Which 2021 Kia Stonic variant should you buy?

Updated Nov 20, 2020 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?
Let’s find the differences between the Kia Stonic’s three variants.

The Kia Stonic is already available in the Philippines. With an introductory price starting at Php 675,000 until the end of November 2020, this subcompact crossover is an attractive prospect for those looking for a practical but stylish daily driver. The Philippine-spec Stonic has three trim levels. So how do these differ from one another? Which variant should one get? Let’s find out.

A picture of the Kia Stonic parked near some buildings

The 2021 Kia Stonic

Kia Stonic Variants: Exterior

For its exterior, the Kia Stonic’s variants don’t offer many differences. All three variants come with halogen headlamps, halogen turn signal lamps, and LED taillights. They are also equipped with a roof rail, front fog lights, as well as a set of 16-inch alloy wheels.

A picture of the side of the Kia Stonic

The Kia Stonic from the side

The Stonic also has the same exterior dimensions across all three variants. They all have a length of 4,100 mm, a width of 1,735mm, and a height of 1,533 mm. They also have a wheelbase length of 2,570 mm, and a ground clearance of 185 mm.

Do note though that the Stonic LX and EX automatic transmission variants are heavier with a curb weight of 1,117 kg. The manual transmission version of the LX trim on the other hand is 1,074 kg, which is lighter than the other two variants by 43 kg.

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Kia Stonic Variants: Interior amenities and safety

Moving over to interiors, all of the Stonic’s variants can comfortably seat five people with room to spare for 325-liters of cargo. The seats for all variants of the Korean-made crossover are covered in fabric, and all three are equipped with a tilting polyurethane steering wheel.

Regarding on-board amenities however, the Stonic EX is the best equipped among the three. It comes with automatic air-conditioning, parking sensors, push to start button, a security alarm, engine immobilizer, and traction control. In comparison, the Stonic LX MT and AT variants lack the aforementioned features, and it only has a manual air-conditioner as well.

A look into the Kia Stonic's interior with folded seats

The interior of the Kia Stonic with the rear seats folded down

All three variants of the Kia Stonic come standard with an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, 12-volt accessory outlets, Bluetooth connectivity, and six speakers. All three also come with a reverse camera, two airbags, anti-lock braking with brake-force distribution, and ISOFIX.

Kia Stonic Variants: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, all trim-levels of the PH-spec Kia Stonic are propelled by a 1.4-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. For the Stonic LX and EX automatic transmission variants, the said engine can make 97 horsepower and 132 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, the entry-level Stonic LX MT’s 1.4-liter makes slightly less power at 94 horsepower. It does however produce the same amount of torque at 132 Nm. For this variant, power is also sent to the front but through a five-speed manual transmission.

A picture of the cockpit of the Kia Stonic

All Stonic variants come with a manual parking brake and a tilt-only steering wheel

All variants of the Stonic use a MacPherson strut-type front suspension, and a torsion beam type rear suspension. On the other hand, the Stonic LX MT and LX AT come with a solid disc front brake and a drum brake for the rear, whereas the top-spec Stonic EX has disc brakes all around.

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Kia Stonic Variants: Pricing

Kia Stonic Variants
Introductory price until the end of Nov. 2020
Regular SRP
Stonic LX MT
Php 675,000
Php 735,000
Stonic LX AT
Php 785,000
Php 835,000
Stonic EX AT
Php 875,000
Php 925,000

Kia Stonic Variants: Conclusion

To sum it all up, the Stonic LX and LX AT variants are equipped with the same interior amenities and safety features. The only significant difference between these two is their engine outputs and their transmission types. That said, the LX AT is mechanically identical to the top-spec Stonic EX AT. The latter however takes it up a notch when it comes to on-board safety equipment.

A Picture of the Kia Stonic on a city road

The Stonic EX's parking sensors will make it great for tight parking lots

As such, the Stonic EX AT is recommended for those drivers who will need a bit more handholding in their daily driving due to having stability control and parking sensors. It also provides more security since it comes standard with a security alarm and engine immobilizer.

The Stonic’s automatic climate control is also an improvement over the LX variant’s manual one. And lastly, the Stonic EX AT undoubtedly has better stopping power due to having four disc brakes. We trust however that the Stonic LX variants do have sufficient braking power in relation to their engine output and curb weights.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.