Talk about the raging trend of SUV entering Pakistani automobile industry with every year new entrant debuting the arena. With more and more car enthusiasts now shifting towards the crossover and subcompact crossover SUVs than opting for overrated sedans. The underlying reason for this shift in demand is the uber-stunning features that are enough to make anyone second guess their drives and upgrade to a new crossover.
Recently, Honda Atlas Cars Limited (HACL) daringly launched their all-new Honda HR-V amidst the financial crunch, turning down all the rumors of the delayed entry into the market. Honda HR-V is available in two sturdy trims; Honda HR-V VTI and Honda HR-V VTI-S. Honda HR-V is one of the most awaited launch of the year and is currently in competition with Kia Stonic, MG HS, Haval Jolian, and Peugeot 2008 among many. Since Kia Stonic is already a recognized name in the compact crossover SUV arena from the day it was launched, Honda HR-V is going to face a tough match to sustain its position.
Charismatic in every way, Kia Stonic is one of the best-marketed variant from Kia Lucky Motors Pakistan among their powerful line-up that includes Kia Carnival, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, and Kia Picanto. Stonic has garnered some amazing reviews for it agility and sophisticated design. It has so far maintained its edge with its vibrant interior and innovative driving controls. Kia Stonic is available in two trims; Stonic EX and Stonic EX Plus.
Peugeot is another international automobile brand that was launched earlier this year. Currently, there are two trims of Peugeot 2008 available in Pakistan; Peugeot 2008 Active and Peugeot 2008 Allure. The initial response was slow but it is gaining much popularity with the recent shift in consumer preference.
Since Honda HR-V launch on October 21st 2022, there is much anticipation of the drive reviews of this compact crossover Honda SUV. Here is a side-by-side comparison of what is unveiled so far about the Honda HR-V with Kia Stonic and how fiercely they are competing against each other.
When it comes to performance, Kia Stonic EX and Kia Stonic EX Plus both are front-wheel drives. The powerful 1.4L MPI engine of Stonic comes with a 1,368 cc displacement and 6-speed automatic transmission. The robust engine of Kia Stonic produces 100/6,000 kW/Rpm of horsepower with 133/4,000 Nm/Rpm of torque.
On the other hand, Honda HR- V comes with an athletic DOHC IN-VTC + IN-VTEC engine belting out 1,498 cc displacement along with 145/4,300 Nm/Rpm of torque and 89/6,600 kW/Rpm of horsepower. Both variants of Honda are available in CVT (continuously variable transmission) with two different drive modes; eco and normal.
Peugeot 2008 comes with a strong 1.2L turbo engine with 1,199 cc displacement that generates 230/1,750 Nm/Rpm of torque and a total output of 130/5,500 hp/Rpm. Peugeot 2008 has three driving modes; normal, eco and sport with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Kia Motors is renowned for its class-leading safety features with consecutive IIHS Safety Pick awards for various Kia cars. Kia Stonic is packed with safety gears which include airbags, vehicle stability management, tire pressure monitoring system, immobilizer, park assist sensors, parking brake, manual speed limit assist, hill-start assist control, ISO fix child anchors, and anti-lock braking system.
Honda HR-V is not behind when it comes to modern safety aids and is decked with the anti-lock braking system, vehicle stability assist, hill-decent control, hill-start assist, immobilizer, ISO fix child anchor, SRS airbags, walk away locking, child lock, brake override system, emergency stop signal, and agile handle assist.
Peugeot 2008 comes with some of the most advanced safety features like blind spot detection, high beam assist, driver attention assist, lane keep assist with electronic parking brake, airbags, ISO Fix child anchors, electric stability program, hill assist, tire pressure monitoring system, and rear parking sensors.
The exterior of Kia Stonic boasts the signature “tiger-nose” grille with impressive curves that complement the front bi-function LED projection lamps, LED daytime running lamps with rear LED combination lamps. Stonic also comes with a sunroof to make your journey as pleasant as you want it to be.
Honda HR-V has a robust front and muscular trim lines that comes with the LED daytime running lamps along with LED fog lamps. The side mirrors are remote retractable with one touch lane change. The exterior of both the drives is distinctive making them easily noticeable in the crowded SUV arena.
Peugeot 2008 flaunts a sporty look with signature “tiger-claw” headlights and diamond cut alloy that gives it a discerning sturdy exterior. The front chrome plated black grille stuns with the daytime running lamps with a follow me home function. Peugeot 2008 is also equipped with a panoramic sunroof to give a more scenic drive view.
The interior of Kia Stonic is tastefully designed with premium fabric and artificial leather two-tone seating. The front dashboard is decked with an 8-inch floating infotainment system that allows you to enjoy Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Bluetooth and phone sync features on the go. The steering is leather wrapped with tilt and telescope function along with cruise control.
Honda HR-V comes with a black rich interior that swanks a 9-inch infotainment system with phone mirror features like apple Car Play, Android Auto, Bluetooth along with wireless charging. The steering is tilt and telescopic with dual auto air-conditioning so you can enjoy a comfortable drive surrounded with innovative driving controls.
Peugeot 2008 interior is engulfed with premium leather wrapped seats and steering. The front dashboard hosts a 7-inch infotainment system with apple Car Play, Android Auto, Bluetooth. The 10-inch 3D-i cockpit cluster comes with hologram function to gear you up for an intuitive driving experience.
Given the specifications and the technology infused controls one may gauge the prices might be somewhat the same for both Honda HR-V and Kia Stonic but this is definitely not the case. Kia Stonic price in Pakistan was affected due to economic crunch along with other Kia cars. The current price of Kia Stonic EX is Rs.4,545,000 and Stonic EX Plus is Rs. 4,848,000. Honda HR-V price in Pakistan varies for both trims. The introductory price offered by Honda Pakistan for Honda HR-V VTI is Rs. 5,999,000 and Honda HR-V VTI-S is Rs. 6,199,000. Peugeot 2008 price also differs for both the variants but lies somewhat in close to Stonic and HR-V. Price of Peugeot 2008 Active is Rs. 5,400,000 and Peugeot 2008 Allure is Rs. 6,100,000.
So whether you choose Kia, Peugeot, or Honda, all these drives are enough to fuel you with the much-needed confidence to take on the exciting high roads to new adventures. Since Honda HR-V is locally assembled unlike the hybrid version commonly known as Honda Vezel, all original parts are easily available at authorized Honda dealerships across the country. Peugeot comes under the banner of Lucky Motors Corporation and therefore, has its authorized dealerships across the country for easy availability of original parts and maintenance. All Kia parts are readily available as well on all authorized Kia dealerships along with periodic maintenance facilities. Kia Motors Pakistan service centers are equipped to make your car care a hassle-free experience. You may call Kia Motors Site and book your appointment at a time that fits your mundane routine and leave the rest to Kia service center team.