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KIA STONIC: AN EYE-CATCHING AND CONFIDENT COMPACT CROSSOVER

The all-new Kia Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover, and is set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe's newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. The B-SUV segment currently accounts for 1.1 million new car sales in Europe each year - around seven per cent of the market - and is forecast to expand to more than two million annual sales by 2020.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Kia Stonic will be one of the most compelling new cars in this rapidly-expanding class, backed by Kia’s unique warranty, and the brand’s reputation for reliability, quality and contemporary design. As the segment expands, the Stonic looks set to become one of our best-selling cars.”

“By volume, the B-SUV market is expected to overtake the C-SUV segment by 2020, when more than one in ten new cars sold in Europe will be from the Stonic’s segment. The B-SUV segment attracts buyers from across the spectrum, with 21 per cent of all customers upsizing from a supermini, and another 15 per cent downsizing from their family hatchbacks. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those looking to replace their compact MPVs.”

The design of the car is one of the brand’s most striking to date, yet it is immediately recognisable as a Kia thanks to key signature design elements, such as the ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Designed in Europe, in collaboration with Kia’s Korean design studio, the body blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces. Induviduality is important to many customers in the B-SUV segment, and the Stonic’s ‘Targa’-style roof enables buyers to choose a two-tone paint finish, inspired by the design of the 2013 Kia Provo concept. It will be available in Europe with up to 20 two-tone colour combinations, with a choice of up to five distinctive colours for the roof.

A range of lightweight, downsized, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are available, each paired with a manual transmission, maximising driver engagement and efficiency. Buyers have the choice of Kia’s lightweight 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, producing 120 ps, as well as 1.25- or 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI (multi-point injection) petrol engines. An efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine completes the range, offering the lowest emissions in the line-up.

The car’s European-tuned steering and suspension are designed to offer an exciting drive, with immediate handling responses and a stable ride. The car is fitted as standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), ensuring the front-wheel drive Stonic remains enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive in all conditions. Specific functions of VSM include Torque Vectoring by Braking, Straight Line Stability, and Cornering Brake Control.

The Stonic’s European-designed cabin places technology and ergonomics at its heart, offering buyers as much potential for individuality as the exterior with a range of vivid colour packs for buyers to choose from. One of the smartest cars in its class, it provides owners infotainment technologies designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience. The car gets Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard, bringing seamless smartphone functionality to the touchscreen infotainment system. Like other Kia models, it is available with a broad range of technologies to enhance comfort and convenience, including heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry.

Within its compact exterior dimensions, the Stonic’s smart packaging maximises interior space for all occupants. The car offers class-leading shoulder room and generous leg- and head-room, while the versatile 352-litre (VDA) boot has a two-step boot floor.

The car is built on a strong, safe and lightweight platform and bodyshell, with Advanced High Strength Steel accounting for 51 per cent of materials used. The body ensures driving confidence, passenger comfort and refinement in all conditions. Buyers can choose from a selection of Kia’s DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to further enhance active safety. These technologies include Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert; Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and Lane Departure Warning System. Backed by a new fusion camera system, Stonic offers High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning to further satisfy the safety needs of customers.

Backed by Kia’s quality promise, the car will be sold as standard with the company’s unique seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty. It goes on sale across Europe during the third quarter of 2017.

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CEE'D OWNERS VOTE MODEL 'BEST COMPACT FAMILY ...

Posted on: 15th Jun 2017

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ALL-NEW NIRO WINS BEST HYBRID IN 2017 DIESEL CAR AWARDS

ALL-NEW NIRO WINS BEST HYBRID IN 2017 DIESEL CAR AWARDS...

Posted on: 18th May 2017

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SOPHISTICATED ALL-NEW PICANTO ARRIVES IN UK

SOPHISTICATED ALL-NEW PICANTO ARRIVES IN UK

Posted on: 25th Apr 2017

The most technologically advanced, most stylish, most refined and sportiest small car that Kia has ever produced - the all-new third-generation Picanto - goes on sale in the UK priced from £9,450.

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DAMON'S DESERVED SUCCESS

Posted on: 8th Mar 2017

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KIA MOTORS REVEALS ALL-NEW STINGER, PICANTO AND TWO PLUG-IN HYBRIDS IN GENEVA

KIA MOTORS REVEALS ALL-NEW STINGER, PICANTO AND TWO PLU...

Posted on: 8th Mar 2017

Today at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors unveils four new models. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car. Advanced powertrain technology features in two other new Kia models on show for the first time - the Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover and Optima Sports...

ALL-NEW PICANTO CITY CAR MAJORS ON QUALITY, TECHNOLOGY AND VERSATILITY

ALL-NEW PICANTO CITY CAR MAJORS ON QUALITY, TECHNOLOGY ...

Posted on: 22nd Feb 2017

The all-new Kia Picanto city car has been revealed to European media for the first time today ahead of its public debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in March. The new Picanto will go on sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017.

KIA SPORTAGE WINS USED CAR OF THE YEAR IN 2017 DIESEL CAR AWARDS

KIA SPORTAGE WINS USED CAR OF THE YEAR IN 2017 DIESEL C...

Posted on: 25th Jan 2017

Less than a year after the all-new, fourth generation Kia Sportage was launched and quickly won the 2016 Diesel Car Car of the Year award, the third generation version of this hugely successful SUV has won another prestigious accolade, the 2017 Diesel Car Used Car of the Year award.

KIA PARIS SHOW STARS SET TO SHINE IN THE UK

KIA PARIS SHOW STARS SET TO SHINE IN THE UK

Posted on: 14th Dec 2016

Two of Kia's Paris Motor Show stars -­ the 2017 Soul crossover and Carens compact MPV - are now on sale in the UK. Both feature upgraded exterior and interior styling, improved standard equipment and, for the first time, state-of-the-art connectivity systems. The restructured Soul range is now headed by a 201bhp Sport performance model, wh...

WJ King support for The Fleet

WJ King support for The Fleet

Posted on: 28th Oct 2016

WJ King announce the renewal of its successful partnership with Ebbsfleet United FC of the Vanarama National League (South).

KIA INTRODUCES POWERFUL NEW SOUL 1.6 T-GDI AND UPDATES SOUL MODEL LINE-UP

KIA INTRODUCES POWERFUL NEW SOUL 1.6 T-GDI AND UPDATES ...

Posted on: 28th Sep 2016

Kia has announced details of a range of upgrades to the Soul compact SUV, and the introduction of a powerful new 201 bhp 1.6-litre T-GDI engine variant, the most powerful Soul ever engineered by the Korean brand. The Soul has received a light update to its exterior and interior design, and is now available with new safety and infotainment techno...

KIA REVEALS ALL-NEW RIO AHEAD OF PARIS MOTOR SHOW PREMIERE

KIA REVEALS ALL-NEW RIO AHEAD OF PARIS MOTOR SHOW PREMI...

Posted on: 7th Sep 2016

The all-new, fourth-generation Kia Rio will make its world premiere on 29 September in Paris, at the 2016 Mondial de l'Automobile. With a progressive new exterior and interior design, the Rio is revealed for the first time globally today through an exclusive set of images.

KIA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN THE UK

KIA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN THE UK

Posted on: 20th Jul 2016

From white wall tyres and £1 deposits to an industry leading seven year warranty and numerous design awards, Kia Motors (UK) Ltd is celebrating 25 years in the UK. The brand first started trading here in 1991, selling just under 1,800 cars in the UK in that year - a figure that it now sells on average every two weeks across its 188 strong dea...

SPORTAGE SUCCESS CONTINUES WITH DIESEL CAR OF THE YEAR AND BEST MEDIUM SUV

SPORTAGE SUCCESS CONTINUES WITH DIESEL CAR OF THE YEAR ...

Posted on: 19th May 2016

Only a few months after launch, the all-new Kia Sportage has been crowned with another significant accolade, Diesel Car Magazine Car of the Year. Alongside this prestigious award, Sportage was also named Best Medium sized SUV.

KIA CELEBRATES 750,000 CAR SOLD IN THE UK

KIA CELEBRATES 750,000 CAR SOLD IN THE UK

Posted on: 11th May 2016

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd is celebrating selling its 750,000 car in the UK since the brand first started trading here in 1991. Established in South Korea in 1944 Kia sold just under 1,800 cars in that first year in the UK, a figure that it now sells on average every two weeks across its 188 strong dealer network.

NEW SPORTAGE PULLS IN 1,500 CUSTOMERS IN FIRST WEEKEND ON-SALE

NEW SPORTAGE PULLS IN 1,500 CUSTOMERS IN FIRST WEEKEND ...

Posted on: 10th Feb 2016

The dramatic and stylish all-new Kia Sportage has caused a showroom-sensation during its first few days on sale with both existing owners and new-to-the-brand motorists putting down deposits on confirmed orders.

KIA ANNOUNCES PRICES FOR ALL-NEW SPORTAGE

KIA ANNOUNCES PRICES FOR ALL-NEW SPORTAGE

Posted on: 3rd Feb 2016

Kia today announces pricing and specifications for the fourth-generation of its best-selling model in the UK, the stylish Sportage crossover. There are 18 variants on offer priced from just £17,995 on the road. For the first time GT-Line versions add an even more sporty flourish to the range, while the line-up is headed by the luxurious First...

NEW DESIGN, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AND ENHANCED INTERIOR FOR ALL-NEW KIA SPORTAGE

NEW DESIGN, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AND ENHANCED INTERIOR...

Posted on: 27th Jan 2016

The all-new Kia Sportage - the fourth-generation of Kia's globally-popular compact SUV - features an attractive, all-new interior and exterior design, a host of advanced new technology features and greater quality.

KIA SORENTO TOPS LARGE CROSSOVER CATEGORY IN SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 CARS

KIA SORENTO TOPS LARGE CROSSOVER CATEGORY IN SUNDAY TIM...

Posted on: 8th Jan 2016

The Kia Sorento has been named the winner of the Large Crossover category in The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars. The list was published on January 3 2016 and details the top 100 cars as judged by the editorial team at The Sunday Times Driving.

FIVE-STAR SAFETY RATINGS FOR ALL-NEW KIA OPTIMA AND SPORTAGE

FIVE-STAR SAFETY RATINGS FOR ALL-NEW KIA OPTIMA AND SPO...

Posted on: 9th Dec 2015

The all-new Kia Optima and Kia Sportage have both been awarded the maximum five-star crash safety rating by Euro NCAP in the latest round of safety testing. Both the Optima and Sportage scored particularly highly for adult protection, scoring 89 per cent and 90 per cent respectively, with child occupant protection also rated highly at 86 per cent f...

Premium and stylish all-new Kia Optima on sale

Premium and stylish all-new Kia Optima on sale

Posted on: 2nd Dec 2015

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New Kia Rio - an updated look, interior enhancements and more equipment

New Kia Rio - an updated look, interior enhancements an...

Posted on: 8th Jan 2015

Stylish new front and rear bumpers add a sporty touch. Smart new upholstery and fascia treatment. Additional items of equipment added across the range. Touchscreen sat-nav standard on upper trim grades. Four engines, including 88mpg, 86g/km diesel. Three or five doors in a 19-model line-up.

New Kia Venga - fresh styling inside and out and a new range-topping model

New Kia Venga - fresh styling inside and out and a new ...

Posted on: 8th Jan 2015

Restyled front and rear ends add a sportier touch. New-style alloy wheels and two new paint options. Interiors refreshed for a more luxurious appearance. Five trim grades topped by new premium Venga 4 model. Tyre Pressure Monitoring now standard; automatic lights added to top grades. Choice of highly economical 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and di...

Kia GT RIDE smartphone app wins design award

Kia GT RIDE smartphone app wins design award

Posted on: 6th Nov 2014

Prestigious Red Dot 'Best of the Best' design award for Kia racing app. Users create and race on their own tracks in a Kia pro_cee'd GT. High-resolution graphics show the track and car in fine detail. Kia's GT RIDE smartphone app - available on both Apple and Android devices - has been awarded a prestigious Red Dot 'Best of...

Kia sponsors Mountain Talks Theatre at the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show London

Kia sponsors Mountain Talks Theatre at the Telegraph Sk...

Posted on: 30th Oct 2014

Olympic medallist Jenny Jones to give talk at theatre Ski and Snowboard Show London to run from 30 October to 2 November With winter sports ever gaining in popularity and the success of the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year Kia Motors will be sponsoring The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show at Earls Court 2 later this month.

Best ever September as Kia heads towards new record year

Best ever September as Kia heads towards new record yea...

Posted on: 15th Oct 2014

13,292 new car sales in the month. 62,538 sales so far in 2014. Sportage stays at top of Kia sales chart. Kia Motors (UK) Limited enjoyed its best-ever September sales performance with 13,292 new cars delivered to customers during the month - helping the marque reach a sales total so far in 2014 of 62,538 - more than seven per cent up on 2013.

Mixx and Maxx are added to the Soul range

Mixx and Maxx are added to the Soul range

Posted on: 17th Sep 2014

Soul Mixx and Maxx available to buy in the UK Soul Mixx and Maxx available to buy in the UK. Infinitytm Premium sound system, urban styling pack and 18" wheels come as standard. Soul Mixx priced from £18,150, Soul Maxx priced from £19,950.

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Kia's road to Rio

Posted on: 7th May 2014

Kia to feature in new 'Road to Rio' TV series from 5 May