Car review: Kia's Stonic M-Hybrid ups the mild hybrid game

The Kia Stonic has a markedly better fuel efficiency than its non-hybrid predecessor.
The Kia Stonic has a markedly better fuel efficiency than its non-hybrid predecessor.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Mild hybrids are mostly unimpressive. They do not meet the expectations of better efficiency often associated with full hybrids. Yet, they cost a bit more than conventional petrol cars.

Kia's new Stonic M-Hybrid may be an exception. The car has a 1-litre direct injection three-cylinder engine paired with a 48-volt hybrid system. It cruises readily with its engine off, giving it a markedly better fuel efficiency than its non-hybrid predecessor.

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