It has the makings of an ideal and enticing starter car—a compact frame with a roomy and modern interior, a stylish design, and most important, an affordable price tag. Now, if you want to read more about this new model, then read on.
Prices and variants
As mentioned, the new Stonic is an affordable small crossover—none of the three variants making up the local lineup costs more than P1,000,000. Check out the full price list below:
2021 Kia Stonic
Kia Stonic LX MT – P735,000
Kia Stonic LX AT – P835,000
Kia Stonic EX AT – P925,000
The Stonic boasts a youthful, sporty look. Its front fascia is highlighted by Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille—this one, however, is merely a solid piece of black plastic instead of a traditional grille. It’s flanked by halogen headlamps that, on top-spec EX variant, comes with boomerang-shaped daytime running lights.
Black cladding that further accentuates the front clip wrap the entirety of the lower body, flowing onto the sides and to the rear. The back end of the vehicle gets a bumper with a skid plate to further add to the sporty appeal. The Stonic also comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels.
This little crossover measures 4,100mm long, 1,735mm wide, and 1,533 tall, and has a 2,570mm wheelbase and a minimum ground clearance of 185mm. Exterior color options include Prime Red, Extreme Blue, and Clear White. Top-of-the-line variants, meanwhile, offer two-tone finishes. These can be had in Flame Orange, Flash Yellow, or the aforementioned Clear White finishes, all of which come with a black top.
Inside, the vehicle has been given a mix of hard and gloss black plastic bits. The standard interior color scheme is heavy on black, while the top trim gets some nice silver accents on the dash, the center console, and the tiller. Other elements that are standard across the range are the fabric seats and steering wheel-mounted controls.
Engine and specs
The Stonic comes with only one engine option: a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated in-line-four gasoline engine that generates 94hp at 6,000rpm and 132Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. This is when the engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. Paired with a six-speed automatic, the motor generates 99hp.
Underneath, the lower variants get rear drum brakes and front disc brakes, while the range-topper is equipped with disc brakes all around. The suspension setup is composed of a MacPherson strut and stabilizer up front and a coupled torsion beam axle out back. Fuel capacity is at 43 liters.
While the Stonic doesn’t pack a host of toys, it still comes with a decent amount of toys at this price. An eight-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and paired with a six-speaker setup is available for all variants. The EX variant gets a single-zone automatic A/C system, a smart entry system, and a push-start ignition.
Moving onto safety and driver-assist features, rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist control come as added niceties on the top-spec Stonic. A reversing camera and ABS come as standard.
If you want to learn more about the Stonic, you can read our feature story on it, and also check out our quick video. Likewise, you can also check out our ‘Spec Sheet Brawl’ story to see how it stacks up against competitors in its segment.