Kia Stinger GT S

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What is it?

The Kia Stinger is an executive five-door fastback hatch that takes the fight to Audi and BMW’s doorstep.

Key features

  • Strong performance
  • Outstanding level of standard equipment
  • Competitively refined

Our view
As 2017 turns into 2018, Kia offers a range of confident, competent vehicles that match European class leaders for comfort, technology, safety and efficiency. The new Stinger GT S sits at the top of the family tree, and is aimed squarely at two of the industry’s most aspirational brands – Audi and BMW.

The Kia Stinger GT S comes kitted out with a comprehensive level of kit, at a price that seems steep for a Kia but in reality undercuts the Bavarians by a third when they are similarly optioned up to the Kia’s level.

Kia has been keen to point out that it sees the Stinger as a ‘gran turismo’, and the driving experience backs that up. It’s rapid but refined, happy to be left in auto mode instead of flicking the gearshift paddles up and down to play racing cars.

Despite its push upmarket into posh-brand territory, Kia continues to work to the formula that has succeeded so well against mainstream hatchbacks and SUVs. It delivers a class-competitive performance in every way at a very attractive price.

Similar cars
Audi A5 & S5 Sportback, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, Mercedes-Benz CLA

Kia Stinger GT S

Does the Kia Stinger deserve to stand alongside similar cars from Audi and BMW? Yes, definitely. It’s not perfect, but it's more than a match for the German duo.

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