The Kia Stonic was first unveiled at the International Motor Show in Germany on June 20, 2017. On July 13, 2017, it debuted in South Korea. Upon its release, it was offered in four engine choices. Its trendy name is a combination of “speed” and “tonic”, a rightful description of this vehicle’s proven capability.
The Stonic received recognition from different award-giving organizations. It won the “Transportation Design” category at the iF Product Design Award and the “Car Design” category by the Red Dot Design Award in 2018.
Kia Philippines is looking to make an iconic statement as it introduced the Stonic subcompact crossover. With the catchphrase “Style That is Iconic,” the Stonic was designed to meet the needs of active people in need of a stylish but practical city going daily driver.
This subcompact crossover is designed by Peter Schreyer, the designer of the Audi TT. The Stonic was launched by Kia Philippines in October 2020. It sports the familiar Tiger Nose Grille, which is then combined with sporty design cues provided by the aggressive looking skid-plate, and the angular lines spread around the front fascia.
On its front, The Kia Stonic is refreshingly designed with the company’s signature grille paired with dual function headlamps. Located below is a wide air intake that efficiently cools its engine.
The Kia Stonic dimensions measure 4,100 mm long, 1,735 mm wide, and 1,533 mm high. It has the right size to project its youthful looks and to provide a decent amount of road presence. The new Kia subcompact crossover also has 185 mm of ground clearance, which we reckon will be great for dealing with speed-bumps and less than stellar city roads.
Its top is equipped with roof rail that enhances its athletic appeal. The rear features a sloping capped window with a stop lamp, a pair of three-dimensional LED taillights, robust fenders, bumper, and a skid plate that aids in regulating airflow.
Inside, the Stonic is equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen capable of connecting via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The top variant keeps its five occupants comfortable with a single-zone automatic air-conditioner. For cargo, the Stonic can hold a minimum of 325-liters with the rear seats deployed.
Technology & Safety Features
This trendy SUV is fitted with an infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for entertainment. Standard safety features on the Kia Stonic include dual-front airbags, anti-lock braking, ISOFIX, and child locks. The top-of-the-line variant also comes with hill-start assist, an engine immobilizer, and stability control.
Platform & Chassis
The Kia Stonic uses lightweight but high strength steel and shares its platform with the Kia Rio. It is equipped with an independent MacPherson Strut suspension at the front and a torsion beam axle on the rear.
Engine & Drivetrain
Propelling the 2020 Kia Stonic is a 1.4-liter dual CVVT gasoline engine capable. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual. With the automatic, the Stonic can make up to 97 horsepower, while the manual version can churn out a maximum of 94 horsepower. Both variants can produce 132 Nm of torque.