KIA Stonic S 2022 Motoring Minute Review

We drive the Kia Stonic on a road test review

Kia entered the urban SUV space with the FWD only Stonic a little while ago. We spent a week in the entry level ‘S’ version. Previously we have tested the Stonic GT.

Kia Stonic S 2022 grillIf you think of the Stonic as a RIO bulked up you have a good picture of it. The RIO is a good car for its purpose.

Like all new Kias, the Stonic benefits from extensive standard equipment across the three-model range _ S, Sport and GT-Line _

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Kia Stonic S 2022 interior

Stonic comes standard with six airbags, AEB, Lane Following Assist, reversing camera with dynamic parking guidelines, and a host of extra safety features.

Inside the ‘S’ version has cruise control, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto (S trim only), multi-connection Bluetooth, 8-inch Multimedia touchscreen, 6-speaker sound system, 4.2-inch TFT LCD driver’s cluster, 15-inch steel wheels and auto headlights.

Kia Stonic S 2022 driving

Even though its FWD only the little SUV Stonic is ideally suited as an Urban run-around, that has enough flexibility to take a couple on a weekend away.

Like most small cars it’s a little light on performance but makes up for that in economy and provides a smooth and comfortable ride around town.

Priced from $22,990 driveaway for the AT version, the Stonic completes the KIA SUV line-up

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Kia Stonic SPORT apple car play

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Urban sizing
  • Warranty / price
  • Packed with features
  • performance
  • Feels a little plastic
  • Missing some safety tech

Kia Stonic SPORT engine

Model   

Kia Stonic S

Model Price $22,990 Driveaway
Engine 1.4 4 Cyl Petrol
Drivetrain 6 Speed AT FWD
Power 74kW @ 6000rpm
Torque 133Nm @ 4000rpm
Safety 5 Star (Tested 2017)
Economy ADR/ Capacity 6.7L/100km / 7.5L/100K on test / 45L
Servicing 12 mths / 15,000 km 7 years Capped Price
Warranty 7yr/ Unlimited km with Conditional 7Yr. roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Kia Stonic GT Line boot

Overall Rating    

78/100

Behind the Wheel 7
Comfort 7
Equipment 8
Performance 7
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 7
Fit for Purpose 9
Style / Appeal 8
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 9

Kia Stonic S 2022 rear driving

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  • 7/10
    Behind the Wheel - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Comfort - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Performance - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Practicality - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Style / Appeal - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Technology / connectivity - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
7.8/10

Summary

Kia entered the urban SUV space with the FWD only Stonic a little while ago. We spent a week in the entry level ‘S’ version. Previously we have tested the Stonic GT.

Priced from $22,990 driveaway for the AT version, the Stonic completes the KIA SUV line-up

About Rob Fraser 1998 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.