Introducing the New Kia Stonic
The New Kia Stonic is a sharp-looking crossover, based on the New Rio supermini, that is a smaller alternative to Kia's larger Sportage or All-New Sorento. With an eye-catching appearance and a generous level of personalisation available, this is one compact crossover that is big on character.
Interestingly, the New Stonic has been designed to offer the driving dynamics of a regular hatchback while giving you the practicality of a traditional SUV. It's not easy to perfect this blend, but Kia have made an exceptional job of it.
Inside, Kia have fitted their latest driver assistance systems and safety devices. The result is a hassle-free driving experience that gives you total peace of mind when you're on the road. With a 7-year/150,000km warranty included this is one crossover that justifies further exploration.
As practical as it is attractive, New Stonic boosts your capacity for the weekly shop or family holiday with a very generous 352-litre boot capacity. For additional storage the rear seats fold down in a 60:40 arrangement.
Sporting an ergonomic dashboard layout with a stunning 8-inch touchscreen taking centre stage, the infotainment system has a timeless yet very modern feel. The cabin itself has great headroom and the panoramic view means that your visibility is increased dramatically.
Boasting a generous legroom in the rear, passengers can enjoy access to a dedicated USB charging socket and electric windows, as standard. The low position of the transmission tunnel means that the rear can comfortably accommodate three adults for shorter journeys. There are also handy storage areas in both passenger doors.
The infotainment system offers toys such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. You also get luxuries such as air conditioning and cruise control on each model. Venture further up the range and you get rain sensing front wipers and Smart key with engine start button.
Various driver assistance systems have been introduced to maximise the safety of you and your family. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and a Reversing Camera are available. For those longer journeys, Blind Spot Collision Warning and Smart Cruise Control (available with Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) only) are perfect for motorways.
Electronic Stability Control gives greater stability and confidence-inspiring handling when you're on the move. This includes Torque-Vectoring by braking to keep you glued to the road when cornering.
Despite being a small SUV, Kia have made plenty of effort to provide engines with maximised efficiency, lowered CO2 emissions and improved driveability.
Featuring Kia's brand-new petrol Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) 'EcoDynamics+' powertrain, which combines a new 'Smartstream' 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 48-volt MHEV system. Delivering the same 118bhp as the previous Stonic petrol engine but with an extra 16 per cent peak torque output on the seven-speed DCT. For maximum driver engagement, a six-speed manual transmission is also available.
A non-hybrid petrol 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 99bhp is also available in the New Stonic's engine range, with the choice of DCT or manual.
Drivers can customise their drive thanks to the Drive Mode Select System with 'Eco', 'Sport', and 'Normal' modes available to choose from.
Kia have done a great job with the New Stonic because it's a compact crossover that has all the driving mannerisms of a smaller car, but with the practicality of a larger SUV. It’s fun nature means you'll never struggle to find a car that reflects your personality, while the onboard technologies combine with the efficient engines to save you money and keep you safe.
For more information or to book a test drive, contact us here at Johnson & Perrott Douglas. The home of Kia in Cork.