In case you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks—which, given the way things have been going this year, is totally understandable—here's some news: The Kia Stonic has finally arrived, and Filipinos have welcomed it with open arms. It's a stylish vehicle in a popular segment with an attractive price tag—what's not to love?
In fact, first-time car buyers and enthusiasts alike went crazy over the Kia Stonic, even before it arrived in the country. According to Kia Philippines, over 300 reservations were made three days before the official launch.
The Stonic's regular price is great as it is: It starts at P735,000 for the LX MT, climbs to P835,000 for the LX AT, and tops off at P925,000 for the high-end EX AT variant. But Kia Philippines has also extended its introductory offer, which sees these prices slashed. Until November 30, the Korean manufacturer is offering a discount of P50,000 off for the LX AT and EX AT; and P60,000 off for the LX MT.
The Stonic's name is said to be a portmanteau of "speedy" and "tonic," but it's also gone by the tagline "Style that's iconic." Either way, the Stonic is true to its name, with a sporty appeal and a 1.4-liter dual-CVVT engine that can put out either 94hp for a five-speed manual transmission or 99hp for a six-speed automatic, both of which have 132Nm of torque.
But really, it's the Stonic's dynamic styling that makes it stand out, and not just within its segment.
Designed to make a striking impression, the front side features Kia’s signature tiger nose grille and projector-type halogen headlamps, with LED daytime running lamps for the EX variant and fog lamps for the LX variant. The back, on the other hand, has a dramatically raked rear window with spoiler garnish, a fin-type antenna, and three-dimensional rear lamps.
Other notable design cues include the curvaceous and accentuated body, muscular haunches on the side, stylized roof rails, 16-inch alloy wheels, crossover styling with increased height (185mm); and for the EX variant, two-tone color options.
But the Stonic also has substance to match its style. It's equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as rear camera display; and the EX variant comes with a smart entry and push start button, as well as reverse parking sensors and electronic stability control with hill-start assist.
Even better: It offers a worry-free after-sales experience with a five-year (or 160,000km) warranty and 24/7 roadside assistance for five years. Kia Philippines goes all out to ensure a worry-free after-sales experience, so you can be confident that your Stonic will be well taken care of.
So, it's a subcompact crossover with an iconic look, an affordable price, and promising features. Whether you're looking to cop your first ride or to move up the ladder for an upgrade, the Stonic is an excellent option to consider.