Kia Stonic review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Stonic 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear right tracking
  • Kia Stonic 2021 interior dashboard
  • Kia Stonic 2021 interior rear seats
  • Kia Stonic 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia Stonic 2021 right panning
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front right static
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front cornering
  • Kia Stonic 2021 headlight detail
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear lights detail
  • Kia Stonic 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Kia Stonic 2021 interior front seats
  • Kia Stonic 2021 boot open
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear right tracking
  • Kia Stonic 2021 interior dashboard
  • Kia Stonic 2021 interior rear seats
  • Kia Stonic 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia Stonic 2021 right panning
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front right static
  • Kia Stonic 2021 front cornering
  • Kia Stonic 2021 headlight detail
  • Kia Stonic 2021 rear lights detail
  • Kia Stonic 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Kia Stonic 2021 interior front seats
  • Kia Stonic 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The entry-level version of the Kia Stonic is only slightly more expensive as a cash buy than the Citroën C3 Aircross but manages to undercut the Ford Puma, Renault Captur and Seat Arona.

While we’ve yet to put the mild-hybrid petrol through our True MPG test, our test car regularly managed to achieve more than 40mpg (if the trip computer is to be believed). That said, it’s worth remembering that the Puma will be even more efficient while offering more power.

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 interior infotainment

Reliability

Kia as a brand came a respectable ninth out of 30 manufacturers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. 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 – 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

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
  • Rivals have more flexible rear seats
  • Firm ride
  • Other small SUVs are more practical
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