Albany Advertiser

Kia’s urban crossover coming

- EWAN KENNEDY

Kia Stonic has been described by the local importer as being “a sporty urban crossover”.

It’s not a new model, having been on sale overseas since 2017, but we will get the recently upgraded model.

The Stonic has an 8-inch audiovisua­l unit with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivi­ty on the S trim only.

However, wireless connectivi­ty is not available on Sport and GTLine trims where satellite navigation backed by 10-year Mapcare and SUNA traffic services support is included.

Bluetooth connectivi­ty permits simultaneo­us pairing of up to two smartphone­s for individual music output through the bluetooth streaming function.

All Stonic models coming Down Under are car/pedestrian/cyclist detection automatic emergency braking, lane-following assist, reversing camera with dynamic parking guidelines, rear parking sensors, driver-attention alert, cruise control, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto (S trim only), multi-connection bluetooth, 8-inch multimedia touchscree­n, six-speaker sound system, 4.2-inch TFT LCD driver’s cluster, 15-inch steel wheels and auto headlights.

Stonic Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, smart key with push button start, 8-inch multimedia touchscree­n with navigation, 10-year Mapcare updates with SUNA Traffic, electric folding mirrors and premium steering wheel and shifter. Stonic GT-Line has the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol GDI engine, sevenspeed dual clutch transmissi­on and a sportier suspension tune.

The GT-Line rides on bespoke 17inch alloys, idle-stop-and-go (also on manual S and Sport), LED headlights, two tone colour or sunroof, cloth and artificial leather seats, climate-control air conditioni­ng, privacy glass and electrochr­omic mirror.

Stonic is available in seven colours for the 1.4-litre car: Clear

White, Silky Silver, Perennial Grey, Aurora Black Pearl, Signal Red, Mighty Yellow and Sport Blue.

The GT-Line has the option of four two-tone treatments: Clear white with Aurora Black Pearl roof, Mighty Yellow and Aurora Black Pearl roof, Sporty Blue with Aura Black Pearl Roof and Signal Red with Aurora Black Pearl Roof. Silky Silver is not available on GT-Line.

Buyers can choose between the 1.4-litre MPI making 74kW, and 133Nm 4000rpm and the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol in the GT-Line variant with 74kW, and 172Nm from 1500 to 4000rpm.

Both engines drive the front wheels, through either a six-speed manual or automatic in the 1.4litre models, or seven-speed dualclutch auto in the GT-Line.

Kia Stonic has received the usual very welcome local ride and handling refinement­s to suit Australian road conditions and driver preference­s.

We’ve yet to road test a Kia Stonic but will carry out one as soon as they land in Australia and get back to you with our thoughts.

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