2017 Kia Stonic review – verdict

Another new small SUV hits the streets, but does the Kia Stonic stand out or m...

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John Howell
19 Sep 2016 8:0 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

The Stonic is a sound car, but it’s hard to see where it breaks new ground. The 1.0 petrol engine is a strong point, proving pokey and relatively efficient on CO2 emissions and fuel economy. It handles capably, too, and we like the infotainment system.

But most buyers in this class are arguably more interested in comfort and space, and the Renault Captur better mixes the former, while the Suzuki Vitara is the more generous in regard to the latter.

That said, we don’t have confirmed prices yet. The range is said to stretch from £16,295 to £20,495; so should the 1.0 in its well-equipped 2 trim fall at the lower end of that spectrum, then the Stonic may, after all, still have the power to surprise.

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Renault Captur 0.9 TCe 90

Suzuki Vitara 1.6

Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDi ISG

Price TBC

Engine 3cyl, 998cc, turbo, petrol

Power 118bhp at 6000rpm

Torque 127lb ft at 1500-4000rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-62mph 10.3sec

Top speed 115mph

Official economy 56.5mpg

CO2, tax band 115g/km, 22%

Release date September 2017

Looking for a great small SUV? Below we run down our favourites, and tell you which cars to avoid.

10. Kia Soul

2017 Kia Stonic review – verdict

The Soul is more of a jacked-up hatchback than a fully fledged SUV. However, it still offers many of the benefits buyers in this market are looking for – it's competitively priced and its interior is roomy and well equippped. All of the Soul's engines could be more efficient and quiet, though, and there's plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds. There's a fully electric version to consider if you'll mainly be driving in town.

Our pick: 1.6 GDi 2

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2017 Kia Stonic review – verdict

While high-end versions are pricey, the Q3 is a desirable choice in this market, with a high quality interior. It's also good to drive and relatively inexpensive to run, with engines that are mostly smooth and strong.

Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE

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8. Suzuki Vitara

2017 Kia Stonic review – verdict

Compact on the outside but spacious inside, the Vitara is an easy car to live with. There's lots of standard kit on offer and it's relatively practical. It's just a pity that its petrol engines' CO2 emissions are unusually high for this class.

Our pick: 1.6 SZ4

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