Stonic is Kia's first B-segment CUV
•Slots into a market set to double to 2.2 million a year in Europe by 2020
•Based on the new Rio supermini and built alongside it in Korea
•Five versions based on two trim lines and three powertrains
•Priced from £16,295 to £20,495 •On sale October 23, 2017; order books open now
Kia today releases first details of the specification and pricing for the all-new Stonic, the company's first offering in Europe's booming small CUV/SUV market. Stonic will go on sale on October 23, 2017, order books are open now.
There will be five versions at launch, based on two trim grades (‘2’ and ‘First Edition’) and three powertrains. The Stonic will be available with a 98bhp 1.4-litre multi-point injection petrol engine, a 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) unit and a 108bhp 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel. All models have a six-speed manual gearbox and feature ISG, Kia's intelligent engine stop/start system to prevent fuel being wasted and CO2 from being pumped into the air when the car is stationary in traffic.
Pricing will start at £16,295 for the 1.4-litre petrol grade ‘2’, rising to £20,495 for the ‘First Edition’ 1.6 CRDi diesel.
A new kind of Kia for a rapidly expanding market Kia is entering the B-segment CUV/SUV market at exactly the right time. Annual sales of this segment in Europe are predicted to double from the 2016 figure of 1.1 million to 2.2 million by 2020.
Kia expects to sell 70,000 units across Europe in 2018, rising steadily to 100,000 a year during the car's lifetime. The UK will contribute at least 10 per cent of the total. In the UK, B-CUV/SUV sales have risen by 50 per cent since 2014 and are expected to increase by another 40 per cent by 2020.
Buyers are moving into B-CUV/SUVs from superminis, small MPVs and three-door compact hatchbacks, which are now completely out of favour. Stonic, like the larger Sportage, which has been a phenomenal success, will attract customers from other brands and not expected to cannibalise sales from existing Kia models.
Stonic is based on the new Rio supermini and will be built on the same production line at Sohari in South Korea. Production capacity at the plant has been steadily ramped up to accommodate the new model.
Stonic is slightly longer than Rio, at 4,140mm. It is also 70mm taller and rides 42mm higher from the ground. While the two cars share some mechanical components, Stonic has a bespoke body and interior.
All models will be front-wheel drive as the take-up for all-wheel drive in this sector of the market is only 8 per cent.
The Stonic line-up in the UK
Kia's decision to offer only mid- and high-grade versions of Stonic in the UK is in line with demand from both retail and fleet customers. The grade ‘2’ Stonic will be available with all three engines, while First Edition is being offered with the efficient 1.0-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi units.
All versions are generously equipped, with an extensive range of active safety features and up-to-the-minute connectivity in ‘First Edition’ versions. ‘First Edition’ models also have two-tone paintwork, with the roof, wing mirror casings and rear spoiler picked out in either black, lime green, red or orange, depending on the choice of main body colour, with corresponding accents around the lower centre console and display screen areas.
All models have 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, roof rails, rear parking sensors, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.5-inch supervision cluster, Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming, automatic light control, bi-function projection headlamps and cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 60:40 split rear seats and a six-speaker audio system.