The Kia Stinger is a smart-looking coupe that’s exciting to drive, comfortable and comes with a seven-year warranty – but it’s almost as expensive as more premium alternatives
If you’re looking for a large, exciting coupe that can whisk you far away at a considerable pace at the end of the working week then you should check out the Kia Stinger GT.
The interior design is the classiest yet from Kia, with flowing forms, leather covering the dashboard and dashes of silver plastic. Everything’s easy to use, though, and all models get wireless phone charging and a quick, easy-to-use 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav.
So you get a lot of kit in the Stinger, but not so much in the way of space. The rear seats are okay in terms of room, but there’s not a lot of space for your feet under the front seats.
The boot is a bit shallow, too, and although there’s enough space for a family load of holiday luggage, you’ll be better off with an Audi A5 Sportback or Volkswagen Arteon if space is high on your list of needs.
The Stinger GT is a remarkable first attempt at a Grand Tourer from Kia and a genuinely fun car that’s held back by its budget badge and premium price tag
The Stinger compensates for its practical shortcomings with the way it drives. It’s a big car, but feels like it shrinks around you when you’re driving down a twisty road, There’s plenty of grip, too, and it’s capable of putting a smile on your face in a way the Arteon can only dream of.
Dial-down the speed, switch the standard-fit adaptive dampers into comfort mode and the Stinger transforms into a comfy cruiser that’s perfect for long road trips in comfort. It’s a bit noisier at a cruise than an A5 or Arteon, but like those premium alternatives, it comes with lots of tech to keep you safe. Despite its size you won’t feel tense driving it around town either, thanks to light steering and reasonably good visibility for this type of car. A standard-fit 360-degree birds-eye camera takes the stress out of parking too.
If you’ll spend most of your time around town then get the Stinger with the 2.0-litre petrol for its quiet blend of smoothness and performance. The 2.2-litre diesel will get impressive economy if long motorway trips are your thing, and the range-topping 3.3-litre petrol V6 turns the Stinger into a genuinely rapid car.
This variety makes the Stinger a compelling alternative to the A5 Sportback and VW Arteon. The Kia gets lots of kit as standard, with few optional extras, a seven-year warranty and a fun vibe that its German alternatives just can’t match. Whether you’re tempted possibly all boils down to whether you’re comfortable paying this much for a Kia, no matter how accomplished it is.
If you want to see some more alternatives, have a look at our list of The top 10 best sports cars with four seats, but for more detailed and in-depth analysis of the Kia Stinger, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications review sections over the following pages.