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Car Review - Kia Stonic 1.0T SX Sunroof (A)
07 Jan 2019  |  Kia Reviews
It may not be particularly exciting, but the new Kia Stonic effectively delivers everything that you expect from an affordable compact crossover.
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   Consumer Reviews of Kia Stonic
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OVERALL RATING
 
5 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
3.5/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
4/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4.5/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
5/5 Engine Performance
4.5/5
5 out of 5 (100%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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Mach23
Premium User Mach23
3rd Gear
11 reviews
334 points
267 forum posts Joined on 15-Mar-2009
A mini KIA that set the pulse racing  Posted on 10 Feb 2019
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Comfort 3/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 3/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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The new Stonic easily caught our attention with its bright and sporty colors (resembles the Audi Q2 Yellow and Red) in the showroom. It's crossover style and aesthetic overshadowed the Cerato and I sat in the test car the punchy engine and sharper handling left good first impression even while we are still in the driveway.

The high torque (from 1500rpm of its 1.0T engine) instill confidence while exiting filtering in the busy Alexandra Road. The engine note was pleasing to the ears more so than Nissan's 1.2T eg Qashqai. Keeping ahead of the pack at the traffic lights was easier than 1.6 naturally aspirated Cerato. With its 7-Speed DCT, the driving experience resembles 1.2T Golf promising fun without risk losing your licence. A very easy car to point and shoot as well as park with its electric hydraulic steering which felt sharper than Nissan qashqai and Ford Kuga.

What I like
- punchy 1.0T engine coupled with seamless DCT transmission
- lower road tax and better FC than Cerato
- faster acceleration than Cerato. Stonic does (0-100kmh) in about 10 Sec
- Low road tax
- Smart trunk
- Crossover ground clearance
- Silhouette and choice of colors
- roof rack and Sunroof options
- Appleplay and Android as standard
- DRL

What I do not like
- plasticky interior especially all door panels
- no rear aircon
- smallish trunk
- too small to seat 5 adults in the rear
- faux leather seats

mikk123
Premium User mikk123
2nd Gear
1 reviews
223 points
121 forum posts Joined on 21-Jun-2015
A vezel killer  Posted on 30 Dec 2018
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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I went down to test drive the car EX mode on 29th Dec. It was placed right at the entrance of the showroom, guess it is the new baby in town. It looks good, no doubt. It looks sporty, young, makes you want to own it. After going through the exterior and interior, i requested the test drive. Oh...Boy, it didn't disappoint. It is only 1000cc but it has the power to move fast. I am driving a 1.6l japan model and stonic is the better one. Very tempted to book one, but my current ride has 4 years to go and decided to hold back. The best part is the price. A whole more than 10k cheaper than vezel. Yes, it is smaller at the back boot, but hey, most of the time our back boot is empty. The weekly visit to supermarket is good enough. It is quiet inside and has the solid feel of European car. To add the icing on the cake, it is from C&C with 10 years engine warranty.

What I like
1, the price, a good more than 10k cheaper than japan counterpart.
2, the look, it pleases the eyes.
3, the quality, it feels solid.
4, the drive, no lagging at all because of the turbo.
5, from the C&C, easy of mind.

What I do not like
not much really.

LawrenceLee_110640
Premium User LawrenceLee_110640
1st Gear
2 reviews
67 points
55 forum posts Joined on 03-Feb-2015
Saw the Stonic at KIA showroom, caught my eyes and love the test drive feeling!  Posted on 20 Feb 2019
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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Went to KIA showroom just to see what car they have and the Stonic caught my eyes, love the sport outlook and also the interior design. Apple Carplay comes with it which I like, don't have to install it separately. I really love the exterior looks and it's feature packed interior which really caught my eyes.

The torque and also the 1.0T engine is nice to drive with esp the acceleration comparing with the 1.6 naturally aspirated Cerato which I both test drive with. I still won over by the 1.0T and torque engine of Stonic over Cerato anytime. It's a fun car to drive, suspension is good over road bumps!

One thing I hope is the warranty coverage from C&C is good, and also the reliability of Kia, never own one before, Hope it don't disappoint me. Went to see it in the morning and booked the car in the evening time.

What I like
1) The funky exterior looks
2) 1.0Turbo and the torque (No Lag due to the turbo)
3) 6 Airbags
4) Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
5) Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVBB)
6) Auto Headlight
7) Apple Carplay (Love this)
8) Price of the Car
9) Low Road Tax
10_ Definitely faster acceleration than Cerato 1.6
11) DRL Lights
12) 7-inch Infotainment System
13) Electric Folding Mirrors with side repeaters
14) Sunglasses Storage with overhead console lamp
15) Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R)
16) 17" for SX Model

What I do not like
1) Rear Sit too cramp for 3 adults
2) Small Boot Space
3) No Rear Aircon
4) Manual Hand Brake (Not Electronic Park Brake)

MarkerPen
1st Gear
14 reviews
51 points
0 forum posts Joined on 28-Aug-2011
My first new car! Fun to drive and funky to look at!  Posted on 23 Jan 2019
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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I had no intention of buying a new car as my COE car still had 4 years more to go. However, once I clapped eyes on the Stonic at the 2019 Motorshow, I was won over by its looks and feature-packed interior then when I saw the price, I was even more tempted. The next day, I went down to the Kia showroom at Alexandra and test drove the car. The drive was so much fun! Totally changed my perspective of Kia. I was grinning during the test drive! This car had real punch and darts around corners nicely. Overtaking is an ease on the expressways compared to regular 1.6L NA cars. Best of all, it is a FUN car to drive and will add some zest to your daily commute.

Before I made my decision, I compared similar models like the SEAT Ibiza, Honda Jazz, Suzuki Swift but the Kia Stonic won me over with its looks, features and drive experience and not to mention the dealer support and warranty coverage from C&C. Plus, my wife love the looks of this car too! I booked my car the following week and I am super excited to collect it!

What I like
1. The funky crossover looks and functional interior
2. The attractive price for the number of features you get: 6 airbags, Hill Start Assist, Torque Vectoring, ESC, , Auto Headlight, Apple CarPlay
3. Fun to drive!

What I do not like
Rear seat space could be improved for carrying 3 passengers

DdCarReviewerSG
1st Gear
21 reviews
54 points
0 forum posts Joined on 13-Sep-2018
Cheap and good everyday car.  Posted on 15 Jan 2019
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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For those who visited the Car Show held at the Suntec City Convention Centre, you would have seen the amazing deals that Cycle Carriage can give. Was walking around near the Mini Cooper Booth and saw the price of the car from a distance. Was immediately drawn to the car. Went to see the base model as well as the sunroof model. For those who would like to purchase a Stonic, please purchase the sunroof edition. It is really worth the extra 2k.

What I like
Sporty Outlook
Strong Power Output for a small CC Car
DASHBOARD Cluster really shows the effort put in to design the car

What I do not like
The car is really cramped especially at the back.
The car may be well built and pleasing to the eye, however, the company's reliability is dubious.

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