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      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      Large family
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Kia’s flagship equals big smiles

Best bits

  • Handsome machine
  • Lairy performance and handling of flagship
  • A standard equipment list to make the competition weep

Not so great

  • There’s no premium badge
  • Interior quality not quite as impressive as in rivals
  • Sloping roofline compromises back seat headroom

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Overall verdict on the Kia Stinger

"Kia might not be the first brand that will spring to mind if you’re after an engaging, rear-wheel drive family saloon, but that’s exactly what it delivers with the Kia Stinger. Launched in 2017, no car better represents Kia’s aspirations to be taken seriously, not just in the mainstream sphere, but also in the upmarket segment."

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Kia describes as a ‘five-seater, fastback-style grand tourer’ and it's a car that covers a number of bases. Its price and positioning put it up against some established and tough rivals from the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, as well as that middle-ground represented by Alfa Romeo, Volkswagen, Mazda and Volvo. 


Ambitious, perhaps, but with the Stinger Kia’s certainly created a convincing alternative, and not just because it looks so good. The company pinched one of BMW’s acclaimed engineers to develop the Stinger, and that’s abundantly clear when you drive it – its an entertaining, agile and engaging drivers’ car, with fine chassis balance and good steering, mated to a decent engine line-up. 


Heading it – and gaining all the headlines when the Stinger was launched – is a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6, which produces 365PS, reaches 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and goes onto a 168mph top speed. Aside, from the impressive figures, it makes the rear-wheel drive Stinger extremely playful on the limit. This, from a company that as recently as five years ago was only really notable for the length of its warranties. 


While it’s the range-topping engine that grabs all the attention there’s also a 200PS diesel and a 255PS four-cylinder petrol. We’d ignore the former, which is rough and not as quick as you might expect, while the latter is smooth and has plenty of power if not the charisma of the V6. 


With five doors and a large hatchback the Stinger’s surprisingly practical, too, so buying one for fun doesn’t necessarily impact on its usefulness as a family car. There’s plenty of room for tall adults in the back and the boot will happily swallow a set of suitcases.


Okay, so the interior doesn’t shout ‘premium’ quite as loudly as in a German rival, but it feels like it’s built robustly and comes as standard with plenty of equipment. It also feels sporty thanks to the circular air vents and large transmission tunnel that runs between the two front seats and helps you feel cocooned. 


And if that’s not enough to convince you then there’s always Kia’s brilliant fallback of its very appealing seven-year warranty, but, really, the Stinger’s better than that, considerably so.

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Kia Stinger

2.0 T-GDi GT-Line 5dr Auto

  • 2019
  • 3,329 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Chorley Group Kia Blackpool
  • Lancashire, FY42RP
Price:£24,995
PCP: £427.53/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £427.53, Customer Deposit: £3,749.00, Total Deposit: £3,749.25, Optional Final Payment: £10,906.75, Total Charge For Credit: £4,624.55, Total Amount Payable: £29,619.55, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.46%, Excess Mileage Charge: 6.64ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Kia Stinger

3.3 T-GDi GT S 5dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 4,000 miles
  • Gravells Kia Kidwelly
  • Carmarthenshire, SA174TF
Price:£33,995
PCP: £579.40/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £579.40, Customer Deposit: £5,099.00, Total Deposit: £5,099.25, Optional Final Payment: £14,918.00, Total Charge For Credit: £6,301.25, Total Amount Payable: £40,296.25, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.46%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Kia Stinger right for you?

It won’t be for everybody, that’s a certainty, as while the Kia Stinger is a genuine rival for cars like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback, you might not like the Stinger’s lack of a premium badge. If you can see past that, then the Stinger is likely to be right up your street.

What's the best Kia Stinger model/engine to choose?

If you’re determined to be different then you might as well pick the best Stinger available, and that’s the range-topping GT S with the 365PS 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 and handling that’s right up there with its BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe rival. On the flip side, the Kia’s diesel is a little bit too boomy and unrefined and the 2.0-litre petrol lacks the excitement of the V6.  

What other cars are similar to the Kia Stinger?

Key rivals in the premium class include the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback. The Volkswagen Arteon is also a potential rival, while and if you ignore that four-door coupe tag and instead look at it as a large saloon/hatchback then there’s a whole world of other models to pick from, from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Alfa Romeo Giulia to the Volvo S60 and Peugeot 508.

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Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the Kia Stinger based on?

The Kia Stinger is based on the luxurious Genesis G80 saloon which is sold in the USA.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

Is Kia owned by Hyundai?

Yes. Hyundai bought a 51% controlling share of Kia in 1998.

Dan Harrison

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Dan Harrison

Are Kia Stingers fast?

Kia Stingers are fast for the money. You can have a 365PS twin-turbocharged petrol Stinger – which will get from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and hit 168mph flat out – for the price of an entry-level rival like the Audi A5 Sportback.

David Ross

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David Ross