Knowing that the majority of the Stinger’s key rivals possess a level of badge credibility that it can’t compete with, Kia has undercut them accordingly on price.
You might think the Stinger’s resale values wouldn’t pass muster, though? Well, compared with an Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI, the 2.2 diesel model will depreciate quicker, but the 3.3 GT S Stinger is predicted to hold onto its value better than an Audi S5 Sportback or BMW Gran Coupé 440i.
To be honest, we wouldn’t bother with either the 2.0 petrol or 2.2 diesel; both are comparatively inefficient next to their immediate rivals. For example, the diesel’s CO2 output of 154g/km is miles off the Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI’s 116g/km, let alone the A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI 190’s 108g/km; this will impact heavily on your monthly benefit-in-kind tax. And if you pay for your own fuel, the diesel Stinger’s combined fuel economy of 48.7mpg isn’t great, either.
These things arguably matter less to those looking for a performance GT – that’s why the 3.3 GT S makes much more sense. Sure, it’ll cost you a pretty penny to run, but so will its rivals, and you’ll be so pleased about the several thousand pounds you’ve saved over an S5 Sportback, along with the knowledge of having Kia’s comprehensive seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, that you probably won’t mind.
Even entry-level GT-Line trim comes with a vast number of toys; everything from heated electric front seats (with memory recall for the driver) and full leather seat trim to a head-up display, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry.
GT-Line S’s additions include a 360deg camera, LED headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a powered tailgate, a sunroof and wireless phone charging. You also get a 15-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo system.
Our favourite GT S version comes with even more goodies. These include uprated Brembo brakes, nappa leather seat trim and adaptive dampers.
The Stinger's gamut of safety equipment is also impressive. It includes automatic emergency braking, lane assist, traffic sign recognition and high-beam assist standard. Rear cross-traffic alert and blindspot monitoring are standard on GT-Line S and GT S models.
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