2017 Kia Stinger - exclusive reader test team preview

Join us for an exclusive preview of the new Kia Stinger executive car on Wednesday 19 July in Surrey

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Kia Stinger

Join What Car? for an exclusive preview of the new Kia Stinger on Wednesday 19 July 2017 in Walton-upon-Thames, Surrey.

If you're in the market for a small but powerful and luxurious executive car, you've probably jumped straight to the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

However, next year Kia will launch its own entry into this class, the Stinger. The Korean brand has grown from an also-ran into a star player in the UK car market in the past decade, but it has failed to dent the executive market with its Ford Mondeo-rivalling Optima.

The Stinger's entry-level engine is a 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel, and above that is a 252bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol. The range is topped by the Stinger GT, which has a 370bhp 3.3-litre petrol V6 and is punchier than the Audi S4.

Both rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models are available, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard. Dynamic suspension, Kia says, will give a comortable yet agile drive.

The Stinger will go on sale in early 2018, costing from around Β£30,000 and up to about Β£42,000 for the hot GT model.

So, if you're looking for a new company car, or perhaps a performance saloon, why not come along and tell us what you think? At the event, you'll get a close-up look of the Stinger and a Q&A opportunity with the Kia team, before being interviewed for our magazine and website.

To apply, email the following information to readertestteam@haynet.com

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your mobile number
  • Your occupation
  • What car you currently drive
  • Where you'll be travelling from on the day
  • Why you want to see the new Kia Stinger

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Kia Stinger

What Car? Says Rated 3 out of 5
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While the less powerful engines are okay, the Stinger 3.3 V6 GT S is a belter; sweet handling, potent and much cheaper than an Audi S5 Sportback