Shortly after the global unveiling of the Kia Stonic, the Korean carmaker’s first B-Segment SUV will first go on sale in UK. A total of five variants will be made available at launch and all models will be front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission.

Three powertrains will be available for purchase: a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine T-GDI (118 hp/172 Nm), 1.4-litre four-cylinder MPI (98 hp/132 Nm) and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel CRDi (108 hp/260 Nm). To no one’s surprise, the most powerful turbo petrol engine is the quickest to the 100 km/h mark at 9.9 seconds while the 1.6-litre turbodiesel is a full second slower at 10.9 seconds. The naturally aspirated 1.4-litre MPI is the slowest of the lot, taking 12.2 seconds to complete the century sprint.

In the UK, the Stonic is offered in two distinct trim lines – an entry level grade “2” and the higher grade “First Edition”. Despite being the cheapest model, the grade “2” comes generously equipped with projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels. Buyers who went for the “First Edition” can have their Stonic to receive a swanky two-tone paintwork along with chrome window trim.

The entry level variant comes equipped with multifunctional steering wheels, heated side mirrors, 7-inch infotainment display and 3.5-inch supervision instrument cluster. If you’re someone who is big on features, the “First Edition” packs a whole lot more kit – keyless entry and start, black cloth and grey faux leather upholstery, automatic climate control, privacy glass, D-shaped steering wheel, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and dual-height luggage floor.

All variants of the Stonic comes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management, Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability, Cornering Brake Control and Hill-Start Assist. The top of the line “First Edition” gets a series of advanced driver assistance systems as standard such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Fortunately, grade “2” buyers can have all these advanced assistance systems as an option.

Prices for the entry level 1.4-litre MPI grade “2” starts at £16,295 (RM92k) while the highest grade 1.6-litre CRDi “First Edition is priced at £20,495 (RM116k). Kia expects to sell 70,000 units of the Kia Stonic across Europe in 2018.


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