Kia Stinger review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£40,575
Kia Stinger
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

On the basis that 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 TFSI, a Stinger with the 2.0-litre T-GDI engine has slightly higher resale values, and the 3.3-litre Stinger GT S should be worth quite a bit more proportionally after three years 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. That'll will impact you whether you're a private buyer paying for your own fuel or a company car user paying monthly benefit-in-kind tax.

These things arguably matter less to those looking for a performance GT, and the 3.3-litre 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. 

There’s also the reassurance that Kia has a better reliability record than either Audi or BMW; the brand finished sixth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, and its comprehensive seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty is market leading, regardless of the class of car.

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 ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a powered tailgate and sunroof.

Our favourite GT S version comes with even more goodies, including uprated Brembo brakes to help contain the awesome performance it has, plus nappa leather seat trim. There’s also a Blue Edition with exclusive blue paintwork and trim-specific 19in alloy wheels.

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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Verdict

Avoid the less powerful engines, but the Stinger 3.3 V6 GT S is a belter: sweet handling, potent and much cheaper than an Audi S5 Sportback

  • Exciting rear-wheel-drive handling
  • GT S performance and sound
  • Masses of standard equipment
  • Very gruff-sounding diesel engine
  • Relatively poor CO2 emissions and fuel consumption
  • Average rear head room