What are the Ford Mustang and Kia Stinger like inside?
Standard gear on the Ford Mustang includes an 8.0-inch infotainment display with satellite navigation, a 12-speaker sound system and a customisable 12.0-inch digital driver’s display.
Unlike many sports cars, the Mustang has a reasonable 408-litre boot and a decent glovebox. It's a good thing, because you’re not going to fit much in the cabin itself. The door pockets will take a small bottle and the centre bin is just as compact.
The rear seats are redundant unless you can adopt the lotus position. Legroom is practically non-existent, even with the front seat racked right up to the dash. Throw your bags in the pair of scalloped buckets and be done with it.
The Stinger packs a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, 15-speaker sound system and wireless phone charging, along with a 7.0-inch digital driver’s display.
The boot space is actually two litres less than the Mustang, but the Stinger has no shortage of storage inside, be the door pockets or centre console bin.
Rear seat space is also large-car largesse and there are isofix anchorages and top tethers on the outboard seats.
What’s under the Ford Mustang and Kia Stinger bonnets?
A “Coyote” 5.0-litre V8 propels the Ford Mustang GT. There is an option for a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine that, while entertaining in its own right, is about as popular as a flatulent passenger with the windows up.
Put simply, people buy the Mustang for the V8 burble. The purists then insist on the six-speed manual gearbox but Ford also caters for those with a preference for two-pedal vehicles by fitting a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Trivia fans should note the transmission is also used in the Mustang’s direct rival in the USA, the Chevrolet Camaro.
The engine cranks out 339kW and 556Nm, enough for a 0-100km/h dash in well under five seconds.
The Stinger follows a more modern path, with a twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 engine. Like the Mustang, it is sending power to the rear wheels, but in this case, using an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The straight-line sprint to 100km/h trails the ’Stang by tenths of a second.