Kia Stonic EV could come after all

2018 Hyundai Kona vs 2018 Kia Stonic

Early this year, I wrote hereย that the Kia Stonic would have an electric version next year, unfortunately this information was later denied by some Kia officials. I was surprised since the initial information also came from Kia representatives in South Korea…

However, the good news is that now, once again Kia officials admit that the Kia Stonic will probably have an electric version later down the road, but not next year. For now Kia doesn’t want to affect the sales of the regular gas version. If we’re lucky we’ll see the electric version on sale by 2019.


The Kia Stonic is a compact SUV, similar to the Hyundai Kona. You can see how similar they are in the video below.




Considering that the Hyundai Kona EV will be very similar to the Chevrolet Bolt EV – regarding dimensions and powertrain -, the Kia Stonic EV would be another great alternative.


To sum up, the possibility of an electric Kia Stonic is great news, since Kia builds very reliable cars that aren’t cost prohibitive. The last clear example is the Kia Niro that according to Consumer Reports is the most reliable car on sale this year in the USA. The same car which already have an PHEV version and will have an all electric version next year.

Furthermore, considering that the all electric version of the Hyundai IONIQ is proving to be much more popular than the hybrid and plugin hybrid variants, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group introducing more electric cars than what they previously planned. Remember that Hyundai expected that the hybrid variant would be much more popular than the electric, when in fact it’s the other way around.


I’m also curious to see what the Renault-Nissan-Alliance is planning regarding electric SUVs…


Which one would you prefer? A Kia Stonic EV or a Hyundai Kona EV?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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Marcel G
4 years ago

I can see these being popular vehicles, but they’re too small for me. Not enough cargo space, same as the Bolt. The Ioniq is a much better car in that respect. Hopefully the big battery doesn’t elevate the price.

I really hope that Hyundai/Kia can increase their production to meet the demand, as the Bolt and the Ioniq and the e-Golf aren’t really available in Canada. Even Ford is only selling their Focus EV in Quebec, so that’s limited too.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Kia Niro EV, but again, if it’s available like the Ioniq, it’ll be really hard to get. Nissan’s upcoming CUV/wagon/embiggened Leaf might be in the mix because Nissan seems to get their cars available faster.

4 years ago

If they are going to build both a Kona and a Stonic, it’s less important to me. I’m definitely more interested in getting Niro as soon as possible. A really efficient car with 100 liters more baggage space. A 45 kwh battery for Niro will be able to compete really well. Ioniq’s ground clearance is only 14 cm compared with Niros at 16 cm. When driving on forest roads, two centimeters are of great importance.
Thanks for all the good aricles Pedro

3 years ago

For what I saw in the photos and video, I prefer the Hyundai. But since both are very nice, I guess ultimately it will be about price and equipment.