The Kia Stonic subcompact crossover continues to make quite the splash in the local market, following its digital launch by Kia Philippines in October 2020. The model managed to get into the brand’s top three best-sellers so far, with its combination of looks, tech, and competitive pricing.
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To better demonstrate the vehicle’s features, Kia Philippines recently organized a media test drive event. Automotive scribes took the wheel of six Stonic units and drove them from Metro Manila to Tagaytay, and participants were able to experience what Kia calls the “5S Formula.”
In keeping with the Stonic’s “Style That’s Iconic” mantra, vibrant colors give life to the model’s contemporary aesthetics, which were penned by no less than erstwhile Kia design boss Peter Schreyer. The trademark Tiger Nose grille still dominates the fascia, flanked by projector-type halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lamps.
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Roof rails and a rear spoiler garnish convey a sporty attitude. Even if the Stonic was designed primarily as an urban daily driver, it can also tackle out of town drives with a ground clearance of 185mm, helped by a set of 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels.
Despite the Stonic’s compact dimensions, occupants were treated to comfortable seating positions throughout the journey, made possible by the model’s generous 2,570mm wheelbase.
The cabin features room for up to five occupants, with the luggage space expandable to 325 liters just by folding the rear seats flat. This ensures versatility, whether the Stonic will be used for work days or enjoying weekends.
Fuel efficiency is one of the Stonic’s key strengths, with a 6-speed automatic transmission harnessing the 1.5L dual CVVT gasoline engine’s 97 hp and 132 Nm of torque. The tiptronic shifter provides drivers with the opportunity to take control of rowing through the cogs for more spirited driving.
Participants took the Stonic on a scenic trip around Tagaytay
A Smart Entry and push engine start make enjoyment effortless, and the fun doesn’t stop even when it’s time to park the Stonic, with a rear-view camera making it easier to watch out for hazards.
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The Stonic’s interior is brimming with tech, starting with the 8-inch touchscreen audio head unit that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Stream multimedia content through USB or Bluetooth, then bask in the sounds playing through the six speakers that come standard. A 12-volt power outlet keeps devices charged even on long drives.
The Stonic looks particularly head-turning in Flash Yellow
A 3.5-inch LCD multi-function display rests between the large tachometer and speedometer gauges, while the single zone automatic climate control helps keep occupants cool despite the blazing heat outside.
Kia’s latest crossover comes equipped with modern safety features for occupant protection such as front airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and hill start assist.
More importantly, every purchase of a Stonic is backed by a 5-year/160,000-km warranty. A 24/7 free roadside assistance service is also offered, which covers benefits such as emergency towing, personal assistance, minor onsite repairs, and medical assistance.
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Know more about Kia Stonic 2021
<p>Kia Motors Philippines has expanded its model lineup as it introduced the Stonic subcompact crossover that features a sharp and youthful-looking design. The Kia Stonic is set to go up against other subcompact crossovers in the market such as the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, among others. Bearing a sporty, modern look and fitted with the latest innovations, you can expect nothing less from Kia Philippines’ Stonic subcompact crossover. The Stonic is offered in three variants with a starting standard retail price of Php 735,000 for the LX MT. While the mid LX AT variant is priced at Php 835,000, and the top-spec EX AT at Php 925,000. Kia Philippines is also offering a five-year or 160,000 km warranty for the Stonic. Also available is a free 24/7 Roadside Assistance, which includes towing, minor on-site repairs, medical assistance, and personal assistance.</p>
Joseph Paolo Estabillo