SPOTTO!!! Imagine the kids at pick up and drop off in this car!!
Apart from being bright yellow and a hit with the kids, let’s find out how the 2021 Kia Stonic small SUV serves as a car for a family of four.
The first thing I can tell you is the boot of the Kia Stonic is epic for a car this small! It fitted our twin pram easily and held a whopping 10 shopping bags from empty. That's bigger than the Volkswagen T-Cross, Hyundai Venue and Mazda CX-3 that all hold eight shopping bags or the Toyota Yaris Cross, which holds nine.
Storage throughout the rest of the car is minimal, especially in the back. where there is just one small map pocket and door bins that are too small for a refillable water bottle.
In the front, it’s a bit more thorough where thankfully there are two cup holders, a good-sized glovebox, bigger door bins and a glasses case in the ceiling.
I don’t expect a small SUV like the Stonic to hold three child seats so if that’s what you need you’ll need to look a little bigger in the Kia range, like the Kia Sportage.
Two child seats fit really nicely in the back with a little room between them for your kids to tuck all sorts of toys and snack packets!! However, there wasn’t room for me to sit between them.
Legroom is quite good in this little SUV/ball of sunshine. We could just sit a 184cm passenger in front of a rear-facing child seat on the passenger side and a 184cm driver in front of a forward-facing child seat but there is very little knee room for the forward-facing child as you can see in the picture.
I could fit in the driver's seat with a rear-facing child seat behind me and I’m 162cm.
The Kia Stonic is a basic little SUV to drive, the engine is revvy and road noise is loud, especially on the highway.
I felt a bit perched like I was at a bus stop while driving and the lack of adaptive cruise control made highway driving tiring too.
The media system in the Kia Stonic has Kia's latest and easy to use system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Sounds of Nature is also in there, which is great for families especially with little ones and we found the calm ocean waves really worked to get our little one to sleep.
For school runs and around town the Kia Stonic is fine and being small it is easy to manoeuvre and park in schools and supermarket car parks. The small Stonic SUV will be great for people with limited space for parking and looking for a small family car.
So for a family of four that does most of their driving around town and suburbs, the Kia Stonic is quite a good little SUV for school runs and commuting.