Full five stars for Kia’s Stinger

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

All ver­sions of Kia’s Stinger per­for­mance sedan will now carry a five-star crash safety rat­ing af­ter the Korean car-maker added key safety gear to the 200S and 330S vari­ants.

The two en­try-level Stinger vari­ants achieved a three-star rat­ing from the Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram, ANCAP, in De­cem­ber last year be­cause they were miss­ing au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and lane-keep as­sist.

All other vari­ants – the four-cylin­der 200Si and Gt-line and V6-pow­ered 330Si and GT – were awarded the max­i­mum five stars at the time.

The ad­di­tion of AEB and lane-keep as­sist to the 200S and 330S to ve­hi­cles built from March 2018 has brought the two vari­ants back in line with the rest of the Stinger line-up’s five-star rat­ing.

Kia has also added adap­tive cruise con­trol, driver at­ten­tion alert and rain­sens­ing wipers to the 200S and 330S, while at the same time in­creas­ing prices of both vari­ants by $1000, to $46,990 plus on-road costs and $49,990 re­spec­tively.

Kia Mo­tors Aus­tralia chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Damien Mered­ith said the car­maker acted im­me­di­ately to im­prove the Stinger 200S and 330S’s safety of­fer­ing af­ter it was made aware of the low safety rat­ing. “As soon as we were made aware of the un­usual sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the orig­i­nal ANCAP rat­ing of the Stinger, Kia Mo­tors Aus­tralia took steps to rec­tify and en­sure con­sis­tency across the model range,” he said.

“At no stage was there any sug­ges­tion that the phys­i­cal crash safety of any Stinger model was less than any other grade, how­ever, the ab­sence of some tech­nol­ogy on the en­try-level cars led to a split rat­ing.

“With the in­clu­sion of AEB on both S-grade mod­els that sit­u­a­tion no longer ex­ists.”

The Stinger has been a sales suc­cess for Kia since its launch in Septem­ber last year, with 504 find­ing homes in its four months on sale in 2017, while 681 have been sold to the end of April this year.

It is of­fered with ei­ther a 182kw353nm 2.0-litre tur­bocharged four­cylin­der en­gine or a 272kw-510nm 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6, both paired with an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion driv­ing the rear wheels.

It is priced from $46,990 for the base four-pot 200S and tops out at $59,990 for the V6 GT.

STAR POWER: The ad­di­tion of AEB and lane-keep as­sist has in­creased the Kia Stinger 200S and 330S’s ANCAP score from three to five stars.

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