The 2018 Kia Stinger: What the critics say
Detroit Free Press
“Everything you think you know about Kia is wrong.” The South Korean brand best known for bargain cars with a bit of hipster edge has just rolled out its first sport sedan, and it looks and performs like a serious rival to Audi’s A5 Sportback and BMW’s 4-series Gran Coupe. The Stinger is roomier than both, and if you step up to the $39,000 Stinger GT edition, “acceleration is definitely in the big leagues.”
Car and Driver
The GT “feels like a car built by people who like cars,” beginning with a 365-hp twinturbo V-6 that “serves up the sauce with a baritone burble.” Leather upholstery is standard in the base model, too, while the back seats offer “cross-your-legs” comfort. Though there’s a temptation to dismiss the Stinger as merely “an amusing anomaly from an unexpected source,” it’s at least “a satisfying niche filler”—a rare rearwheel- drive fastback sedan that’s large and athletic and won’t break the bank.
The fact that Kia now makes a car that can do 167 mph “speaks volumes to the brand’s aggressive vision for the future, one that will only expand its embrace of speed, luxury, and design.” If brand snobbery is left out of the equation, “this freshfaced newcomer just might be the bargain performance sedan of the year.” ■