This week Korean brand Kia has revealed the pricing and specification for its first ever B-segment SUV, the Stonic. Priced from £16,295, it’s based on the Rio hatchback – and will be built alongside it – and is available in just two trim levels, with a choice of three engines.
The base model ‘2’ trim will come with standard features including 7″ touchscreen with DAB radio, smartphone connectivity and Bluetooth, 17″ alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows, roof rails, plus rear parking sensors to name a few. It will be available with either a naturally aspirated 98bhp 1.4 litre petrol, a turbocharged three cylinder 118bhp 1.0 litre petrol or a 108bhp 1.6 litre turbocharged diesel, of all which will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The second trim model is the ‘First Edition’ model, which is made available with either the 1.0 litre petrol, or the 1.6 litre diesel. This trim adds features such as navigation, keyless entry, stainless steel pedals, automatic air conditioning, grey cloth and faux leather seats, LED rear lights, rear privacy glass and heated front seats.
Like the Rio First Edition, the Stonic will come as standard in Sienna Brown, but with a black roof. Other colours offered for the new Stonic include Clear White, Blaze Red, Graphite, Midnight Black, Zest Yellow, Urban Grey and Satin Silver.
Any 4×4 Models? Why Does The Model Start At ‘2’ Trim?
The new Stonic will come with front wheel drive as Kia states there is little need to include a all-wheel drive model as this makes up just 8% of the market. In regards to why the trim starts at ‘2’ rather than ‘1’ like other Kia models, this follows the demands from both private and fleet buyers, so basically, it’s what you asked for.
The new Stonic will go on sale as of 23rd of October 2017.