That the Kia Stinger looks as insanely low and also suggest as it does is possibly our highest praise for the new four-door sport hatch. Infrequent are vehicles that endure the bureaucracy-filled odyssey from program stand to showroom without enduring character-killing dilution. Yet the production Stinger's form matches nearly line for line that of the Kia GT Concept, that made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt electric motor program. Production facts excised the concept's rear-hinged rear doors, included B-pillars, as well as transformed its wing cams right into conventional door-mounted side mirrors. Otherwise, the similarities are as plain as day. The GT's grille-flanking intake scoops stay on the manufacturing car, as do the wraparound taillamps, which end in reflectors on the back quarter-panels. The back side home windows, as well, share their unique quarter-round shape with the GT Concept's. Also the Stinger's name, which shrouds the car in the very same grandeur as greats such as the Plymouth Fury as well as the Hillman Imp, hints that something is different about this Kia. Part of that something-- a big part of it, really-- is shocking straight-line performance.
Our examination auto, a preproduction rear-wheel-drive GT fitted with the brand name's 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6, treated us to a 12.9-second quarter-mile at 111 miles per hour. As well as it did so without any fanfare. Just timber the throttle as well as the auto's 255/35ZR -19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 back rubber discovers the purchase required to create such numbers. The native eight-speed automated is at its finest when delegated shift itself, so that's what we did. Its gearchanges, like those of Porsche's PDK-equipped cars and trucks, are fast enough to be unseen on the rate trace plotted by our VBOX test equipment, which is to say they're quite damned quick. The near-optimal grip/power equilibrium generates a 4.4-second zero-to-60 time, which is as fast as or quicker than basically everything in the Stinger's vast purview. As well as though launch control wasn't practical on our early tester, it's not likely to assist a car that takes off like the Stinger does. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the engine's power delivery is evident in the Stinger's 5.0-second 5-to-60-mph time-- quicker compared to every maker in our last contrast examination of mid-size premium sports sedans. Acceleration is solid with this one.
Braking, also, is better right here compared to in those sedans from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, and also Mercedes, calling for only 156 feet from 70 mph. Four-piston front as well as two-piston back Brembo calipers are conventional on the GT. Pedal action is predictable, but it's topped more travel than we would certainly choose. The short quiting range is no doubt helped by a 4004-pound as-tested weight, which is about as light as the automobiles in this course come.
Kia, obviously, has a wider prepare for this hatchback, which includes greater than simply excellent velocity as well as stopping. It intends to match up to the recognized German mid-sizers. The base-trim Stinger (without the GT name) comes criterion with a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder combined to an eight-speed automobile, a prominent modern-day powertrain setup. Both engines are readily available with back- or four-wheel drive. And also the Stinger is competitively scaled. Its 114.4-inch wheelbase is just a few tenths of an inch much shorter than the Audi A6 and also S6's, and also its general size, at 190.2 inches, is about 4 inches shorter compared to the A6 and also the BMW 5-series sedans'. However both its wheelbase as well as general length are higher than those of the BMW 3-series, Cadillac ATS, as well as Mercedes C-class sedans. Without a doubt, its interior quantity is competitive with that said of most mid-size costs gamers-- a truth that was clearly noticeable when our largest staffer took the Pepsi Challenge with the Stinger and also Audi A5 Sportback back seats. He really suit the Kia.
Yet it's the handling latitude as well as capacity of autos such as the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe-- an auto that Kia very carefully benchmarked in its growth-- that the Stinger targets with the GT's 5 drive modes (Smart, Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom). Shown the upcoming Genesis G70, the Stinger's platform utilizes shows off in advance as well as a multilink rear suspension. A clutch-type limited-slip differential is conventional in top-trim GTs, and also the car's dampers constantly change within 2 distinct calibrations that are connected to the drive settings. Custom mode enables vehicle drivers to tweak engine as well as transmission reactions, steering effort, damping rates, and also engine-sound enhancement, which is accomplished via the Stinger's audio-system speakers.
At 0.93 g, the Stinger's skidpad grasp is on the same level with middleweight sporting activities cars. But lean boldy on it with a twisting country road, and also the edges of the Hyundai Kia chassis-tuning method start to battle royal. Communication through the electrically helped guiding wheel does not have the granular precision of many any Audi car. Press the Stinger on a requiring roadway, as well as its acumen lessens as the limits strategy. Midcorner heaves and crests reveal a front/rear damping discrepancy that's unnervingly subjected near the ragged edge. Also in their stiffest setting, the rear dampers cannot properly manage the Stinger's rear-end activity, affording its chauffeur the opportunity to experience the suspension's complete range of geometry changes during cornering and acceleration. Perceptibly awkward pitch and dive activities go along with velocity as well as braking when pushing the cars and truck hard.
After that there's the transmission. Wheel-mounted change paddles deliver rev-matched downshifts, gave the demands typically aren't extremely hostile. Action to upshift inputs isn't really instant, even if the shifts themselves are. And the Stinger, despite its drive setting, powerfully resists holding equipments at redline unless its stability control is disabled. These are all calibration choices that can change before manufacturing. They're additionally powerful details that talk with the
Stinger's merely small commitment to the craft of driving like an insane person.
Kia, for its part, admits that the Stinger's trip prioritizes convenience over ultimate performance, which's not a bad thing for a self-proclaimed GT car. Prevent the edge of its limitations and also it will certainly offer you well, doling out a touring-level flight proper for its cruise-missile standing on the open road. It is undoubtedly comfortable, however it's not the suspended-by-clouds feeling you'll discover in its upmarket competitors. The GT's seats are soft and also vast as well as covered in nappa leather, but they don't use striking worldly top quality, helpful strengthening, or sensational elegance. It's a motif that carries throughout the Stinger's interior, which is unobjectionable however a level below the premium sedans whose numbers the Stinger matches in efficiency screening.
Similar to many Hyundai as well as Kia products, the Stinger's infomercial as well as HVAC format is an elegantly beneficial equilibrium of devoted buttons as well as display performance. And in case you're a carmaker questioning how to best incorporate controls, let the Koreans offer you a lesson in center-stack consistency-- knobs on the audio system control volume as well as tuning, and 2 dials on the ventilation system manage cabin temperature level. Another handle near the shifter adjusts drive modes. Strangely enough, there's no key handle for the infotainment system, however Kia makes it all work with specialized buttons.
The Stinger further shuts the gap to high-end machinery with a strong proving of typical attributes. GT trims consist of LED headlamps, warmed pole positions, as well as Android Auto and also Apple CarPlay integration, to name a few. If there's one piece of tech that most clearly shows Kia's seriousness regarding chasing upmarket carmakers, it's security. The Stinger's advanced safety attributes function flawlessly and also without effort. Lane-keeping aid, when coupled with adaptive cruise ship control, verges on hands-off-the-wheel automation even if that's not its intent. Lane focusing is exceptional, and we discovered the system efficient in managing lane changes as well as high-speed sweepers with little to no driver oversight-- not that we motivate it. The Stinger is not, nonetheless, as quiet as those small premium cars supplying similar interior space. At 70 miles per hour, our GT produced a 71-decibel din, louder than an Audi S5 Sportback, BMW 340i, and Jaguar XE.
In our screening, that included duplicated lapping of our 10Best loop, we saw just 17 mpg from the Stinger, 2 mpg less than we determined in the 325-hp Ford Fusion Sport. EPA fuel-economy information had not been available since this writing, but we approximate the GT will certainly hit 21 mpg combined.
Rear-drive GT trims start at $39,250, with all-wheel drive adding $2200. Our fully filled rear-drive Stinger with advanced safety attributes is a $50,100 recommendation. That's a lot of money for a Kia. Which leaves us asking: Is this hidden-hatch Kia worth $50,000?
Despite fasting at both going and quiting, the Stinger does not have the feel, surface, as well as immersive experience of the premium mid-size players. Yet it's without inquiry a far better car inside compared to, claim, a Dodge Charger Daytona, which begins at an almost the same price yet does not have the Stinger's performance. It comes down to just what purchasers want. If the exquisite experience of a true deluxe sports sedan is a no-compromise zone, they'll have no choice yet to shell out an additional 20 grand for a premium mid-sizer. But if a step down in finish and also aura serves, as well as if muscle mass is essential, after that the Stinger supplies speed in a bundle that appears it drove off an auto-show turntable.