The KIA Stonic 2022 is a subcompact crossover SUV manufactured by the South Korean multinational corporation KIA Motors. It was first introduced in South Korea in 2017 and later got a face-lift in October 2020. It was discontinued in South Korea in 2020 due to its lack of popularity. But now, the new, face-lifted model is launched in Pakistan on 8th November 2021.
As per KIA, STONIC is derived from the words SPEEDY and TONIC, the first and last notes on a musical scale. On the KIA model portfolio, Stonic is the smallest KIA crossover that sits two steps down under Sportage. The company advertises KIA Stonic as a small car for big adventures, indicating that it is suitable for both intra-city tours and long drives.
This car is being locally assembled in Pakistan by KIA Lucky Motors. The Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units of KIA Stonic are ready for shipment to dealerships for displays and test drives. This means that its spare parts will also be easily available in the market.
Kia Stonic Exterior
The sleek yet bold design of the KIA Stonic 2022 sets it apart from its competitors. KIA’s signature tiger-nose grille and muscular bumpers add to its boldness. The Stonic EX comes with a matte black grille while the EX+ comes with one in piano black. It has LED daytime running lights in all of its variants but the front and rear fog lights are only available in the usual bulb in both variants.
The outside mirror in both KIA Stonic EX and EX+ is electrically adjustable, retractable, and heated. The EX+ also comes with a rearview mirror.
The KIA Stonic EX comes with bi-function halogen projection headlamps with static bending light which light up the corners of the road while taking turns at slow speeds. On the other hand, the EX+ has LED projection headlamps.
The rear of the Stonic 2022 is no less spectacular with three-dimensional combination lamps and a steep rear window. A purposeful spoiler caps the rear window which houses a high-mounted brake light. The KIA Stonic EX+ also comes with a sunroof which the EX model lacks.
The aerodynamic design of all Stonic 2022 variants directs airflow towards the engine and wheel wells for better stability at high speeds. The EX comes with 15-inch alloy rims and the EX+ comes with 16-inch alloy rims.
Kia Stonic Interior
The interior of the KIA Stonic 2022 is clean and comfortable. The company claims to have a seating capacity of 5 but practically it is limited to only 4. All of the seats have adjustable headrests and both variants come with 6 airbags. The rear seats have the feature of a 40:60 split-fold to increase storage space.
The D-shaped steering wheel creates convenience and more legroom for the driver but it is only available in KIA Stonic EX+. Options like audio call, voice recognition, and mid software changes are available at the driver’s fingertips as they are part of steering wheel controls. The handbrake in the Stonic is manual. The electrochromic rearview mirror in the EX+ and a sunglasses case in the front overhead console lamp of both variants create convenience for the driver and the passengers alike.
The black high gloss center fascia houses an 8-inch floating infotainment system. It supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice recognition Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth multi-connection allows two devices to be connected simultaneously, one for hands-free phone and media, the other for the media only. 6 powerful speakers in the Stonic stereo system provide a premium infotainment experience. There are also two charging ports, one in the fascia and the other for the rear passengers.
The cruise control function, manual speed assist, and the push-button start/stop feature are only available in KIA Stonic EX+. The EX+ also comes with forward and reverse Park Assist Sensors. Both the models have Vehicle Stability Management which ensures maximum security by maintaining the stability and balance of the car. Hill Start Assist further improves the driving experience on steep roads. The Anti-Lock Braking system helps provide better handling on slippery paths. The modern feature of single-zone climate control also helps maintain the internal climate of the vehicle stable.
Kia Stonic Engine
Both the KIA Stonic EX and KIA Stonic EX+ come with a 1.4L petrol engine. The 6-speed automatic transmission engine generates 99 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 133 Nm @ 4,000 rpm to give optimum performance for these front-wheel drive vehicles.
Kia Stonic Mileage
Both the KIA Stonic EX and the EX+ have a fuel consumption of 12km/l in the city and 16km/l on the highway.
Kia Stonic Ride & Handling
The KIA Stonic 2022 provides a smooth riding experience with the help of its traction control system. The electronic brake distribution (EBD) makes the ride balanced. Even during turns, it remains upright and rides smoothly over bumps.
The steering experience is not as spectacular as its competitors especially when it comes to front-end grip. On the other hand, the steering is well-weighted which helps in being in your lane on the highway.
Both the variants also come with tire pressure monitoring system which alerts you when any of the tires has low air pressure. The availability of stability control system further makes the driving experience more comfortable.
As KIA Stonic 2022 will be locally assembled in Pakistan, its auto parts will be easily available in the market. Moreover, consumers will find it easier to get their cars inspected and serviced.
Currently, KIA Stonic 2022 is facing strong competition from Honda BR-V and MG ZS in the Pakistani market.
Honda BR-V’s 1.5L i-VTEC engine and MG ZS’ 1.5L NSE engine challenges KIA Stonic’s 1.4 L MPI engine. The BR-V also has an edge due to its 7-seater passenger capacity and 6-speed automatic transmission. As both BR-V and Stonic fall in the same cost category, BR-V’s better torque and higher ground clearance supersede Stonic.
On the other hand, MG ZS has a more powerful engine, power-packed features. It is also branded as Pakistan’s most affordable SUV currently in the market which creates tough competition for KIA Stonic.