Given that Kia already sells a big saloon in the UK – the Optima – you may wonder what it needs with another executive model.
Well, the Kia Stinger isn’t just another mainstream Kia aimed at the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport; no sir, it’s a svelte assault on the prestige five-door coupé market, dominated by cars including the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, with the Volkswagen Arteon thrown in for good measure.
Whether that sounds like merely an ambitious idea or a downright daft one will depend largely on your perception of the Kia brand. But if you’re in the latter camp, it’s worth remembering that this Korean firm sells several times as many cars as Alfa Romeo, Jaguar and Land Rover combined, and has won more design awards over the past decade than you can shake a clay-modelling scalpel at.
Under its sleek, five-door-coupé body, the Stinger is based on the same mechanicals as sister brand Genesis's G80 coupé, meaning it’s rear-wheel drive and powered by a choice of 2.2-litre diesel, 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol or 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engines.
So, can the Stinger compete with its premium-branded rivals?