Disappointingly, the Stonic doesn't come with automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard unless you cough up for range-topping First Edition trim. Most rival manufacturers fit this important safety aid as standard.
That, at least in part, explains why Euro NCAP awarded the Stonic just three stars (out of five) for safety. Most rival small SUVs, including the Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc, have five-star ratings.
There is an option pack that includes AEB (which can spot both cars and pedestrians), lane departure warning, a driver attention monitor and high-beam assist. Add this and the Euro NCAP rating rises to a much more respectable five stars, although the adult occupant and pedestrian scores still trail those of the Arona and T-Roc.
Top-level First Edition cars come with all the features of the safety pack, plus you even get blindspot monitoring.
All Stonics have a standard alarm and immobiliser, along with deadlocking on all doors. Mind you, the C3 Aircross proved harder to break into and steal in Thatcham Research's security tests.
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