. For North America I’m thinking a 2L and/or 1.6T are probably the most likely engines.

  • Chad Limon

    Hyundai builds a car to compete with the Kia Soul (Hyundai Kona) and Kia says, let’s build one too! I’m confused.

  • William Robert Thornton

    7 year warranty?