Review: Stoic Kia Stonic set to Captur the Juke

Noel Dundon

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Noel Dundon

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Kia's eye-catching new SUV is on the way

The Kia Stonic will be a real winner with cusomters.

The Stonic on test drive from Horse and Jockey Motors was a real eye opener and will be a big hit with customer seeking a 181 registration plate. 

There was more of a challenge coming up with the above headline than there was driving the new Kia Stonic.
Why? Because the Stonic is quite simply a most straight forward car to drive.
This latest beauty from the Kia stable won't be the one doing laps of honour when it comes to handing out the prizes - the newest member, the Stinger, is likely to claim that award hands down.
However, for those who love the Nissan Juke, the Renault Captur, the Dacia Sandero or the Ford EcoFlex, the Kia Stonic is serious competition indeed.
Micheal Byrne and Ollie Delaney of Horse and Jockey Car Sales reckon that the petrol version will be the most popular with customers. There is a 1litre, 1.2litre and 1.4 litre petrol engine to go along with the 1.6litre diesel engine, so customers have plenty of choice. And, they are very keenly priced - they start at €19,950 and move up to €25,750 for the diesel and 1litre petrol which has high spec and turbo boost as well.
So, how does it drive? Well, beautifully actually. It looks well, has all the bells and whistles you might expect, and it drives with a smooth, solid feel which you don't often get with cars in its class. It has very decent road holding too and can comfortably fit three children in the rear seats - two adults and a child even at a push.
Kia have found ways of finding space in their vehicles which have left others behind. Just where the space comes from is difficult to assess - the boot area is double depth and generous and rear legroom is decent too. Drop down the 60/40 split back seats, with relative ease, and you have a very sizeable boot too which is handy if flexibility is your thing.
There are holders, pocckets and drawers everywhere to ensure that your must-have in-car knick-knacks are not rolling around causing a nuisance, and a deep glove compartment is ideal for storing the essentials.
This sporty number comes in five different colours and you can even customise yours Stonic with a two-tone body colour by choosing one of the special roof-colour options when you choose a K3 or K4 trim line.
We could easily say that this is an 'A-Stonic-ing' car but that would just be plain abuse of the English language. Instead, what we can say is that it looks as though Kia are onto a winner with this vehicle which is getting a hell of a lot of interest in the showroom at Horse and Jockey Car Sales right now. You'll be surprised by the uumph, the pick-up and the very pleasant driving experience.
As we said at the outset, it is a most straightforward car to drive - that's a compliment at a time when driving is becoming as much about physics as it is about skill.