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Kia has a solid and well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality family cars with an emphasis on affordability and features. The Stinger offers something a little different, and it's a model that's made more than a few waves in the wider auto world.
As a high-end sports sedan, the Stinger is pitched directly against performance vehicles like the Audi A5 and the BMW 4-series, rather than Kia's more usual competitors like Ford, Hyundai, and Nissan. Does the 2021 Stinger live up to its lofty ambitions? Read on to find out.
At the base level of the GT-Line trim, the 2021 Kia Stinger is fitted with a meaty 2.0L 4-cylinder engine making a healthy 255 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. The power is fed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to rear-wheel drive as standard, with all-wheel drive an available upgrade on every Stinger trim.
While this configuration is impressive, it's not quite up there at the intended level of German performance cars. Luckily, the Stinger has another trick up its sleeve in the form of a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 mill pumping out 365 horsepower and 376lb-ft, providing a blistering level of performance.
The huge amount of power is satisfyingly channelled by the same lightning-quick automatic gearbox, with the carefully calibrated automatic shifts able to be overridden by paddle shifters, or tweaked with a selection of five drive modes.
At the base rear-wheel-drive level, the smaller engine produces fuel economy figures of 10.7L / 100km in the city and 8.1L / 100km for highway driving. The all-wheel-drive option maintains the same highway economy but drops the city rating slightly to 11.2L / 100km.
As you'd expect, the more powerful engine is significantly thirstier, with figures of 13.8L (city) and 9.4L (highway). Neither engine is likely to win awards for fuel economy, but the figures are perfectly respectable for a car with this much grunt under the hood.
No modern car is complete without an infotainment touchscreen, but the Stinger's version is worth a special mention. Available in either 7" or 8" formats, it's controlled by the company's custom UVO software, and uses a mixture of touchscreen operation for convenience and physical side buttons for more accurate control.
Advanced navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are included as standard, along with the usual suspects of Bluetooth, satellite radio, and MP3 playback.
More conventional Kia models are well known for their safety, and the Stinger keeps up the high standard. All trims feature a full set of airbags, along with active safety systems including rear cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines to assist reversing.
To experience the 2021 Stinger's power and comfort for yourself, book a test drive from our Calgary dealership, and see why Kia's new direction is causing such a storm.