Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Hard, unyielding plastics throughout
  • Layout is a model of clarity
  • Feels built to last – just not very nice

How is the quality and layout?

There are certainly no red flags when it comes to the Kia Stonic’s build quality. Kia gives its cars a seven-year warranty and this one feels as though it’ll last all that time and then some. All the materials feel very well put together and there’s no untoward rattles or squeaks.

But in poking around looking for said rattles and squeaks you can’t help but notice that the choice of materials in here is unyieldingly hard, cheap-feeling plastic. That’s the case for quite a few of the Stonic’s rivals, in fairness, but cars like the Skoda Kamiq and Ford Puma do at least give you some softer surfaces where you’re likely to touch, such as the top of the dash and the upper door trims.

Infotainment and tech

Every Stonic comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and Bluetooth. Connect and GT-Line S models upgrade this system with sat-nav and connected telematics – this allows you to connect the car up to Kia’s own app to monitor things like service life and car status. It also lets the navigation pull through live data on traffic, weather, and even parking.

Kia’s infotainment system isn’t the flashiest, nor does it have the biggest screen or the best resolution. But it is very easy to use by the standards of the class. Functions are all clearly laid out and the icons are big and easy to hit, making it a pleasure to operate.

The touchscreen’s also well sited, high up on the dash where it’s within easy view but not so high it’s distracting.

Comfort

  • Firm ride
  • Engines can be noisy
  • Long trips might be tiring

The Stonic doesn’t particularly excel in the comfort department. Not only is the right quite firm and ‘sporty’ for what is resolutely not a performance car, but the seats feel a little hard and refinement isn’t up there with the best.

The 1.0-litre turbo engine is loud, too, with a rather unpleasant metallic tone to it.

It’s not all bad – there’s loads of adjustment in the driver’s seat, so people of all sizes ought to be able to find a good driving position, and wind and road noise are both moderate. Still, a Skoda Kamiq is more comfortable for a long trip.