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21.3km/L 118 bhp 7-speed (A) DCT
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21.3km/L 118 bhp 7-speed (A) DCT
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Kia Stonic Mild Hybrid
3.5 stars - based on 12 reviews
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Volkswagen T-Cross R-Line 1.0 (A) vs Kia Stonic SX 1.0 (A)
The T-Cross is more versatile and high-tech, while the Stonic is more approachable and delivers more driving thrills. Which entry-level crossover is better?

The Kia Stonic Mild Hybrid was facelifted on Jul 2021.
Read our review of the facelifted version.

Volkswagen T-Cross
More advanced cockpit
More versatile cabin and boot
Plusher ride
Higher price
Kia Stonic
More approachable
More driver-focussed cockpit
Better handling
Less expensive
12 Consumer Reviews

I have owned the stonic 1.5 years, almost all the time it was working well, but do not expect to accelerate the car very soon, it will take at least 1 second to respond, and sometime you will get clutch slip especially between gear 2 to 3. It is very bad experience, because of this i want to break the car. I did sent the car back for servicing, but C&C sadi nothing wrong with engine or whatever, everything is fine, so we have to bear it. Very sad.
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Ok for city drive `
Drove for 8k plus. It is a good small compact car. Powerful to drive. Good pick up and cruising. Powerful for long distance as well. Pros: Powerful drive Save petrol with mild hybrid Cheap road tax Blindspot warning Front parking sensor Wireless CarPlay Cons: -Small boot, not so good for long distance or if going to Malaysia road trip -passenger leg room is lesser. Same as other typical hatch. -Some time no need too much automation
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Value for money and suit my needs perfectly `
Quite nice little car to drive and suits Singaporean family needs well! I would avoid using the Eco mode though. That said, the normal mode is fuel efficient enough compare to other cars.
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Still ok for a small cc car `
It's now at 7,000km and I feel I would like to share my thoughts on this car. Was deciding between the NOTE e-kicks and this. In the end the wife decided. Its quite a perky "Small" Car with its 1 Litre turbo engine. Driving on Eco mode is still powerful enough for your daily usage (I drive alone mostly) and surprisingly, much better than my previous Made In Korea 1.6 saloon. I like the stylish shape of the Stonic with its muscular look, even more after I upgraded to 17in rims and wider tyres. (stock was 15ins). Don't expect the interior finishing to be like conti feel, there's a lot of hard plastic everywhere, as expected of this price range for a Made In Asia car. What I like is the 8ins infotainment system which comes with wireless Apple and Android Auto. Seat comfort is only so so for me maybe because I am tall, only after I installed a seat cushion (bought online) it was slightly better. However, I don't thnk it will be comfortable for long range driving. Rear pax space is quite good if you are up to 1.7m, anything more it will be quite a squeeze. Boot space is expected of a hatch back unless you fold down the rear seats. What surprises me was the brakes, it doesn't have that mushy feel and does a good job in bringing the car to a stop. Thumbs up for this. The mild hybrid, which I am driving, also gives me around 15km/l (average) with 100% Urban driving. My best was 25km/l on a long stretch from BKE to airport. Aircon is good too, however, its best to turn off auto start stop if you want a continuous cooling feel. Now comes the big "Negative", the DCT is a pain to drive. As mentioned by another reviewer, you will get occassional clutch slip especially between gear 2 to 3. Have brought back to C&C for diagonstic, but, nothing came through. So, I just have to leave with this inconvenience. The engine start button is positioned on the left, and very close to the aircon button. At times, I have accidently pressed the wrong button, hahaha. If you can accept the occassional clutch slip issue, I would say this car is not too bad.
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