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Stonic Boom: New Kia Stonic Joins the Compact Crossover Club

Hot on the heels of the distinctive Hyundai Kona, Kia has revealed its latest SUV offering – the Stonic.

It’s the smallest crossover in its now four-strong line-up alongside the hugely successful Sportage, family-friendly Sorento and hybrid Niro.

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What makes the Stonic special?

Kia is keen to point out how customisable the Stonic is, with five colour choices for the roof and various colour packs for interior and exterior trim.

There’s a distinctive new design feature in the form of a targa-style C-pillar that reaches up to the roof, while the car on the whole has a rufty-tufty look with black plastic cladding, roof bars and a raised ride height.

Elsewhere the interior is lifted almost completely from the Rio supermini, meaning it’s familiar and user-friendly.

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Anything special under the bonnet?

Not really – the familiar 1.0 T-GDI three-cylinder petrol is present and correct, as is the 1.6 CRDi diesel which will no doubt appease tax band-beholden company car drivers.

What about tech for the young’uns?

Plenty of that. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto keep connectivity up to date, while a host of advanced driver assistance and safety kit will be available, such as lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot monitoring.

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When can I have one?

The Stonic will be available in the third quarter of 2017.