Kia Stinger Coupe (2017 -) Review

Review by James Dennison on
Last Updated: 24 Jul 2017
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Traditionally known for producing practical, reliable family cars, Kia has taken a step into the unknown with the unveiling of its new executive five-door hatchback – the Stinger. Measuring up at 4.

Kia Stinger Coupe (17 on)
  • Kia reliability and warranty
  • Great-looking
  • Hot GT version
  • No economical engines confirmed as yet
  • Lack of details when published

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Summary

Traditionally known for producing practical, reliable family cars, Kia has taken a step into the unknown with the unveiling of its new executive five-door hatchback – the Stinger.

Measuring up at 4.83 metres long, the aggressively-styled Stinger is set to compete with high-end rivals such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Lexus IS. There’s also a high-performance GT model available from launch, boasting power figures of 365hp and 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.

There’s no official word on pricing, although the GT model is rumoured to cost around £42,000 – with Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty coming as standard on all versions.

High levels of standard kit expected

The South Korean manufacturer is known for offering exceptional levels of standard kit in its cars and the Stinger is likely to be no different.

Features such as Bluetooth phone connectivity, head-up display, wireless charging pad for smartphones, seven-inch multimedia touchscreen and six speakers are set to be fitted as standard on all Stingers.

Driving assistance aids such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure assist and rear cross traffic alert (alerts the driver of oncoming traffic when reversing out of a parking space) are also available on the Stinger.

Should customers wish, there’s also a 720W 15-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system available to spec on the options list. 

Two punchy petrol engines available

As well as the twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 GT model, Kia have announced that the Stinger will also be available with a smaller 255hp 2.0-litre turbo powerplant.

Promising greater fuel economy and lower emissions than the GT’s V6 engine, perky performance should also be guaranteed – although we’re yet to see any acceleration or top speed figures.

There’s no plans for a manual version of the Stinger meaning both engines will come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The power, meanwhile, will be distributed via all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive depending on the market. There’s no word yet on what that means for UK buyers, mind.

Kia Stinger GT

The aforementioned Stinger GT is billed by Kia as the ‘highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history’, and is set to be the flagship version of the new model. With a new, 55% high-strength steel body design across the entire Stinger range, Kia promises that the GT will achieve an enticing blend of ride and handling capabilities.

Aiding the Kia’s road manners is a switchable Dynamic Stability Damping Control system – a first for the manufacturer – which allows drivers to toggle between five different drive modes: Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart.

Other additions to the Stinger GT over the standard model include an upgraded nine-speaker sound system with external amplifier, plus 19-inch alloy wheels and high-performance Brembo disc brakes on all-round.

Parkers will be among the first to drive this new model, so check back soon for the full Kia Stinger review.

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