Kia Stonic review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol
Available colours:
Kia Stonic 2021 infotainment
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 £18,450What Car? Target Price from£17,437
Share review

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Unlike with some rivals, there isn't a bargain-basement version of the Stonic to tempt budget-conscious buyers. Instead, the range starts at a price slightly above that of the Renault Captur and slightly below that of the Ford Puma.

We’re yet to put the mild hybrid petrol through our True MPG test, although more than 40mpg will be easily achievable if the trip computer of our test car is to be believed. However, a Ford Puma is similarly efficient while being even more powerful

The Stonic is predicted to hold on to its value well by industry experts, but the low expected depreciation doesn’t translate into the hugely attractive finance rates you might be expecting.

Equipment, options and extras

We’d suggest keeping the costs down and sticking with the still relatively well-equipped entry-level 2 trim. This gives you plenty of goodies, including 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning and the other kit we mentioned earlier. 

You get a few useful niceties by jumping up to GT-Line, including sportier styling and 17in alloy wheels, plus climate control, aluminium pedals and privacy glass. Connect is a less sporty alternative that builds on 2 trim with 17in wheels, two-tone paint, keyless entry and start and climate control.

At the top of the Range is GT-Line S. Over GT-Line it gets two-tone paint, heated seats and a heated steering wheel, but it’s very pricey.

Kia Stonic 2021 infotainment

Reliability

Kia as a brand came seventh out of 31 manufacturers in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. However, the Stonic itself has yet to feature in the results.

If something does go wrong, there's always Kia's seven-year warranty to fall back on; this is the joint-best in the class. UK and European roadside assistance is free for a year and available at a reasonable extra annual cost thereafter.

Safety and security

All Kia Stonics come with automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane keep assist, helping to give it a five star Euro NCAP safety test result. While this is good, it’s true that most rival small SUVs, including the Seat Arona, Volkswagen T-Roc and Ford Puma, have five-star ratings. When examining the individual scores in the safety assessment, the Stonic’s adult occupant and pedestrian protection results are lower than those rivals.

If you want more safety kit you’ll need GT-Line S trim. This adds blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control, the latter item only on automatic models.

Meanwhile, every Stonic has a standard alarm and immobiliser, along with deadlocking on all doors. Mind you, the Citroën C3 Aircross proved harder to break into and steal in Thatcham Research's security tests.

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here

Overview

The Kia Stonic handles tidily, is well equipped and gets a great warranty, but there are plenty of other areas where it doesn’t shine. Many other small SUVs offer more space in the rear seats and in the boot, and are more refined, too.

  • Punchy turbo petrol engine
  • Plenty of standard kit
  • Agile handling
  • Uncompetitive PCP finance deals
  • Firm ride
  • Rivals are more practical

Also consider

Citroën C3 Aircross

2018 - present

The Citroen C3 Aircross is not without its strengths, but most...

Renault Captur

2020 - present

Good on safety and equipment but there are much more appealing...

Skoda Kamiq

2019 - present

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

Volkswagen T-Cross

2019 - present

The VW T-Cross is roomy for its size and good to drive –...