It looks like Toyota Motor Philippines will be starting 2022 with something small, a new subcompact in fact. As we reported earlier, the carmaker will be launching its much-anticipated Raize in the local market. It will compete in the lower subcompact-crossover segment that was kick-started by the EcoSport.
For this spec-sheet brawl, we will be pitting the Toyota Raize against the Kia Stonic, a model that has gained some popularity since its introduction in late 2020. We’ll be doing something a bit different this time around since Toyota’s contender is available with two engine options against Kia’s single engine choice. We’ve chosen the Raize 1.2 G CVT and 1.0 Turbo CVT against the top-of-the-line Stonic 1.4 EX AT.
Toyota and Kia have taken a different approach when it comes to styling these vehicles. The Raize features a more traditional upright SUV profile, while the Stonic has a sleeker, more hatchback-like silhouette. At 4,030mm long, 1,710mm wide, and 1,605mm tall, the baby Toyota is 70mm shorter in length, 25mm narrower, and 72mm taller than the Kia. The Raize’s ground clearance is 200mm, which is 15mm more than the Stonic’s. It’s also worth noting that Toyota’s little softroader has bigger-diameter tires than the small Kia. The range-topping variant of both the Raize and the Stonic come with two-tone paint as standard, but each brand has its own execution for the contrasting roof colors.
Inside, Toyota has equipped the Raize with a floating tablet-style infotainment touchscreen; Kia, on the other hand, has given the Stonic an integrated touchscreen positioned between the central A/C vents. Both the Raize 1.2 G and the Stonic 1.4 EX get standard analog gauge clusters, while the Raize 1.0 Turbo receives a digital instrument cluster.
As mentioned, the Raize comes with two gasoline engine options: a 1.2-liter in-line-three mill with 87hp and 113Nm of torque, and a turbocharged 1.0-liter in-line-three unit with 97hp and 140Nm of torque. The Stonic only comes with a 1.4-liter gasoline straight-four powerplant that puts out 99hp and 132Nm of torque. The Toyotas get a continuously variable transmission while the little Kia comes with a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard for all three subcompacts. In this group, only the Stonic EX has disc brakes on all corners.
When it comes to safety, all are well-equipped. The range-topping Raize gets extra safety features like side and curtain airbags, cross traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.
Price-wise, there is a huge P125,000 spread in our comparo. At P906,000, the Raize 1.2 G CVT is the most affordable of the bunch, while the Raize 1.0 Turbo CVT at P1.031 million is the costliest. The Stonic 1.4 EX AT lands between the two Toyotas with a price tag of P955,000.
If you were in the market for a subcompact crossover SUV, which would you choose? Check out the specs and let us know your pick in the survey below.
Toyota Raize 1.2 G CVT
Toyota Raize 1.0 Turbo CVT
Kia Stonic 1.4 EX AT
|Engine type||1.2-liter gasoline I3||1.0-liter turbopetrol I3||1.4-liter gasoline I4|
|Fuel-tank capacity (liters)||36||36||43|
|Transmission||continuously variable transmission||continuously variable transmission||6-speed automatic|
|Wheels||16-inch alloy||17-inch alloy||16-inch alloy|
|Tires||205/65 R16||205/60 R17||195/60 R16|
|Front suspension||independent MacPherson strut||independent MacPherson strut||independent MacPherson strut|
|Rear suspension||torsion beam||torsion beam||torsion beam|
|Seat material||fabric||fabric + synthetic leather||fabric|
|Infotainment system||8-inch touchscreen||9-inch touchscreen||8-inch touchscreen|
|Connectivity||Apple Carplay + Android Auto||Apple Carplay + Android Auto||Apple Carplay + Android Auto|
|ABS w/electronic brakeforce distribution||yes||yes||yes|
|Electronic stability control||yes||yes||yes|
|Rear cross-traffic alert||no||yes||no|
|Parking sensors||rear||front and rear||rear|
|Dimensions (mm)||4,030 x 1,710 x 1,605||4,030 x 1,710 x 1,605||4,100 x 1,735 x 1,533|
|Ground clearance (mm)||200||200||185|
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