2018 Kia Stinger Gets A Big Thumbs Up From Kelley Blue Book

If you’re on the lookout for a practical yet sporty grand tourer that’s also great value for money, the Kia Stinger might fit the description perfectly.

The latest review of the 2018 Stinger comes from Kelley Blue Book, and is full on the superlatives. According to the reviewer, the only downsides he found on the Stinger were the thick rear pillars and the infotainment display, specifically the fact that it was positioned a little too far away from the driver.

Otherwise, inside the Stinger you’re treated to high levels of practicality and connectivity, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available, plus leather seats as standard – although if you want the luxury of hand-stitched nappa leather, you need to pay extra for it.

In the back, while leg room is fine, as everyone has pointed out, taller people will struggle with headroom due to the slopping roof – a clear case when form didn’t follow function and a small sacrifice was done in favor of styling.

As for performance, the 3.3-liter V6 is the engine of choice, as it’s not just faster but smoother, too, than the base 2.0-liter turbo.

In the end, what makes the Stinger stand out in a crowd is undoubtedly the fact that it ticks all the right boxes. It’s a sporty looking, high-value sports sedan that’s also practical, solidly built and well equipped – plus it undercuts its posher rivals. What’s not to like?

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  • PK

    Kia Stinger is becoming a hot trend in the automobile world right now! Big respect to Kia!!!! <3

    • brn

      Typically when Kia or Hyundai release a new model, the automotive press praises it. Over time, buyers don’t. Usually, the buyers are right.

      • Bash

        Absolutely. I saw this thing in real and sat in it, couldn’t test drive it yet. its amazing, the interior, the leather dash around those three center vents, the gear shifter… its dripping cool.. but does it make me want to replace my current Charger SRT for it… its not “dripping cool” that much imo.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        i do think that is no more happening than 10 years before.
        Koreans have been developing both of the companies and making products more competitive,plus i really like Hyundai and Kia designs and Stinger looks so sexy.So why not?

      • Burnermovement

        One journo likened it to the Dodge Charger when it first came out. I thought it was apt.

        • Mergio Sarchionne

          lol wot?

          • Burnermovement

            It (the Charger) was universally praised mostly because it was RWD and a decently powerful motor was available. After the hype died down, it became a ‘meh’ car (other than the SRT models). The Stinger, he said, will suffer the same fate. He said it drove well enough, but it wasn’t all that exciting. The back end refuses to break loose and it loses its composure when driven hard.

  • LeStori

    Might be a tourer, but calling it Grand seems to be a little over the top. It looks rather ordinary on the road and is certainly not large. Neither meaning of grand seems to apply.

    • Darius Davis

      It is called a Grand Tourismo and it takes great inspiration from the Italian grand tourismos of the 60s and 70s. Those were large coupes however when you think about it they were no larger than 180 in long where as the Stinger is 190 in long.

      • Mergio Sarchionne

        its a cheap Korean copy of a European genre, they should stick to what they do best, assembly line whitegoods
        im sure it has a lot of fans excited, but it does nothing new, it does nothing innovative, its just a copy

    • Mergio Sarchionne

      its a 5 door hatchback, nothing more, nothing less
      Grand Tourers are typically 2 door, 2 seaters or 2+2
      sticking a GT badge on it does not a tourer make, same as the Toyota thingy, 86?

  • john1168

    Good review. Being that KBB did the review, it would have been nice to get a few words on what they think resale value might be like but that can be difficult to predict. I really like these Stingers but I’ll be waiting for the 2019 models to see if we will get the features and color combos that are currently missing in the USA, that are currently available everywhere else in the world.

  • Nice…!

    Looks like a Korean Panamera… but for half or less of the cost. I like it.

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