Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

THE lat­est ad­di­tion to the Kia 4x4 fam­ily is the Stonic. It re­sem­bles a slightly raised-up ver­sion of the brand’s Rio su­per­mini. And it’ll be just as ca­pa­ble as a Rio off the tar­mac, too, be­cause there are no four-wheel-drive op­tions at launch.

That be­ing the case, we’d go for the ex­cel­lent 1.0-litre turbo petrol model; it’s punchy, ef­fi­cient and re­fined, so it fits well with the Stonic’s tidy han­dling.

Price range: £16,295-£20,495 Our pick: 1.0 T-GDI 118hp 2 (£16,995) En­gine: 1.0-litre 3cyl petrol, 118bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man, front-wheel drive Top speed: 115mph Econ­omy: 56.5mpg CO2: 115g/km

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