For Kia, the Stonic is an absolute newcomer to the product portfolio. Nevertheless, it will be a success story, simply because of the highly competitive segment. The Renault Captur leads it inexorably and yet for the last 18 months almost all manufacturers have tried their hand at a B-SUV. A crossover that is only slightly larger and more usable than a small car.
Kia Stonic with four engines on offer
Technically, the Kia Stonic is closely related to its small car counterpart Rio. He also steals the engines from him. Three petrol and one diesel. Two well-known Kia naturally aspirated engines without turbocharging with 84 or 99 hp. For the Rio two ideal engines, for the Stonic a little bit of “bang” if you have a little more in mind with the crossover. The turbo three-cylinder, or T-GDI for short, engine with 120 horses is advisable. In terms of torque and acceleration from the lower speed range, it is a little inferior to the diesel, but overall it is economical and powerful at the same time.
Attractive price structure right in the heart of the competition
The specialty of the Kia Stonic is probably the good price structure and also the colorful paintwork. On the one hand, it is a little cheaper than a Seat Arona for 15,790 euros, but it already offers more features. In direct comparison with slightly more powerful engines, the price difference disappears, but Kia can place itself with a broad chest in this segment.
Typically Kia but also something new in the details
They created a crossover with Mukkies. The front in particular is typically Kia, but shows courage and expressiveness towards the wheel arches. The buttocks are also impressive, add a little more to the crossover uniformity and come with independent ideas of lines. Kia only has to catch up with the assistance systems, as the competitors offer more for a substantial surcharge. This puts an end to warning systems. Only the emergency brake assistant can act completely autonomously.
Video driving report Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDI
Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner