Hello everybody, after almost 6 months we can finally bring you another POV video review, initially I was planning to review the new BMW 3-series but the rental company told me they had a replacement car since I could not rent a BMW without a creditcard.
The replacement car was a brand-new 2020 KIA Stonic 1.0 T-GDI.
That was not what I expected, but I gave it a try anyway. KIA is not a brand that will raise my pulse but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the driving abilities and the spec level of this car. It offers quite a lot of goodies for the money you spend.
This car is positioned in the B-segment of the market, it has a 1 liter 3 cylinder 100 HP engine, combined consumption figures should be around 5,2 liter of petrol every 100 KM.
The engine is raw sounding but it quite efficient and the turbo adds the boost that it needs to set a reasonable 0 to 60 miles an hour time.
The 5 speed gearbox is not refined but sufficient in this class, it reminds me a little of the Suzuki swift 5 speed. The more you drive it the more you get used to it. Also in this class you can expect this kind of “refinement”.
The car is not in any way exiting but I respect the amount of car the Koreans have to offer for the money, so value for money is great.
This is not the car built for long motorway journeys but a 1-2 hour journeys should not be a problem. Insulation on the highway is not great, this car is clearly designed for the city and B-roads.
Road tax for this car in Holland will be around 30 euro’s a month and insurance will be a little bit more. With cruise-control, navigation, digital radio, aux-input and USB chargers this car is well equipped for its class. With the German cars most of these things will come at an extra.
Thanks for watching our POV review of the KIA Stonic 1.0 t-GDI and we hope to see you back in the next review.