Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDi First Edition

Kia Stonic First Edition with two-tone grey and red paintwork.

Although it may not be far off, we have not yet reached the point where manufacturers routinely develop compact SUVs from scratch rather than basing them on existing hatchbacks. Kia’s Stonic is an example of the latter procedure. It’s a very close relative of the current Rio, which arrived on the UK market about a year ago. A great deal of what can be said about the Rio can therefore also be said of the Stonic. Both are smart-looking cars, but both also suffer from very low-rent interiors made of…

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