You might well expect an SUV – even a small one – to have a soft, comfort-focused ride, but that’s not the approach that Kia has taken with the Stonic. It tries instead to provide an altogether sportier experience, and it’s actually pretty successful on that score. The Stonic’s nimbleness also makes it an easy car to drive in an urban environment, but the firm ride prevents it from feeling totally at home here, though it does settle down at motorway speeds.
There’s plenty of room for four adults in the Stonic, with enough legroom for a six-foot passenger to sit behind a similarly sized driver without feeling too cramped. Headroom is sufficient, too, although, if your passenger measures much above that six-foot mark, then there’ll be some unwanted contact between ceiling and scalp. Fitting a third passenger in the rear isn’t out of the question, though, because the middle seat is wide and there’s more space for their feet than in many rivals. Boot space is very similar to the Nissan Juke
and Fiat 500X
, but it’s considerably smaller than the Renault Captur
SUVs – even small ones – commonly have a high, king-of-the-road driving position, but that’s not the case in the Stonic: your chair is low-set, like in a more regular hatchback. Still, that will be a blessing to as many people as it is curse, and your all-round visibility is still impressively clear.