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  • 2021 Kia Stonic launched in Australia with two model grades
  • Choice of two engines
  • Plenty of tech and safety gear
  • Entry-level Stonic S priced from $22,990 drive-away

UPDATE, 21 January 2021: Kia has announced the Stonic S will be the entry-level variant in the three-car range, available from $22,990 drive-away with a manual transmission.

The story has been updated below.

19 January 2021: The 2021 Kia Stonic has arrived in Australia, offering buyers greater choice in the compact SUV market.

While CarAdvice and other media are preparing road tests to be published on Friday once the local embargo lifts, the Kia Australia website has revealed early the initial pricing and specifications.

According to the website, Kia will offer the Stonic initially in three variants: the entry-level Stonic S from $22,990 drive-away, the mid-range Sport from $24,990 drive-away, and the range-topping Stonic GT-Line from $29,990 drive-away.

Both Stonic S and Sport models are offered with a 1.4-litre petrol four-cylinder engine offering 74kW of power at 6000rpm and 133Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Fuel economy is claimed at a combined 6.7 litres per 100 kilometres, producing 155 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

Drive is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual, or an optional six-speed automatic.

The Stonic GT-Line (overseas model pictured at top) gets a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol three-cylinder engine, producing 74kW at 4500-6000rpm and 172Nm at 1500-4000rpm. Combined fuel economy is a claimed 5.4L/100km, putting out 125g/km of CO2.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is the sole transmission option in the GT-Line.

Inside, the Stonic S gets black cloth trim, an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, multiple Bluetooth connections, rear-view parking camera and sensors, six-speaker sound system, keyless entry, high-beam assist, cruise control, two USB and two 12-volt chargers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a 60:40 split folding rear seat.

The Stonic Sport adds a smart key with push-button start, satellite navigation with 10 years of updates, electric heated folding mirrors, a premium steering wheel and shifter, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Stonic GT-Line adds premium black upholstery, sports steering wheel, alloy sports pedals, automatic climate control, and a tilt-and-slide sunroof.

All models come standard with a suite of safety tech, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, lane-keep assist, lane-following assist, driver attention alert, leading vehicle departure alert, hill-start assist, speed-sensing auto door locks, two Isofix positions, and front, side, and curtain airbags.

All three models are available in seven colours: Clear White, Silky Silver, Perennial Grey, Aurora Black Pearl, Signal Red, Sporty Blue, and Mighty Yellow.

Those who opt for the Stonic GT-Line also get LED daytime-running lights, fog-lamps, special 17-inch alloy wheels, rear diffuser with twin exhaust tips, and the additional choice of four two-tone colour options: Clear White, Mighty Yellow, Sporty Blue, and Signal Red – all matched with a Black Pearl roof.

All with all Kia models, the Stonic comes with a seven-year/unlimited-kilometre factory warranty and capped-price servicing.

The 2021 Kia Stonic is on sale now, with the first examples understood to be en route to Australian dealers.

2021 Kia Stonic Australian pricing

  • Stonic S manual – $22,990 drive-away
  • Stonic S auto – $23,990 drive-away
  • Stonic Sport manual – $24,990 drive-away
  • Stonic Sport auto – $25,990 drive-away
  • Stonic GT-Line auto – $29,990 drive-away

Note: Overseas model shown, paint options may differ.