Cars Kia Stonic - first drive of Kia's new small SUV

17:47  21 june  2017
17:47  21 june  2017 Source:   Autocar

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Smaller , sharper bumps are usually felt, and road roar is slightly too penetrative. More positively the steering is precise and well weighted, at least at the relatively modest speeds of the test drive . Read more: Kia Stonic : first pictures of new small SUV leaked online.

By volume, the B- SUV market is expected to overtake the C- SUV segment by 2020, when more than one in ten new cars sold in Europe will be from the Stonic 's Buyers can choose from a selection of Kia ' s DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to further enhance active safety.

The Stonic is potentially quite a colourful sight, bright hues and an optional two-tone finish complemented by similarly bright (and optional) cabin decor. It looks less mini-SUV and more high-riding hatchback than some of its competitors, the aim being to imbue this crossover with a sportier flavour than some.

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The Stonic is a small SUV designed jointly by Kia ' s design studios in Europe and South Korea and offers a sedated design language as compared to the Kona. The new Stonic though does have very typically Kia cues, like the tiger nose grille and the sleek headlamps.

Not that this is a car in which to lay rubber. The most powerful version is a 118bhp 1.0 litre turbo triple, which we got to try on public roads around the Hyundai and Kia research and development centre in Namyang, along with the 109bhp 1.6 diesel.

You certainly climb into a cheerful cabin if it’s finished with the metallic orange highlights of the test car, to survey a tidily modern dash design complete with the increasingly commonplace upstanding infotainment screen.

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Pictures of the new Kia Stonic have leaked online The pictures first surfaced on a Spanish website Kia ' s small SUV is due to launch later today

2018 Kia Stonic . NiceCarsInfo Team June 18, 2017. Days after Hyundai unveiled its new small SUV christened Hyundai Kona; Kia also released renderings of its upcoming compact crossover.

The driving position is good apart from the height adjustable seat’s lack of a cushion tilt, the seat base’s fixed angle less than ideal. The control layout is logical, and the infotainment system relatively straightforward to use.

There’s no mistaking the 1.0 litre’s cylinder count, the trio thumping a lightly throbbing beat that’s more evident than you’ll experience aboard plenty of three piston rivals. Kia says that there will be improvements to noise suppression for the showroom versions, which is just as well because the engine note doesn’t recede as much as it ought to at a cruise.

Revs are won fairly easily, but it’s noticeable that the climb towards the red line develops in faint steps, this engine less smooth than some three-pots. But both clutch and gear lever are light and easy to use, the six-speeder’s gate well defined.

The four-cylinder diesel, which provides the lowest CO2 emission rating, also comes with a six-speed gearbox. This 109bhp 1.6 litre four-cylinder pulls solidly from usefully low speeds and provides the Stonic with a slightly more effortless character. But like the three-cylinder petrol it’s a little too gruffly intrusive, and certainly isn’t the most refined small diesel.

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Kia Stonic driven : first impressions of new small SUV . Kia European marketing director Artur Mertens said: "This segment is the fastest growing in Europe. It was one million sales last year and will be two million by 2020.

Better news is that this engine will be replaced in 2018, so it might be worth hanging on if it’s a diesel Stonic that you want.

On the move the ‘solid’ ride that Kia product development chief Spencer Cho describes is evident as soon as you hit a turbulent road surface, the suspension’s absorption powers no more than moderate. The Stonic’s ride isn’t uncomfortable, but like the Rio on which it’s closely based there’s a disappointing lack of suppleness and sophistication. Smaller, sharper bumps are usually felt, and road roar is slightly too penetrative.

More positively the steering is precise and well weighted, at least at the relatively modest speeds of the test drive. There was no scope for brisk cornering, but the Stonic’s reluctance to roll was evident, suggesting decent agility at the minimum. It’s also easy to drive.

The Stonic feels spacious, too, the big windscreen making it feel more commodious than it actually is up front, while those in the rear will enjoy enough space to make long journeys more than tolerable. A shame, though, that there’s no panoramic roof option, especially as the paint looping from the ‘D’ pillars across the roof of the two-tone versions Kia describes as a targa effect, this word usually implying a removable roof.

Despite the absence this Kia is a visually appealing device that comes with a well-planned and potentially colourful interior. The Stonic certainly looks the part, but its lack of dynamic sophistication is a disappointment. At the moment there’s no outstanding contender in the compact B-SUV crossover segment, but plenty more are on the way including the Citroen C3 Aircross and a new Juke.

Kia says the Stonic is not quite finished, the cars we tried being prototypes, but it will need some committed polishing to meet the dynamic standards that its styling deserves.

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