The overflowing crossover recently got another small SUV, which came as 2018 Kia Stonic. This brand-new model is the new entry-level crossover of the famous Korean manufacturer. Although under Hyundai’s ownership, this brand became more popular than its patron company. So, it is not wondering that the company is expanding its lineup. It now turns for a subcompact crossover.
The new model borrows a platform from the current Accent and comes with the bran’s recognizable styling cues. However, there are also some new details, both in terms of styling and mechanics. Also, there is a new interior design with some new styling solutions and rich offer of standard equipment. Finally, there are three efficient engines in the offer, although the company announced some changes in this aspect in near future. The new 2018 Stonic is already available, pretty much all around the world.
2018 Kia Stonic design
Since this is a completely new model, it is natural that there is a whole bunch of new design solutions. Although marketed as small SUV, it is more like a hatchback with a higher ground clearance. Don’t worry, this isn’t bad. Pretty much all manufacturers offer these kinds of crossovers. A classic SUV design is reserved for some models with bigger dimensions. This model uses the same platform as Hyundai Accent but comes with plenty of new design solutions. As we already mentioned, it features a hatchback-like body style. Also, you can easily notice Kia’s recognizable styling cues.
A familiar design language is filled up with some brand-new details, which are here to show in which direction new design language will go. So, the 2018 Kia Stonic features some new details on the grill and several other areas at the front. Inside, this crossover also comes with many novelties.
2018 Kia Stonic interior design
The interior of the new 2018 Kia Stonic looks pretty amazing. It combines sporty character with a wide palette of standard and optional features. Its cabin is also pretty spacious if we consider vehicle’s overall size. It can carry five adult passengers without bigger problems. Trunk capacity is also pretty decent. You can also notice a pretty generous offer of standard features. Things like a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation and smartphone integration are standard across the whole range. Another interesting feature of this crossover is driver’s seating position. It is lower than most of SUVs and crossovers. This is excellent for the city ride, but longer journeys could be tiring.
2018 Kia Stonic engines
There total four engines in the offer for this crossover, but on most of the markets, the 2018 Kia Stonic is available with three. There are two gasoline units in the offer.
The first one is a 1.25-liter unit, which delivers 83 horsepower and comes with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The other gasoline version comes with a small three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine, which is boosted with a turbocharger. So, a total output goes around 120 horsepower and comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Finally, there is a 1.6-liter diesel engine in the offer. It features a max output of 110 horsepower.
However, the company prepares a new, more powerful and more efficient version of this engine for the next year. As we already mentioned, there is a fourth engine option, which is available in some countries. It is an atmospheric 1.4-liter gasoline unit with the max power of 109 horses.
2018 Kia Stonic price
The base 2018 Kia Stonic goes around 20.000 dollars, but better-equipped models could cost you several thousand more. Competition is tough. There are models like Nissan Juke, Subaru Crosstrek, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and many others.