Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDi 2 2017 review
Kia’s Rio-based SUV is short on personality and interior finesse, but it’s one of the better-handling small SUVs out there. Can that give it an edge over the Nissan Juke?
Funny name, Stonic, isn’t it? It actually comes from the words ‘speedy’ and ‘tonic’. Somehow, these are supposed to evoke youthfulness and fun. It’s evoked plenty of reactions, that’s for sure. Still, it’s better that the Kia stands out from the crowd – yes, crowd – because it’s one of the later entries into the exploding small SUV market. It’s designed to go up against the Nissan Juke, Seat Arona and sister firm Hyundai’s forthcoming Kona. It’s not a dynamically gifted segment – sales leader Juke isn’t highly rated by our testers and even dynamicism masters Ford couldn’t shake up the segment with the troubled Ecosport. Kia’s facing an open goal with the Stonic, then; all it has to do is make a well-built, frisky-handling small SUV for the right price. Don’t let the fact that nobody has managed to do so yet suggest a foregone conclusion either.
Source: Autocar Online