Sometimes there’s a car you’re just itching to get your hands on and the Kia Stinger fits that bill.
Following rave reviews from my colleagues and its highly anticipated arrival in September, I had to find out for myself what all the fuss is about.
Not that I needed much convincing.
I’ve been a great fan of Kia over recent times and with good reason too as the Korean brand has consistently churned out quality built, feature packed and value for money offerings, model after model, year after year.
What they’ve done is produce a world class sedan to rival the Europeans.
The Kia Stinger is the culmination of all that nous and pedigree into this one large sedan showing off the best .
It’s a complete vehicle - sleek and cool on the outside, sophisticated and premium on the inside, comprehensive features and an outstanding drive.
Though I haven’t yet tested the 3.3L twin turbo V6, the lowest spec 200S with the 2.0L turbo engine impresses both in specifications and on the road.
From the driver’s seat the Stinger feels well balanced and put together, is completely stable
The 2.0L turbo is by no means a powerhouse (as is the V6), but is deceptively powerful when it comes into its own at the top end.
Besides, the increase in speed isn’t noticeable due to the superb ride quality, smooth eight –speed gearbox and quite cabin.
Suspension is firmer than the average sedan due to the bigger alloys and lower profile tyres, however, it’s still accommodating, adept at taking in the bumps and deviations to keep you gliding forward.
Everything just feels nice and tight, especially the steering, reminiscent of proceed,
Five, yes five drive modes are available at the twist of a knob with the addition of a smart mode that will pick the appropriate drive mode for the conditions.
This sits next to the electric park brake with auto hold and the rocker gear shifter.
The Kia Stinger possesses the quality fit and finish now expected from the manufacturer.
Even the entry level is of a high standard with plenty to keep you satisfied.
You don’t miss on the level of refinement in the base model S with the cabin boasting a beautiful dash design, soft touch surfaces and glossy finishes, leather seats, a leather steering wheel, propeller style air vents (in the rear too).
Push button start, paddle shifters, cruise control, dual climate control, a large touchscreen, sat-nav, auto dimming mirror, and comprehensive driver information such as a compass and TPMS make up the rest of the of the amazing standard inclusions.
There’s an eye for detail in the soft closure of the centre console cubby, and as can be expected of Kia auxiliary inputs and a lot of storage including a very big centre console bin.
All of this comes in at just $45,990, while the top of the line GT is priced from under $60k making it comparatively affordable when placed next to luxury cars.
Rear seats are a bucket style positioning the passenger lower and making up for the low slung roof line. They come complete with ISOFIX.
While the boot is long and large with abundant space for the pram or the clubs as well as easy access thanks to the liftback.
Kia proves a lot with the Stinger, not only demonstrating how far they’ve come but what they’re capable of in producing a vehicle at the same benchmark of more fancied European makes.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Kia Stinger 200S
- Engine: 2.0L turbo petrol producing 182kW/353Nm
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Warranty: 7 Years
- Safety: Not tested Stars
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: From $45,990