Kia Stonic review Ireland

2018 Kia Stonic 1.4 Review

Kia Stonic review Ireland
The new Kia Stonic

The Kia Stonic is a brand new addition to Kia’s range in Ireland and is Kia’s answer to the burgeoning compact crossover segment. Kia already does well with the Kia Sportage SUV in Ireland, while the Niro is an option for buyers looking for a crossover but with an alternative powertrain (the Niro Plug-in Hybrid has just gone on sale).

But the Kia Stonic plugs a gap just above the Rio supermini for a compact SUV, and comes with a choice of petrol or diesel. The new Stonic is based on the Rio and is not much bigger in size but these two are so distinct from eachother, there won’t be any confusion in the dealer showroom. The Stonic bears all the hallmarks of a mini SUV: raised ride height, more aggressive styling, roof rails and extra cladding, but all packaged in a compact frame with a list price kicking off at €18,599.

Granted the Kia Stonic does carry a price premium over the Rio supermini and while it will seat five, don’t be expecting oceans of space inside. Shoulder room up front is adequate and headroom is very generous all round. In the rear there is not much more legroom than in a Rio so a tall passenger seated behind a tall driver will suffer a bit. The boot is 352 litres versus about 325 in the Rio and has a flat loading area.

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The interior of the new Kia Stonic

Inside hard plastics prevail like in most of the rivals but Kia has made the interior a little more interesting with some other materials and a two tone black and grey look. In terms of equipment, the car looks modern with my 1.4-litre K3 spec car (from €22,599) featuring a number of safety features like lane departure warning, and there’s also Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility with the 7” touchscreen infotainment system.

In Ireland the Kia Stonic is offered with a 1.2-litre petrol (84hp), a 1.4-litre petrol (100hp), a new 1.0-litre turbo petrol (120hp) and a 1.6-litre diesel (110hp).

My test car had the 1.4-litre petrol engine. It’s a naturally aspirated petrol engine so lacks the in gear punch of a turbo unit but it keeps the Stonic more affordable and offers adequate power for town, city, motorway and rural road driving. It’s quiet on the move and the Stonic holds the road well with good grip and steering that weights up in corners for greater reassurance behind the wheel. The ride comfort is patchy with a firm note to the suspension being noted over anything other than smooth roads. The little Kia is light and agile to drive, with good refinement at speed.

Kia Stonic review Ireland
The Kia Stonic is a good value compact crossover with a lot of presence

The Kia Stonic fills a gap in Kia’s range for a compact crossover and arrives with smart styling and a good equipment/pricing position. There’s a of competition in this segment at this time, but with Kia’s track record for selling SUVs, the Stonic should find a very accepting new fanbase.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Kia Stonic 1.4 K3
Price: 
€22,599 (Range from €18,599)
Engine: 1.4-litre petrol
Power: 
100hp
Torque: 133Nm
0-100km/h:  
12.6 seconds
Top speed: 172km/h
Economy: 
5.5l/100km
CO2 emissions:  
125g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


2017 Kia Stonic ireland review

Kia Stonic First Drive Review

Read a full Irish road test of the Kia Stonic 1.4

The Kia Stonic is Kia’s new B-segment compact crossover and will arrive in Irish showrooms from October 27th, priced from €18,599. I’ve been driving the new Kia Stonic at the Irish launch in Barberstown Castle.

Styling

The Kia Stonic is based on the Kia Rio supermini but is sporting a whole new ‘outdoorsy’ look. It’s got a raised ride height and cladding and is a compact but smart presence, likely to look equally at home in the city or in the country.

Interior

The interior has more character than the interior of the Kia Rio supermini: there is a greater mix of materials and colours that lift the cabin a bit more. Hard plastics prevail but that’s common in this segment and it doesn’t look too cheap. A 7” touchscreen with Bluetooth comes as standard and is easy to use.

Practicality

In terms of space, it’s not much bigger than the Rio but the increased headroom makes it feel more spacious. In the back, it will be tight for a tall driver and a tall passenger, but the flat transmission tunnel is a welcome addition for middle passengers. The boot is a respectable 352 litres with a false floor giving a flat loading area.

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The interior of the new Kia Stonic

Engines

The new Kia Stonic is available in Ireland with a choice of three petrol engines and one diesel engine: a 1.2-litre petrol (84hp), a 1.4-litre petrol (100hp), a new 1.0-litre turbo petrol (120hp) and a 1.6-litre diesel (110hp).

At the launch I drove the Kia Stonic 1.4-litre petrol with 100hp. It needs to be revved hard to pick up speed but feels nippy enough and should be plenty for urban driving. CO2 emissions for this model are 125g so motor tax will be €270 and fuel economy is a claimed 5.5l/km.

On the road

On the road the new Kia Stonic is light and easy to drive. It feels agile and holds the road well through bends. There is some road noise and a little bit of firmness in the suspension catches it out over rough surfaces. A full review will follow in 2018 when I have the car for a longer road test.

Equipment

The new Kia Stonic is available in four grades: K1, K2, K3 and K4. The K1 entry level spec includes a skid plate front and rear, Bluetooth, 7 inch touchscreen, 15 inch alloys, front armrest, spare wheel, privacy glass, speed limiter and cruise control. K2 includes 17 inch alloys, roof rails, auto lights, DRL LEDs, electrically heated and folding wing mirrors, and manual air con. K3 includes ADAS safety equipment, LED rear lights, chrome belt line, two tone leather, heated front seats, Sat Nav, DAB radio and rear view camera. The top of the range K4 model includes Smart Key, metal pedals, blind spot detector, and dual auto air con.

All K3 and K4 models come with the option of two tone roof and interior trim personalisation.

Pricing

Petrol

Stonic K1 model 1.2 €18,599

Stonic K2 model available in 1.4 €21,099

Stonic K3 model available in 1.4 €22,599

Stonic K4 model with 1.0TDGi €24,599

Diesel

Stonic K2 1.6 D €23,099

Stonic K3 1.6 D €24,599

2017 Kia Stonic ireland review
The Kia Stonic is on sale in Ireland at the end of the month priced from €18,599

Rivals

The Kia Stonic will face competition from established names like the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur and newcomers like the Hyundai Kona and SEAT Arona.

Verdict

The new Kia Stonic commands about a €3000 price premium over the similarly sized Kia Rio supermini but B-segment crossovers are hugely popular and in this segment image counts. The Kia Stonic has the SUV ‘image du jour’ and is well specced. Engines vary from the more breathless naturally aspirated units to a punchy turbo unit so it depends on budget. In a busy segment, the Kia Stonic will be up against it but Kia has a good track record of selling SUVs.

Caroline Kidd


Kia Stonic Vlog

Vlog: Kia Stonic Launch

My vlog from the Kia Stonic Launch in Barberstown Castle. Also includes a car swap!


Kia Stonic

Kia Stonic Primed For October Launch

Read a full Irish road test of the Kia Stonic 1.4

The new Kia Stonic will arrive in Irish showrooms from October 27th, priced from €18,599.

The SUV-inspired Kia Stonic is an important conquest model for Kia in a fast-growing B-SUV segment.

The Kia Stonic will be available in Ireland in four trim levels with a choice of three petrol engines and one diesel engine.

Prices will range from €18,599 for an entry level Stonic K1 with 1.2-litre petrol engine, to €24,599 for the top of the range Stonic K4 model powered by the 1.0TDGi (turbo petrol). Diesels start from €23,099.

The K1 entry level spec includes a skid plate front and rear, Bluetooth, 7 inch touchscreen, 15 inch alloys, front armrest, spare wheel, privacy glass, speed limiter and cruise control.

The Stonic K2 model (from €21,099) comes with a choice of 1.4-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel and includes 17 inch alloys, roof rails, auto lights, DRL LEDs, electrically heated and folding wing mirrors, and manual air con.

The Stonic K3 model (from €22,599) comes with the same engine choice as K2 and includes ADAS safety equipment, LED rear lights, chrome belt line, two tone leather, heated front seats, Sat Nav, DAB radio and rear view camera.

Kia Stonic
The Kia Stonic will go on sale in Ireland priced from €18,599

The top of the range K4 model (from €24,599) has the 120 PS 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine and equipment includes Smart Key, metal pedals, blind spot detector, and dual auto air con.

All K3 and K4 models come with the option of two tone roof and interior trim personalisation.

James Brooks, Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland, said: “The Stonic will be an important conquest model for Kia in one of the newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. In Ireland, the B-SUV segment is expected to grow by 100% in the next two years as demand for traditional B and C segment cars declines. We expect Stonic to become an extremely important part of our product mix here in Ireland and become as just as successful as our flagship Sportage and cee’d models."

Caroline Kidd