Last week saw the unveiling of the new 2018 Kia Stonic. Using a similar platform to its sibling the Hyundai Kona, this new Kia looks great. Youthful styling, modern lines and a simple but very effective interior are going to make this car very popular when it hits the market in the fall.
I had heard a week or two ago that Kia were finalizing the Stonic and that it would show in Korea in July. It seems Kia couldn’t curb their enthusiasm and announced the car last week.
The 2018 Kia Stonic is an all-new car based on a subcompact SUV chassis. Designed to sit below the Kia Sportage and compete against the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V, there is a lot of expectation around this new vehicle.
2018 Kia Stonic design
Some have said that the styling isn’t as bold as it could be, but I think it is a good looking car. Why does styling have to be bold? Why can it not just be accomplished and youthful? A little bit irreverent without going the whole nine yards?
I think the styling of the new Stonic is great. A few sharp edges and enough to make it stand out but not so much that you begin alienating buyers.
The interior is the same. Youthful with a slight edge and a three tone colour scheme. It echoes other interiors in the range but adds accent colours to make it stand out a little. Given how far other Kia have come, I expect the interior to feel as comfortable and as well made as all the other models in the range.
2018 Kia Stonic mechanicals
So far, Kia have only announced the engines for the European markets which tend to be smaller than North America. The euro-spec engines include a 1.0-litre three cylinder that produces 118 hp, a 1.4-litre four cylinder and a 1.6-litre four cylinder diesel. I would imaging we would get a version of a 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre gasoline engine that currently sits in the Rio.
Otherwise, the 2018 Kia Stonic will come with heated front seats, automatic cruise control and keyless entry. Safety tech is said to include automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warnings, and high beam assist as well as other optional features.
There will also be lots of colour options and a different colour roof with 20 colour options between them. If the Stonic continues Kia’s habit of offering lots of technology for a very reasonable price, I think it will do very well indeed.
Keep an eye on the Car Nation Canada blog for more news on the 2018 Kia Stonic. If you’re in the market for a new Kia, visit Kia of Hamilton, 1885 Upper James St, Hamilton ON, L9B 1K8 for some great deals on new and used models.