The Kia Stonic is the brand’s latest entry to the subcompact crossover segment. This model competes with the likes of the Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport, although it is worth noting that this subcompact crossover does have an attractive price range, specifically, below the 1-million peso mark. Quite surprisingly, that’s quite of a steal, not to mention, some might even consider buying this over a subcompact hatch.
Given its esteemed affordability, is the Kia Stonic worthy of your consideration? Yes, it definitely is. Now, the more important question is which trim fits your needs, taste, and budget? Therefore, let’s take a closer look at each variant, shall we?
Good old stick-shift or automatic?
The Stonic’s range starts at the LX. Notably, buyers can opt between a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. All trims only have one sole powerplant, which is a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. Power figures, however, differ, depending on the transmission it's paired with. For the manual gearbox, the said mill is able to churn out 94 hp and 132 Nm, opting for the automatic will give you an uprated 99 hp while still retaining the same torque figure.
Both the LX MT and LX AT have identical exterior appointments, Standard equipment includes projector-type headlamps, front fog lamps, and 16-inch alloys that are wrapped in 195/60 tires. Instead of the side mirror, its repeaters are then situated on the fenders.
On the inside, its dashboard gets an all-black layout that looks attractively clean and simple. Notably even the base manual comes standard with the much-wanted and perhaps much-needed 8-inch infotainment system that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable. Sound is then emitted via a 6-speaker sound system. Other highlights include fabric seats and manual climate control.
As for safety, LX variants get front dual-airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), ISOFIX child seat anchor, and a reverse camera with guidance lines. The price range for the LX MT and AT originally ranges from P735,000 to P835,000. Purchase any of these two variants within the month of November and you are greeted with Kia Philippines' special introductory rates. Specifically, P675,000 for the LX MT and P785,000 for the LX AT.
Now we’re up to the range-topping trim of the Stonic. Unlike the LX, the EX can only be had in an automatic gearbox, therefore, power figures equate to 99 hp and 132 Nm of torque. Notably, there are indeed some contrasting details on its exterior, including the addition of LED daytime running lights which replaces the halogen units found on the LX trims. The grille also has some chrome details, giving its fascia better emphasis, and perhaps more ‘bling’ factor. Side repeaters on the EX were then moved to the side mirrors instead of the fenders, plus, its door handles are now treated with chrome as well. Lastly, the most striking thing about this top-of-the-line variant is the availability of a black roof option, allowing some colors to have a bit of that contrasting factor.
The all-black dash layout has been slightly elevated all thanks to the addition of silver accents. It does retain the same set of features from the LX, including the 8-inch touchscreen. However, you do get additional features such as single-zone automatic climate control, a push start button along with smart keyless entry, and reverse parking sensors which serve as additional certainty alongside the backup camera.
Safety has also been elevated, with this range-topper gaining features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), and an anti-theft system. Notably, the EX also comes with rear disc brakes instead of the rear drum units on the LX trims.
Given the following additions, the EX equates to P925,000. Now, the EX trim is also covered by Kia Philippines' introductory pricing program, therefore, if you purchase the range-topping Stonic this November, you can actually get it for as low as P875,000.
While the entire variant range of the Kia Stonic holds true to its strengths in terms of value and practicality, we’d have to choose the EX AT as the overall winner of this variant comparison. Why the range-topper you ask? Simply because of its attainable pricing, why go below when you can immediately proceed on top of the range? The Stonic EX gives buyers the right balance of style and functionality, and with such an affordable mark, Kia Philippines surely has a winner here.
Don’t get us wrong though, if you’re torn on getting the EX due to budget constraint or any other reason as such, the LX trims still deliver that good value proposition. Plus, it’s open to those stick-shift enthusiasts as well.
Overall, the Stonic is quite a desirable product for younger buyers simply because of its funky vibes and modern features that will surely appeal to their lifestyle.
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