Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Kia Stonic?

The Stonic is a car that you’re either going to like or loathe. Its styling and personalization options are there to tempt buyers into something a little different, and judging on the success of the Nissan Juke we’d say the Korean firm probably does have a hit on its hands.

We’d have no second thoughts recommending this Kia Stonic over a Nissan Juke, which is starting to feel very last generation, although it’s a far closer fight with some other rivals such as the 2008 and Captur.

The Kia comes with a tough but smart-looking interior and good all-round practicality. The small SUV market is getting very crowded indeed but here is a car that stands out for all the right reasons.

We’re expecting the most popular Stonic to be the 2 with the 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine, and that’s understandable because it’s a very likeable car with some decent kit.

Our money would go on a far more interesting and toy-laden First Edition, though, along with the associated colour customisation. That’s where this quirky design is at its best.

We’d steer clear of the diesel – it’s noisy, unrefined and not even that much cheaper to run, plus is likely to be more expensive to buy.