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Kia Stonic – another giant leap forward

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Kia is continuing with its surge into the European car and fleet markets, with the new Kia Stonic. This eye-catching and confident compact crossover comes with Kia’s true European design flair, and is the most customisable Kia ever, inside and out.

This is also a car right in tune with its times – as SUV’s of all sizes, and compact crossovers in particular, are the choice of more and more Europeans, fleet managers and fleet drivers. Adding the Stonic to the choice of company car drivers puts fleets in line with driver demand, as Michael Cole, COO of Kia Motors Europe, explains. “The Stonic’s segment (B-SUV) attracts buyers from across the spectrum, with 21% of all customers upsizing from a B-segment supermini, and another 15% downsizing from their C-segment family hatchbacks. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those looking to replace their compact MPV’s."

Driving pleasure

The latest technology lightweight petrol and diesel engines are paired with manual transmissions, keeping emissions low and efficiency high. Ride and handling are tuned to maximise driving excitement, with steering and suspension engineered for European tastes. The high-strength steel platform and bodyshell ensure high levels of driving confidence and passenger comfort in all conditions.

Striking looks

The design reflects ‘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.

State of the art technical features including…

  • Torque Vectoring by Braking: intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer while accelerating around corners
  • Cornering Brake Control: brakes the inside wheels under cornering to maintain course and enhance driving stability
  • Straight Line Stability: brakes individual wheels under heavy braking
  • Hill Start Assist: ideal for urban environments
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™,
  • Optional navigation and DAB digital radio
  • USB ports

Engine range:

  • 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol (120 hp, 100 hp to come)
  • 1.25-litre petrol (84hp)
  • 1.4 litre petrol (100 hp)
  • 1.6 litre diesel (110 hp)
  • 6-speed manual gearbox (7-speed auto to come)

 

The Kia Stonic design reflects ‘the simplicity of the straight line’

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:30Car ManufacturersEurope
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