The new Kia Stonic, the company’s first small SUV, officially goes on sale on 23rd October, with prices starting from £16,295 and rising to £20,495.

Although based on the Kia Rio, the new Stonic is slightly longer at 4140mm and features 42mm more ground clearance.

Two grades will be available from launch – a Stonic 2 and a more generously equipped First Edition model – together with a choice of three engines.

The entry-level power unit is a 1.4-litre petrol with 98bhp and 133Nm of torque, capable of hitting 60mph in 12.2 seconds and achieving up to 51.4 mpg.

The more popular choice, however, is likely to be the 1.0-litre turbocharged T-GDi engine.  Its 118bhp and 171Nm drop the 0-60mph sprint to 9.9 seconds, while also improving economy to 56.5 mpg and dropping emissions – from the 125 g/km of the 1.4 to a respectable 115 g/km.

Also available is a 1.6-litre turbodiesel with 108bhp and 260Nm, offering 0-60 in 10.9 seconds, 67.3 mpg economy and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.

All models drive the front wheels only (Kia says only 8% of buyers opt for AWD in this segment) through a six-speed manual transmission.

Every Stonic comes equipped with alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, Bluetooth-capable six-speaker audio system with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, projector headlights and LED running lights.

First Edition models add keyless entry, stainless pedals, part faux-leather upholstery, climate control, LED tail-lights, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, dual-height boot floor and some extra chrome trim.

All Stonic models have stability control and stability management as standard, together with hill-start assist, while First Edition models gain autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert – some of which can be added to the Stonic 2 at extra cost.

First Edition models also sport a contrasting look, with the roof, door mirrors and rear spoiler painted in either black, lime green, red or orange.

Paint finishes on the Stonic 2 include Clear White, Blaze Red, Graphite, Midnight Black and Sienna Brown, while First Editions gain the choice of Zest Yellow, Urban Grey and Satin Silver.

Prices start at £16,295 for the Stonic 2 1.4, while the First Edition 1.6 CRDi diesel is available from £20,495.

Alex Kefford

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Freelance journalist, ex-offroad driving instructor and long distance road-tripper. If you have any questions about this piece, feel free to hit me up on Twitter.