2019 Kia Stonic review – mainstream rivaling small SUV? | What Car?

2019 Kia Stonic review – mainstream rivaling small SUV? | What Car?

[Music] It shouldn’t come as a surprise – like
most other manufacturers – Kia has bolstered its SUV lineup by adding a
smaller model that sits below the larger Sportage and Sorento, and in true Kia
style it’s been inventive with its name. It’s called the Stonic. Which is a
mixture of speedy and tonic, and no that’s not the kind that you mix with
gin. It’s actually the first and last notes in the musical scale – which
apparently means that it is agile and a fresh addition to the SUV stable. So does
Kia’s new smallest SUV have what it takes to steal sales from its mainstream
rivals? In this review we’ll answer that question, as well as tell you what it’s
like to drive, and how roomy it is inside! If at the end of this review you’re
tempted to buy a Stonic, head to our New Car Deals section and find out how much
money we can save you. Before that though let’s see what this is like to drive. The one-litre petrol engine we’ve got here is our pick of the bunch, it’s fitted
with a turbocharger, which makes it a lot faster than the larger 1.4 petrol and
is just as good at lowdown revs as the 1.6 diesel. That makes it just as good
around town as it is on the motorway, and it’s better on acceleration than some of
its rivals including Renault Captur and Suzuki Vitara. It handles well too, and although
the steering isn’t the most communicative, it does respond quite well
to steering inputs, and there seems to be plenty of grip through the corners.
The downside for this is that the Stonic isn’t as comfortable as rivals
such as the Arona and Captur. Its ride is fairly hard over uneven surfaces,
in addition to this all Stonics suffer with wind and road noise when traveling at
motorway speeds, and if you get the engines into quite high revs… They do get a bit vocal. And not in a
good way. Unusually for an SUV, the seats are quite
low down, so if it’s a lofty driving position that you’re after, you may
prefer one of its rivals. That said, to get comfortable, there is plenty of
adjustment in the seat and the steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach.
Visibility is excellent thanks to the deep windows, the only criticism is that
the far most pillar is quite thick. However you do get parking sensors as
standard to help with parking. In terms of material quality, it does feel very
well put together. But you don’t need to go too far to find hard, scratchy plastics,
although that’s not unusual for the small SUV market. Perched high up on the dashboard of every Stonic is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that
includes a DAB radio, bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone mirroring.
Go for a first edition car and you’ll also get a built-in sat-nav, in any case this
system has clear icons and is easy to use. Though it can be a little bit slow
to respond. The Stonic is based on the small hatchback – Rio – just like the
Renault Captur is based on the Clio and the SEAT Arona is based on the Ibiza.
So there’s enough room for a couple of six-footers up front, and thankfully is
wide enough so that you’re not really rubbing elbows with your passenger.
Storage is pretty good there’s a deep pocket here, and two cupholders here, door
bin is big enough for this fairly large bottle of water, and there’s more storage
here with the USB and auxiliary in. And a decent sized glovebox. Step into these rear seats and you’ll
find even taller passengers won’t complain about headroom. However if
you’re sitting behind somebody who is six foot, which is not me at five foot
four and a half, you might find that leg room is a little compromised.
Not unusually in this class, if you do sit three abreast then you will find it is a
little bit squishy, and in terms of storage and practicality back here, we’ve
got a map pocket there and there is a small pocket in the door bin but it’s
not really big enough for my bottle of water so I’ll have to hold it instead! There’s not much to get excited about
with the boot space either, it’s smaller than both the Nissan Juke and Citroen C3
Aircross and it doesn’t come with the versatility of a sliding rear bench like
you can spec with the Citroen. It does however, have split folding rear seats
for those occasional trips to the tip. We’ve already revealed the 1 litre
turbocharged petrol engine is our favourite and the fact it managed 41 mpg
in our real world True MPG tests only adds to this appeal. There’s no bargain
basement entry level Stonic version, but you can keep cost down by picking
the cheapest ‘2’ trim level. You won’t feel too shortchanged either, because it
comes with automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, air conditioning, and rear
parking sensors. We’d splash out on the ADAP safety pack too, which gets you
automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and high-beam assist
for the lights. If you’re looking for a small SUV that’s a little left field of
the mainstream choices, then the Stonic is a good place to start. For plenty more
on the Stonic, including our full online review, head to whatcar.com and
remember if you’re thinking about buying one we can help save you thousands head
to our New Car Deals section and check those out. But before you go anywhere hit
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About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Rebecca is looking as beautiful as usual. As for the Stonic, which is not for sale in the states yet, move here and bring it with you.
    We can use it to tow your race car to Watkins Glen.

  2. 👍 up for kia stonic . Its good looking and good to drive . Little bit letdown by harsh ride though .

  3. God, someone needs to teach her how to pronounce Renault Captur. Hint: It sounds nothing like the English word capture.

  4. SUV? That made me laugh. At least the Juke and HR-V etc. are noticeabley higher than a hatchback. I noticed one in a car park, and it was the same height as a Corsa parked next to it!

  5. Your best review yet in terms of presentation style and detailed content/opinion and anyone that can say communicative is a proper journo 😃 👍

  6. I love Kia, but I have a real problem with this vehicle. The Stonic is low. REALLY low! That, coupled with the fact that it has no AWD option makes me say, this is not a good compact SUV option. It comes with inferior engines to its competition and lacks the driving position and space to compete. You'd be better off buying the Kia Soul! Far more practical, powerful, better optioned and taller. What do you think?

  7. Too bad it won't come to my country as this is almost perfect..i hate push start buttons,good for a newlywed like us..only the AsX comes close to this interms of features

  8. I hate SUVs, they are taking over the world, I’m car designer and I’m tired to work on them every day, please people, stop buying them! If you need space then buy a proper minivan, if you want one off-road buy one, and if you want one sport car please BUY one! For God sake, don´t try to buy something that pretends to do all at the same time. Buying this tasteless things over and over is killing the variety and the creativity, it is killing my job! we are less and less compelled to do something really nice and pushed to do just something the majority of mediocre buyers want to spend money on. Keep it REAL.

  9. She really is an attractive woman. And the voice is hot as chillies.
    Good presentation.
    She is the reason to follow this channel.😊

  10. That's better! Rebecca is much more natural and relaxed in this video… I think I'm gonna have to propose again…. What ? oh sorry ..yes ! ..ummm nice car ..very sort of nice… anyways….. back to Rebecca.. She's sooo 'Luvvverley'……………………. 🙂

  11. Comprehensive review, but PLEASE just stop using imperial units. For consumption, at least put the equivalent in liters/100km in a corner of the screen.

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