Crossovers would ideally be pitted against crossovers, but that would be wrong in today’s world, as most crossovers globally are replacing sedans.
Let’s not get into why it is happening, but let’s put the much Awaited KIA Stonic against Honda City and Toyota Yaris, two of the famous sedans in Pakistan.
The first difference is very obvious, one is a B-segment Crossover SUV, while the rest two are Sedans (with Yaris a C-segment compact sedan), however, let’s move into more details.
In Pakistan, experts expect KIA to launch a 1400cc 4-Cylinder Naturally Aspirated car with 6-Speed Automatic transmission. The engine produces 100hp and 133Nm torque.
On the other hand, the new Honda Aspire 1.5L City is mated with either a manual or a CVT gearbox. The engine offers 118 horsepower and 145 Newton meters of torque.
Lastly, Toyota Yaris has a Yaris has 1.5SFI engine, producing 106hp and 140Nm Torque, and comes mated with 7-Speed CVT.
The South Korean SUV measures 4140mm Length, 1760mm Width, 1520mm Height, while having a 2580mm wheelbase.
The Honda city measures 4,442mm Length, 1694 mm Width, 1477mm Height, while the sedan has a 2600mm wheelbase.
Lastly, the Toyota Yaris measures 4425mm Length, 1730mm Width, 1475mm Height with a 2550mm Wheelbase.
With respect to LED lights, KIA Stonic features 4-strip LED daytime running lights, while Yaris dorns 4-Beam halogens headlights in the front with LED DRLs, and Honda City comes with Premium Dual Barrel Halogen Headlights with Integrated DRLs.
Both Honda City and Toyota Yaris run on 15-inch Alloy wheels, while KIA Stonic on 16-inch Alloy Wheels.
On the inside, the KIA Stonic 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.
On the other hand, Honda City includes a Bluetooth phone, audio streaming, a reverse camera, and a 7-inch colored touchscreen with capacitive touch surfaces for volume control and climate control. The car has a piano black center stack, which is button-free. It must be noted that only the premium VTI-L has paddle shifters, leather-wrapped gear, push start button, and keyless entry.
Lastly, Yaris features a 4.2 inch LCD and 6.8-inch Touchscreen on the infotainment section. Other features include all the standard things like Apple Carplay, Android Auto, keyless entry, 4-way manual seat adjustment.
We believe that Stonic is clearly a winner in this regard.
Both Stonic and Yaris feature 2 airbags, Rear Camera, Traction Control, Hill Assist, Stability Control, and ABS+EBD. Minus the traction control, all these features are available in Honda City, along with Variable Stability Assist.
Both Stonic and City have cruise control.
Additional features in KIA Stonic include speed-sensing auto door locks, lane-following assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition,lane-keep assist, leading vehicle departure alert, and speed-sensing auto door locks.
KIA Stonic is expected to be launched with a price tag of around Rs3.5 to Rs4 million, while Toyota Yaris is Rs2.89 million in Pakistan. Honda City Aspire’s 1.5L CVT ex-showroom price is Rs 3.174 million, standing in the middle of both competitors.