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      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Stonic falls short of expectations

Best bits

  • Even the entry-level version has plenty of kit
  • The 1.0-litre turbocharged engine is punchy and efficient
  • A class-leading seven-year warranty

Not so great

  • It doesn’t feel like a compact crossover
  • Limited space for rear-seat passengers
  • Lacks the high driving position of its rivals

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Overall verdict on the Kia Stonic

"In isolation, the Kia Stonic is a thoroughly decent car. It’s cheap to run, well-equipped and backed by an industry-leading warranty. It loses marks for the limited space in the back, a harsh ride and a curiously low-slung driving position. We’d be tempted to reduce its mark for the portmanteau name. ‘Speedy’ and ‘tonic’ – hmmm..."

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The Kia Stonic isn’t a bad car. Far from it. It comes loaded with standard equipment, looks pretty good and is backed by one of the industry’s best warranty packages. So why does it fall short?


In summary, it isn’t comfortable or refined enough to match the class leaders, most notably the Seat Arona, Renault Captur and new Nissan Juke. But that’s not to say that the Kia Stonic shouldn’t be on your shortlist if you’re after a compact crossover.


It’s based on the Kia Rio, but the Stonic is taller and wider than the supermini, with extra length behind the back wheels to create more luggage space. As a result, it’s more practical than the Rio, but not to the extent you might think.


The boot is a good size, but because the rear seats don’t slide forward, it lacks the flexibility of some other crossovers. Space is also limited in the back seats, so some adults might struggle to find enough headroom and legroom. It also lacks glamour in the back, with only a single seatback pocket, a USB port and a pair of small door bins to lift the mood.


Things are better up front, with the Stonic offering a generous amount of shoulder room and headroom. There’s a large glovebox, a pair of cupholders, two large door bins and a centre storage box with armrest.


The cabin is a little sombre, but the dashboard offers a good layout with all the buttons and switches falling nicely to hand. Perceived quality is helped by the leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, but some of the materials used throughout the cabin feel cheap and plasticky.


At least it's well-equipped, with all versions of the Stonic featuring 17-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay, air conditioning, rear parking sensors and cruise control.


Other trim levels offer more kit and cosmetic upgrades, with the flagship Stonic boasting heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, satellite navigation and leather upholstery. Top trim models also feature the safety kit required for the maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, but models without the pack are given a three-star rating.


The driving experience is a little odd. While most compact crossovers offer a lofty driving position, you sit low in the Stonic, which makes it feel like a humble supermini. It also prioritises handling over ride comfort, but never feels especially exciting to drive. It’s kind of lost between a rock and a hard place.


In isolation, the Kia Stonic is a perfectly adequate car. It looks good, comes loaded with plenty of equipment, and is backed by a seven-year warranty. It just fails to impress, leaving you feeling like you’re driving a slightly larger and chunkier Kia Rio.


Our money would go on the Seat Arona, which is one of the best all-rounders in a seriously crowded market.


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Kia Stonic

1.0T GDi First Edition 5dr

  • 2017
  • 26,326 miles
  • JCB SEAT Crawley
  • Surrey, RH103EQ
Price:£12,490
HP: £326.13/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £326.13, Customer Deposit: £1,873.00, Total Deposit: £1,873.50, Total Charge For Credit: £1,134.18, Total Amount Payable: £13,624.18, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%

Kia Stonic

1.6 CRDi 2 5dr

  • 2018
  • 39,603 miles
  • Gravells Kia Bridgend
  • Bridgend, CF313SA
Price:£11,295
PCP: £211.80/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £211.80, Customer Deposit: £1,694.00, Total Deposit: £1,694.25, Optional Final Payment: £4,176.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,988.25, Total Amount Payable: £13,283.25, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.44%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Kia Stonic right for you?

Wander into the showroom of any mainstream car manufacturer and you’ll be greeted with a compact crossover of some description. So what makes the Kia Stonic different to any of its many rivals?


In truth, not a lot. It follows the same basic formula as the rest, offering a touch more practicality than the supermini upon which it is based, along with some chunky and fashionable SUV styling.


Beyond that, it comes down to brand loyalty, price and peace of mind. The Stonic is backed by Kia’s excellent seven-year warranty and you do get a lot of toys for your money. However, when viewed in the context of its rivals, it feels the least like a crossover. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view.


In isolation, it’s a thoroughly good small car. But there are more authentic compact crossovers available.


What’s the best Kia Stonic model/engine to choose?

Choosing the best engine is easy, because not only is the 1.0-litre T-GDI unit most in-tune with the characteristics of the Stonic, it also makes the most sense. The turbocharged three-cylinder engine delivers 120PS, which is enough to propel the Stonic to 62mph in 9.9 seconds.


It also offers up to 47.1mpg on a combined cycle. This might be around 10mpg less than you’ll see in a Stonic with the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, but the latter only makes sense if you spend most of your time on the motorway.


As for the trim level, even the basic Stonic 2 offers a generous level of equipment. The spec list includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, air conditioning, rear parking sensors and cruise control. However, we’d upgrade to the Stonic 3, if only for the additional safety equipment.


What other cars are similar to the Kia Stonic?

How long have you got? Every mainstream manufacturer offers a compact crossover of some description, but the Stonic’s chief rivals include the Hyundai Kona, Renault Captur, SEAT Arona, Suzuki Vitara, Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C3 Aircross.


The Hyundai Kona is worthy of a special mention as it was designed from the ground up as a compact crossover. Many other cars in this class, including the Kia Stonic, are based on small hatchbacks.


The Stonic also faces an enemy from within. The Kia Xceed is more expensive, but it looks and feels more special than the Stonic.


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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Where is the Kia Stonic made?

The Kia Stonic was designed in Europe but the car itself is made at the firm's factory in South Korea.

Russell Campbell

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Is the Kia Stonic a good car?

While there's plenty of kit and a seven-year warranty, the Kia Stonic lacks the rear passenger space of some of its rivals.

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What insurance group is the Kia Stonic?

The Kia Stonic is a cheap car to insure, with insurance groups ranging from 11 to 14.

Georgia Petrie

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