Kia Stonic Sport and GT-Line 2023 Review

Is the Kia Stonic any good

Kia Stonic – In late 2021 Kia added the Stonic to its range of smaller SUVs. The FWD only Stonic is what Kia calls the Goldilocks SUV, not too small not too big, just right. And perhaps it is for urban escapades.

2023 Kia Stonic GTLine- front driving 2 Stonic comes in three grades the ‘S’ which we drove last year and the Sport and GT-Line which we have driven over the last couple of weeks.

All models are well equipped, the GT-Line with the little luxuries that buyers seem to want.

Stonic Sport comes with a 1.4L 4 Cyl petrol engine producing 74kW of power and 133Nm of torque. It drives the front wheels only through a 6 Sp AT.

It’s definitely not sporty but has adequate performance for around town driving and will allow easy freeway cruising.

The GT-Line comes with a 1.0L 3 Cyl turbo petrol engine with a 7 Sp DSG. It provides the same 74kW of power but 172Nm of torque for a zipper performance.

There is plenty of room up front for occupants, not so much in the rear seats, and boot space is good.

It seems that the SUV style vehicle continues to replace hatches and if you think of the Stonic as a bulkier Rio, then you get the picture.

The GT-Line is priced from $30,790 plus the usual costs.

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2023 Kia Stonic GTLine- front qtr

Quick Kia Stonic Thoughts

  • There is a noticeable difference between the two engines.
  • The GT with its 1.0L three cylinder engine is a bit more fun and zippier, but I usually prefer an old school automatic transmission rather than a DSG.
  • The 1.4L 4 cylinder can feel a little breathless at times, ok for around town but not much fun.
  • The DSG is a little jerky around town and needs practice to drive smoothly
  • Typically Kia both vehicles are well equipped and well priced.

Kia Stonic Final thoughts

Urban based SUVs are for the demographic that wants the more upright seating position, with the extra space over a hatchback and sedan but dont need the extra benefits of AWD.

Kia Stonic fits the brief perfectly.

Its typically Kia, packed with features, value based pricing, Australian tunes suspension and an outstanding warranty.

I would prefer the GT-Line for the zippier performance, but bear in mind the slightly jerky nature of the DCT.

What is good?

  • Overall ambience/ Stylish looks
  • Engine performance and economy
  • Value for money

What is not so good?

  • Can feel a little plasticky at times
  • Two people only comfortable
  • Not fussed on the DSG

Also look at

The small Urban SUV segment is full of vehicles with a plethora of choice.

Buyers could look at the Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Venue, Citroen C3, Toyota Yaris Cross, VW T Cross, Skoda Karoq

2023 Kia Stonic GTLine-engine



Stonic GT-Line

Model Price$30,790 MLP*
Engine1.0L 3 Cyl Turbo Petrol Euro 5
DrivetrainFWD 7Sp DCT
Battery Capacity / typeN/A
Power74kW @ 6,000rpm
Torque172Nm @ 1,500 – 4,000rpm
Fuel ADR5.4L/100km
Fuel on Test6.5L/100k
Fuel capacity45L
Range (WLTP) / efficiencyN/A
Fast Charge / Home (240V)N/A
Safety5 Star ANCAP ( Tested Jan 2017)
CO2 Emissions125g/km
0-100kmh/Top SpeedN/A
Servicing12 Mth / 10,000km – Capped Price
Warranty7yr/ unlimited km
Roadside Assist7Yr. conditional 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)

2023 Kia Stonic GTLine- front interior

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose9
Style / appeal9
Technology / connectivity8
Value for Money9

2023 Kia Stonic GTLine- interior 4 pic


Overall Length4140mm
Wheels17×6.5 Alloy
Tyres205/55 R17
Max ground clearanceUp to 183mm
Wading DepthN/A
Departure angleN/A
Turning Circle KTK10.2m
Boot Capacity Min332L
Boot capacity Max1132L
Battery WeightN/A
Kerb WeightTBC
Payload (kg)TBC
Towing Capacity450kg
Tow Ball rating75kg

2023 Kia Stonic GTLine- rear driving

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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.