Kia’s come a long way to get here
DRIVING OVER 1000 miles in a Kia would once have struck the fear of God into me, but I’m enjoying the Stinger GT S. The ride quality particularly impresses, with a supple, long-legged stride that more than delivers on the GT credentials Kia promises. The trade is body roll and a lack of ultimate focus, but all movements are nicely controlled. And because V6 Stingers get adaptive dampers as standard, you can quickly tighten up the body control.
Front grip and rear traction are lower than the BMW 440i I’ve just handed back (see left), but the Kia felt nicely balanced when I chucked it about for photos – it’s length is an advantage in that regard. It’s very much a roadoptimised saloon, and quite right too, but I’m plotting a Nürburgring trip – I’ll be fascinated to see how the Stinger copes with those crests and dips.
Last month I mentioned Kia’s o¢icial mpg £igures were a way o¤ the 440i (41.5mpg versus the Kia’s 28.5mpg). So far, reality looks slightly better, with the BMW just sticking its neck out of 29mpg territory and the Kia almost reaching 24mpg. This suggests the Kia will cost over £500 extra in fuel every 10,000 miles, though – and need three services to the BMW’s one – so £ingers crossed the fuel economy improves as the V6 beds in.