2020 Kia Stinger Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2020 Kia Stinger is cheeky and cavalier. It goes beyond the brand’s mainstream lineup to compete with entry-luxury sports sedans like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and even competes. The company that used to market the small-sized, chintzy Rondo minivan is often mentioned along with the A5 Sportback and 4-series Gran Coupe and the C-class sedan. The Stinger is different from other Kias on the showroom. It shares its platform with the Genesis G70 sedan. However, while that car is a regular three box sedan, the Stinger cleverly conceals a hatchback in the fast rear end. This creates extra practicality and a large cargo area. The Stinger is a car that we can enjoy every single day, thanks to its two eager engines, its athletic chassis and communicative steering. We did this test for 40,000 miles.

What’s new for 2020?

The 2018 model year saw the launch of Kia’s Stinger, a fast and powerful V-6-powered GT model. The V-6 models were so popular that Kia rebranded the four-cylinder lineup and made it one, the GT-Line. The GT-Line retains its base engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter that makes 255 horsepower. However, it has racier styling inspired by the GT V-6. The four-cylinder’s Premium trim is no more. Instead, the GT-Line will offer a Sun & Sound package, which adds to the Premium’s content. It includes a sunroof and a larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen, navigation, LED headlamps and a Harman/Kardon Stereo.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

The GT-Line, although it looks like the V-6 models, is still better than the V-6. We’d still recommend the GT-Line. The GT1 is our favorite. The GT1 is priced below $50,000, but includes a sunroof and navigation, Harman/Kardon stereo, an 8.0 inch infotainment screen, Harman/Kardon sound, automatic high beam headlamps, Harman/Kardon headphones, Harman/Kardon steering column, power-adjustable steering columns, ventilated front seats as well as automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive speed control, lane-keeping aid, and a driver attention monitor.

Performance, Transmission and Engine

There are two engines available for the Stinger, and both can be paired with rear- or all-wheel-drive. While the 2.0-liter engine does a decent job in comparison to other engines, the twin-turbo V-6 is a powerful and thrilling choice that will get our enthusiast heart pumping. Every Stinger comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It was quick and accurate when it was left to shift by itself. However, we wish that the paddle shifters would respond more quickly to driver inputs. The Stinger GT is a great choice for drivers who are focused on straight-line speed. The Stinger GT has demonstrated solid track results and straight-line speed. Although it performs well in everyday driving, it struggles to maintain the same level of composure as its more experienced competitors when pushing the limits. We also noticed some protestations in the rear suspension, which can be a bit unnerving when cornering on bumpy roads. A little fore-and aft pitching was also evident during our intense acceleration and braking runs. All GTs have powerful Brembo brakes that provide quick stops and are well-suited for this class of sedans. A four-cylinder Stinger, without the Brembos and on less grippy all season tires, was not impressive in our testing.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The Stinger’s engines, whether four-cylinder or V-6, are less efficient than similar equipped rivals. Each of the Stinger engines has fuel-economy ratings that fall below comparable rivals. However, the V-6 outperformed them in our real-world tests. There is also no penalty for choosing all-wheel-drive. Only the V-6-powered Stingers made it on our highway test circuit. During our real-world test, both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models performed slightly better than their EPA ratings.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

Although the interior of the Stinger is attractive and well-designed, it cannot match the quality of the material or construction of the BMW 3-series or the Audi A4. The Kia is also significantly cheaper than the German sedans. However, the Stinger offers a much more comfortable rear seat than most cars in this category–and it feels bigger than its numbers would indicate. The interior of the Stinger is clean and free from obvious errors, but the overall effect is not as polished as the ones we have experienced from luxury brands. Although the Stinger claims it has the largest trunk volume, it was only able to outstrip its competitors in real-world cargo testing. We hoped that the Stinger would perform even better with its large hatchback opening, long wheelbase and wider wheels. The car’s center console is large for a car. This compensates for the fact the front-door pockets in this group are the smallest.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The Kia UVO infotainment system, also known as Kia’s, is used in the Stinger to great effect. It consists of a touchscreen and useful buttons. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. However, the touchscreen’s response time was slow and we would have preferred a second USB port.

 

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