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Kia has an­nounced prices for its new Stonic com­pact SUV which goes on sale at the end of next month (and which we will be test­ing be­fore then). Based on the Rio hatch­back, the Stonic range kicks off at £16,295 for the Grade 2 trim. Kia has de­cided not to bother with the Grade 1 trim that’s avail­able in Europe due to the low take-up of ba­sic mod­els in the UK. That means that the only other op­tion is the First Edi­tion trim which costs £20,495 with the 1.6-litre tur­bod­iesel en­gine. We’ll have more de­tails after we’ve driven the Stonic. Volvo is fol­low­ing up the re­cent launch of its XC60 with a new, smaller XC40 – the first com­pact SUV made by the Swedish brand.

Prices for the new car have just been an­nounced and if it’s any­thing like as good as the XC60 it’s go­ing to be a strong seller.

The range kicks off at £27,905 for the en­try level T3 Mo­men­tum with man­ual gear­box and front-wheel drive. The T3 en­gine has 156bhp, the T4 190bhp and the T5 247bhp. All are four­cylin­der units burn­ing petrol.

Two diesels are also avail­able – the D3 with 150bhp and the D4 with 190bhp. More en­gine op­tions will be in­cluded later and are bound to in­clude a hy­brid.

Trim lev­els run through Mo­men­tum to R-De­sign, R-De­sign Pro, In­scrip­tion and fi­nally In­scrip­tion Pro. Volvo prom­ises a high level of equip­ment even on the cheap­est ver­sions.

Congratulations to Emily Leese, an 18-year-old clas­sic car fa­natic who has just se­cured an ap­pren­tice­ship at the Na­tional Mo­tor Mu­seum at Beaulieu in Hamp­shire. Emily is the first ap­pren­tice the mu­seum has taken on in 40 years and has been vol­un­teer­ing there since she was 14. As well her train­ing there, she’ll also be learn­ing skills at leg­endary Rolls and Bent­ley spe­cial­ists P&A Wood in Es­sex. Well done Emily, I’m very jeal­ous.

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