Kia Stonic review: Batten down the hatches, the crossovers are coming

If you’re a car manufacturer and not looking at how you can add a crossover to your model line-up, you’re probably aiming your efforts in the wrong direction.

The linear range of hatchback, saloon and estate has found SUVs thrust into the mix, with many embracing chunkier and more radical design. For some this was an opportunity to add an off-roader to the mix, but for many, it’s opened the door for crossovers. And it’s in this smaller segment that we’re seeing a lot of activity.

The Kia Stonic (as in stone-ic, not gin and s-tonic) is based on the Kia Rio and is typical of such a crossover move. The company already has the Sorento and Sportage in the SUV-proper range, it has the Soul in the mix too, while the Stonic rolls into the smallest position with no aspirations to offer anything more adventurous than a higher ride height and those contemporary looks.

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