The new 2019 Kia Stonic is a bold attempt by the Korean carmaker and it is pitted against popular segment contenders like Chevrolet Trax, Toyota C-HR, Renault Captur and Honda HR-V. However, it is interesting that this SUV will sit on the same platform used in the Kia Rio model.
The compact SUV and crossover segment is witnessing unprecedented growth in recent times. Just like bigwigs like GM and Ford, relatively smaller carmakers are also trying to cash in on the trend! That explains why Kia Motors is trying its luck in this segment too.
2019 Kia Stonic Funky Styling and Colors
The upcoming Kia Stonic is based on the same architecture as the company’s Rio supermini. The exterior style is somewhat funky but you cannot call it drab looking. The new car is lighter than the predecessor owing to the usage of high-strength steel.
The typical Kia vehicle traits are all present including the signature tiger-nose style grille. You get some nice color choices for the exterior of the car and it is possible to opt for a contrasting color roof. However, there will be 20 different exterior color combinations to choose and the roof will come in 5 color choices. Some of the exterior colors are Blaze Red, Clear White, Graphite, Midnight Black, Sienna Brown.
As for the first edition colors, it will be included in this package Blaze Red with Black Roof, Clear White with Black Roof, Graphite with Lime Green Roof, Urban Gray with Orange Roof and Midnight Black with Red Roof.
2019 Kia Stonic Interior, Cargo Space and Safety Tech
The cabin of the 2019 Kia Stonic is stylish and spacious. One will get standard cargo capacity of 12.4 cubic feet. Material quality is not much upscale and you can spot enough hard plastics. There are some cup holders and slots to store small gadgets in the cabin.
For a budget-centric car, the company equips the 2019 Kia Stonic with enough safety tech and amenities. The touchscreen-based infotainment system is sleek and it supports Bluetooth, GPS and Smartphone operating systems well. The 7-inch touch screen is sleek and bright.
Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, collision warning, blind spot warning, and lane departure warning. Stability control is included a standard and so is hill-start assist but the same is not true for driver attention assist. The amount of culmination offered is decent.
If one gets a First Edition model it will be laden with climate control, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, faux leather heated seats, reversing camera, keyless entry and heated steering wheel
2019 Kia Stonic Engine Rumors and Specs
The upcoming 2019 Kia Stonic will get several engine choices. The US market bound vehicles will get laden with gasoline engines of varying outputs. A 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine may also be there in select markets, as per the updates. This engine is expected to produce around 180 HP.
Also, the next one offer will be 1.0-liter turbo engine that delivers 120 HP. Both engines coming with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Ride quality is good for urban usage, mostly. The 17-inch alloy wheels make the ride a bit steep but not uncomfortably so. The body roll is minimal and its suspension is pretty good.
2019 Kia Stonic Release Date and Cost
The exact release date of the 2019 Kia Stonic is unknown but it will be somewhere in mid-2018. The approx base trim price in Europe is around 14.000 euro. However, we also expect this SUV in US market with the price range from 16,000 to 18,000.
Summing it up
The newest 2019 Kia Stonic is not a perfect compact crossover but there are several things to like about it. The funky design may attach to you even if you do not fall for it in the beginning. However,, the cabin is spacious and the cargo space is good too. The interior material quality is where it lags behind most segment rivals though.
Furthermore, the diesel engine is a good performer and offer decent ride quality. Overall, it is a decent compact crossover with enough elements to woo target buyers.