Kia puts the small SUV 2018 Kia Stonic in the segment of the B-SUVs in position. This will soon be greater than the Tiguan class. First ride in Kias of the smallest of legs.
A little bit of youth culture must be, even if small SUV is particularly fondly bought by older Dominations. Kia presents the stonic with graffiti. Well, the hangar at an airfield near Werneuchen is not exactly Bushwick in Brooklyn. But it smells of spray paint. The graffiti is not yet finished: stonic-lettering and stonic-silhouettes on the walls in front of the Hangar and are only a few colors.
The stonic is supposed to come over young, like all SUV or crossover in the small B-segment. Colourful, less dröge and more practical than ordinary small cars – that’s the plan. The buyers usually do not sneak at night with a hoodie and a backpack full of spray cans via S-Bahn farms.
The new Kia Stonic does not necessarily offer the high seating position that many drivers value in the SUV or crossover. Rather a feeling of sitting in a car. But: you get a little more comfortable in and out. The interior looks tidy. It simply gives it black and silver or with colorful accents. Wasabi Green you have to like, but if it fits the roof? Kia attaches great importance to a high degree of individualizing. 29 varnishes are on offer, many of the two colors.
The 1.0-liter turbo gasoline engine reports on the Start button behavior when pressed. Kia combines the small three-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission. 120 PS, there is no more in the stonic. A 1.2 and a 1.4-liter suction gasoline (84 and 99 PS) are still available. Also a 1.6-liter diesel with 110 hp. The small gasoline comes with five-speed hand-held switches, all another standard with a manual six-speed box.
There is no 4WD in the 2018 Kia Stonic. If you want all-wheel drive, you will find the sister model Hyundai Kona.
The six-speed circuit works well in the 1.0 T-GDI. “Crunchy” does not work, but a bit more resistance could be afforded by the control stick. But the aisles cavity precise and speedy. The connections are correct, there are no unpleasant power holes, even no driving weakness. The three-cylinder pulls up perfectly from low speeds and remains mostly quiet.
2018 Kia Stonic with three-cylinder turbo and 120 PS
Only about 3,500 revolutions roar the three cylinders louder. Typical, but not uncomfortable. You don’t want to kick it. The engine feels more comfortable in the low and medium speed range. Then he can retrieve most of the torque of 172-newton meters. High speeds, however, do not bring anything. Overall, the 1.0 T-GDI makes it easy to swim and switch lazily through traffic.
The weaker sucker feels underpowered in comparison. He is too. 99 PS and 133 nm sound close, but the sucker needs 4,000 turns until the maximum torque is present. The turbo driver already uses the 172 nm from 1,500 revolutions, at 4,000 it goes downhill again.
Kia combines all motors as standard with the start-stop system. This turns gently off and on in the gasoline. In the stop-and-go of the Berlin professional traffic, it helps to push the consumption a bit. Longer stages over villages and country roads, of course, still bring more friendly numbers on the onboard computer. It displays around 7.0 liters at the end of the drive. This is all right in the face of the not too insensible way of doing it. Resilient statements can only be made after an in-depth daily test.
Pleasant in everyday life: solid chassis in the Stonic
The Stonic feathers neatly, also via tram rails or potholes. Taut, but not uncomfortable. A bit athletic, but not hard. The ESP controls reliably and safely when you exaggerate it. In doubt, the crossover slips over the front wheels. Kia has a bit of agility built in. The steering is more comfortable for Kia. The stonic can be controlled sufficiently directly around the curves. Feeling, however, hardly conveys it.
The place on the backbench is tidy, in the trunk also. 352 to 1,155 liters of the volume are usable for an outside length of 4.14 meters. Even if others can do better. When the backrest is relocated, an almost flat surface is formed, the double trunk floor can be hooked into the cover on a flap. Clever, if you want to stow something underneath and have only one hand free.
The materials in the Stonic are at class level. Hard plastic dominates, the workmanship is decent. The inner door handles are slightly softer than the rest of the door. The lid of the compartment in the middle armrest refers to Kia in some accessories with artificial leather. Compared to other Kia models, the interior design is more modern. Even without colorful highlights.
Apple CARPLAY and Android car factory
Anyone who has ever been interested in Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 or Ford Ecosport should definitely look at the stonic. In muted tones with silver Zierelmenten in the interior, the Stonic is barely noticeable. Not negative either. In bright with the black roof or in dark with poison green roof the matter looks different.
From 15,790 Euro It is in the price list. Air conditioning, radio, Bluetooth and electric window lifters are standard in the front. Also, a 7-inch display that dominates Apple Carplay and Android car. For the 1.0-liter turbo, you have to spend 18,390 euros.
Well, you should. Kia expects the turbo to be the most popular engine. The 2018 KIA Stonic could become the most important model in the portfolio. Currently, this is the Sportage. But Kia assumes that the B-SUVs (Stonic) overtake the C-SUVs (Sportage) until 2020 at the heel.