3.8 out of 5 3.8
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Looks like an off-roader, drives like a sporty hatchback

Kia Stonic SUV (17 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £18,900 - £23,960
Lease from new From £194 p/m View lease deals
Used price £10,525 - £23,300
Used monthly cost From £263 per month
Fuel Economy 44.8 - 56.5 mpg
Road tax cost £155
Insurance group 8 - 14 How much is it to insure?


  • Spacious for a small car
  • Good looks
  • Practical boot
  • High level of standard equipment
  • Low starting price


  • Feels quite cheap inside
  • Noisy engines
  • Lacks character
  • Firm ride
  • Numerous rivals are better

Kia Stonic SUV rivals

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

Is the Kia Stonic any good?

The Stonic – meant to be a portmanteau of ‘speedy’ and ‘tonic’ - was Kia’s first attempt at a compact SUV to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke. Launched in 2017, it’s since received a facelift aimed at bringing it more in line with its compact SUV rivals.

And boy, does it have a lot of rivals. With everybody from Audi to Volkswagen building compact SUVs these days the Stonic has a really tough job on its hands to stand out.

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There are some headline reasons to do so – a low starting price and generous standard equipment mean you don’t need to spend that much in order to get a serviceable Stonic, while Kia’s standard seven-year warranty gives some real peace of mind.

What’s it like inside?

Every Stonic comes with a generous level of standard kit meaning that even the base car doesn’t feel too Spartan in terms of equipment. And the layout is unimpeachable – every single control is located logically, clearly labelled and a model of clarity to operate. Certainly, the Stonic feels much easier to operate than the touchscreen-led interiors you’ll find in cars such as the Citroen C3 Aircross.

The build quality tends to err on the sturdy rather than the luxurious, though. You’ll have to look quite a way to find any nice-feeling soft-touch plastics and the whole dash panel feels rather hollow.

It is at least roomy for such a small SUV, addressing a criticism we often have of these so-called ‘family’ cars.

What’s the Kia Stonic like to drive?

There’s little excitement to be had here, with engines that do the job but take no pleasure in it and numb, over-light steering.

You might expect the Stonic to have a soft ride but it actually errs on the firm side – that’s not necessarily a massive issue, as it means there’s less body roll and should mean less car-sickness for passengers in the back. However, it does feel a bit jittery on poor road surfaces, and thuds over potholes in town.

What models and trims are available?

You’ve a choice of four trim levels, two engines and two gearboxes. The range rather confusingly kicks off with ‘2’ trim, moving through GT-Line, Connect and GT-Line S.

The two GT-Line cars come with a bespoke bodykit, signature LED daytime running lights and sportier-looking alloy wheels, while 2 and Connect trims look rather plainer with old-fashioned halogen projector headlights.

You’ll need Connect or GT-Line S trim to benefit from a contrasting roof colour, a feature which does make the Stonic look a lot sharper.

As for engines, they’re both 1.0-litre turbocharged petrols. All but the entry-level cars come with 48V mild hybrid assistance, though – aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and improving engine response and fuel economy. You can choose either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Kia Stonic SUV rivals