A RAFT of new features including a new hybrid power train and sporty GT-Line models are being introduced by Kia for its latest range of Stonic compact SUVs.
The 2021 range of eight Stonic variants, priced from Â£18,195, comes with a pair of efficient new Smartstream one-litre T-GDi petrol powertrains rated at 99 and 118bhp, with cutting-edge innovations designed to boost efficiency, including Kia's new 48-volt mild-hybrid EcoDynamics+ technology. The more powerful engine is available with the company's new ‘clutch-by-wire' intelligent manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The new hybrid powertrain is offered with the 118bhp version of the new engine and comes with a drive mode select system allowing drivers to select ‘Eco', ‘Sport' and ‘Normal' modes.
The 2021 Stonic range features new GT-Line and flagship GT-Line S specs as well as a two-tone Connect edition. For some strange reason, the entry level model is branded as Stonic 2.
The GT-Line models boast sporty design features including a special front grille, LED headlights and daytime running lights, together with more dynamic front and rear bumpers that integrate a front skid plate and LED fog lamps.
Inside, the sporty feel is enhanced by a leather D-cut steering wheel with GT-Line motif and a carbon look crash pad. The black cloth and faux leather seats are embossed with the GT-Line logo and feature stitching and piping. A new eight-inch multimedia and navigation system dominates the cabin, and a 4.2-inch colour supervision display is nestled within the instrument cluster.
Safety performance is placed very high on the agenda, with GT-Line and GT-Line S models featuring Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning and High Beam Assist, with GT-Line S versions additionally featuring Blind Spot Collision Warning and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist. Other advanced technology features include rear parking sensors and a reversing camera system, with GT-Line S models also featuring front parking sensors.
Other equipment highlights include rear privacy glass, electrically folding door mirrors, automatic air conditioning, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with the very latest UVO Connect Phase II telematics software. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both standard equipment.
The new Phase II UVO Connect telematics system provides several new benefits, such as more accurate journey times and ‘last-mile' navigation assistance, as well as a range of features to enhance connectivity and usability. These can be accessed through an enhanced UVO smartphone app or via the car's touchscreen.