The Stinger stunner
Kia’s stunning Stinger sports fastback is a true grand tourer loaded with driving appeal, kit and charisma, a truly winning combination
Most people’s reaction to the Stinger fastback flagship was that it was a Kia – a dark horse that will bring the Korean brand to people’s attention for all the right reasons.
LOOKS AND IMAGE
This fabulous fastback looks potent, powerful and purposeful from any angle with strong, sculpted lines, swooping curves, large side and body vents and quad exhausts. Put a premium brand badge on it and most people would be none the wiser – and pay considerably more to own one.
UNDER THE BONNET
Launched with a 365bhp, 3.3-litre, twin turbo V6, there are also 244bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol and 197bhp 2.2-litre turbo diesel engines all with eightspeed automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre petrol has bags of top-end power and, with peak torque from 1,400 to 3,500rpm, you don’t need to work it hard for good progress, hence 35mpg overall. Smart, eco, comfort, sport and sport+ driving modes alter the character.
HOW IT DRIVES
The ride is fine-tuned for UK roads – firm enough for well-honed handling but not unyielding, while good damping cushions passengers from seriously-scarred roads.
Combine the Stinger’s longlegged performance and cruising comfort and you’ve got a true gran turismo – a genuine tourer.
SPACE AND COMFORT
It seats only four, but large adults will enjoy the head and legroom in the shapely rear seats. The vast boot is more about length and width than depth, but at
406 litres takes a good load of luggage. Rear seats split 60/40 and fold flat.
The cabin feels understated, compared to the exterior, with lots of dark trim, but no complaints about quality, fit and finish.