2018 Kia StingerGT (A8) 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan

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All-new for 2018 the Kia Stinger is a rear- or all-wheel drive four-door sportback sedan designed to be a true GT with room for five passengers.

Available in five trims the Stinger is available in Base, Premium, GT, GT1 and GT2 trims. Base and Premium trims include a turbocharged 255-hp 2.0-liter inline-4 and all GT trims include a 365-hp 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6. Both engines are paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions with steering wheel paddle controls. Available with either rear- or all-wheel drive standard features on the Stinger include a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, projector headlights, liftgate, heated leather power seats, push-button start, and 7-inch display audio with satellite radio and six speakers. Available upgrades include Brembo brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, panorama sunroof, power liftgate with proximity sensing, ventilated front and heated rear seats, 8-inch display audio with 15-speaker harman/kardon sound, dynamic bending headlights, lane keep assist system and 360-degree camera. Safety features on the Stinger include 7-airbags, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

The Kia Stinger is all-new for the 2018 model year.

Introduction

The Korean manufacturer Kia has been good at imitating BMW, and they do it again with the Kia Stinger, an all new model.It's a rear-wheel-drive compact/midsize vehicle that Kia considers a grand touring car to challenge the BMW 3 Series.

Technically it might be a hatchback, because the back opens like a hatch, but it's more of a fastback sedan, with a long hood and continental styling.Its performance is serious and its price low.It's powerful, practical, upscale, and fun to drive.

With a wheelbase of 114.4 inches and length of 190.2 inches, it's a bit bigger than the 3 Series, or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS or Audi A5 Sportback, all of which might be considered rivals.It's more the size of a Lexus GS sedan.

The base engine is 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder making a good 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.There's also GT model with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 making an attention-grabbing 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet.Both engines are mated to a Kia-built 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.All-wheel drive is available.

The Stinger with its 2.0-liter engine and rear-wheel drive gets an EPA-rated 22 mpg City, 29 Highway, 25 Combined.The V6 is rated 19/25/21 mpg.

Standard safety features include seven airbags.The top model, GT2, comes standard with all safety features that are optional on the other models: forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitors, automatic high beams, driver attention alerts, lane-departure warnings, active lane control, and dynamic headlights that point into turns.

Lineup

Kia Stinger comes in five models.Stinger and Stinger Premium use the four cylinder engine, while GT models use the V6.All-wheel drive is available on all models for an extra $2200.

Stinger ($31,900) comes standard with leather upholstery, 12-way power driver's seat with four-way power lumbar adjustment, 8-way power front passenger seat, heated front seats, tilt/telescoping heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, automatic headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, 7.0-inch touchscreen, AM/FM/HD satellite radio, six speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, and Uvo eServices Telematics, which is a smartphone app that offers maintenance alerts, parking minders, roadside assistance, and individual points of interest; and hill-start assist, front and rear park assist, and rearview camera.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Premium ($37,100) adds LED headlights and rear turn signals, sunroof, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 7.0-inch digital instrument panel display, electronic parking brake, memory for the driver's seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors; 8.0-inch version of Uvo with navigation, and a 720-watt, 15-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with Clari-Fi that digitally expands compressed music and QuantumLogic Surround Sound.

Stinger GT ($38,350) is equipped like the base Stinger, adding among other things, aluminum pedals and scuff plates, a flat-bottom steering wheel, a nine-speaker audio system, and 19-inch wheels.GT 1 ($43,250) adds performance gauges in the instrument cluster, 8.0-inch version of Uvo with navigation, and the 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

GT2 ($49,200) comes with a limited-slip rear differential (RWD only), forward collision warnings with all the safety features, plus a head-up display, a smart opening rear hatch, auto-dimming outside mirrors, Nappa leather, ventilated front seats, and 16-way power front seats with four-way air-cell lumbar support, two way width-adjusting side bolsters, and seat extensions.

Walkaround

The Stinger is far from retro, although Kia designers were inspired by fastbacks from the 1970s, for example, they say, the Maserati Ghibli.It's quite bold, with a long chiseled hood, sloping hatchback profile, and athletic haunches with short overhangs front and rear.

But what's really impressive are the functional aerodynamic bits: wheel curtains with working vents, gills behind the front wheels to reduce turbulence, a belly pan with rear diffuser to smooth airflow under the chassis, and a ducktail rear spoiler.It all works.The coefficient of drag is a slippery 0.30.

That's a lot of design detail, especially for the price.

Interior

The Stinger's cabin follows along the lines of two of Kia's near-luxury models, the Cadenza and K900.The quality of the materials is high: standard leather, including a thick leather-wrapped steering wheel, and big gauges ringed in metal.There are soft-touch surfaces everywhere, although some lower-cost plastics survive.

The dashboard is black and wing-shaped, with contrasting metal trim.The infotainment system is like a tablet on the top of the dash, possibly copied from German cars, and below that screen there are three round climate control gauges.There's also a color screen that speaks to the Stinger's sporty mission, programmable to display performance data, such as G-forces and lap times.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with driver's seat highly power adjustable including lumbar.The GT2 gets 16-way adjustment, plus heating and ventilation.And there's enough legroom in the rear for a six-footer.

The hatchback fastback roofline reduces rear headroom, but affords considerably more cargo area than a sedan's trunk, a vast 23.3 cubic feet.And with the rear seats folded down, the space increases to 40.9 cubic feet, as much as a small SUV.

Driving Impression

The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is a fine engine that makes a decent 255 horsepower, but it can't run with the turbo fours from BMW, Audi, Mercedes or Chevrolet.

The twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 is another story, offering responsive and smooth thrust with a refined howl.It can accelerate from zero to sixty in 4.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 167 mph.On the street, in Sport mode, the 8-speed automatic transmission delivers shifts that are quick and smooth, although not as sharp as a good dual-clutch, or even the best automatics.

Four drive modes adjust transmission response, as well as throttle response, suspension damping, stability control, and traction with all-wheel drive.They're Sport, Smart (which learns your behavior), Eco, and Custom, which is configurable.

It's no accident that this is the best handling Kia ever built, neutral and predictable.Kia hired the chief engineer from the BMW M series, who went straight to the Nurburgring for chassis development.He had a rigid body to work with, being 55 percent high-strength steel (Hyundai-Kia is also a steel company).The front MacPherson struts have an aluminum brace between them, while the rear subframe is stiffened around the five-link independent suspension.

The steering is direct, the cornering is stable, and the ride is smooth, even with the dampers in Sport mode.However the agility doesn't match European standards.

In everyday driving with traffic, the Stinger mostly strikes us as easy: easy to drive, nice ride quality, easy to live with.

The GT features four-piston Brembo front brakes, adaptive dampers, and rack-mounted electric power steering with variable ratios.Kia boasts that the GT is at home on the track, but we found it to be hampered there.It's a bit too heavy, the dampers aren't firm enough, and the tires aren't wide or grippy enough, causing the stability control to be intrusive.On the track there's too much body roll at turn-in, making transitions awkward, and the transmission can get confused, even using the paddles.

The GT's four-piston front rotors are a huge 13.8 inches and the two-piston rears are 13.4-inches, so they'll never fade on the street.The 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, 225/40s up front and 255/35s out back, shouldn't give up there, either.

The rear-wheel-drive GT2 has a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, while all-wheel-drive versions get a torque vectoring system that brakes the inside wheels in a turn, to rotate the car.If we had driven the GT2 on the track, instead of the GT, our impressions might very well be different.

Summary

The Kia Stinger makes an impressive debut, with much to offer.The price for a full-tilt GT2 runs to 50 thou, but the base Stinger for $32k is equipped so well that it's a terrific value.We can live with 255 horsepower in the four-cylinder, especially with the excellent 8-speed automatic and paddle shifters.

Sam Moses contributed, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningYes
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotUVO
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers9
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Leatherette
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimSimulated carbon fibre
Door trimSimulated carbon fibre
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeather/chrome
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
First aid kitFirst aid kit
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, remote engine start
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power Activated Trunk/HatchPower liftgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releaseProximity
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Dimensions
Front Head Room974 mm
Front Hip Room1,410 mm
Front Leg Room1,083 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,433 mm
Front track1,595 mm
Overall height1,400 mm
Overall Length4,830 mm
Overall Width1,870 mm
Rear Head Room939 mm
Rear Hip Room1,424 mm
Rear Leg Room925 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,391 mm
Rear track1,618 mm
Wheelbase2,905 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typePower liftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 4-way
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
4WD TypeFull-time
Axle ratio3.54
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Engine
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Compressor TypeTwin turbo
Cylinders6
Displacement204 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power365 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM1,300 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size3.3 L
Torque510 Nm
Total Valves24
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleChrome
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City12.7 L/100 km
Combined11.3L/100 km
Highway9.6 L/100 km
Header
CompressorTwin turbo
Compressor Type - VATwin turbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size3.3 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA8
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
Blind Spot SensorBlind Spot Detection (BSD) warning
ClockAnalog
External tempExternal temperature display
Lane Departure WarningWarning
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear CollisionRear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) warning
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
includes door mirror(s)Yes
includes steering wheelYes
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Mirrors
Auto-dimming mirrorsElectrochromatic
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Power retractable mirrorsPower retractable mirrors
Reverse tilt mirrorsDual mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power adjustments8
Rear Seats
Center armrestWith pass-thru
Rear heatYes
TypeBench
Roof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryLeather
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeAluminum
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Driver Adjustable SuspensionRide control
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
Satellite communicationsIntegrated
smart device integrationApple CarPlay & Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter19.0"
PrefixP
Profile35
Speed RatingV
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width255 mm
Tires, Front
Profile40
Width225 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds8
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary engine coolerRegular duty
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance100,000 km
basic months60 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place660 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,158 L
Curb weight1,873 kg
EPA interior volume2,657 L
Fuel Capacity60 L
Gross vehicle weight2,335 kg
Ground clearance130 mm
Max cargo capacity1,158 L
Wheels
Diameter19
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Width8.5
Wheels, Front Size
Width8
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
Heated Windshield Washer JetsWiper park
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear window sunshadePower
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Auto-dimming door mirrors
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Power liftgate
Spoiler
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto tilt-away steering wheel
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Steering wheel memory
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Trunk/hatch auto-latch
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window blind
Rear window defroster
Speed sensitive wipers
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Tracker system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Power 4-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Stinger
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Stinger
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Stinger
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Stinger
$500 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Kia CA Future Value Program
Stinger
N/A N/A N/A 2.99% 2.99% 2.99% Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Future Value Program
Stinger
N/A N/A N/A 2.99% 2.99% 2.99% Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Future Value Program
Stinger
N/A N/A N/A 2.99% 2.99% 2.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Stinger
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Stinger
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Stinger
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Stinger
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Residuals
Stinger GT (ST752J)
N/A 48% 39% 30% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Stinger
N/A 3.99% 3.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Stinger
N/A 3.99% 3.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Stinger
N/A 3.99% 3.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Stinger
N/A 3.99% 3.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2018 Kia Stinger GT (A8) 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan, Sudbury, Ontario

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