The new Kia Stinger GT is a game-changer in the sports sedan establishment. For years, BMW was the go-to automaker for consumers that were looking to get into a premium sports sedan. That’s no longer the case, as Doug DeMuro got behind the wheel of the sedan and found little to complain about.
The current 3-Series is far from a head-turner. There’s nothing particularly off-putting about the car, but there’s nothing exciting about its styling, either. The Stinger GT is a breath of fresh air, as its design is striking, especially when you take in all of the minute details.
That doesn’t mean the South Korean’s design is faultless, as it has an odd rear-taillight design that incorporates enormous reflectors for no obvious reason. But if that’s the worst part of the vehicle’s design, then Kia obviously has done a lot of things right.
The trend continues on into the interior, where DeMuro claims the Stinger GT is one of the nicest Kias he’s ever been in. And unlike BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz that will charge you dearly for every little feature, Kia offers a ton of stuff as standard. And for those that want the extra goodies, the packages are a lot more affordable than any of the German competitors.
Even though the Stinger GT isn’t a performance car, it still packs a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that generates 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque and allows the sedan to get to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in a brisk 4.7 seconds.
Those figures don’t just look good on paper, but they hold up in the real world, too. It seems that the only thing the Stinger is missing compared to the competition is a bona-fide premium badge, which might be a put-off for some buyers. Anyhow, you can watch the full review of the hot Kia by checking out the video below.