Kia Stonic SUV - Interior & comfort
All Kia Stonic trim levels come with lots of standard equipment
While the Kia Stonic is quiet to travel in, with commendably low wind and road noise, passengers will be less pleased by the occasionally jarring ride quality, which is an unwelcome byproduct of the car's impressive stability in corners.
Although a slightly elevated ride height and longer suspension travel than the Rio means motorway undulations are absorbed, sudden shocks aren't quite as effectively dealt with and potholes can be abruptly felt. The 17-inch alloy wheels exacerbate this effect, as their relatively shallow tyre sidewalls have little ability to absorb impacts.
Kia Stonic dashboard
Anyone who’s seen the inside of the Kia Rio will find the Stonic’s interior familiar. It shares the hatchback's tidy control layout, with a well placed central touchscreen that's easy to operate. The most noticeable difference between the two is the splashes of colour across the Stonic’s dashboard, which help brighten up the interior and make it feel a bit more youthful than the Rio's.
While fit and finish are good, the quality and appeal of the materials used simply aren't in the same league as rival cars and the general ambience can't compare with the light, airy interior of the Citroen C3 Aircross. Even if you’re comparing the Stonic to the newer Ceed and XCeed, you’ll notice that Kia has taken a step forward with the quality of its cars. The Stonic’s low-slung driving position is also rather at odds with its SUV styling.
The Stonic is available in four different trim levels called '2', '3' and range-topping '4', plus a ‘Maxx’ edition for 2020.
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In 2 trim, the Stonic comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, electric windows, roof rails, rear parking sensors, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, power- adjustable door mirrors, Bluetooth, a seven-inch infotainment system with DAB radio and MP3 connectivity, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Maxx comes with exclusive alloy wheels, contrasting door mirrors, privacy glass, LED rear lights, faux-leather upholstery and a reversing camera. Move up to the 3 model and you get extras including sat nav, automatic air conditioning, automatic wipers, and an upgraded interior. The 3 also adds extra safety kit with forward collision avoidance and lane-keeping assist both included.
The Stonic in 4 trim gets luxuries such as heated seats and steering wheel, keyless go and two-tone paint, plus extra safety systems such as blind spot detection with rear traffic alert.
Customisation is a key part of the Stonic’s appeal and buyers have a choice of four colour packs for the interior: grey, bronze, orange and green. Each includes coloured trim highlights for interior surfaces, plus a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel.
The grey, orange and green packs feature two-tone dark and light grey seats in cloth and synthetic leather with contrasting stitching, while the bronze pack includes seats upholstered in perforated synthetic black leather.