If you are looking for a decent car that has everything throw in for a decent price – then look no further than the Kia Stinger. What Kia have done here is made the perfect car that has an engine more powerful than you can possibly comprehend – plus the added option of being one of the most comfortable cars I have ever had the pleasure of sitting in. The Stinger is not only good – it’s utterly brilliant.
Power and Efficiency:
The version I currently have on test is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 244bhp and 353 Ib/ft of torque which makes the Stinger move along like a scalded Cat – and when you consider its size – that’s something pretty special. Fuel economy figures are also good and you can expect to achieve around 35.mpg (combined) plus an eye wobbling top speed of around149mph.
On the road:
The Stinger feels pretty good on all roads surfaces – and there are no dramas to talk about here because its well balanced and settled – even on some of our most demanding roads – meaning you will have less to worry about if you decide to start planting the Stinger briskly into the corners.
I know I have said this before – but the Kia engineers really do put a lot of effort into making their cars handle well and you can feel that in the way the Stinger tells you exactly what’s going on beneath you – while Kia’s onboard safety features do their job of keeping everything present and correct even in the event that you do go and get it all a bit wrong.
Safety and Technology
Trim levels inside the Stinger are lovely and everything was bathed in leather and chrome – but for me, the Stinger is a long distance mile muncher and a car that is able to accommodate a large family and pretty much everything you can throw at it. The interior is also actually well thought out with modern hard wearing materials that will be very good at resisting wear and tear for many years. Plus, its fitted with plenty of safety features to keep you and your family safe – which makes me feel all warm on the inside.
With technology now being one of the most important factors most people look for when buying a new car – the Stinger needed to offer a lot of toys for not much money. Well, I can happily report that the Stinger does not fall short here – and comes with a whole array of features such as;
18” alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, welcome & follow me home light functionality, leather seating, dual automatic air conditioning, electronic parking brake, advanced smart cruise control, LED rear tail lights, quad exhaust, 4-way power drivers seat, DAB radio with MP3, Apple Carplay, Bluetooth with music streaming, 9-speaker system with front under seat subwoofer, 7” supervision cluster with LCD TFT colour display, reversing camera, 8” touchscreen satellite navigation, ABS, EBD, ESC, hill-start assist control, twin front airbags and twin curtain airbags with rollover sensor. Plus the list just keeps on going and I have run out of space this week.
To sum up: Go out right now and see for yourself what the Kia Stinger has to offer. What a brilliant car – and a massive 5 stars from me.
Price (from) £31,995
By Tony Yates