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Kia Stonic

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Summary


The Kia Stonic is a small SUV/crossover based on the Kia Rio hatchback. It was launched in late 2017 and is the smallest crossover in the Kia range.

The Stonic has received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media, with an overall Expert Rating that puts it in the midfield of its class.

One of the reasons for an abnormally high variation in scores is the Stonic’s safety rating. The entry-level models only received a three-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, while the top-end models get more safety kit (optional on the base models) and score five stars. Some sources penalise this more than others, so the Stonic gets a four-star rating from WhatCar? yet a “Don’t Buy” recommendation from Which?

Other than stiffing buyers of the base models when it comes to safety, the Kia Stonic generally gets praised for its driving dynamics and Kia’s standard seven-year warranty. However, it is criticised for poor boot space and not being as good as the Kia Rio hatchback it’s based on.

As of February 2022, the Kia Stonic has an Expert Rating of 58%, based on 18 different reviews published by UK media sources.

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £18,900 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2017
Last updated: Autumn 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2017

85%

ADULT OCCUPANT

84%

CHILD OCCUPANT

62%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

25%

SAFETY ASSIST

Note on safety rating: The Kia Stonic is currently available in four trim specifications in the UK. The two lower-spec models have a more basic safety specification than the higher-spec models, and received a three-star score from Euro NCAP. The more expensive models have additional active safety (accident avoidance) equipment, which gives them a five-star rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of February 2022, the Kia Stonic has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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Kia StonicOther than stiffing buyers of the base models when it comes to safety, the Kia Stonic is praised for its driving dynamics and Kia's seven-year warranty.