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The Top Gear car review:Kia Stonic
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
Seeing a bit of the Rio’s interior in here? Hardly surprising, as the Stonic and Rio are as closely related as Kim and Kourtney. Probably easier to live with, mind.
Anyway, the Stonic basically takes the Rio’s cabin, adds a little height and some flannel-shirt ruggedness, and works pretty well thanks to that. It has decent front seats (comfy and supportive), clear instruments and everything seems reasonably well bolted together. The materials used aren’t that great though.
Almost every plastic panel feels hard and scratchy, while the exterior door handles feel flimsy, too. Space in the back seats will be adequate (just about) for kids up to and including tall teenagers, but adults will find things a bit cramped. As with almost every car in the class, the Stonic’s boot is just too small — 352 litres is not enough for a family of four on a weekend away, but at least if you fold the back seats down, the 1,155 litres on offer should be enough for a weekend run to the recycling centre. As with the dynamic setup, there’s nothing much on the inside to be especially impressed by, but there are equally no glaring errors.
As is the Kia way, there’s good standard equipment, including a neatly integrated seven-inch touchscreen (which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) with good, clear sat nav. Air conditioning, parking sensors and Bluetooth are standard across the range.
All the safety kit isn’t, though. Stability control is standard, as is hill-start assist, but you have to upgrade from an entry ‘2’ model to a First Edition if you want autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, or driver attention assist. First Edition models also get fake leather and contrast-colour interior highlights, the worth of which is debatable.