Kia’s strapline may be ‘The power to surprise’, but in the era of soft-roaders, adding a small SUV to your range is no more of a bombshell than a weeping X Factor contestant babbling: "All I’ve ever wanted to do is sing!"
So, what’s the nitty-gritty? Well, the Stonic is front-wheel-drive-only, so don’t buy one if you want to cross the Sahara. It does, however, have a slightly jacked-up ride height, roof rails and black plastic wheel arches that give it a fashionably rugged look. The trim levels are named 2, Maxx, 3 and 4, and there are just two engines to choose from: a petrol and a diesel.