The Kia Stonic is simple to use, well equipped and comes with a class-leading seven-year warranty but alternatives have better interior quality and offer more rear seat space
The Kia Stonic is a small SUV that’s supposed to be trendy but only top-spec versions get close to the quirky cool of the Citroen C3 Aircross.
That said, the Stonic still has its merits. The dashboard is logically laid out and easy to use, and splashes of coloured trim brighten it up. It’s a shame then that the plastics are hard and scratchy.
Another downside is the limited rear legroom. If your passengers are taller than six-foot they won’t have enough knee room sitting behind a similarly tall person in the front. The Stonic’s rear seats also don’t recline or slide backwards like they do in the C3 Aircross.
On the upside, even the infotainment system in entry-level models can mirror your Apple or Android phone’s screen for sat-nav. Choose a high-spec model and you get built-in sat-nav that’s very easy to use with logical menus, simple post code input and quick calculation times.
The high-end infotainment system also gets a reversing camera, but it’s not really needed because rearward visibility is pretty good and entry-level models come with rear parking sensors to make reversing easy.
The excellent visibility helps when navigating tight city streets and the controls are light for easy driving. Out on the motorway, there is road noise in the cabin that is prominent but not overly annoying. Wind noise, at 70mph, is well suppressed.
The Stonic looks quite serious despite the colorful accents – it’s for people who think that rainbow-coloured socks are the most outrageous thing they can wear
You can choose from three engines – 1.0 and 1.4-litre petrols and a 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.0-litre petrol is your best bet if you do a variety of driving – it’s nippy, quite quiet and will be cheap to run.
And if that sounds like music to your ears then you’ll also love the peace of mind of the Stonic’s seven-year warranty and the fact top-spec cars also get automatic emergency braking.
You can find out more in-depth details on the Kia Stonic in our following interior, practicality, driving and specifications pages. Or, to see what kind of savings you can expect on a Stonic, go to our deals page.