2020 Kia Stonic review

it shouldn’t come as a surprise like most other manufacturers kia has bolstered its SUV lineup by adding a smaller model that sits below the larger Sportage and sorento and in true Kia

style it’s been inventive with its name it’s called the ston ik which is a mixture of speedy and tonic and no that’s not the kind that you mix with gin it’s actually the first and last

notes in the musical scale which apparently means that it is agile and a fresh addition to the SUV stable so does Kia’s new smallest SUV have what it takes to steal sales from its mainstream

rivals in this review we’ll answer that question as well as tell you what it’s like to drive and how Lumia is inside and if at the end of this review you’re tempted to biased on ik head to our new

car dil section and find out how much money we can save you before that though let’s see what this is like to drive the 1 litre petrol engine we’ve got here is our pick of the bunch it’s fitted with a

turbocharger which makes it a lot faster than the larger of 1.4 petrol and is just as good at lowdown revs is the 1.6 diesel that makes it just as good around

town as it is on the motorway and it’s better on acceleration than some of its rivals including Renault Captur and Vitara it handles well too and although

the steering isn’t the most communicative it does respond quite well to steering inputs and there seems to be plenty of grit through the corners the downside for this is that the

stomach isn’t as comfortable as rivals such as the aronia and capture its ride is fairly hard over uneven surfaces in addition to this all ston ik suffer with

wind and road noise when traveling at motorway speeds and if you get the engines into quite high revs they do get a bit vocal and not in a good way

unusually for an SUV the seats are quite low down so if it’s a lofty driving position that you’re after you may prefer one of it rivals that said to get comfortable there is plenty of

adjustment in the seat and the steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach visibility is excellent thanks to the deep windows the only criticism is that

the far most pillar is quite thick however you do get parking sensors as standard to help with parking in terms of material quality it does feel very

well-put-together but you don’t need to go too far to find are scratchy plastics although that’s not unusual for the small SUV market perched high up

on the dashboard of every Stanek as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes a da B radio Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone mirroring go

for a first edition car and you’ll also get a built-in sat-nav in any case this system has clear icons and is easy to use though it can be a little bit slow

to respond thus tonic is based on the small hatchback Rio just like the Renault Captur is based on the Clio and the

Sator ona is based on the Ibiza so there’s enough room for a couple of six-footers up front and thankfully is wide enough so that you’re not really

rubbing elbows with your passenger and storage is pretty good there’s a deep pocket here and two cupholders here door bin is big enough for this fairly large

bottle of water and there’s more storage here with the USB and auxiliary in step into these rear seats and you’ll find even taller passengers won’t

complain about headroom however if you’re sitting behind somebody who is six foot which is not me at five foot four and a half you might find that leg

room is a little compromised and not unusual in this class if you do sit three abreast then you will find it is a little bit squishy and in terms of

storage and practicality back here we’ve got a map pocket there and there is a small pocket in the door bin but it’s not really big enough for my bottle of

water so I’ll have to hold it instead there’s not much to get excited about with the boot space either it’s smaller than both the Nissan Juke and Citroen c3

aircrafts and it doesn’t come with the versatility of a sliding rear bench like you can spec with the Citroen it does however have split folding rear seats

for those occasional trips to the tip we’ve already revealed the 1 litre turbocharged petrol engine is our favourite and the fact it managed 41 mpg

in our real world 2 mpg tests and adds to this appeal there’s no bargain basement entry level Stronach version but you can keep cost down by picking

the cheapest two trim level you won’t feel too shortchanged either because it comes with automatic lights and wipers cruise control air conditioning and rear

parking sensors we’ve splash out on the ad AP safety pack too which gets you automatic emergency braking lane departure warning

and high-beam assist for the lights if you’re looking for a small SUV that’s a little left field of the mainstream choices then the stomach is a good place

to start for plenty more on the strike including our full online review.

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