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All New Stonic MY18

 THE NEW KIA STONIC      
Short story 

  • Kia's first entry into the B-segment SUV market
  • Sector volume expected to double to 2.2 million a year in Europe by 2020
  • Based on the Rio supermini and built alongside it in South Korea
  • Powered by high-efficiency, high-technology petrol and diesel engines
  • Fuel economy of up to 67.3mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km
  • Agile and comfortable, with suspension and steering tuned in Europe
  • Features a suite of connectivity and electronic driver assistance systems

Exciting; sporty, smart; confident – four words which perfectly capture the spirit and character of the new Kia Stonic, the South Korean company's first entry into the rapidly expanding small (B-segment) SUV market. 

Stonic's arrival is perfectly timed, with the B-SUV market in Europe expected to double to more than two million units a year by 2020, based on 2016 sales. Kia is confident of 70,000 Stonic sales in the 31 European markets in 2018, rising steadily to 100,000 a year. The UK is expected to account for almost 10,000-15,000 sales in the car's first full year – but given the phenomenal success in Britain of the company's larger SUV, Sportage, that may be an underestimation.      

Stonic is based on the platform of the latest Rio supermini and is powered by high-efficiency, high-technology petrol and diesel powertrains from other Kia models including cee’d. It was designed in Europe at the company's Frankfurt studios, with input from the main design centre at Namyang in Korea. Originally intended as a car solely for Europe, it will now also be sold in Korea, such was the reception it got when shown there.    

In the UK there is a five-model line-up based on grade ‘2’ and ‘First Edition’ trim levels. All versions offer an extensive package of connectivity features, including links to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via pre-downloaded smartphone apps, while advanced electronic driver assistance systems such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic switching between high and low headlight beams are available.       

A new kind of Kia for a changing market

Stonic adds a uniquely Kia twist to the newest and fastest-growing market sector in Europe. B-SUV sales are expected to double to around 2.2 million a year in Europe by 2020.  

It brings a distinctive B-SUV look to the multi-award-winning styling which is evident in every model from Kia. Key signature design elements such as the 'tiger-nose' main front grille, the distinctive C-pillar and the straight lines and smooth surfaces ensure that Stonic is instantly recognisable as a Kia. 

Stonic and Rio share the same 2,580mm wheelbase, but Stonic is 70mm taller to give it a clear crossover stance, and it is wider with a longer rear overhang to maximise passenger and luggage space. Stonic is not only one of the smartest-looking Kias to date, but also one of the smartest in terms of packaging. 

Stonic is a European-Korean design effort, most of the design work was completed at Kia's European design centre in Frankfurt with assistance from Namyang. Stonic was originally intended to be a European-only car, but Koreans were so impressed with the finished product that the car is also now to be sold there, too. 

The ‘First Edition’ version stands out even more thanks to two-tone paintwork. The roof, wing mirror casings and rear spoiler are picked out in either black, lime green, red or orange, depending on the main body colour. There are also colour accents on the seat upholstery and around the lower centre console and display screen areas to co-ordinate with the choice of roof colour. 

The interior has been designed around the displays for the connectivity technologies. There is a 7.0-inch display with a DAB radio and MP3 compatibility, and in the ‘First Edition’ this is upgraded to a 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system with Kia Connected Services via TomTom. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is fitted to every model. 

The horizontal theme evident in the exterior styling is repeated in the cabin, emphasising width and space while separating the upper information and lower control areas. The number of buttons and switches has been kept to a minimum to give a neater look and greater functionality. The ‘First Edition’ offers USB ports front and rear so that mobile devices can be charged from any seat. 

T-GDi engine heads efficient powertrain line-up

Three modern and efficient engines are available in Stonic, headed by Kia's little jewel, the 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) unit delivering 118bhp. It lines up alongside a 1.4-litre multi-point injection (MPi) naturally aspirated 98bhp petrol engine and the 108bhp 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel from the cee'd range. 

ISG, Kia's engine stop/start system to ensure no fuel is wasted and no emissions escape when the car is stationary, is standard. All versions have a six-speed manual transmission and drive the front wheels – all-wheel-drive models take less than eight per cent of B-SUV sales. The powertrains showcase Kia's advanced engine technologies, and conforms with the company's policy of downsizing to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without impairing performance.  

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine develops an impressive 171Nm of torque across a wide rev band starting at only 1,500rpm, ensuring effortless driveability which allows it to accelerate from standstill to 60mph in less than 10 seconds, yet it is also capable of up to 56.5mpg, while CO2 emissions of 115g/km are not much more than those of a diesel.     

The fuel economy champion of the Stonic range is the diesel, which has a combined economy figure of 67.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 109g/km. Yet with 260Nm of torque stretching from 1,500 to 2,750rpm it is certainly not lacking in pace, delivering not only impressive in-gear acceleration but also distinctly brisk 10.9-second acceleration from 0 to 60mph. 

Meanwhile the 1.4-litre petrol engine, available exclusively in the grade ‘2’ model, has economy and emissions figures of 51.4mpg and 125g/km. Despite its relatively small cubic capacity it delivers admirable performance, with 133Nm of torque. The result is an easy, fluid driving character.     

Smooth, sharp, strong and safe

Stonic has independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, like other Kia models, but there has been extensive retuning to take into account the SUV's higher ground clearance and centre of gravity. 

Engineered initially as a car purely for European customers, Stonic has the fun-to-drive characteristics expected by them, with immediate steering responses on twisting and often narrow roads, unshakeable stability at high motorway speeds and a smooth ride even on the varied and often neglected surfaces found throughout Europe. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are standard to mitigate against skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip. 

VSM is linked to Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control. Torque Vectoring brakes an inner wheel if the car is in danger of running wide in corners, bringing it back onto the driver's desired line. Straight Line Stability senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight, while Cornering Brake Control delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.       

Autonomous Emergency Braking – a rarity in B-SUVs – and Lane Departure Warning are standard with ‘First Edition’ and optional with grade ‘2’. The Lane Departure Warning system is linked to Driver Attention Warning, which can alert a drowsy or distracted driver that it is time to take a break, and High Beam Assist, which automatically switches between dipped and full beam according to the traffic around it and the local lighting. 

The Stonic ‘First Edition’ also has Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert to help prevent the car from being accidentally driven into the path of a vehicle approaching from an angle out of the driver's eye-line.     

Safety, driving dynamics and refinement benefit from the stiff bodyshell made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel. The stiffer the body, the less the suspension has to compensate for flexing under load. Advanced high-strength steels also contribute towards weight reduction, as vital sections of the body construction do not need to be as thick. Kia has a goal of reducing the average weight of car bodies by five per cent by 2020, based on 2014 figures. A stiffer body also enhances crash safety and, along with suitably placed soundproofing, stifles road, wind and engine noise to keep the interior quieter and more relaxing to travel in.    

Stonic in the UK

Stonic is available in five versions based on three engines and two trim grades – badged ‘2’ and ‘First Edition’. Grade ‘2’ offers all three engines, while the ‘First Edition’ is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi units. 

Standard features besides those for connectivity, safety and driver assistance include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, roof rails, rear parking sensors, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.5-inch supervision cluster, Bluetooth with music streaming, automatic light control, bi-function projection headlamps with static cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A six-speaker audio system is standard. 

Beyond its additional connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems, the ‘First Edition’ adds two-tone paint with contrasting roof colour, a smart key entry system and engine start/stop button, stainless steel pedals, black cloth and grey faux leather upholstery with colour accents, automatic air conditioning, LED rear lights, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, heated front seats and D-shaped steering wheel, chrome window trim and interior door handles and a dual-height luggage floor.      

Warranty and Servicing

In common with all Kias, the Stonic has the best warranty in the business ­­– a seven-year/100,000-mile declaration of faith in the reliability and quality of the car, covering all labour and parts except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires. 

The Stonic is available with ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty. 

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

UK line-up: 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

12.2

107

51.4

125

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.9

115

56.5

115

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

108

260

10.9

112

67.3

109

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.9

115

56.5

115

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

108

260

10.9

112

67.3

109

 
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          AT A GLANCE                   
An instant guide to our B-segment SUV

General

  • Kia's first B-segment SUV
  • Enters a market expected to account for more than two million sales a year in Europe (10.3 per cent of the total) by 2020
  • UK annual sales forecast at close to 10,000 in the car's first full year
  • Based on latest Rio supermini launched at the start of 2017
  • Designed in Europe with input from main design centre at Namyang in Korea
  • Originally intended as a Europe-only car but now also to be sold in Korea
  • Five-seat front-wheel-drive car available in five versions
  • Built at Sohari in South Korea

Design

  • Same wheelbase as Rio but with longer rear overhang, increasing overall length to 4,140mm.
  • 35mm wider and 70mm taller to give SUV stance and raised seating position, 42mm greater ground clearance than Rio
  • Slim, narrow, high-mounted 'tiger-nose' grille in black gloss and satin chrome beneath stepped bonnet  
  • 17-inch alloy wheels on every model
  • Appearance defined by sharp, straight lines and smooth surfacing
  • Front foglights pushed outwards to emphasise width and stability
  • Bold C-pillars curve downwards and rearwards into exaggerated beltline
  • Two-tone colour combinations for range-topping ‘First Edition’ models
  • Sculpted, horizontal, ergonomic fascia designed around 7.0-inch display screens
  • Straight lines emphasise width of cabin and space for occupants
  • Class-leading shoulder room in B-SUV segment with generous head- and legroom
  • 352-litre boot, with dual-floor in ‘First Edition’
  • Black cloth or black cloth with grey faux leather upholstery and colour accents co-ordinated with two-tone exterior, depending on model
  • Centre console storage box and cupholders, overhead sunglasses holder and bottle holders in every door
  • D-cut steering wheel, engine start/stop button and stainless steel pedals in ‘First Edition’ 

Technical

  • Two petrol engines, one turbodiesel, support Kia's policy of basing all new cars on highly efficient downsized units
  • Three-cylinder T-GDi turbocharged direct injection engine with 118bhp supported by normally aspirated 98bhp 1.4 petrol and 108bhp 1.6 turbodiesel
  • Fuel consumption as low as 67.3mpg (official test figure) with CO2 emissions from 109g/km
  • All versions have Kia's ISG engine stop/start system to save fuel, and six-speed manual gearbox
  • All versions are front-wheel drive
  • Re-tuned MacPherson strut and torsion beam suspension to take into account greater ground clearance and higher centre of gravity compared with Rio
  • 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel enhances rigidity and reduces weight 

Technology

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and Lane Departure Warning System with Driver Attention Warning and High Beam Assist available across range
  • Keyless entry and ignition, heated seats and steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, cruise control with speed limiter and parking camera also available
  • Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control standard on all models
  • ‘First Edition’ also has Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert to warn drivers of vehicles approaching from out-of-sight areas
  • Display screens linked to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ in all models, with Kia Connected Services via TomTom™ in ‘First Edition’  

3          THE KIA STONIC AND ITS MARKET              
Kia's first entry into the fastest-growing market sector 

Kia could hardly have timed its entry into the European B-SUV market better. The sector is the fastest-growing in the continent, and sales in the 31 countries covered by Kia Motors Europe are expected to double to 2.2 million a year by 2020, based on 2016 figures. 

By the end of this decade the B-SUV market will have overtaken that for larger C-SUVs such as the Kia Sportage, and will account for 10.3 per cent of all European sales. It is a sector dominated by mainstream manufacturers: currently only two premium brands – Audi and Mini – contest it.  

In the UK, Kia expects to sell almost 10,000 Stonics in the car's first full year – but given the phenomenal success of the Sportage, which is by far the company's best-seller in Britain, regularly accounting for more than 30 per cent of monthly sales, that could be an underestimation. Predictions are that Stonic will be Kia's third most popular model in the UK after the Sportage and Rio. 

B-SUVs are the 'new cool', attracting buyers from the supermini, small MPV and three-door compact hatchback sectors. But Stonic will not simply cannibalise sales from other Kia models. Rather, it will attract customers from other brands to continue Kia's inexorable upwards momentum. 

In 2016, Kia's performance across Europe was almost double the five per cent increase in the overall market, giving the company a three per cent share for the first time. In the UK, 2016 growth was even better – 13.8 per cent compared with just two per cent overall, ensuring that Kia ended with a 3.4 per cent market share. 

B-SUV sales in the UK have risen by 50 per cent in the past three years and are expected to increase by another 40 per cent by 2021. 

Stonic will initially be sold in the UK in five versions based on three engines and two trim lines, but the line-up could be expanded once the car is established: additional and revised powertrains will become available during 2018, and Kia Motors UK will have the option of taking them. 

All versions are front-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models account for only eight per cent of B-SUV sales in Europe and is not an option on the Stonic. The UK, France and Italy are forecast to be the most important markets, with sales in the UK split 65:35 between petrol and diesel.          

4          THE DESIGN STORY                   
Kia flair meets B-segment SUV

Stonic is a car created to meet the changing demands of the European market, where conventional three-door hatchbacks and small MPVs are falling out of favour. The requirement now is for small cars with the looks and higher seating position of an SUV, but without the weight, cost and fuel consumption penalties of all-wheel drive. 

Kia was quick to recognise the business case for a B-SUV, even though as originally planned it was to be sold only in Europe. That decision made Europe the logical place to design the car, but Korea the best place to build it, as it would share production facilities with the new Rio on which it is based. 

While Kia's California design studios were busy creating the latest Rio in collaboration with the main design centre at Namyang in Korea, Stonic was entrusted to the European design team at Frankfurt, with help from Namyang. 

A dynamic small urban crossover with a Kia twist outside

Stonic adds a uniquely Kia twist to the newest and fastest-growing market sector in Europe, bringing what have become the brand's distinctive design features and hallmarks to the B-SUV class. 

There is the familiar 'tiger-nose' grille, which in Stonic gets a wide but narrow interpretation. It is mounted beneath a beautifully sculpted stepped bonnet and above a wide lower air intake running almost the full width of the car. The main grille is in high-gloss black and satin chrome. Sharp, functional lines blend with softer, sculpted surfaces all over the car, and there is a stylised C-pillar – another key Kia identifier – but here it is narrower than in some other models and flows effortlessly from the roofline into the voluminous beltline running above the expansive rear wheel arches and around the tailgate. 

A black garnish running around the wheel arches and along the sills and the lower portion of the doors and tailgate emphasises Stonic's SUV stance, proportions and strength, and is complemented by silver skid plates front and rear. The ‘First Edition’ also has chrome side window trim. There are bold bi-function static bending headlights with LED daytime running lights running around the front corners of the car, and the ‘First Edition’ also has LED rear combination light units. Projection front foglights, neatly integrated roof rails and a rear spoiler are standard, and the ‘First Edition’ also has privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate. All versions in the UK have 17-inch alloy wheels. 

The overall effect is of sportiness and dynamism with practicality – exactly what a crossover should be. 

The Stonic ‘First Edition’ offers a greater range of colour combinations that any previous Kia. The roof, rear spoiler and door mirror housings can be in black, red, lime green or orange, depending on main body colour; the interior trims feature colour accents in the black cloth with faux grey leather seats and around the lower centre console and display screen areas.      

 Spacious, practical and stylish interior

Stonic and Rio share an identical 2,580mm wheelbase, but Stonic is 70mm taller and 35mm wider. Meanwhile the rear overhang has been extended by 70mm to maximise passenger and luggage space and add to Stonic's appearance of SUV robustness.  Stonic is not only one of the smartest-looking Kias to date, but also one of the smartest in terms of packaging. 

The increase in overall height has been put to good use to raise ground clearance by 42mm compared with Rio, giving the command-post view out and the enhanced feeling of safety which buyers cite as two of the main reasons for choosing an SUV. 

Stonic has the best shoulder room of any car in the B-SUV class, as well as generous head- and legroom front and rear, while the extended rear overhang allows for a boot of 352 litres with the 60:40 rear seats upright, and 1,155 litres with them folded. This is 27 litres more than in the Rio. Stonic ‘First Edition’ has a dual-height luggage floor to enhance versatility. 

The dashboard has been designed around the displays for the car's connectivity technologies.  There is a 7.0-inch display in all versions with a DAB radio and MP3 compatibility. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone connectivity are fitted to every model. In the ‘First Edition’ this is upgraded to a 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system featuring Kia Connected Services with TomTom™ and a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines. 

The horizontal theme evident in the exterior styling is repeated in the cabin, emphasising width and space while separating the upper information and lower control areas. The number of buttons and switches has been kept to a minimum to give a neater look and greater functionality. The ‘First Edition’ offers USB ports front and rear so that mobile devices can be charged from any seat. 

The central display screen is at the same height as the main instrument cluster, making it easier for the driver to absorb information quickly with the minimum of distractions. A 3.5-inch supervision cluster within the main instruments is standard. 

Grade ‘2’ models have black cloth upholstery with grey stitching, while for ‘First Edition’ there is a combination of black cloth, grey faux leather inserts and colour highlights. 

Quality – perceived and actual – is evident in the fit and finish and the choice of materials. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter are standard, and there are silver or satin chrome interior door handles. ‘First Edition’ has a D-cut steering wheel with perforated leather trim, an engine start/stop button and stainless steel pedals. 

The extensive interior storage areas include a centre console box and cupholders, bottle holders in every door, an illuminated glovebox, an overhead sunglasses case and a front passenger seat-back pocket.    

5          RANGE FINDER               
Five models based on two fully equipped trim lines 

Five versions of Stonic are available in the UK, based on two trim lines – the mid-range grade ‘2’ and range-topping ‘First Edition’. Grade ‘2’ offers all three engines, while the ‘First Edition’ is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi units.   

Engineered initially as a car purely for European customers, Stonic has the fun-to-drive characteristics expected by them, with immediate steering responses on twisting and often narrow roads, unshakeable stability at high motorway speeds and a smooth ride even on the varied and often neglected surfaces found throughout Europe. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are standard to mitigate against skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip. 

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems

VSM is linked to Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control. Torque Vectoring brakes an inner wheel if the car is in danger of running wide in corners, bringing it back onto the driver's desired line. Straight Line Stability senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight, while Cornering Brake Control delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.      

Autonomous Emergency Braking – a rarity in B-SUVs – and Lane Departure Warning System are standard with ‘First Edition’ and optional on grade ‘2’. The Lane Departure Warning System is linked to Driver Attention Warning, which can alert a drowsy or distracted driver that it is time to take a break, and High Beam Assist, which automatically switches the car between dipped and full beam according to the traffic around it and the local lighting. 

The Stonic ‘First Edition’ also has Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to help prevent the car from being driven into the path of a vehicle approaching from an angle out of the driver's eye-line.     

A high standard specification for all versions

Standard features besides those for connectivity, safety and driver assistance include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, roof rails, rear parking sensors, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.5-inch supervision cluster, Bluetooth with music streaming, automatic light control, bi-function projection headlamps with static cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A six-speaker audio system is standard. 

Beyond its additional connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems, the ‘First Edition’ adds two-tone paint with contrasting roof colour, a smart key entry system and engine start/stop button, stainless steel pedals, black cloth and grey faux leather upholstery with colour accents, automatic air conditioning, LED rear lights, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, heated front seats and D-shaped steering wheel, chrome window trim and interior door handles and a dual-height luggage floor.     

6          THE TECHNICAL STORY            
Three highly efficient powertrains and a sporty, driver-focused chassis 

Stonic is sold in the UK with a choice of three powertrains which conform with Kia's downsizing policy while employing advanced technologies like turbocharging, direct injection and stop/start systems to minimise fuel consumption and emissions while ensuring outstanding performance. All versions have a six-speed manual gearbox. 

The car is based on the platform and running gear of the latest Rio supermini, but there has been extensive tuning work to take into account its greater ground clearance, higher centre of gravity and increased weight. The suspension features independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. Ride and handling benefit from the stiff body shell, which is made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel. 

Refinement has been enhanced through detailed work on the aerodynamics, body structure and insulation, while active safety benefits from a number of advanced driver assistance features. 

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine

Kia has embarked on an ambitious policy of reducing average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its model range by 25 per cent by 2020, based on 2014 levels. It aims to do this through engine downsizing, more efficient combustion systems and the addition of alternative-fuel vehicles where appropriate. 

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine Stonic fits in perfectly with this strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque, despite its small capacity, through turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi unit sprays a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure injection system which ensures it uses only as much fuel as necessary for the load being put on it. The result is highly efficient combustion with excellent performance. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability. 

In Stonic the 1.0-litre T-GDi three-cylinder 998cc engine with four valves per cylinder develops 118bhp at 6,000rpm and 171Nm of torque continuously from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm. 

The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. These goals have been more than met with the aid of innovative technical solutions. The T-GDi engine features laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread more evenly throughout the cylinders than if it was being consistently sprayed into certain points. Thanks to a high-pressure pump, injection is up to 200 bar. 

The T-GDi engine has a straight intake port which ends in a sharp throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking. 

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads. 

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold which reduces exhaust gas temperatures, bringing the benefits of higher speeds with greater fuel efficiency. Lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88º C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105º C to reduce friction and improve efficiency.  

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the all-aluminium T-GDi unit. There is continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness. 

The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold in a one-piece casting, improving sealing while reducing weight. A number of detailed engineering solutions minimise throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost – and reduce internal friction. 

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened.  

The T-GDi engine accelerates Stonic from standstill to 60mph in 9.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 115mph. Combined fuel consumption is 56.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 115g/km. 

The 1.4-litre multi-point injection engine

The entry-level 1.4-litre MPi (multi-point injection) petrol engine in Stonic grade ‘2’ is an all-aluminium 16-valve 1,368cc unit from the Kappa family. 

It features performance-enhancing continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts. This ensures high torque at low engine revs for good driveability in cities, and excellent power for the fast motorway speeds common in Europe. 

It develops 98bhp at 6,000rpm and 133Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 60mph takes 12.2 seconds on the way to a top seed of 107mph, with average fuel economy of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 125g/km. 

The entire engine and transmission weighs only 82.4kg. The main block features a ladder frame for structural stiffness, while the cylinders are fitted with cast-iron liners for improved durability. Weight was further reduced by integrating the engine support bracket with the timing chain cover. The shape of the piston skirt was optimized to reduce its size, while the compression height of the piston has also been reduced, resulting in weight savings.

An accessory drive belt which does not require mechanical auto-tensioning further lowers weight and cost. Because it is designed to maintain an ideal tension setting, the belt runs quieter. There are long-reach spark plugs creating space for a larger water jacket to promote more efficient engine cooling while permitting an increased valve diameter for better airflow and combustion efficiency. Lightweight, heat-resistant plastic is used for the intake manifold.

The valvetrain features friction-reducing hydraulic lash adjusters which ensure proper clearance between the valve stem and roller swing arm to reduce valve tapping noise. The valve springs have a beehive shape. The valvetrain is driven by a silent-type, maintenance free steel timing chain.

The centre line of the cylinder bore is slightly offset to minimise the lateral force created by the rotating piston and rod assembly. The net effect is an improvement in fuel consumption and a reduction in noise, vibration and harshness. 

The 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine

The CRDi turbodiesel engine in Stonic is a 1.6-litre unit from the European-designed and European-built U2 range. It features a high-pressure injection system and a continuously controlled variable oil pump to reduce friction losses. Power is 108bhp, while the maximum torque is 260Nm, available from 1,500 to 2,750rpm. 

It allows Stonic to accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 112mph. Fuel economy is up to 67.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 109g/km. 

The engine capacity is 1,582cc and there are double overhead camshafts operating 16 valves. The block and bedplate are formed from cast iron while the oil pan is made from aluminium. 

The U2 engine employs latest-generation common rail diesel injection, a variable geometry turbocharger which adjusts the flow of exhaust gases by altering the angle of the turbo vanes according to engine requirements, and variable swirl control to increase swirl at low-to-mid loads to reduce emissions and decrease it at high loads to maximise power. 

There is an electronically controlled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooling system and a 1,600-bar injection system capable of delivering up to five injections per cycle, permitting precise control of the amount of fuel being delivered directly to each cylinder. Other refinements include chain drive for improved reliability and a bed plate–type lower crankcase for better block rigidity and lower noise, vibration and harshness. The auxiliary belt is a serpentine–type for improved reliability and compact packaging. 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

12.2

107

51.4

125

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171.5

9.9

115

56.5

115

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

108

260

10.9

112

67.3

109

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171.5

9.9

115

56.5

115

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

108

260

10.9

112

67.3

109

All versions of Stonic are fitted with Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine technology which turns off the engine when the car is stationary in traffic and the driver puts the gear lever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch pedal is pushed. 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU. 

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low. 

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and lift his or her foot off the clutch. After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver pushes the clutch. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off the ISG system through a switch on the dashboard. 

Sporty driving characteristics

Stonic is based on the platform and running gear of the latest Rio supermini and has an identical 2,580mm wheelbase, but has been tuned to take into account its greater ground clearance (up by 42mm), higher centre of gravity and increased weight, and to give it slightly more sporty driving characteristics. The suspension features independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. Stonic's responsive steering is aided considerably by a stiff body shell which is composed of 51 per cent lightweight high-strength steels. 

Spring and damper settings take advantage of the stiff body, which allows the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing of the car's structure. The rear dampers are almost vertical, while those at the front benefit from pre-loaded linear valve technology, delivering more consistent handling and suspension response over broken surfaces. 

Pre-loaded linear valve technology introduces a completely new piston design which not only increases driving comfort but also ensures excellent isolation of vibrations in the vehicle body. Rapid opening and closing processes in the valve ensure outstanding wheel damping, which adds to safety by improving handling precision. In addition, innovative piston geometries further optimise the damper's noise emissions. 

The gearbox for the motor-driven power steering (MDPS) is mounted as far forwards as possible, improving feel for the driver, while the number of teeth on the steering's serration column shaft enhances off-centre feel while contributing towards an improvement in noise, vibration and harshness. This all results in faster steering responses with greater feedback and increased driver confidence. 

The column-mounted MDPS requires just 2.52 turns between the extremes of lock for a tight turning circle of 5.2 metres. Ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear discs are fitted across the range and supported by anti-lock (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and a Brake Assist system (BAS). Collectively, these allow Stonic to be steered and braked at the same time without risk of going out of control, ensure that most braking effort goes to the wheels which are best able to take advantage of it, and automatically deliver maximum stopping power in emergency braking, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. 

Alloy wheels of 17 inches in diameter are standard, with 205/55R17 tyres. All models have a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.     

Anything for a quiet life

Stonic is not only an engaging car to drive; it is also a quiet one to travel in as a result of a comprehensive package of NVH counter-measures 

The insulation of the cabin from engine noise has been improved by the fitment of an elongated upper cowl panel and thermoplastic elastomer materials on the dash. What engine noise does enter the cabin is more sporty sounding thanks to ducting material on the intake side of the engine, while on the exhaust side there is a three-baffle system with a dual tube and increased duct ratios. 

Road noise has been reduced by the addition of a reinforcing bracket to increase the structural rigidity of the front subframe. The cowl top panel and kick panel between the rear seats have been shaped to reduce noise radiation, while five rubber seals in the pillars on each side of the car provide further insulation against outside noise.  

The best of active and passive safety

The ultra-stiff body shell has beneficial effects beyond handling and comfort. It provides a greater barrier against injury in the event of an accident. 

Structural additions include a partitioned inner assembly of the front strut mount, strengthened connections in the C-pillar cross-member and the application of structural adhesives on major chassis components. Advanced high-strength steels reinforce all major chassis parts, and there are multiple load paths to dissipate crash energy in the front of the car. 

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which work together to stabilise the car on slippery road surfaces or when simultaneously cornering and braking, are joined by Straight Line Stability, which senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Stonic also features Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction, and Torque Vectoring, which brakes an inner wheel if the car is in danger of running wide in corners, bringing it back onto the driver's desired line.  All versions have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines. 

There are six airbags with pre-tensioners and load limiters to brace occupants in their seats in extreme braking or if an accident is about to happen, and to help prevent injury to chests. A visual and audible seat belt reminder warning is fitted, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.        

7          TECHNOLOGY    
Advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems 

Stonic is one of the first cars in its sector to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking as part of Kia's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It also offers a Lane Departure Warning system with Driver Attention Warning and High Beam Assist. Both are standard in ‘First Edition’ and optional with grade ‘2’. And, in an increasingly connected world, the Stonic ‘First Edition’ offers the full Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom™. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration is standard on all models. 

Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead, and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph it will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions and minimising the consequences of others. It is also able to detect pedestrians who wander into its path, and apply the brakes in the same way. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically.    

The Lane Departure Warning system also relies on a camera which in this case recognises the lane markings on roads and senses when the car is about to deviate from its intended course when the indicators have not been activated. Again, the driver is warned visually via a symbol on the instrument display and audibly to correct the car's trajectory. 

In Stonic ‘First Edition’ there is also Blind Sport Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Radar and cameras recognise if the driver is about to change lanes into the path of another vehicle approaching from behind in an adjoining lane, and warn the driver. Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses the same radar and cameras to alert a driver about to reverse out of a parallel parking spot into the path of a vehicle approaching from the side.   

Stonic's Vehicle Stability Management system incorporates Straight Line Stability, which senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight, and Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. VSM also features Torque Vectoring to brake an inner wheel if it is running wide in curves, bringing it back onto a safe course. All versions have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car rolling backwards on steep inclines. 

Kia Connected Services with TomTom are accessed through a 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches. 

Android Auto is available for Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer. Both allow users to connect to apps and functions, including voice-guided, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Android Auto accesses Google maps navigation and Google Play music. Apple CarPlay links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control. 

A DAB radio is standard and is linked in grade ‘2’ to a 7.0-inch display. A reversing camera is included in ‘First Edition’. All models have Bluetooth with music streaming.    

 8        RUNNING COSTS                 
How Stonic keeps the bills down

One thing that never changes at Kia is the focus on keeping operating costs to a minimum. Fuel efficiency, repairability and ease of maintenance are at the heart of everything the company does, and it is all backed up by the best after-sales care in the business – a seven-year or 100,000-mile no-quibble warranty on all but routine wear and tear items, transferable to subsequent owners if the car is sold before the age or mileage limit has been reached. 

With highly efficient engines, Stonic keeps fuel bills and taxation costs low for both private and fleet owners, while the tough body has been designed with ease of repair in mind to minimise insurance costs. Servicing costs are also low and helped by the ‘Kia Care’ packages for retail customers. 

 Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

Model

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

51.4

125

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

56.5

115

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

67.3

109

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

56.5

115

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

67.3

109

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Band (2018-19)

Model

Tax rate

VED first year/thereafter

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

 

Insurance groups

Model

1-50

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

10

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

14

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

14

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

12

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

12

 

 Servicing

10,000 miles or every 12 months (petrol)

20,000 miles or every 12 months (diesel) 

The Stonic is available with ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty. 

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

Warranty and support

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty.  That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products has subsequently been extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.  

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty plus one-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist. 

9          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT    
Built at Sohari, Kia's first factory

Stonic is built on the same line as Rio at Sohari in South Korea. The capacity of the line has been gradually ramped up in recent months so that the introduction of Stonic does not impact upon the output of Rio. The line is fully flexible so that production of the two models can be adjusted according to demand.

Sohari is the place where it all started for Kia as we know it today: the plant opened in June 1973. It is located within greater Seoul, to the south-west of the city centre, and currently has a staff of just under 5,300. Sohari is capable of building 350,000 cars a year.

Sohari may be Kia’s oldest plant, but it has been extensively modernised to improve its efficiency and the lives of the people working there, reduce its impact on the environment and to ensure that the quality of cars leaving the factory gates is at an all-time high.

Although only about two per cent of a car’s lifetime CO2 emissions are created during manufacture, this can still amount to a substantial figure when multiplied by the total production capacity of a factory. So, even small improvements can add up to major reductions when rolled out across the entire production network. All Kia plants are working to reduce their impact on the environment by putting in place clean and efficient processes.

In recent years the focus at Sohari has been on developing ever more flexible production systems. As part of that, staff have been encouraged to find and adopt innovative production activities.  Everyone at Sohari has been helping to make the plant less wasteful and more environmentally friendly. As a result, the plant has been one of Kia’s leading lights in environmental change.

Improved painting facilities have been installed, and every aspect of vehicle production has been under scrutiny to ensure the plant uses less energy and produces less waste. Water and power consumption, dust and CO2 emissions per vehicle produced and contaminants and waste volumes have all been reduced.

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in every production facility around the globe. Over the last few years there has been significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

Exhaust pollutants from Sohari have also decreased dramatically – dust, NOx and SO2 output have all been reduced.

New technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement. Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc. The captured dust is treated and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

More technology is employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Compressed air is used as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, rather than cutting oil. This and the associated oil mist are problem pollutants and the new scheme is helping reduce oil use.

The green landscape around each facility is an important part of each plant make-up. One ongoing programme is based on a number of ‘ecology gardens’ which are filled with trees and plants resistant and sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution. Sohari is no different, with more than 25,800m2 of green areas and 24,500 trees planted in and around the facility. This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the plant. 

These ‘ecology gardens’ are continually monitored as they act as a real-world indicators to air quality. Each site is broadening its green patches and constantly monitoring air pollution in neighbouring communities. A monthly task for each facility is the ‘One Stream Clean-up’ programme where Kia staff clean and maintain local, natural streams. This is not only to monitor their cleanliness but also to keep them well maintained for the local communities to enjoy. 

The overall effect of the many green initiatives – reducing the use of raw materials, recycling more and reducing waste – has resulted in Sohari being officially recognised as an eco-friendly worksite by the Korean Ministry of the Environment. 

10       FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS         
Things we think you'll want to know 

Why are you entering the B-SUV market only now, when sales of this type of car in Europe already exceed a million a year?
Two reasons. The first is that we had to establish a business case for a car which, as originally planned, was to be sold only in Europe. The second is that we had to find somewhere to build it without hurting production of existing models. That became   possible when we opened our new plant in Mexico in 2016 to serve American markets, freeing more production capacity at Sohari for other countries.     

How difficult was it to persuade senior management to commit to building what was intended as a Europe-only model in Korea?
There is real understanding and support for the European market from our senior management in Korea. Kia Motors Europe contributes 15 per cent of all Kia sales –400,000 units in 2017 – and where we see a further business opportunity and can argue a strong case, Korea is happy to support us. 

Won't Rio production suffer if Stonic is to be built on the same line?
No. There will still be a very strong place for Rio alongside Stonic, and we have been careful to ensure we can satisfy demand for both models. We have been steadily ramping up production of Rio so that the overall capacity of the line can cope with       two cars. The line is very flexible, so we can easily adjust volumes according to demand. 

What effect will the introduction of Stonic have on the Soul and Venga?
Soul stays. Indefinitely. Venga, which is a Europe-only car built in Europe, will continue to be made until the end of 2018 at least, and we will assess its place in our line-up once we see if and how sales patterns change once Stonic is established. 

You are launching with only two trim lines and three engines. Will there be more once the car is on the market?
There will currently be no low-grade model because Kia research has shown that take-up of such versions is extremely low. If we can get the right specification at the right price, there may be additional models. We have already been promised new and revised powertrains in 2018, and these will be available to us in the UK if we think there will be demand for them. Our seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission will also become available for Stonic in 2018, and again we will have the option of taking it. 

Which will be the best-selling model, is there fleet potential for Stonic and what will be the likely UK petrol/diesel split?
We are expecting sales to be evenly split between the two trim lines and to sell 9,770 versions of Stonic in 2018. Two-thirds will be petrol models and 54 per cent will go to retail customers. 

Will there be electrification of Stonic, either as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full EV?
Stonic is built on the N platform also used for Rio rather than the Hyundai Motor Group platform designed for alternative powertrains, so at this stage no form of electrification is planned. But as you know, we have a target of lowering our overall CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, based on 2014 figures, and the EU wants fleet average CO2 of 95g/km by the end of the decade, so we cannot entirely rule it out. 

Will there be GT-Line or GT versions of Stonic?
There is currently nothing planned, but GT-Line versions of our other models sell extremely well so it is something we will continue to monitor. A GT version of Stonic is unlikely. 

Ends 

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All New Stonic MY18

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
All the fact and figures                                                                    

1.0 T-GDi (118bhp)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 118 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 171 (126) @ 1,500-4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 3cyl in-line DOHC direct-injection turbocharged

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.615

 1.955

 1.286

 0.971

 0.794

 0.667

 3.700

 4.563

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 280 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.52 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy  6.5J x 17 inch

 Tyres

 205/55 R17

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,140 / 1,760 / 1,520

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 1,185 / 1,278

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 1,110 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min./max.

 litres

 352 / 1,155

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.34

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 9.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 115

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 47.1 / 62.8 / 56.5

 CO2

 g/km

 115

 

1.4 MPi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,368

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 72 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 133 (98) @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa 4cyl in-line, multi-point injection, CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.839

 0.703

 3.700

 4.563

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 280 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.52 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy 6.5J x 17 inch

 Tyres

 205/55 R17 

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,140 / 1,760 / 1,520

 Kerb weight min./max

 kg

1,160 / 1,253

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

1,000 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min./max

 litres

 352 / 1,155

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.34

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

 107

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 40.4 / 61.4 / 51.4

 

 CO2

 g/km

 125

1.6 CRDi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp

 108 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 260 @ 1,500 – 2.750 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615

  1.962

  1.257

  0.905

  0.702

  0.596

  3.583

  4.188

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs  and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.52 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 6.5J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55 R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,140 / 1,760 / 1,520

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,255 / 1,349

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 450 / 1,110

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 352 / 1,155

 Minimum turning diameter

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.34

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg    

 

 57.6 / 74.3 / 67.3

  CO2

 g/km   

 109

GENERAL

All New Stonic MY18

 THE NEW KIA STONIC      
Short story 

  • Kia's first entry into the B-segment SUV market
  • Sector volume expected to double to 2.2 million a year in Europe by 2020
  • Based on the Rio supermini and built alongside it in South Korea
  • Powered by high-efficiency, high-technology petrol and diesel engines
  • Fuel economy of up to 67.3mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km
  • Agile and comfortable, with suspension and steering tuned in Europe
  • Features a suite of connectivity and electronic driver assistance systems

Exciting; sporty, smart; confident – four words which perfectly capture the spirit and character of the new Kia Stonic, the South Korean company's first entry into the rapidly expanding small (B-segment) SUV market. 

Stonic's arrival is perfectly timed, with the B-SUV market in Europe expected to double to more than two million units a year by 2020, based on 2016 sales. Kia is confident of 70,000 Stonic sales in the 31 European markets in 2018, rising steadily to 100,000 a year. The UK is expected to account for almost 10,000-15,000 sales in the car's first full year – but given the phenomenal success in Britain of the company's larger SUV, Sportage, that may be an underestimation.      

Stonic is based on the platform of the latest Rio supermini and is powered by high-efficiency, high-technology petrol and diesel powertrains from other Kia models including cee’d. It was designed in Europe at the company's Frankfurt studios, with input from the main design centre at Namyang in Korea. Originally intended as a car solely for Europe, it will now also be sold in Korea, such was the reception it got when shown there.    

In the UK there is a five-model line-up based on grade ‘2’ and ‘First Edition’ trim levels. All versions offer an extensive package of connectivity features, including links to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via pre-downloaded smartphone apps, while advanced electronic driver assistance systems such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic switching between high and low headlight beams are available.       

A new kind of Kia for a changing market

Stonic adds a uniquely Kia twist to the newest and fastest-growing market sector in Europe. B-SUV sales are expected to double to around 2.2 million a year in Europe by 2020.  

It brings a distinctive B-SUV look to the multi-award-winning styling which is evident in every model from Kia. Key signature design elements such as the 'tiger-nose' main front grille, the distinctive C-pillar and the straight lines and smooth surfaces ensure that Stonic is instantly recognisable as a Kia. 

Stonic and Rio share the same 2,580mm wheelbase, but Stonic is 70mm taller to give it a clear crossover stance, and it is wider with a longer rear overhang to maximise passenger and luggage space. Stonic is not only one of the smartest-looking Kias to date, but also one of the smartest in terms of packaging. 

Stonic is a European-Korean design effort, most of the design work was completed at Kia's European design centre in Frankfurt with assistance from Namyang. Stonic was originally intended to be a European-only car, but Koreans were so impressed with the finished product that the car is also now to be sold there, too. 

The ‘First Edition’ version stands out even more thanks to two-tone paintwork. The roof, wing mirror casings and rear spoiler are picked out in either black, lime green, red or orange, depending on the main body colour. There are also colour accents on the seat upholstery and around the lower centre console and display screen areas to co-ordinate with the choice of roof colour. 

The interior has been designed around the displays for the connectivity technologies. There is a 7.0-inch display with a DAB radio and MP3 compatibility, and in the ‘First Edition’ this is upgraded to a 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system with Kia Connected Services via TomTom. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is fitted to every model. 

The horizontal theme evident in the exterior styling is repeated in the cabin, emphasising width and space while separating the upper information and lower control areas. The number of buttons and switches has been kept to a minimum to give a neater look and greater functionality. The ‘First Edition’ offers USB ports front and rear so that mobile devices can be charged from any seat. 

T-GDi engine heads efficient powertrain line-up

Three modern and efficient engines are available in Stonic, headed by Kia's little jewel, the 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) unit delivering 118bhp. It lines up alongside a 1.4-litre multi-point injection (MPi) naturally aspirated 98bhp petrol engine and the 108bhp 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel from the cee'd range. 

ISG, Kia's engine stop/start system to ensure no fuel is wasted and no emissions escape when the car is stationary, is standard. All versions have a six-speed manual transmission and drive the front wheels – all-wheel-drive models take less than eight per cent of B-SUV sales. The powertrains showcase Kia's advanced engine technologies, and conforms with the company's policy of downsizing to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without impairing performance.  

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine develops an impressive 171Nm of torque across a wide rev band starting at only 1,500rpm, ensuring effortless driveability which allows it to accelerate from standstill to 60mph in less than 10 seconds, yet it is also capable of up to 56.5mpg, while CO2 emissions of 115g/km are not much more than those of a diesel.     

The fuel economy champion of the Stonic range is the diesel, which has a combined economy figure of 67.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 109g/km. Yet with 260Nm of torque stretching from 1,500 to 2,750rpm it is certainly not lacking in pace, delivering not only impressive in-gear acceleration but also distinctly brisk 10.9-second acceleration from 0 to 60mph. 

Meanwhile the 1.4-litre petrol engine, available exclusively in the grade ‘2’ model, has economy and emissions figures of 51.4mpg and 125g/km. Despite its relatively small cubic capacity it delivers admirable performance, with 133Nm of torque. The result is an easy, fluid driving character.     

Smooth, sharp, strong and safe

Stonic has independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, like other Kia models, but there has been extensive retuning to take into account the SUV's higher ground clearance and centre of gravity. 

Engineered initially as a car purely for European customers, Stonic has the fun-to-drive characteristics expected by them, with immediate steering responses on twisting and often narrow roads, unshakeable stability at high motorway speeds and a smooth ride even on the varied and often neglected surfaces found throughout Europe. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are standard to mitigate against skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip. 

VSM is linked to Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control. Torque Vectoring brakes an inner wheel if the car is in danger of running wide in corners, bringing it back onto the driver's desired line. Straight Line Stability senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight, while Cornering Brake Control delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.       

Autonomous Emergency Braking – a rarity in B-SUVs – and Lane Departure Warning are standard with ‘First Edition’ and optional with grade ‘2’. The Lane Departure Warning system is linked to Driver Attention Warning, which can alert a drowsy or distracted driver that it is time to take a break, and High Beam Assist, which automatically switches between dipped and full beam according to the traffic around it and the local lighting. 

The Stonic ‘First Edition’ also has Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert to help prevent the car from being accidentally driven into the path of a vehicle approaching from an angle out of the driver's eye-line.     

Safety, driving dynamics and refinement benefit from the stiff bodyshell made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel. The stiffer the body, the less the suspension has to compensate for flexing under load. Advanced high-strength steels also contribute towards weight reduction, as vital sections of the body construction do not need to be as thick. Kia has a goal of reducing the average weight of car bodies by five per cent by 2020, based on 2014 figures. A stiffer body also enhances crash safety and, along with suitably placed soundproofing, stifles road, wind and engine noise to keep the interior quieter and more relaxing to travel in.    

Stonic in the UK

Stonic is available in five versions based on three engines and two trim grades – badged ‘2’ and ‘First Edition’. Grade ‘2’ offers all three engines, while the ‘First Edition’ is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi units. 

Standard features besides those for connectivity, safety and driver assistance include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, roof rails, rear parking sensors, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.5-inch supervision cluster, Bluetooth with music streaming, automatic light control, bi-function projection headlamps with static cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A six-speaker audio system is standard. 

Beyond its additional connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems, the ‘First Edition’ adds two-tone paint with contrasting roof colour, a smart key entry system and engine start/stop button, stainless steel pedals, black cloth and grey faux leather upholstery with colour accents, automatic air conditioning, LED rear lights, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, heated front seats and D-shaped steering wheel, chrome window trim and interior door handles and a dual-height luggage floor.      

Warranty and Servicing

In common with all Kias, the Stonic has the best warranty in the business ­­– a seven-year/100,000-mile declaration of faith in the reliability and quality of the car, covering all labour and parts except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires. 

The Stonic is available with ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty. 

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

UK line-up: 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

12.2

107

51.4

125

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.9

115

56.5

115

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

108

260

10.9

112

67.3

109

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171

9.9

115

56.5

115

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

108

260

10.9

112

67.3

109

 
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          AT A GLANCE                   
An instant guide to our B-segment SUV

General

  • Kia's first B-segment SUV
  • Enters a market expected to account for more than two million sales a year in Europe (10.3 per cent of the total) by 2020
  • UK annual sales forecast at close to 10,000 in the car's first full year
  • Based on latest Rio supermini launched at the start of 2017
  • Designed in Europe with input from main design centre at Namyang in Korea
  • Originally intended as a Europe-only car but now also to be sold in Korea
  • Five-seat front-wheel-drive car available in five versions
  • Built at Sohari in South Korea

Design

  • Same wheelbase as Rio but with longer rear overhang, increasing overall length to 4,140mm.
  • 35mm wider and 70mm taller to give SUV stance and raised seating position, 42mm greater ground clearance than Rio
  • Slim, narrow, high-mounted 'tiger-nose' grille in black gloss and satin chrome beneath stepped bonnet  
  • 17-inch alloy wheels on every model
  • Appearance defined by sharp, straight lines and smooth surfacing
  • Front foglights pushed outwards to emphasise width and stability
  • Bold C-pillars curve downwards and rearwards into exaggerated beltline
  • Two-tone colour combinations for range-topping ‘First Edition’ models
  • Sculpted, horizontal, ergonomic fascia designed around 7.0-inch display screens
  • Straight lines emphasise width of cabin and space for occupants
  • Class-leading shoulder room in B-SUV segment with generous head- and legroom
  • 352-litre boot, with dual-floor in ‘First Edition’
  • Black cloth or black cloth with grey faux leather upholstery and colour accents co-ordinated with two-tone exterior, depending on model
  • Centre console storage box and cupholders, overhead sunglasses holder and bottle holders in every door
  • D-cut steering wheel, engine start/stop button and stainless steel pedals in ‘First Edition’ 

Technical

  • Two petrol engines, one turbodiesel, support Kia's policy of basing all new cars on highly efficient downsized units
  • Three-cylinder T-GDi turbocharged direct injection engine with 118bhp supported by normally aspirated 98bhp 1.4 petrol and 108bhp 1.6 turbodiesel
  • Fuel consumption as low as 67.3mpg (official test figure) with CO2 emissions from 109g/km
  • All versions have Kia's ISG engine stop/start system to save fuel, and six-speed manual gearbox
  • All versions are front-wheel drive
  • Re-tuned MacPherson strut and torsion beam suspension to take into account greater ground clearance and higher centre of gravity compared with Rio
  • 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel enhances rigidity and reduces weight 

Technology

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and Lane Departure Warning System with Driver Attention Warning and High Beam Assist available across range
  • Keyless entry and ignition, heated seats and steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, cruise control with speed limiter and parking camera also available
  • Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control standard on all models
  • ‘First Edition’ also has Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert to warn drivers of vehicles approaching from out-of-sight areas
  • Display screens linked to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ in all models, with Kia Connected Services via TomTom™ in ‘First Edition’  

3          THE KIA STONIC AND ITS MARKET              
Kia's first entry into the fastest-growing market sector 

Kia could hardly have timed its entry into the European B-SUV market better. The sector is the fastest-growing in the continent, and sales in the 31 countries covered by Kia Motors Europe are expected to double to 2.2 million a year by 2020, based on 2016 figures. 

By the end of this decade the B-SUV market will have overtaken that for larger C-SUVs such as the Kia Sportage, and will account for 10.3 per cent of all European sales. It is a sector dominated by mainstream manufacturers: currently only two premium brands – Audi and Mini – contest it.  

In the UK, Kia expects to sell almost 10,000 Stonics in the car's first full year – but given the phenomenal success of the Sportage, which is by far the company's best-seller in Britain, regularly accounting for more than 30 per cent of monthly sales, that could be an underestimation. Predictions are that Stonic will be Kia's third most popular model in the UK after the Sportage and Rio. 

B-SUVs are the 'new cool', attracting buyers from the supermini, small MPV and three-door compact hatchback sectors. But Stonic will not simply cannibalise sales from other Kia models. Rather, it will attract customers from other brands to continue Kia's inexorable upwards momentum. 

In 2016, Kia's performance across Europe was almost double the five per cent increase in the overall market, giving the company a three per cent share for the first time. In the UK, 2016 growth was even better – 13.8 per cent compared with just two per cent overall, ensuring that Kia ended with a 3.4 per cent market share. 

B-SUV sales in the UK have risen by 50 per cent in the past three years and are expected to increase by another 40 per cent by 2021. 

Stonic will initially be sold in the UK in five versions based on three engines and two trim lines, but the line-up could be expanded once the car is established: additional and revised powertrains will become available during 2018, and Kia Motors UK will have the option of taking them. 

All versions are front-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models account for only eight per cent of B-SUV sales in Europe and is not an option on the Stonic. The UK, France and Italy are forecast to be the most important markets, with sales in the UK split 65:35 between petrol and diesel.          

4          THE DESIGN STORY                   
Kia flair meets B-segment SUV

Stonic is a car created to meet the changing demands of the European market, where conventional three-door hatchbacks and small MPVs are falling out of favour. The requirement now is for small cars with the looks and higher seating position of an SUV, but without the weight, cost and fuel consumption penalties of all-wheel drive. 

Kia was quick to recognise the business case for a B-SUV, even though as originally planned it was to be sold only in Europe. That decision made Europe the logical place to design the car, but Korea the best place to build it, as it would share production facilities with the new Rio on which it is based. 

While Kia's California design studios were busy creating the latest Rio in collaboration with the main design centre at Namyang in Korea, Stonic was entrusted to the European design team at Frankfurt, with help from Namyang. 

A dynamic small urban crossover with a Kia twist outside

Stonic adds a uniquely Kia twist to the newest and fastest-growing market sector in Europe, bringing what have become the brand's distinctive design features and hallmarks to the B-SUV class. 

There is the familiar 'tiger-nose' grille, which in Stonic gets a wide but narrow interpretation. It is mounted beneath a beautifully sculpted stepped bonnet and above a wide lower air intake running almost the full width of the car. The main grille is in high-gloss black and satin chrome. Sharp, functional lines blend with softer, sculpted surfaces all over the car, and there is a stylised C-pillar – another key Kia identifier – but here it is narrower than in some other models and flows effortlessly from the roofline into the voluminous beltline running above the expansive rear wheel arches and around the tailgate. 

A black garnish running around the wheel arches and along the sills and the lower portion of the doors and tailgate emphasises Stonic's SUV stance, proportions and strength, and is complemented by silver skid plates front and rear. The ‘First Edition’ also has chrome side window trim. There are bold bi-function static bending headlights with LED daytime running lights running around the front corners of the car, and the ‘First Edition’ also has LED rear combination light units. Projection front foglights, neatly integrated roof rails and a rear spoiler are standard, and the ‘First Edition’ also has privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate. All versions in the UK have 17-inch alloy wheels. 

The overall effect is of sportiness and dynamism with practicality – exactly what a crossover should be. 

The Stonic ‘First Edition’ offers a greater range of colour combinations that any previous Kia. The roof, rear spoiler and door mirror housings can be in black, red, lime green or orange, depending on main body colour; the interior trims feature colour accents in the black cloth with faux grey leather seats and around the lower centre console and display screen areas.      

 Spacious, practical and stylish interior

Stonic and Rio share an identical 2,580mm wheelbase, but Stonic is 70mm taller and 35mm wider. Meanwhile the rear overhang has been extended by 70mm to maximise passenger and luggage space and add to Stonic's appearance of SUV robustness.  Stonic is not only one of the smartest-looking Kias to date, but also one of the smartest in terms of packaging. 

The increase in overall height has been put to good use to raise ground clearance by 42mm compared with Rio, giving the command-post view out and the enhanced feeling of safety which buyers cite as two of the main reasons for choosing an SUV. 

Stonic has the best shoulder room of any car in the B-SUV class, as well as generous head- and legroom front and rear, while the extended rear overhang allows for a boot of 352 litres with the 60:40 rear seats upright, and 1,155 litres with them folded. This is 27 litres more than in the Rio. Stonic ‘First Edition’ has a dual-height luggage floor to enhance versatility. 

The dashboard has been designed around the displays for the car's connectivity technologies.  There is a 7.0-inch display in all versions with a DAB radio and MP3 compatibility. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone connectivity are fitted to every model. In the ‘First Edition’ this is upgraded to a 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system featuring Kia Connected Services with TomTom™ and a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines. 

The horizontal theme evident in the exterior styling is repeated in the cabin, emphasising width and space while separating the upper information and lower control areas. The number of buttons and switches has been kept to a minimum to give a neater look and greater functionality. The ‘First Edition’ offers USB ports front and rear so that mobile devices can be charged from any seat. 

The central display screen is at the same height as the main instrument cluster, making it easier for the driver to absorb information quickly with the minimum of distractions. A 3.5-inch supervision cluster within the main instruments is standard. 

Grade ‘2’ models have black cloth upholstery with grey stitching, while for ‘First Edition’ there is a combination of black cloth, grey faux leather inserts and colour highlights. 

Quality – perceived and actual – is evident in the fit and finish and the choice of materials. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter are standard, and there are silver or satin chrome interior door handles. ‘First Edition’ has a D-cut steering wheel with perforated leather trim, an engine start/stop button and stainless steel pedals. 

The extensive interior storage areas include a centre console box and cupholders, bottle holders in every door, an illuminated glovebox, an overhead sunglasses case and a front passenger seat-back pocket.    

5          RANGE FINDER               
Five models based on two fully equipped trim lines 

Five versions of Stonic are available in the UK, based on two trim lines – the mid-range grade ‘2’ and range-topping ‘First Edition’. Grade ‘2’ offers all three engines, while the ‘First Edition’ is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi units.   

Engineered initially as a car purely for European customers, Stonic has the fun-to-drive characteristics expected by them, with immediate steering responses on twisting and often narrow roads, unshakeable stability at high motorway speeds and a smooth ride even on the varied and often neglected surfaces found throughout Europe. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are standard to mitigate against skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip. 

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems

VSM is linked to Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control. Torque Vectoring brakes an inner wheel if the car is in danger of running wide in corners, bringing it back onto the driver's desired line. Straight Line Stability senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight, while Cornering Brake Control delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.      

Autonomous Emergency Braking – a rarity in B-SUVs – and Lane Departure Warning System are standard with ‘First Edition’ and optional on grade ‘2’. The Lane Departure Warning System is linked to Driver Attention Warning, which can alert a drowsy or distracted driver that it is time to take a break, and High Beam Assist, which automatically switches the car between dipped and full beam according to the traffic around it and the local lighting. 

The Stonic ‘First Edition’ also has Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to help prevent the car from being driven into the path of a vehicle approaching from an angle out of the driver's eye-line.     

A high standard specification for all versions

Standard features besides those for connectivity, safety and driver assistance include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, roof rails, rear parking sensors, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.5-inch supervision cluster, Bluetooth with music streaming, automatic light control, bi-function projection headlamps with static cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A six-speaker audio system is standard. 

Beyond its additional connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems, the ‘First Edition’ adds two-tone paint with contrasting roof colour, a smart key entry system and engine start/stop button, stainless steel pedals, black cloth and grey faux leather upholstery with colour accents, automatic air conditioning, LED rear lights, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, heated front seats and D-shaped steering wheel, chrome window trim and interior door handles and a dual-height luggage floor.     

6          THE TECHNICAL STORY            
Three highly efficient powertrains and a sporty, driver-focused chassis 

Stonic is sold in the UK with a choice of three powertrains which conform with Kia's downsizing policy while employing advanced technologies like turbocharging, direct injection and stop/start systems to minimise fuel consumption and emissions while ensuring outstanding performance. All versions have a six-speed manual gearbox. 

The car is based on the platform and running gear of the latest Rio supermini, but there has been extensive tuning work to take into account its greater ground clearance, higher centre of gravity and increased weight. The suspension features independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. Ride and handling benefit from the stiff body shell, which is made of 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel. 

Refinement has been enhanced through detailed work on the aerodynamics, body structure and insulation, while active safety benefits from a number of advanced driver assistance features. 

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine

Kia has embarked on an ambitious policy of reducing average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its model range by 25 per cent by 2020, based on 2014 levels. It aims to do this through engine downsizing, more efficient combustion systems and the addition of alternative-fuel vehicles where appropriate. 

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine Stonic fits in perfectly with this strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque, despite its small capacity, through turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi unit sprays a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure injection system which ensures it uses only as much fuel as necessary for the load being put on it. The result is highly efficient combustion with excellent performance. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability. 

In Stonic the 1.0-litre T-GDi three-cylinder 998cc engine with four valves per cylinder develops 118bhp at 6,000rpm and 171Nm of torque continuously from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm. 

The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. These goals have been more than met with the aid of innovative technical solutions. The T-GDi engine features laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread more evenly throughout the cylinders than if it was being consistently sprayed into certain points. Thanks to a high-pressure pump, injection is up to 200 bar. 

The T-GDi engine has a straight intake port which ends in a sharp throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking. 

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads. 

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold which reduces exhaust gas temperatures, bringing the benefits of higher speeds with greater fuel efficiency. Lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88º C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105º C to reduce friction and improve efficiency.  

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the all-aluminium T-GDi unit. There is continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness. 

The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold in a one-piece casting, improving sealing while reducing weight. A number of detailed engineering solutions minimise throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost – and reduce internal friction. 

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened.  

The T-GDi engine accelerates Stonic from standstill to 60mph in 9.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 115mph. Combined fuel consumption is 56.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 115g/km. 

The 1.4-litre multi-point injection engine

The entry-level 1.4-litre MPi (multi-point injection) petrol engine in Stonic grade ‘2’ is an all-aluminium 16-valve 1,368cc unit from the Kappa family. 

It features performance-enhancing continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts. This ensures high torque at low engine revs for good driveability in cities, and excellent power for the fast motorway speeds common in Europe. 

It develops 98bhp at 6,000rpm and 133Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 60mph takes 12.2 seconds on the way to a top seed of 107mph, with average fuel economy of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 125g/km. 

The entire engine and transmission weighs only 82.4kg. The main block features a ladder frame for structural stiffness, while the cylinders are fitted with cast-iron liners for improved durability. Weight was further reduced by integrating the engine support bracket with the timing chain cover. The shape of the piston skirt was optimized to reduce its size, while the compression height of the piston has also been reduced, resulting in weight savings.

An accessory drive belt which does not require mechanical auto-tensioning further lowers weight and cost. Because it is designed to maintain an ideal tension setting, the belt runs quieter. There are long-reach spark plugs creating space for a larger water jacket to promote more efficient engine cooling while permitting an increased valve diameter for better airflow and combustion efficiency. Lightweight, heat-resistant plastic is used for the intake manifold.

The valvetrain features friction-reducing hydraulic lash adjusters which ensure proper clearance between the valve stem and roller swing arm to reduce valve tapping noise. The valve springs have a beehive shape. The valvetrain is driven by a silent-type, maintenance free steel timing chain.

The centre line of the cylinder bore is slightly offset to minimise the lateral force created by the rotating piston and rod assembly. The net effect is an improvement in fuel consumption and a reduction in noise, vibration and harshness. 

The 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine

The CRDi turbodiesel engine in Stonic is a 1.6-litre unit from the European-designed and European-built U2 range. It features a high-pressure injection system and a continuously controlled variable oil pump to reduce friction losses. Power is 108bhp, while the maximum torque is 260Nm, available from 1,500 to 2,750rpm. 

It allows Stonic to accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 112mph. Fuel economy is up to 67.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 109g/km. 

The engine capacity is 1,582cc and there are double overhead camshafts operating 16 valves. The block and bedplate are formed from cast iron while the oil pan is made from aluminium. 

The U2 engine employs latest-generation common rail diesel injection, a variable geometry turbocharger which adjusts the flow of exhaust gases by altering the angle of the turbo vanes according to engine requirements, and variable swirl control to increase swirl at low-to-mid loads to reduce emissions and decrease it at high loads to maximise power. 

There is an electronically controlled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooling system and a 1,600-bar injection system capable of delivering up to five injections per cycle, permitting precise control of the amount of fuel being delivered directly to each cylinder. Other refinements include chain drive for improved reliability and a bed plate–type lower crankcase for better block rigidity and lower noise, vibration and harshness. The auxiliary belt is a serpentine–type for improved reliability and compact packaging. 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

98

133

12.2

107

51.4

125

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171.5

9.9

115

56.5

115

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

108

260

10.9

112

67.3

109

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

118

171.5

9.9

115

56.5

115

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

108

260

10.9

112

67.3

109

All versions of Stonic are fitted with Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine technology which turns off the engine when the car is stationary in traffic and the driver puts the gear lever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch pedal is pushed. 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU. 

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low. 

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and lift his or her foot off the clutch. After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver pushes the clutch. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off the ISG system through a switch on the dashboard. 

Sporty driving characteristics

Stonic is based on the platform and running gear of the latest Rio supermini and has an identical 2,580mm wheelbase, but has been tuned to take into account its greater ground clearance (up by 42mm), higher centre of gravity and increased weight, and to give it slightly more sporty driving characteristics. The suspension features independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. Stonic's responsive steering is aided considerably by a stiff body shell which is composed of 51 per cent lightweight high-strength steels. 

Spring and damper settings take advantage of the stiff body, which allows the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing of the car's structure. The rear dampers are almost vertical, while those at the front benefit from pre-loaded linear valve technology, delivering more consistent handling and suspension response over broken surfaces. 

Pre-loaded linear valve technology introduces a completely new piston design which not only increases driving comfort but also ensures excellent isolation of vibrations in the vehicle body. Rapid opening and closing processes in the valve ensure outstanding wheel damping, which adds to safety by improving handling precision. In addition, innovative piston geometries further optimise the damper's noise emissions. 

The gearbox for the motor-driven power steering (MDPS) is mounted as far forwards as possible, improving feel for the driver, while the number of teeth on the steering's serration column shaft enhances off-centre feel while contributing towards an improvement in noise, vibration and harshness. This all results in faster steering responses with greater feedback and increased driver confidence. 

The column-mounted MDPS requires just 2.52 turns between the extremes of lock for a tight turning circle of 5.2 metres. Ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear discs are fitted across the range and supported by anti-lock (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and a Brake Assist system (BAS). Collectively, these allow Stonic to be steered and braked at the same time without risk of going out of control, ensure that most braking effort goes to the wheels which are best able to take advantage of it, and automatically deliver maximum stopping power in emergency braking, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. 

Alloy wheels of 17 inches in diameter are standard, with 205/55R17 tyres. All models have a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.     

Anything for a quiet life

Stonic is not only an engaging car to drive; it is also a quiet one to travel in as a result of a comprehensive package of NVH counter-measures 

The insulation of the cabin from engine noise has been improved by the fitment of an elongated upper cowl panel and thermoplastic elastomer materials on the dash. What engine noise does enter the cabin is more sporty sounding thanks to ducting material on the intake side of the engine, while on the exhaust side there is a three-baffle system with a dual tube and increased duct ratios. 

Road noise has been reduced by the addition of a reinforcing bracket to increase the structural rigidity of the front subframe. The cowl top panel and kick panel between the rear seats have been shaped to reduce noise radiation, while five rubber seals in the pillars on each side of the car provide further insulation against outside noise.  

The best of active and passive safety

The ultra-stiff body shell has beneficial effects beyond handling and comfort. It provides a greater barrier against injury in the event of an accident. 

Structural additions include a partitioned inner assembly of the front strut mount, strengthened connections in the C-pillar cross-member and the application of structural adhesives on major chassis components. Advanced high-strength steels reinforce all major chassis parts, and there are multiple load paths to dissipate crash energy in the front of the car. 

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which work together to stabilise the car on slippery road surfaces or when simultaneously cornering and braking, are joined by Straight Line Stability, which senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight. Stonic also features Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction, and Torque Vectoring, which brakes an inner wheel if the car is in danger of running wide in corners, bringing it back onto the driver's desired line.  All versions have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines. 

There are six airbags with pre-tensioners and load limiters to brace occupants in their seats in extreme braking or if an accident is about to happen, and to help prevent injury to chests. A visual and audible seat belt reminder warning is fitted, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.        

7          TECHNOLOGY    
Advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems 

Stonic is one of the first cars in its sector to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking as part of Kia's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It also offers a Lane Departure Warning system with Driver Attention Warning and High Beam Assist. Both are standard in ‘First Edition’ and optional with grade ‘2’. And, in an increasingly connected world, the Stonic ‘First Edition’ offers the full Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom™. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration is standard on all models. 

Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead, and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph it will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions and minimising the consequences of others. It is also able to detect pedestrians who wander into its path, and apply the brakes in the same way. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically.    

The Lane Departure Warning system also relies on a camera which in this case recognises the lane markings on roads and senses when the car is about to deviate from its intended course when the indicators have not been activated. Again, the driver is warned visually via a symbol on the instrument display and audibly to correct the car's trajectory. 

In Stonic ‘First Edition’ there is also Blind Sport Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Radar and cameras recognise if the driver is about to change lanes into the path of another vehicle approaching from behind in an adjoining lane, and warn the driver. Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses the same radar and cameras to alert a driver about to reverse out of a parallel parking spot into the path of a vehicle approaching from the side.   

Stonic's Vehicle Stability Management system incorporates Straight Line Stability, which senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight, and Cornering Brake Control, which delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. VSM also features Torque Vectoring to brake an inner wheel if it is running wide in curves, bringing it back onto a safe course. All versions have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car rolling backwards on steep inclines. 

Kia Connected Services with TomTom are accessed through a 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches. 

Android Auto is available for Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer. Both allow users to connect to apps and functions, including voice-guided, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Android Auto accesses Google maps navigation and Google Play music. Apple CarPlay links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control. 

A DAB radio is standard and is linked in grade ‘2’ to a 7.0-inch display. A reversing camera is included in ‘First Edition’. All models have Bluetooth with music streaming.    

 8        RUNNING COSTS                 
How Stonic keeps the bills down

One thing that never changes at Kia is the focus on keeping operating costs to a minimum. Fuel efficiency, repairability and ease of maintenance are at the heart of everything the company does, and it is all backed up by the best after-sales care in the business – a seven-year or 100,000-mile no-quibble warranty on all but routine wear and tear items, transferable to subsequent owners if the car is sold before the age or mileage limit has been reached. 

With highly efficient engines, Stonic keeps fuel bills and taxation costs low for both private and fleet owners, while the tough body has been designed with ease of repair in mind to minimise insurance costs. Servicing costs are also low and helped by the ‘Kia Care’ packages for retail customers. 

 Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

Model

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

51.4

125

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

56.5

115

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

67.3

109

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

56.5

115

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

67.3

109

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Band (2018-19)

Model

Tax rate

VED first year/thereafter

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

24%

£165/£140

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

26%

£165/£140

 

Insurance groups

Model

1-50

'2' 1.4 MPi 98bhp 6-speed manual ISG

10

'2' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

14

'2' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

14

'First Edition' 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG

12

'First Edition' 1.6 CRDi 108bhp 6-speed manual ISG

12

 

 Servicing

10,000 miles or every 12 months (petrol)

20,000 miles or every 12 months (diesel) 

The Stonic is available with ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty. 

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

Warranty and support

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty.  That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products has subsequently been extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.  

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty plus one-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist. 

9          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT    
Built at Sohari, Kia's first factory

Stonic is built on the same line as Rio at Sohari in South Korea. The capacity of the line has been gradually ramped up in recent months so that the introduction of Stonic does not impact upon the output of Rio. The line is fully flexible so that production of the two models can be adjusted according to demand.

Sohari is the place where it all started for Kia as we know it today: the plant opened in June 1973. It is located within greater Seoul, to the south-west of the city centre, and currently has a staff of just under 5,300. Sohari is capable of building 350,000 cars a year.

Sohari may be Kia’s oldest plant, but it has been extensively modernised to improve its efficiency and the lives of the people working there, reduce its impact on the environment and to ensure that the quality of cars leaving the factory gates is at an all-time high.

Although only about two per cent of a car’s lifetime CO2 emissions are created during manufacture, this can still amount to a substantial figure when multiplied by the total production capacity of a factory. So, even small improvements can add up to major reductions when rolled out across the entire production network. All Kia plants are working to reduce their impact on the environment by putting in place clean and efficient processes.

In recent years the focus at Sohari has been on developing ever more flexible production systems. As part of that, staff have been encouraged to find and adopt innovative production activities.  Everyone at Sohari has been helping to make the plant less wasteful and more environmentally friendly. As a result, the plant has been one of Kia’s leading lights in environmental change.

Improved painting facilities have been installed, and every aspect of vehicle production has been under scrutiny to ensure the plant uses less energy and produces less waste. Water and power consumption, dust and CO2 emissions per vehicle produced and contaminants and waste volumes have all been reduced.

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in every production facility around the globe. Over the last few years there has been significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

Exhaust pollutants from Sohari have also decreased dramatically – dust, NOx and SO2 output have all been reduced.

New technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement. Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc. The captured dust is treated and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

More technology is employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Compressed air is used as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, rather than cutting oil. This and the associated oil mist are problem pollutants and the new scheme is helping reduce oil use.

The green landscape around each facility is an important part of each plant make-up. One ongoing programme is based on a number of ‘ecology gardens’ which are filled with trees and plants resistant and sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution. Sohari is no different, with more than 25,800m2 of green areas and 24,500 trees planted in and around the facility. This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the plant. 

These ‘ecology gardens’ are continually monitored as they act as a real-world indicators to air quality. Each site is broadening its green patches and constantly monitoring air pollution in neighbouring communities. A monthly task for each facility is the ‘One Stream Clean-up’ programme where Kia staff clean and maintain local, natural streams. This is not only to monitor their cleanliness but also to keep them well maintained for the local communities to enjoy. 

The overall effect of the many green initiatives – reducing the use of raw materials, recycling more and reducing waste – has resulted in Sohari being officially recognised as an eco-friendly worksite by the Korean Ministry of the Environment. 

10       FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS         
Things we think you'll want to know 

Why are you entering the B-SUV market only now, when sales of this type of car in Europe already exceed a million a year?
Two reasons. The first is that we had to establish a business case for a car which, as originally planned, was to be sold only in Europe. The second is that we had to find somewhere to build it without hurting production of existing models. That became   possible when we opened our new plant in Mexico in 2016 to serve American markets, freeing more production capacity at Sohari for other countries.     

How difficult was it to persuade senior management to commit to building what was intended as a Europe-only model in Korea?
There is real understanding and support for the European market from our senior management in Korea. Kia Motors Europe contributes 15 per cent of all Kia sales –400,000 units in 2017 – and where we see a further business opportunity and can argue a strong case, Korea is happy to support us. 

Won't Rio production suffer if Stonic is to be built on the same line?
No. There will still be a very strong place for Rio alongside Stonic, and we have been careful to ensure we can satisfy demand for both models. We have been steadily ramping up production of Rio so that the overall capacity of the line can cope with       two cars. The line is very flexible, so we can easily adjust volumes according to demand. 

What effect will the introduction of Stonic have on the Soul and Venga?
Soul stays. Indefinitely. Venga, which is a Europe-only car built in Europe, will continue to be made until the end of 2018 at least, and we will assess its place in our line-up once we see if and how sales patterns change once Stonic is established. 

You are launching with only two trim lines and three engines. Will there be more once the car is on the market?
There will currently be no low-grade model because Kia research has shown that take-up of such versions is extremely low. If we can get the right specification at the right price, there may be additional models. We have already been promised new and revised powertrains in 2018, and these will be available to us in the UK if we think there will be demand for them. Our seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission will also become available for Stonic in 2018, and again we will have the option of taking it. 

Which will be the best-selling model, is there fleet potential for Stonic and what will be the likely UK petrol/diesel split?
We are expecting sales to be evenly split between the two trim lines and to sell 9,770 versions of Stonic in 2018. Two-thirds will be petrol models and 54 per cent will go to retail customers. 

Will there be electrification of Stonic, either as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full EV?
Stonic is built on the N platform also used for Rio rather than the Hyundai Motor Group platform designed for alternative powertrains, so at this stage no form of electrification is planned. But as you know, we have a target of lowering our overall CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, based on 2014 figures, and the EU wants fleet average CO2 of 95g/km by the end of the decade, so we cannot entirely rule it out. 

Will there be GT-Line or GT versions of Stonic?
There is currently nothing planned, but GT-Line versions of our other models sell extremely well so it is something we will continue to monitor. A GT version of Stonic is unlikely. 

Ends 

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

All New Stonic MY18

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
All the fact and figures                                                                    

1.0 T-GDi (118bhp)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 118 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 171 (126) @ 1,500-4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 3cyl in-line DOHC direct-injection turbocharged

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.615

 1.955

 1.286

 0.971

 0.794

 0.667

 3.700

 4.563

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 280 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.52 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy  6.5J x 17 inch

 Tyres

 205/55 R17

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,140 / 1,760 / 1,520

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 1,185 / 1,278

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 1,110 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min./max.

 litres

 352 / 1,155

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.34

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 9.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 115

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 47.1 / 62.8 / 56.5

 CO2

 g/km

 115

 

1.4 MPi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,368

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 72 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 133 (98) @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa 4cyl in-line, multi-point injection, CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.839

 0.703

 3.700

 4.563

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, 280 x 22mm; solid rear discs, 262 x 10mm

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.52 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloy 6.5J x 17 inch

 Tyres

 205/55 R17 

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,140 / 1,760 / 1,520

 Kerb weight min./max

 kg

1,160 / 1,253

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

1,000 / 450

 Boot capacity (VDA) min./max

 litres

 352 / 1,155

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 70

 Turning circle

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.34

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

 107

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 40.4 / 61.4 / 51.4

 

 CO2

 g/km

 125

1.6 CRDi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp

 108 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 260 @ 1,500 – 2.750 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615

  1.962

  1.257

  0.905

  0.702

  0.596

  3.583

  4.188

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs  and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor driven power steering, rack and pinion, 2.52 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 6.5J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55 R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,580

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,140 / 1,760 / 1,520

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,255 / 1,349

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 450 / 1,110

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 352 / 1,155

 Minimum turning diameter

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 45

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.34

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg    

 

 57.6 / 74.3 / 67.3

  CO2

 g/km   

 109



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