Kia's small cars get high-value special editions for 2019

Kia is celebrating the arrival of a new year with a range of special editions for the smaller models in its range.

The little Stonic SUV and the dinky Picanto city car have both been picked out for special treatment, receiving value-focussed variants.

In the case of the Picanto, a new ‘Wave’ model has been introduced, filling the diminutive small car silhouette with features inspired by the sunny skies of far-off beach resorts.

As a result, the car has been finished in Celestial Blue, with denim-style cloth and faux-leather seat upholstery, as well as bright white trim on the centre console and air vents.

Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and electric windows all round, plus privacy glass for the rear windows, wireless phone charging and a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia display.

2019 Kia Picanto Wave

Under the bonnet, the newcomer gets the standard 1-litre petrol engine, which produces 66 bhp and comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The sprint from a standstill to 60 mph takes a lethargic 13.8 seconds, but the combination will return almost 50 mpg according to the new, more stringent economy and emissions test.

Prices start at £11,895, which includes Kia’s now-traditional seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.

2019 Kia Stonic Mixx

For Stonic customers, meanwhile, the breadth of choice has been widened with the arrival of the new ‘Mixx’ version.

Like the Picanto Wave, the Stonic Mixx is designed to bring a flash of brightness to the range, and it’s marked out by the orange trim on the mini-SUV’s roof.

Orange highlights make their presence felt in the cabin, too, with bright trim on the dashboard complementing the black cloth and grey faux-leather upholstery.

2019 Kia Stonic Mixx

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and a reversing camera, as well as tinted rear glass and electric windows for those in the front and rear. A seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system dominates the dashboard, while the steering wheel is D-cut to give it a sportier appearance.

Power comes from the slightly less sporty-sounding 1-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which develops 118 bhp. As standard, it is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, allowing a 0-60 mph time of 9.9 seconds and a 114 mph top speed, plus 46.3 mpg economy.

That powertrain is included in the car’s £18,200 price tag, but customers can choose to spend an extra £1,000 to have the optional seven-speed automatic gearbox. That transmission has no effect on the car’s economy, but it will lengthen the 0-60 mph dash by about three tenths of a second.

Both the Stonic Mixx and the Picanto Wave are on sale at Kia dealerships now.

Gallery: Kia Stonic and Picanto 2019 special editions