Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
You won’t be short of room in the front of the Stonic; there's plenty of head and leg room, even for taller occupants. Interior width is generous a small SUV, too – enough that the driver and front passenger won’t be clanging elbows.
Storage space is respectable: there's a usefully sized glovebox and a tray to store your phone in front of the gearlever, plus two cupholders and a cubbyhole under the centre armrest.
The Stonic has reasonable rear space by class standards. Head room is fine, but leg room is tight compared with that offered by the Seat Arona and Suzuki Vitara, especially if there’s someone tall sitting up front.
Try to seat three adults in the rear and it's a bit of a squeeze, although the same is true of most cars in this class.
There’s not a lot of room for odds and sods in the back; a couple of small door bins and map pockets on the backs of the front seats is about your lot.
Seat folding and flexibility
The Stonic is average in this respect as well. There’s no height adjustment for the front passenger seat, and while you get 60/40-split folding rear seats for those occasional trips to the tip, the Stonic goes without the flexibility of sliding or reclining rear seats, which are offered by its Citroën C3 Aircross and Renault Captur rivals.
The Stonic’s boot is nothing to get too excited about. You’ll get a decent amount of weekly shopping for the family or a small buggy in there, but you'll squeeze more luggage into many rivals, including the Citroën C3 Aircross and Seat Arona.
Range-topping 4 trim gives you a dual-height boot floor that provides a separate compartment underneath for delicate items. When set in its highest position, it levels out the step in the extended load bay floor when the rear seats are folded down. That makes it far easier to slide in long, heavy items, so it’s a real shame that it’s not offered across the range.