The Stonic is offered in five different trim levels with three powertrain options in the UK. Powertrains span from a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol producing 88kW/171Nm, a 1.4-litre petrol generating 73kW/133Nm, and a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel developing 81kW/260Nm. These are all unique compared with the units powering the Hyundai Kona.
All units come with stop-start technology, and all come with a six-speed manual transmission with front-wheel drive. Acceleration for the most powerful version, the 1.0 turbo, across the 0-60mph (97km/h) sprint takes 9.9 seconds.
As standard, every Stonic model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, air-con, power windows, rear parking sensors, and a 3.5-inch LCD instrument cluster display. Bluetooth is also standard, with projector headlights and LED daytime running lights, and 60:40 split-fold rear seats.
Kia is offering special First Edition models for a limited time, adding a smart key, leather-like interior accents, climate control, heated front seats, a dual-height cargo area, and some chrome exterior trimmings.
Although sharing the same Hyundai-Kia GB platform (same as Kia Rio) with the Hyundai Kona, the Stonic is pitched as a more entry level model. Kia says it is only offering front-wheel drive, for example, as the market demand for AWD is only 8 per cent according to the European arm.
The Stonic won’t be heading to Australia any time soon. However, local buyers have the Kona and will soon be offered a separate small SUV from Kia. Stonic prices in the UK start from the following:
Kia Stonic 1.4 ISG – £16,295
Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDi ISG – £16,995
Kia Stonic 1.6 CRDi ISG – £17,795
Kia Stonic First Edition 1.0 T-GDi ISG – £19,695
Kia Stonic First Edition 1.6 CRDi ISG – £20,495