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Kia Stonic

(2017 - present)

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.

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Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £17,755 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2017
Last updated: Spring 2019
Replacement due: TBA


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2017









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 emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Kia Stonic has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

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