Compact crossover turns on the style
- Stylish, rugged look
- Economical engines
- Personalisation options
- Long warranty
- Huge amount of competition
- Rivals may be more spacious
The Kia Stonic is the Korean brand’s entry into the fiercely-fought compact crossover segment, an area that’s grown in size astronomically in recent years.
Taking on the Hyundai Kona, Citroen C3 Aircross, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, it’s another rung in the Kia SUV ladder that looks to continue the success of the popular Sportage, but in a smaller package.
Majors on personalisation
To stand out in the B-SUV segment – an area of the car market that occupies 7% of the European new-car market, according to Kia – a compact crossover needs to stand out.
So, the Stonic has taken inspiration from the Provo concept car from 2013, with Kia’s signature tiger nose front grille that’s sleeker than ever before, and a new Targa style roof with distinctive C-pillar at the rear of the car.
Up to twenty colour combinations are available for the Stonic, with five different colours available for the roof, as well as a number of colour packs for various pieces of exterior and interior trim.
Familiar turbocharged engines
Under the bonnet will be now-familiar engines seen in other cars in the Kia range, including its perky 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder petrol producing 120hp, a 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre MPI petrol. A 1.6-litre CRDi diesel is available which will have the lowest CO2 emissions in the range.
Plenty of tech and driver assistance systems
The design of the interior shares a lot of similarities with the Rio supermini, with a number of areas featuring colour pads and trim details. There are neat details like the toggle-style air-con controls and infotainment screen sitting proud of the dashboard.
In reality, it’s very similar to the interior design of the Hyundai Kona, unsurprisingly.
Space is largely similar to the Hyundai Kona as well with enough room for four adults, while the boot measures 352 litres – average for the class but good if buyers are upsizing from a regular supermini. And that's what Kia is expecting of its customers, too. Upscaling from superminis for those looking for more space, while some buyers will be downsizing from family hatchbacks the size of the Cee'd.
Various driver assistance systems will be available on the Stonic, such as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision alert, blindspot detection with rear cross traffic alert, lane-departure warning and high beam assist.
The Kia Stonic will be on sale in the Autumn with prices expected to start below £15,000, with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty included.