Grav­ells Kia Brid­gend wel­comes a new mem­ber of the fam­ily

Wales On Sunday - - MOTORS WALES -

KIA en­ters Europe’s fastest-grow­ing mar­ket sec­tor with the all-new Kia Stonic, an ex­cit­ing, sporty, con­fi­dent and smart new model priced from £16,295, avail­able from Grav­ells Kia in Brid­gend.

The Stonic is based on the lat­est Rio su­per­mini and is pow­ered by high-ef­fi­ciency, high-tech­nol­ogy petrol and diesel pow­er­trains from Rio and the cee’d fam­ily. It was de­signed in Europe at the com­pany’s Frank­furt stu­dios, with in­put from the main de­sign cen­tre at Namyang in Korea.

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 pre­down­loaded 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.

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 mem­ber of the mod­ern Kia fam­ily.

The First Edition ver­sion stands out even more thanks to its 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 choice of main body colour, and there are colour ac­cents in the in­te­rior on the seats and around the lower cen­tre con­sole and dis­play screen ar­eas.

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 fol­lows the Rio in of­fer­ing USB ports front and rear so that mo­bile de­vices can be charged from any seat.

Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC) and Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Man­age­ment (VSM) are stan­dard. VSM is linked to torque vec­tor­ing, straight line sta­bil­ity and cor­ner­ing brake con­trol to help the driver main­tain con­trol in bad weather or on poorly sur­faced roads. All ver­sions also have hill-start as­sist.

Au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and lane de­par­ture warn­ing are stan­dard in the First Edition and op­tional on grade ‘2’ as part of an Ad­vanced Driv­ing As­sis­tance Pack (ADAP). 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 street light­ing.

The First Edition also has blind spot de­tec­tion with rear cross traf­fic alert, to pre­vent the car from be­ing driven into the path of a ve­hi­cle ap­proach­ing from an an­gle out of the driver’s eye-line.

There is a seven-inch dis­play with a DAB ra­dio and MP3 com­pat­i­bil­ity in grade ‘2’, and in the First Edition this is up­graded to a seven-inch touch­screen nav­i­ga­tion and in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tur­ing Kia Con­nected Ser­vices with Tom­Tom.

Jonathan Grav­ell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Grav­ells Kia, com­mented: “We are very ex­cited to in­tro­duce res­i­dents to the all-new Kia Stonic. It’s a fan­tas­tic ur­ban cross­over and the range of colours and tech­nol­ogy make it a re­ally strong of­fer­ing for any­one look­ing for their next great car, so we look for­ward to wel­com­ing peo­ple for a test drive!”

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.

It is also avail­able with ‘Care-3’ and ‘Care-3 Plus’ ser­vic­ing pack­ages for re­tail cus­tomers. These cover the cost of all rou­tine ser­vic­ing work for three or five years re­spec­tively and, like the war­ranty, can be passed on if the car is sold be­fore they ex­pire.

The Kia Stonic boasts colour ac­cents in the in­te­rior on the seats and around the lower cen­tre con­sole and dis­play screen ar­eas

A 352-litre boot has two step floors plus enough room for a space saver tyre

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