For the younger members of the millennial generation—the group between age 22 and 39 in 2020—the time to buy that first car has arrived. These carbuyers who focus on affordability, lifestyle and wireless connectivity could also possibly be first-time car owners. Well, Kia Philippines may have the right ride for them.
The newly launched Kia Stonic is uniquely styled with two-tone colors for its top-spec EX. You can choose from either the colors Flame Orange, Flash Yellow or Clear White to pair with its black roof. A real head turner, truly a stylish compact crossover that exuberates a fresh, vibrant, and exciting vibe.
There’s a sense of luxury in Kia Stonic’s athletic appearance, muscular targa-style C-pillars, the “tiger nose” grille, narrow halogen headlamps that also comes with boomerang-shaped daytime running lights (on the EX), roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Its ground clearance of 185mm not only contributes to a higher and more commanding driving position but offers a better protection compared to low-slung sedans and hatchbacks. And despite Kia Stonic’s compact dimensions of 4.1 meters in length, 1.735m in width, and 1.532m in height, it boasts a wheelbase that extends 2.57m—about 120mm longer than a typical subcompact—that provides for some roomy legroom and comfortable cabin space.
Its 60:40 full flat second row seats also means you could sneak in a road bike if not camping gears.
For millennials who view cars not just for transportation but also for staying connected while on the road, they should be glad to know that Kia Stonic features an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatible. Its four speakers plus two tweeters will prove a life saver for any millennials who must now be raring to hit the road.
The Kia Stonic is also a sensible choice for young safety conscious drivers as it offers excellent safety features. The Stonic uses more Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) than previous Kia models that share its platform, resulting in 24 percent greater average tensile strength. This makes the body phenomenally rigid and will respond better to driver input while requiring less driving effort. Such a cabin also offers occupants better protection against injury during collision.
Completing the safety features are the standard dual airbags, anti-lock brake system, steering wheel mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, Isofix child anchor and child lock, real camera display with dynamic guidelines, as well as (EX exclusive) electronic stability control; hill start assist, immobilizer, LED daytime running lights, mirror-mounted side turn signal indicators, smart entry and push-start system, rear parking sensor, rear disc brakes and automatic climate control.
Attractive price point
Another great news: Kia Stonic’s three variants are all priced below P1 million, which should convince lots of millennials who now desire their own private ride to avoid physical contact with others in this time of deadly contagion. Prices start at P735,000 for the base model 1.4 LX 5-speed M/T, P835,000 for the mid-grade 1.4 LX 6-speed A/T, and P925,000 for the top-of-the-line 1.4 EX 6-speed A/T.
Just like other vehicle models in the Kia Philippines’ line-up, the Stonic, be it in LX or EX grade, will be offered with a 5-year or 160,000-km warranty, as well as 24/7 Roadside Assistance free for five years (roadside assistance would include emergency towing, personal assistance, minor onsite repair, medical assistance and information service.
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Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.