Kia Stinger review

Category: Executive car

Section: Introduction

Kia Stinger 2021 front
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  • Kia Stinger 2021 rear seats
  • Kia Stinger 2021 infotainment
  • Kia Stinger 2021 left static
  • Kia Stinger 2021 front right tracking
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  • Kia Stinger 2021 headlight detail
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  • Kia Stinger 2021 alloy wheel
  • Kia Stinger 2021 front seats
  • Kia Stinger 2021 interior detail
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  • Kia Stinger 2021 boot open
  • Kia Stinger 2021 front
  • Kia Stinger 2021 rear cornering
  • Kia Stinger 2021 interior dashboard
  • Kia Stinger 2021 rear seats
  • Kia Stinger 2021 infotainment
  • Kia Stinger 2021 left static
  • Kia Stinger 2021 front right tracking
  • Kia Stinger 2021 left tracking
  • Kia Stinger 2021 headlight detail
  • Kia Stinger 2021 grille detail
  • Kia Stinger 2021 alloy wheel
  • Kia Stinger 2021 front seats
  • Kia Stinger 2021 interior detail
  • Kia Stinger 2021 interior detail
  • Kia Stinger 2021 boot open
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Target Price from £45,210
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Introduction

What Car? says...

If you want to get a car fan salivating, offering them rear-wheel drive, a twin-turbo petrol V6 and a 0-62mph time of less than 5.0sec is a pretty good start. The Kia Stinger – despite not having four rings, a blue-and-white roundel or a three-pointed star on its nose –  does just that.

In fact, after a light refresh, that's the only spec the Stinger does offer, coming with a 3.3-litre 361bhp slap around the chops (there's no dreary diesel or tax-busting hybrid option here). That simplicity continues with a single choice of gearbox and one well-stocked trim level. In fact, your only choice is what colour to have it painted.

With so much choice out there, is this the sensible performance coupé to go for? Read on through this Kia Stinger review to find out exactly how much fun it is to drive, what it’s like to live with, exactly how practical it is and how much it'll cost to run.

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FAQs

  • The Kia Stinger didn’t feature in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but Kia achieved a highly creditable ninth place out of 30 car makers in the brands section of the survey. That’s ahead of BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar. Read more here

  • No. There isn’t an electrified engine option with the Kia Stinger, just a turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 petrol. That makes it a fairly costly company car choice because the official emissions figure of 229g/km and fuel economy of just 28mpg put it in the highest tax bracket. Read more here

  • Euro NCAP gave the Kia Stinger a five-star rating when it was tested in 2017 so it should be a safe car. It comes with plenty of safety tech, including blind-spot monitoring, seven airbags (including one for your knees) and an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system that can recognise pedestrians and cyclists. If safety is a priority, the Mercedes CLA 35 did even better in the Euro NCAP tests. Read more here

  • The Kia Stinger is a quick car. With 361bhp, two turbochargers and 3.3-litres, its V6 engine is potent enough to get it from 0-60mph in a mere 4.8sec (according to our timing gear). If you’re determined enough and are on a private track or derestricted road, the Stinger will go on to a top speed of 167mph. Read more here

  • Everything in the Kia Stinger is controlled through a 10.3in infotainment touchscreen, which is more distracting than the control dials you get with BMW’s iDrive system. The screen is sharp and responsive, with a relatively simple menu layout, though. You don’t get virtual dials, but there is a head-up display to project your speed, sat-nav directions and other information on to the windscreen. Read more here

  • Despite its impressive performance, the Kia Stinger is a versatile hatchback with a capacious 406-litre boot. We managed to fit in six carry-on suitcases (the Audi S5 Sportback swallowed seven when we tested it). The rear seats split 40/60 so you can fold one or both sections down to create a bigger load bay and carry long items as well as a passenger or two. Read more here

At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £45,210
or from £757pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £39,995
Leasing deals
From £633pm
RRP price range £45,210 - £45,210
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 28 - 28
Available doors options 5
Warranty 7 years / 100000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £3,192 / £3,192
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £6,385 / £6,385
Available colours