KIA Stonic vs Honda City: A 2023 Comparison of Crossover SUV and Sedan

In the past, sedans would typically be compared to crossovers, but with crossovers quickly replacing sedans, that is no longer the case. In Pakistan, the KIA Stonic, a new crossover SUV, is pitted against the well-known Honda City sedan. In this article, we will compare the two and provide insight into their similarities and differences.

1. KIA Stonic

The KIA Stonic is a subcompact crossover SUV with two variants: the EX and EX+. The car’s design is both sleek and bold, featuring a tiger-nose grille and muscular bumpers, which are signature KIA features. The rear of the Stonic is equally impressive, with three-dimensional combination lamps and a steep rear window.

The interior of the KIA Stonic is clean and comfortable, with rear seats featuring a 40:60 split-fold to increase storage space. The KIA Stonic EX and EX+ both have a 1.4L petrol engine that produces 99 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 133 Nm at 4,000 rpm with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has a city fuel consumption of 12 km/l and a highway fuel consumption of 16 km/l.

2. Honda City

The Honda City is a subcompact sedan available in five different trim levels. Its honeycomb grille on the front gives it a striking appearance. This large sedan has a comfortable interior, featuring a sleek silhouette, sharp lines, and appropriate wheelbase. The rear bumper, taillights, a chrome strip between the taillights, and a black garnish strip at the bottom of the bumper have all been refreshed.

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The Honda City is powered by a 1200-1500 cc water-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC i-VTEC, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine that produces 88-120 hp and 145 Nm of torque depending on the variant. The City has a 40-liter fuel capacity and a fuel average of 15 km/l to 18 km/l.

Main Differences between KIA Stonic and Honda City:

1. Dimensions:

The KIA Stonic is shorter in length than the City, but the rest of the measurements are relatively similar.

2. Engine:

The subcompact crossover SUV has a 1.4 MPI engine with 100 hp and 133 Nm torque, while the City has a 1.5L i-VTEC engine with 118hp and 145 Nm torque. The comparison shows that the engine in the City is larger and more powerful.

3. Transmission:

The Stonic has a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the City has a CVT. Both vehicles are equipped with a Front Wheel Drive (FWD) drivetrain.

4. Exterior:

KIA introduced the Stonic with LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights, while the City has 4-Beam Halogen Front Lights, Halogen Fog Lamps, and Integrated DRLs.

5. Infotainment:

The KIA Stonic has an 8-inch touchscreen compared to the Honda City’s 9-inch screen.

Comparison of Dimensions and Weight:

Sr. No SpecificationsKIA StonicHonda City
1.Overall Length4140 mm4441 mm 
2.Overall Width1760 mm 1694 mm 
3.Overall Height1500 mm1498 mm 
4.Wheel Base2580 mm 2600 mm 
5.Ground Clearance165 mm 171 mm
6.No of Doors5 doors5 doors
7.Fuel Tank Capacity45 L40 L
8.Generation1st Generation6th Generation
10.Drive TypeFront wheel driveFront wheel drive
11.Drive SetupDriver rightDriver right
12.Warranty4 Years or 100000 KM3 Years or 75000 KM

Comparison of Engine and Transmission:

Sr. No SpecificationsKIA StonicHonda City
1.Fuel TypePetrolPetrol
2.Seating Capacity5 persons5 persons
3.Transmission TypeAutomatic Automatic (CVT)
4.Body TypeSUVSedan
5.Displacement1368 cc1497 cc
6.Max Power99 HP @ 6000 RPM118 hp @ 6600 RPM
7.Torque133 Nm @ 4000 RPM145 Nm @ 4600 RPM
8.No of Cylinders44
9.Valve MechanismDOHC 16 ValvesSOHC 16-valves
10.Compression Ratio10.5:110.4 :1
11.Cylinder ConfigurationIn-LineIn-Line
12.Valves per Cylinder (value)44
13.Fuel SystemMPi Multi Point InjectionPort Fuel Injection
14.Bore / Stroke (mm)72 x 84 mm73 X 89 mm
15. Top Speed220 KM/H180 KM/H

Comparison of Fuel Average:

Sr. No SpecificationsKIA StonicHonda City
1.Mileage Overall14 KM/L14 KM/L
2.Mileage Highway16 KM/L15 KM/L
3.Mileage City12 KM/L18 KM/L

Comparison of steering and Suspension:

Sr. No SpecificationsKIA StonicHonda City
1.Power AssistedEPS Electronic Power SteeringElectric Power Steering
2.PCD4 x 1004 x 100
3.Steering TypeEPS Electronic Tilt & Telescopic
4. Minimum Turning Radius5.1m5.3m

Comparison of Tires and Wheels:

Sr. No SpecificationsKIA StonicHonda City
1.Tire / Tyre Size195/55 R16175/65/R15
2.Wheel TypeAlloy RimsDiamond Cut & Coated Alloy Wheels
3.Wheel Size16 in15 in

Comparison of Safety Features:

Sr. NoSpecificationsKIA StonicHonda City
2.Child Lockyesyes
3.Multi Infoyesyes
4.Vanity Mirroryesyes
5.Power Antennanoyes
6.Turn Indicatorsnoyes
7.Rear Seat Beltsyesyes
8.Tyre Pressureyesno
9.Monitor Systemyesno
10.Vehicle Stability Controlyesno
11.Hill Descent Controlyesno
12.Hill Assist yesno
13.High Mount Stop Lampyesno
14.Vehicle Stability Managementyesno
15.Isofix Seatyesno
16.Anti-Lock Braking Systemyesno
17. Smart Entryyesyes

Comparison of Comfort and Convenience:

Sr. NoSpecificationsKIA StonicHonda City
1.Electric Power Steeringyesyes
2.Panoramic Sunroofyesno
3.Cruise Controlyesno
4.Front Power Windows yesyes
5.Air Conditioner yesyes
6. Alloy Rimsyesyes
7.Multi-function Steering Wheelyesno
8.Engine Push Start Buttonyesno
9.Infotainment Systemnoyes
10.Leather Seatsyesno
11.Rear Camerayesno
12.Electronic Brakeforce Distributionyesno
13.Cup Holdersyesno
14. Steering Adjustmentyesyes
17.Steering Switchesyesyes
18.Folding Rear-Seatyesyes
19.USB and Auxiliary Cableyesyes
21.Traction Control System yesno
22.Rear Power Windows yesyes
24.AM/FM Radionoyes
25.Power Door Locksyesyes
26.Power Mirrorsyesyes
27.Climate Controlyesyes
28. Keyless EntryRemoteyesyes
29. Boot/Fuel-Lidnoyes
30. Rear Seat noyes
32. Accessory Power Outletyesyes
33.Central Consolenoyes
35.Smart Welcome Systemyesno

Comparison of Exterior: 

Sr. NoSpecificationsKIA StonicHonda City
1.Front Fog Lightsyesno
2.Adjustable Headlights yesno
3.Roof Carrieryesno
4.Integrated Antennayesyes
5.Chrome Grilleyesno
6.Chrome Garnishyesno
7.Remote Trunk Openernoyes
8.Wiper Tinted Glassyesno

Price Comparison:

The KIA Stonic and Honda City are both priced competitively in Pakistan. The KIA Stonic costs around PKR 5,250,000 for both the EX and EX+ variants, while the Honda City ranges from PKR 5,119,000 to PKR 5,999,000 for its different trim levels.

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KIA Stonic Honda City
5,250,000 5,119,000


In conclusion, both the KIA Stonic and Honda City have their own strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately, it depends on what the buyer is looking for in a vehicle. The Stonic is a modern and stylish subcompact crossover SUV that provides an excellent driving experience, while the City is a reliable and comfortable subcompact sedan with a spacious cabin. So, if you are looking for a crossover SUV with a sporty design, go for the KIA Stonic. However, if you want a comfortable and spacious sedan, the Honda City is an excellent choice.


Is the KIA Stonic suitable for long journeys?

Yes, the KIA Stonic is suitable for long journeys as it is designed for a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.

What makes Honda City unique?

The Honda City is known for its reliability and safety features. It has a 5-star rating from ASEAN NCAP, and other active and passive safety features have also been included by Honda.

How long can a Honda City be expected to last?

On average, you can expect your Honda City to last around 200,000 miles, but when properly maintained, these vehicles can reach over 300,000 miles.

What is the battery life of the Honda City?

A Honda City battery can have a life expectancy of two to five years.

Is the KIA Stonic roomy?

The KIA Stonic seats five people comfortably, with enough room for the driver and front passenger, but the back row is a squeeze for three adults.