How does it drive?
The GT-Line (the 200 GT) starts from $55,990, and the 330 GT is from $59,900. Appealing features such as the eight-way powered driver’s seat can be found in all models, while our top-end GT comes with a comprehensive equipment list, including a matching powered passenger seat, heated and cooled front seats, leather trim, seven-inch colour instrument cluster, wireless phone charging, a 15-speaker premium Harman/Kardon sound system and a powered sunroof.
From our experience at Stinger’s launch, the 2.0-litre models impressed with their combination of performance and agility. It’s a notably well-balanced and dynamic car with similar torque to the superseded Commodore V6. That said, the effortless performance delivery of Stinger’s V6 was a standout. Outright acceleration easily matches traditional V8s, while equally impressive is the strong, V8-matching mid-range torque, which meant a smooth and flexible response in every situation.
Our average fuel consumption of 9.9L/100km is impressive given the performance, and both engines run on 91-RON fuel. Enthusiasts typically favour a traditional rear-wheel-drive configuration, and the Stinger is aided by a full suite of electronic controls which ensure maximum traction and stunning acceleration, as seen in our performance figures. Despite the power and rear-wheel-drive platform, it has a modest 1500kg towing capacity, with a ball load of just 75kg.
In keeping with other Kia auto models, Stinger has had the benefit of local suspension tuning, effectively targeting ride and handling control over a mixture of our less-than-perfect back roads at highway speeds. Low-profile tyres on the GT’s 19-inch wheels are prone to delivering a short, sharp thump over bumps around town, but once Stinger is flowing, the comfort, the body control and the feel of the electric power steering are excellent.
Stinger’s eye-catching design is derived from the long 2905mm wheelbase, wide stance and a notably low roofline and seating position, all of which affect some aspect of what should be a large and accommodating four-door hatchback. Its overall length of close to five metres can be an issue in some parking spots, ducking your head is a requirement when getting in, particularly in the rear, and the low seating will be awkward for many.