Kia Stonic vs. similarly priced subcompact crossover SUVs


The Kia Stonic is the South Korean carmaker’s latest entry to the local subcompact crossover segment. It was launched here in the Philippines last year and quickly gained a strong following.


  • What is the price range of the Kia Stonic?

    The Kia Stonic is priced from P735,000 to P925,000.
  • What variants of the EcoSport have the same price range as the Kia Stonic?

    Ford's MT and AT Trend variants are priced closely to the Kia Stonic. They are priced at P750,000 and P998,000.
  • What is the price range of the MG ZS?

    The MG ZS is priced from P818,888 to P998,888.
  • Outside, the Kia Stonic features the unmistakable Tiger Nose grille flanked by projector-type halogen headlamps on each side. In addition, the lower trims get front foglamps while the range-topping variant gets the added benefit of having LED DRLs.

    It rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and comes with roof rails as standard.

    Inside, owners get cloth seats, a three-spoke polyurethane steering wheel, and a polyurethane shift knob. Also standard are the 3.5-inch instrument cluster and the eight-inch infotainment system.

    Under the hood is a 1.4-liter mill mated to either a five-speed manual tranny or a six-speed automatic gearbox. It makes somewhere around 93 to 99 horses with 132Nm of torque.

    Safety-wise, the Kia Stonic offers driver and front passenger airbags, a suite of seatbelts, ABS, and additional features like electronic stability control (ESC), hill-start assist control (HAC), and an immobilizer on the top-of-the-line model.

    It’s currently offered in three variants: the LX MT, LX AT, and EX AT. They are priced at P735,000, P835,000, and P925,000 respectively.

    For those looking for something American, here’s a viable alternative.

    Ford EcoSport (1.5 Trend MT and 1.5 Trend AT)

    The Ford EcoSport is now considered a staple in the subcompact SUV segment. Outside, it comes with a chrome grille, halogen headlamps, front fog lamps, and rear fog lamps.

    It packs 17-inch alloy wheels and also comes with roof rails.

    ford ecosport

    The cabin of the Ford EcoSport features fabric seats, a polyurethane steering wheel, and a polyurethane shift knob. You also get an instrument cluster with a 2.3-inch display screen and a nine-inch infotainment system.

    Powering the Trend variants of the EcoSport is a 1.5-liter engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The powertrain setup makes 121 horses with 150Nm of torque.

    When it comes to safety, the Ford EcoSport Trend offers its own set of airbags and seatbelts as well as ABS with EBD, electronic stability program (ESP), hill-start assist (HSA), traction control (TC), and hill descent control (HDC).

    The Ford Ecosport 1.5 Trend MT is priced at P750,000 while the Ford EcoSport 1.5 Trend AT is priced at P998,000.

    Those on the market for a brand with British heritage could find what they’re looking for in this next crossover SUV.

    MG ZS

    The exterior of the MG ZS features the brand’s Stardust grille flanked by halogen projector headlamps with adjustable beam height. Meanwhile, the rear combination lights sport the Polaris design.

    It rides on either 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels. Roof rails are standard although the highest variant in the lineup gets a panoramic sunroof.

    MG ZS

    Inside, you get a urethane-style steering wheel (leather-wrapped on the range-topping model), a urethane shift knob (with chrome trims on higher variant), and fabric seats (leather in upper trims).

    Power comes from a 1.5-liter engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. It makes 112 horses with 150Nm of torque.

    Its suite of safety features includes airbags, seatbelts, ABS, EBD, and cornering brake control (CBC). The more expensive variant comes with ESP, hill hold control (HHC), TC, vehicle dynamic control (VDC), and brake disc wiping (BDW).

    The MG ZS is offered in three variants: the MT Style, AT Style, and AT Alpha. Prices are at P818,888, P868,888, and P998,888 respectively.

    Photos from Kia, Ford, and MG

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