The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The Stonic’s driving position is a little odd, but not because it’s poor; it just takes some getting used to. You sit low, with your legs stretched out, which feels natural in a small hatchback, but plenty of SUV fans will prefer a higher perch. Still, there’s no doubt that you’ll find a comfortable posture, because there’s standard seat height adjustment and plentiful in-and-out steering wheel adjustment to suit drivers of most heights.
There are other commendable aspects of the Stonic’s interior, such as its sliding front centre armrest and the sensible location of all the buttons and switches on its dashboard. Indeed, everything is placed just where you'd want it to be.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
It’s pretty easy to see what’s in front of you from behind the wheel of the Stonic, thanks to its relatively slim windscreen pillars.
The view behind isn’t too bad, either. The rear pillars are thick, but the rear screen is quite deep. Plus, every Stonic comes with rear parking sensors as standard. If you go for GT-Line trim or above, you'll get a rear-view camera while GT-Line S adds front parking sensors. All Stonics get automatic headlights, but you’ll need Connect or above to get auto wipers. If you want bright LED headlights, you’ll need GT-Line or GT-Line S trim.
Sat nav and infotainment
Considered in the context of its rivals, the Stonic’s infotainment system is really rather good. For a start, you get a sharp and decently large 8.0in touchscreen display, plus there's a DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This means that even if you buy the car in entry-level 2 trim without sat-nav, you can link your phone and display a navigation app through the car’s screen. This works for other selected apps, too, such as internet radio. If you want built in nav, you’ll need at least GT-Line trim.
Being positioned high on the dashboard, the 8.0in touchscreen is easy to see, and its large icons are easy to hit on the move. It’s responsive to commands, but the Seat Arona’s menus are easier to navigate.
The Stonic feels solidly made inside. Press and prod the dashboard and nothing wobbles, while all of the switches and buttons feel nicely damped.
There is a ‘but’ here, though. As in the Arona and the vast majority of other small SUVs in this price bracket, the surfaces are all made from unyieldingly hard plastics, including the upper door trims and dashboard.
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