Kia Stonic review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
Available colours:
Kia Stonic 2021 front tracking
Add to shortlist
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front tracking
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear tracking
  • Kia Stonic 2021 RHD dashboard
  •  Kia Stonic 2021 boot open
  • Kia Stonic 2021 infotainment
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front cornering
  • Kia Stonic 2021 right panning
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear tracking
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear badge detail
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front tracking
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear tracking
  • Kia Stonic 2021 RHD dashboard
  •  Kia Stonic 2021 boot open
  • Kia Stonic 2021 infotainment
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front cornering
  • Kia Stonic 2021 right panning
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear tracking
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear badge detail
RRP £18,445What Car? Target Price from£17,960
Share review

Introduction

What Car? says...

Having a handy little hatchback in your range isn’t enough these days, fashion dictates that you need a higher-riding small SUV alternative, too. The Kia Stonic certainly proves that the Korean manufacturer has its finger on the pulse.

It follows a familiar formula, taking the bones of the Kia Rio hatchback and adding chunky wheels and tyres, a bit more height and tougher styling for a bit of SUV flavour, and if you really want to jazz things up, there’s sporty GT-Line trim and the option of two-tone paint. Snazzy. 

There’s no four-wheel drive option, but that’s by no means unusual for the class. If you are looking for some extra traction, we’d point you towards the Suzuki Vitara and Volkswagen T-Roc. There’s no diesel engine option, either, just a choice of two 1.0-litre petrol engines with a manual or automatic gearbox. Those thinking about the environment (or wallet) will be pleased to hear that the punchier of the two makes use of mild hybrid technology to improve emissions and economy.

Now, we’ve already mentioned a couple of rivals but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For a start there’s the What Car? Award winning Ford Puma, as well as the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and the voluminous Skoda Kamiq. In other words, the Stonic has a tough fight on its tyres.

To find out how it stacks up against these rivals in terms of the driving experience, interior appointments, spaciousness and costs, keep reading our comprehensive review. Once you’ve picked your ideal car, check out our New Car Buying service for a hassle-free way to pick up your new wheels at a great price.

At a glance

Number of trims4 see more
Available fuel typespetrol
MPG range across all versions49.6 - 55.4
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty7 years / 100000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£983.61 / £1,303.40
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£1,967.22 / £2,606.80

How much is it?

Also consider

Volkswagen T-Cross

2019 - present

Roomy for its size and good to drive 

Skoda Kamiq

2019 - present

A fantastic all-rounder apart from its low driv...

Vauxhall Crossland

2020 - present

Big boot and well equipped, but disappointing to drive and dep...

Fiat 500X

2018 - present

Nice-looking inside, but plenty of other small SUVs ...