Kia is widely known for producing family-friendly cars which combine reliability, affordability, and comfort. The automaker isn't perhaps as strongly associated with the performance car market, but the Stinger is set to change all that.
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Competing in the same segment as the Audi A5 and the BMW 4-Series, this Kia is a sports sedan that offers a refreshingly exciting new direction for the company. Here are the highlights of the 2022 Stinger model now available in Calgary.
The standard Stinger engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder design making 255 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. While these are respectable figures by any standard, they're not quite in the league of the German giants the Stinger is pitched against.
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However, there's a second option available for those who insist on the highest performance levels. A 3.3L twin-turbo V6 delivers a huge 365 horsepower and 376lb-ft, which can power the Stinger from 0-100kmph in a shade under 5 seconds.
The power is delivered through an eight-speed automatic transmission to a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. And while the lack of a manual transmission option may disappoint performance purists, the automatic that's offered is genuinely great to drive.
Shifting is quick and happens at all the right places, but can also be overridden by paddle shifts situated below the steering wheel. There are also five transmission modes with optimized gear ratios, labeled Eco, Smart, Comfort, Sport, and Custom.
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You wouldn't expect a car with this performance to be the ultimate fuel miser, but the Stinger isn't as thirsty as you might assume. The base-level has highly respectable figures of 10.7L / 100km in the city and 8.1L / 100km on the highway.
Naturally enough, the higher-powered turbo engine uses considerably more fuel, with a city rating of 13.8L and a highway one of 9.4L.
The lower levels of the Stinger are fitted with a 7" infotainment touchscreen, which is upgraded to an 8" model in higher trims. As well as the touchscreen support, many of the system's features can be controlled by physical buttons for a more tactile feel. Every model is supplied with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard, as well as Bluetooth, MP3 streaming, HD radio, and more.
The standard Kia active safety suite includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic braking assist, and a useful rear parking aid. Higher trim levels add options including adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and even a head-up display for essential driving information.
Kia has built a strong reputation for offering high-quality cars packed with features at an affordable price, the 2022 Stinger is no exception. The base-level trim has a starting price of just $44,995, while even the top-end GT Unlimited comes in at only $51,995.
Ready for more? Contact us now to book a test drive of the revolutionary Kia Stinger in Calgary, and see for yourself why Kia are set to become true performance car contenders.