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Kia Stonic

The independent definitive Kia Stonic video review
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    SUPER STONIC? (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Kia Stonic offers small SUV buyers yet another tempting choice. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 36

    Kia has entered the market for small Juke-style compact Crossover SUVs with this model, the Stonic. It showcases the brand's fresh, more charismatic styling approach and offers buyers a highly personalisable choice in this growing segment.

    Backgroundword count: 149

    Kia couldn't afford not to be in the B-SUV segment for Nissan Juke and Renault Captur-style Crossovers. This sector of the market does, after all, currently account for over 1.1 million sales in Europe each year and that figure is only likely to grow. Forecasts expect the number to top 2 million by 2020, at which point ales will overtake those in the 'C' part of the SUV segment - that for Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage-sized Crossovers. Kia has noted that the B-SUV segment attracts buyers from across the spectrum, with 21% of customers upsizing from a supermini and another 15% downsizing from their family hatchbacks. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those looking to replace their compact MPVs. This model is based on the underpinnings and engineering of Kia's Rio supermini and shares much of its design with anther Korean contender in this class, Hyundai's Kona.

    Driving Experienceword count: 169

    As expected, the Stonic shares the engine line-up used in Kia's Rio supermini. That means a range of lightweight, downsized, turbocharged petrol and diesel powerplants, each paired with a manual transmission. Buyers have the choice of the brand's lightweight 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDI turbo petrol unit, as well as the older-tech but cheaper 98bhp 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI petrol engine. An efficient 108bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine completes the range, offering the lowest emissions in the line-up. The car's European-tuned steering and suspension are designed to offer the kind of fun responses buyers are now expecting from small SUVs these days. The stiff bodyshell should help here, this having allowed the development team to introduce a more compliant suspension system. A carefully calibrated power steering system should provide decent feel through the helm too. The standard 'VSM' 'Vehicle Stability Management; system includes 'Torque Vectoring; and 'Cornering Brake Control; to help you get the power down through the corners. All models are front-driven: there's not much appetite in this segment for 4WD.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    13.5

    Combined mpg:

    50

    CO2 (g/km):

    100

    120

    Max Speed (mph):

    100

    Price:

    15000

    24000

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    80%
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