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Kia Stonic buying guide

Stonics come with several different trim and engine options. Read on to learn more about each choice so you can pick the Stonic that’s right for you.

What Kia Stonic trim levels are there?

Kia names its trims after numbers but clearly considered 1 to be beneath the Stonic so the range kicks off with 2. 2 trim brings alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors and an infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

3 trim upgrades to full climate control and part-leather interior trim, and adds built-in sat nav to the infotainment system.

4 is a high-spec trim for the Stonic. This version gets posh features including contrast colours on the exterior, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a reversing camera.

GT-Line is Kia’s sporty trim level similar to Mercedes’ AMG-Line or Audi’s S Line. Stonic models in GT-Line trim get darkened exterior detailing, a meaner looking body kit and larger alloy wheels, helping them stand out from the crowd. On-board technology is similar to 3 trim.

Kia Stonic interior and technology

The Stonic’s cabin is typical for a Kia product. That is to say it feels well made and everything is well laid out, making it easy to find the function you’re looking for. It’s not quite as stylish as some more premium options from its German rivals, for example, but the Stonic also avoids the bargain-basement feeling you get from more affordable options such as the Dacia Duster.

Kia’s infotainment system is pretty good and contains all the functions you’d hope for, although the screen could be larger and more responsive. It’s good that every model across the range comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to use apps such as sat nav and music streaming directly from your smartphone.

Passenger space in the Stonic is fine assuming you don’t regularly travel with every seat filled. Four adults will find plenty of head, knee and elbow room, but you’ll quickly get complaints from the rear row if you need to squeeze three back there. The boot might not be the very largest in this class, but its wide, square shape means it makes the most of its dimensions.

What’s the best engine for the Kia Stonic?

Stonics are all petrol powered, but there are a couple of different engines to suit your needs. We'd go for one of the turbocharged ones as they're quite powerful and efficient.

(Most popular!) Kia Stonic 1.0T GDi 99 petrol

The sweet spot in the engine lineup is Kia’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit. This makes 99hp – pretty much the same as the 1.4-litre non-turbo engine – but has noticeably more torque helping it feel quite a bit quicker in day-to-day use.

Kia Stonic 1.0T GDi 118 petrol

The most powerful engine currently offered in the Stonic is the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, but with the power turned up to 118hp. This drops the 0-62mph time by around a second and will feel much more relaxed on the motorway as a result.

Kia Stonic 1.4 MPi petrol

The entry-level engine for the Kia Stonic is a 1.4-litre four-cylinder non-turbo petrol engine. With 98hp on tap, this will feel fine around town but might start to feel a bit strained if you ask it to overtake on the motorway.

Your Kia Stonic questions answered

The Kia Stonic is offered in just one bodystyle – a five-door hatchback SUV. If you like the look of the Kia lineup but fancy something larger, take a look at the Kia Niro or Kia Sportage.

The Stonic is a little more than 4.1 metres long. That makes it a few millimetres shorter than rivals including the Renault CapturNissan Juke and Peugeot 2008.

Despite the modest exterior dimensions, the extra height of the Stonic compared with the Kia Rio hatchback on which it’s based means there’s good headroom available for taller adults. Four will sit comfortably in the Stonic, and you can squeeze five in for short journeys. Boot space is acceptable for the class, with just about enough room for one large suitcase and a couple of smaller bags.

Recent owner satisfaction surveys suggest that all Kias, including the Stonic, are very reliable. Kia’s long seven-year/100,000-mile warranty shows its confidence in its products, and means you’ll be protected even when buying a nearly new or used Kia Stonic.

Yes, all Kia Stonics come with Isofix points (it’s been a legal requirement since 2012). They’re located on the outer rear seats and are compatible with top-tether child seats as well as ones with a supporting leg.

No, you can’t get a Kia Stonic with a sunroof. If a sunroof is a must-have, consider stepping up to the Kia XCeed in GT-Line S trim, as this does have one.

Kia would probably like you to think of the Stonic as an SUV, and its black body cladding and roof rails make it look more rugged than the Rio it’s based on. But you don’t get a massive increase in ride height so it feels like a conventional hatchback. Like many of its rivals, there’s no four-wheel drive option.