Two petrol engines, one turbodiesel, support Kia's policy of basing all new cars on highly efficient downsized units.

Three-cylinder T-GDi turbocharged direct injection engine with 118bhp supported by normally aspirated 98bhp 1.4 petrol and 108bhp 1.6 turbodiesel.

Fuel consumption as low as 67.3mpg (official test figure) with CO2 emissions from 109g/km.

All models are front-wheel drive, and have six-speed manual transmissions and Kia's fuel-saving ISG engine stop/start system fitted as standard.

The MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension has been re-tuned to take into account Stonic’s greater ground clearance and higher centre of gravity compared with Rio.

Stonic’s chassis comprises 51 per cent advanced high-strength steel enhances rigidity and reduces weight.