Kia Stinger Continues To Impress In Latest Review

The Kia Stinger is one of the company’s most highly-anticipated products but can it hold its own against pricey competitors such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe?

Alex on Autos decided to find out and come away pretty impressed as the Stinger starts at $31,900 and even base models come nicely equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Besides the generous list of standard equipment, Alex says the car has comfortable front seats and a relatively roomy rear seat although headroom is limited.

When it comes time for a Costco trip, owners won’t have to worry as the Stinger can hold to up to 23.3 cubic feet (659 liters) of luggage. If that’s not enough room, the rear seats can be folded down to increase the car’s cargo capacity to 40.9 cubic feet (1,158 liters).

The entry-level Stinger is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 hp (190 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. The model can also be equipped with a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 developing 365 hp (272 kW) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque.

Regardless of which engine is selected, both are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear-wheels. Customers in colder climates will be happy to know all-wheel drive is also available for an additional $2,200.

In terms of the driving experience, the Stinger offers good acceleration as well as a comfortable ride that is a tad on the firm side. The model also has good handling but it feels like a larger car, partly because it is.

While the base model comes off as a reasonable upgrade from higher-end versions of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the range-topping GT2 variant starts at $49,200 and that makes it slightly less appealing. However, Alex came away pretty impressed and said he might consider buying one.

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  • Jay

    The only issue i have with this is their logo and not in a pretentious way. They really need to redesign that logo/badge all together. It looks like the cheapest part of the whole car.

    • KSegg

      Agreed. Though I’ve seen a few people with Kia’s get the new “K” logo.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f63a2c0b726f40e750a98a0312c635d9fae76dc0ab00315abbf73815aca3470.jpg

      • Jay

        but that looks like a melted Lexus logo and I don’t think thats official by any means. Hyundai learned that quick with the genesis. They need an actual icon, not just a spelling of their name. Even BMW wraps theirs around the logo and the rest don’t at all.

        • KSegg

          No arguments here. Their current logo is awful, and I’m surprised it’s still around today.

  • Dennis James

    Very informative review, congrats to the producers. The Kia Stinger looks just about perfect, nice looking exterior and quite nice interior too. But then you notice the weight (around 4000 lbs). That seems to be the main drawback keeping it from really competing with the 4-series and C-class.

    • brn

      Alex is my favorite reviewer, even if he is a little overly fond of Hyundai / Kia.

      • Six_Tymes

        Alex sounds like hes reading a book to kids in preschool.

  • Kaptain KIa

    I just wish the fuel economy was better. Overall, a very nice entry for a first-model run. Like the spare tire, styling, interior layout, available ventilated seats, and pricing.

  • sam

    This guy did an awesome review. INformative and not annoying.

    Its a great car but im not sold competely. With a seven year warranty, a gently used top of the range version in, say, 3 or4 years, for half the new car price, will be an awesome second hand car option.

  • nice car
    she did a pretty thorough review on it. would have liked to have seen her test the headlights at night

    • Mr. Crankypants

      Now why do I suspect that “edgar” is actually Chad Haire?

  • G82FS

    The Fusion Sport is only 325/375 from the factory. That is not more powerful than the Stinger…

    • brn

      It is more powerful than the base Stinger, which it is priced similarly to.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Alex on Autos is a good reviewer.

  • ctk4949

    I think this car would look best in a darker color. I wish the interior looked more like the new G70 interior. 🙁

  • bd

    Redline reviews also really liked the Stinger.

    Says something when both Alex and Sofyan (Redline) are contemplating getting the Stinger for their daily driver.

  • Michelin

    I prefer a lot Alfa Giulia. More coherent style, better handling, more sporty. Stinger is like à puzzle of concurrent cars. Nose of BMW, front light of Giulia, parts from Jaguar, and so on …..

  • Michelin

    I prefer a lot Alfa Giulia. More coherent style, better handling, more sporty. Stinger is like à puzzle of concurrent cars. Nose of BMW, front light of Giulia, parts from Jaguar, and so on …..

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