Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 7" touch screen sat nav with TMC
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Blind spot detection with rear Cross traffic alert
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Driver alert system
  • Electric power steering
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Gear selection indicator
  • Instrument cluster- 3.5" Monochrome TFT Display
  • Kia connected services
  • Lane keep assist
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rear parking sensor with On/Off switch button
  • Reversing camera
  • Trip computer
  • Windscreen washer level indicator

Entertainment

  • 'Shark fin' mobile antenna
  • 6 speakers
  • 7" LCD screen
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • RDS radio with MP3 player
  • Rear USB port
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB and auxiliary socket

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic defog system
  • Automatic front rain sensing wipers
  • Automatic lighting control
  • Black side sills
  • Black wheel arch extensions
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome side window trim
  • Contrast colour paint roof
  • Dual projection headlights
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows + drivers one touch
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Front skid plate - silver
  • Gloss black grille with satin chrome surround
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Heated rear window
  • High beam assist
  • High level brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Indicators
  • LED rear lights
  • Matt black lower mirror housing
  • Rear electric windows
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear skid plate - silver
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Roof colour door mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Solar glass windscreen
  • Speed sensitive front wipers
  • Sunband for windscreen
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Welcome home function

Interior Features

  • 12V power point front
  • 60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
  • Air filter
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Centre console storage box/armrest
  • Centre console with cupholders
  • D-cut steering wheel
  • Dash illumination dimmer switch
  • Door pockets with bottle holder
  • Driver's seat height adjuster
  • Driver/passenger front seatback pockets
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Faux leather upholstery
  • Front map lights
  • Glovebox illumination
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height adjustable headrests
  • ISOFIX top tethers and lower anchor points
  • Leather trimmed gearshift
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Luggage net
  • Luggage net hooks
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Perforated leather steering wheel
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Variable boot floor

Safety

  • 3 point front seat belts
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
  • Dual curtain airbags
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual front side airbags
  • Emergency stop signal system
  • ESC + BAS + VSM + HAC
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Deadlocking system
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Smart key entry system
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking

Trim

  • High gloss black centre fascia

Wheels

  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Tyre mobility system

Emissions

CO

0.096

CO2 (g/km)

130

HC

0.014

HC+NOx

NOx

0.012

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

998

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

71

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

84

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

51.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

56.5

EC Urban (mpg)

40.9

General

Badge Engine CC

1

Badge Power

118

Based On ID

Coin Description

T-GDi

Coin Series

4

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

12E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

5

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

85

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

84

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

3

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

62

NCAP Safety Assist %

25

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

10000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

7

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.9

Engine Power - BHP

118

Engine Power - KW

88

Engine Power - RPM

6000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

126

Engine Torque - MKG

17.4

Engine Torque - NM

171

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

114

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

205/55 R17

Tyre Size Rear

205/55 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

Height (including roof rails)

1520

Length

4140

Wheelbase

2580

Width

1760

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1640

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1155

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

352

Max. Loading Weight

455

Max. Roof Load

70

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1110

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

450

Minimum Kerbweight

1185

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.4

On The Road

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

Kia may be a late entrant in the B-SUV segment but it's produced an impressively complete contender here. Change the perception you might have of this brand as being somewhat dull and characterless. Products like the Stinger are changing that and this Stonic model is further evidence that Kia is mastering the art of producing desirable, yet affordable cars. Which is just as well because buyers in the small Crossover class want charisma and individuality, attributes delivered in surprising measure here. If you're buying in this class, this contender is another that really ought to be on our list.

Background

Kia couldn't afford not to be in the B-SUV segment for Nissan Juke and Renault Captur-style Crossovers. This sector of the market does, after all, currently account for over 1.1 million sales in Europe each year and that figure is only likely to grow. Forecasts expect the number to top 2 million by 2020, at which point ales will overtake those in the 'C' part of the SUV segment - that for Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage-sized Crossovers. Kia has noted that the B-SUV segment attracts buyers from across the spectrum, with 21% of customers upsizing from a supermini and another 15% downsizing from their family hatchbacks. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those looking to replace their compact MPVs. This model is based on the underpinnings and engineering of Kia's Rio supermini and shares much of its design with anther Korean contender in this class, Hyundai's Kona.

Driving Experience

As expected, the Stonic shares the engine line-up used in Kia's Rio supermini. That means a range of lightweight, downsized, turbocharged petrol and diesel powerplants, each paired with a manual transmission. Buyers have the choice of the brand's lightweight 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDI turbo petrol unit, as well as the older-tech but cheaper 98bhp 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI petrol engine. An efficient 108bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine completes the range, offering the lowest emissions in the line-up. The car's European-tuned steering and suspension are designed to offer the kind of fun responses buyers are now expecting from small SUVs these days. The stiff bodyshell should help here, this having allowed the development team to introduce a more compliant suspension system. A carefully calibrated power steering system should provide decent feel through the helm too. The standard 'VSM' 'Vehicle Stability Management; system includes 'Torque Vectoring; and 'Cornering Brake Control; to help you get the power down through the corners. All models are front-driven: there's not much appetite in this segment for 4WD.

Design and Build

This is one of the most strikingly Kia models we've seen to date, though the shape incorporates several of the brand's key recognisable signature design elements, such as the 'tiger-nose' grille. Styled in Europe, in collaboration with Kia's Korean design studio, the body aims to blend sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces. The brand knows that individuality is important to many customers in the B-SUV segment and the Stonic's 'Targa'-style roof enables buyers to choose a two-tone paint finish. The idea has been to distance this Crossover from the Rio hatchback on which it's based. Hence also the sharp creases and kinks near the door sills and the way that the window line kinks upwards too. Rugged-looking black plastic cladding runs in a ring around the bottom edge of the car and around the wheel arches, plus there are brushed metal skidplates front and rear. Inside, it's all much more Rio-like. The fascia is basically the same as is the switchgear, though Kia has tried o disguise this with a range of customisable colour schemes. Plusher variants get a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen. Space inside is slightly better than you'd expect from a car of this class, with decent leg and headroom, plus class-leading shoulder room. In the back, a two-step floor allows owners to expand or shrink the 352-litre boot to suit their needs.

Market and Model

Stonic pricing starts at just over £16,000 and rises to just under £21,000; that's the same kind of pricing bracket common to the two leading small SUVs, Nissan's Juke and Renault's Captur. There are currently a coupl of trim grades - '2' and 'First Edition'. It will be available with up to 20 two-tone colour combinations, with a choice of up to five distinctive colours for the roof. The car gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard, bringing seamless smartphone-mirroring functionality to the touchscreen infotainment system. Options include niceties like heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry. Kia claims that the Stonc is an intrinsically very safe car thanks to a strong lightweight platform and bodyshell, 51% of which is fashioned from Advanced High Strength Steel. Thanks to a clever fusion camera system, a wide range of camera-driven safety features are available and buyers can choose from a selection of Kia's 'DRiVE WISE' 'ADAS' 'Advanced Driver Assistance Systems'. These technologies include 'Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert', plus there's also 'Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert', a 'Lane Departure Warning System', 'High Beam Assist' and 'Driver Attention Warning' to further satisfy the safety needs of customers.

Cost of Ownership

The headline engine is Kia's well regarded 1.0 T-GDI petrol turbo unit and it should certainly prove to be very frugal. Expect this 118bhp unit to manage over 55mpg on the combined cycle and under 110g/km of CO2. The older-tech 1.4-litre MPI petrol engine won't be quite as efficient, being likely to return around 50mpg and 120g/km. Obviously, the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel will be much better. Expect about 70mpg and about 100g/km. On all models, Kia's ISG engine stop/start system is standard. As with all Kias, the Stonic is covered by a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty that's longer than any other car in the same class. Servicing should be affordable and the various pre-paid servicing packages you can buy will further help manage costs in this regard, with 'Care-3' or 'Care-3 Plus' packages offering retail customers fixed-cost, inflation-proof servicing for either three or five years. Should you sell the car in this period, the remaining scheduled maintenance allocation can be passed on to the next owner.