2017 Kia Stonic review – verdict
Another new small SUV hits the streets, but does the Kia Stonic stand out or m...
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.
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.
What Car? says...
Rated 3 out of 5
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Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDi ISG
Engine 3cyl, 998cc, turbo, petrol
Power 118bhp at 6000rpm
Torque 127lb ft at 1500-4000rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
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
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
9. Audi Q3
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
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