Kia Motoring: the Stonic is viewed as a range to win over new customers

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Kia Motoring: the Stonic is viewed as a range to win over new customers

The Kia Stonic

The Kia Stonic will drive into Irish showrooms from October 27.
This SUV is an important conquest model for Kia in a fast growing B-SUV segment. There will be four trim levels with a choice of three petrol engines and one diesel engine.
Prices will range from €18,599 for Stonic K1 1.2 petrol model to the top of the range Stonic K4 model powered by the 1.0TDGi (petrol) at €24,599.
The K1 entry level spec include as standard ISG, skid plate (front and rear), audio remote, Bluetooth, 3.5 cluster, 7” screen, 15” alloy, leather gear knob and handle, front armrest, spare wheel, privacy glass, rear USB, speed limiter, cruise control, centre console and rear USB and charger.
The Stonic K2 trim with a choice of 1.4 petrol or 1.6 diesel engines adds 17” alloys, roof rails, auto light control, DRL LEDs, bi function protection lamps, electrically heated and folding wing mirrors, 3.5 super vision cluster, RPAS, manual air con on top of the standard equipment.
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The Stonic K3 model with the same engine choice also includes ADAS, LED rear lights, chrome belt line, two tone leather, heated front seats, 7” SAT NAV, DAB radio, rear view camera and ECM interior mirror.
The top of the range K4 model with its 120ps turbo gasoline engine comes fitted with Smart Key, metal pedals, blind spot detector, dual auto air con with rain sensor.
All K3 and K4 models come with the option of two tone roof and interior trim personalisation.
“The Stonic will be an important conquest model for Kia in one of the newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments,” said James Brooks, Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland.
“In Ireland the B-SUV segment is expected to grow by 100% in the next two years as demand for traditional B and C segment cars declines. We expect Stonic to become an extremely important part of our product mix and become just as successful as our flagship Sportage and cee’d models.”
Kia has listened to customers all over Europe, he added, and the engineering and design teams have responded in creating the Stonic.
“We believe the Stonic will be a stand out rival to other competitor models in the B-SUV segment,” added Mr. Brooks.
The Kia Stonic is one of the smartest cars in its class, with a range of technologies designed to enhance handling, safety, comfort, and convenience.
The car’s intelligent packaging results in a spacious cabin and enables a high level of storage versatility.
The design is greatly influenced by a philosophy championed by Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer – “the simplicity of the straight line”.
The result is one of the brand’s most striking cars to date, and it remains immediately recognisable as a Kia thanks to a series of signature design elements.
Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille has been modernised with a new three-dimensional chrome surround, while wide C-pillars echo existing Kia designs from the brand’s city cars up to its full-sized SUVs.
Like all Kia models, the Stonic’s body blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces.
Ride and handling
The Stonic brings an exciting and confident dynamic character to the B-SUV segment, with ride and handling characteristics honed on a variety of European roads to match local preferences.
The aim of the development team was to combine sporty and precise handling with straight-line stability and a smooth ride at higher speeds.
More than any other production Kia model to date, the company’s engineers have given greater priority to sporty, confidence-inspiring dynamics, with direct and immediate responses.
The Stonic features new front and rear suspension setups which are unique to the car, resulting in a fun-to-drive character. Hydraulic rebound stoppers on the front axle absorb impacts more smoothly when driving over broken road surfaces, while also limiting ‘float’ over undulations at higher speeds.
Interior design
The Stonic’s cabin echoes the appearance of the exterior, combining straight lines and smooth surfaces. The interior brings together sculpted shapes with geometric forms, and the surface of the dashboard itself is inspired by the clearly-defined lines of the Stonic’s exterior.
The painted dashboard panel in front of the passenger seat bears the same ‘tiger-nose’ detail as the grille, while vents at the outer edges of the dashboard even echo the shape of the headlamps.
Practicality
Within its compact exterior dimensions, the Stonic’s smart packaging maximises interior space for all occupants.
The cabin offers plenty of space for driver and passengers, with 1,070mm and 850mm legroom for front and rear passengers, 996mm and 975mm headroom, and generous shoulder room of 1,375mm and 1,355mm, respectively.
In addition, the D-cut steering wheel and raised, flat base of the dashboard creates generous knee room for front passengers. The 45-litre fuel tank is located beneath the rear bench to provide rear passengers with ample legroom and a low seating position.
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A high proportion of the new B-SUV’s bodyshell is made up of Advanced High Strength Steel, and features 98 metres of structural adhesive welding to further enhance stiffness and safety.
The body’s energy flow paths are designed to effectively dissipate energy during a collision, around, above and under the passenger compartment. The Stonic has six airbags as standard as well as ISOFIX child-seat anchor points in the rear cabin.