Seven year warranty and competitive entry price might just be enough to give Kia Stonic the edge in crowded ‘Baby SUV’ segment
“Seven year warranty and competitive entry price might just be enough to give Kia Stonic the edge in crowded ‘Baby SUV’ segment”
Stylish good looks
Comfortable and refined on the road
Not that much bigger than a Rio
Rivals have more bootspace
Standard interior is a little dull
First, there was the SUV. The original ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’ was a car that was as capable as the name suggests, could take on any terrain and be fit for whatever purpose you could throw at it.
Then, there was the crossover. A car that looked like it could do all that, but most of the time, couldn’t. But it looked like it could, had a bit more space than your average hatchback, and that raised driving position stole the hearts of the nation. So much so, that there wasn’t really any going back. We’re now at the point where even a supermini driver wants that ‘bit of extra height’, and rugged look of an SUV. And so we enter into the third phase of SUV-ization with the age of the compact crossover.
Kia are the latest brand to enter the fast-growing B-SUV segment with their oddly-named Stonic crossover. Based on the Rio, the Stonic will offer more space, and a higher ride height than its supermini equivalent.
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