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Yes, it's a Kia. Yes, you might want one. No, this 'Gran Turismo' model isn't merely a copy of something German. Welcome to the Kia Stinger GT S. The looks don't lie.


The Kia Stinger GT S makes a powerful statement on behalf of its brand. Would you buy one over an Audi S5 Sportback or a top BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe? Jonathan Crouch thinks he might....

Ten Second Review

Yes, it's a Kia. Yes, you might want one. No, this 'Gran Turismo' model isn't merely a copy of something German. Welcome to the Kia Stinger GT S. The looks don't lie.


Did you ever imagine that one day, Kia would bring you something like this? The company itself did. What we have here is their so-called 'Gran Turismo', the Stinger, the first of quite a number of more up-market premium models the brand plans to bring you. It's quite something isn't it? The car has a stylised five-door hatch bodyshape closest in concept to sportier versions of mid-sized executive contenders like Audi's A5 Sportback and BMW's 4 Series Gran Coupe. Kia not surprisingly sees both these cars as close rivals, but also thinks that what's on offer here could appeal to people tempted by sleeker premium sports saloons in this segment like Alfa Romeo's Giulia, Volkswagen's Arteon and Jaguar's XE. The Stinger's a fraction larger than models of that sort and, as well as being more arresting to look at, is also better equipped and claims to be more dynamically focused, especially in the top 3.3-litre twin turbo V6 GT S flagship guise we'll be trying here. Time to put this car to the test.

Driving Experience

Kia calls the Stinger a 'game-changer'. It's certainly very different from anything we've seen from the brand before. It's the company's very first rear-driven car and the first one truly able to take on premium European bands in terms of drive dynamics. Kia poached Albert Biermann, the former Head of BMW's M Performance division, to perfect these and the work that he and his team have put into this car at the testing Nurburgring Nordschleife racetrack is immediately evident in this Stinger's impressively accomplished blend of high speed stability and crisp directional responsiveness. Adaptive suspension is standard on this top variant and all derivatives get a drive modes system that enables you to alter steering feel, throttle response and changes from the standard 8-speed auto transmission,all to suit the way you want to drive. The resulting package is good enough to be considered alongside anything you could experience in a rival German premium brand model. Three engines are on offer, with the 365bhp 3.3-litre twin turbo V6 you'll find in the T-GDi GT S flagship model we're trying here being the most potent one. From rest, 62mph flashes by in 4.7s en route to 168mph. You'll pay for that at the pumps of course but the Stinger's proper 'Gran Turismo' experience makes up for it. Think of this Kia being a kind of Porsche Panamera for the relatively well-heeled common man and you'll be closest to understanding the objective being targeted here. Like that model, it's a car in which you feel you could cross continents. But also like a Panamera, there's enough dynamic feedback here to keep you aware that much more than that is possible.

Design and Build

German brands need to understand that you don't create a 'Gran Turismo' simply by switching to a five-door bodyshape from an existing saloon and adding a rear spoiler. Designer Gregory Guillaume seems to have appreciated that better than his counterparts at Audi and BMW and, as a result, the Stinger's longer, lower and quite differently proportioned from anything else in the segment. Inside, you sit low on leather stitched figure-hugging sports seats, view a broad faux leather soft-touch-trimmed centre console and grasp a flat-bottomed three-spoke D-shaped wheel over which you can also view a head-up display. The 8-inch centre-dash touchscreen is one of the elements borrowed from cheaper Kia models, but it's been well integrated. There are definite hints of Porsche and Mercedes here - the stubby auto gearlever, the 'jet turbine'-style three chromed central round vents - but this cabin's much more than some kind of derivative Teutonic 'homage'. It has its own sense of style and quality too, with cool metal surfaces, stitched leather trim panels and beautifully damped switchgear. In the rear, what's on offer can't match the palatial standards of a rival Volkswagen Arteon, but it certainly out-classes those competitors from Audi and BMW and if you take a seat in a rival Jaguar XE after trying one of these, you'll feel like you're in a supermini. There's a decent 406-litre cargo area too.

Market and Model

It must have been difficult for Kia to know how to price this car. This flagship 3.3-litre T-GDI V6 petrol GT S variant comes only in a single fully-loaded spec and requires a £41,000 budget for ownership. In terms of its value proposition, well a directly comparable BMW 440i Gran Coupe M Sport will cost you about £4,000 more and is fractionally slower off the mark. Otherwise, you're going to need to think about spending between £7,000 and £8,000 more on cars like Audi's S5 Sportback and the Mercedes-AMG C43 if you're to properly match the proposition on offer here. Predictably, the Stinger GT S is better equipped than these rivals. You get 19-inch alloy wheels with red 'Brembo' brake callipers. And five-way-adjustable electronic adaptive dampers that allow you to fine tune the driving experience to the conditions. Inside in a GT S, softer 'Nappa' leather covers the seats and the driver is treated to adjustable side bolsters for added support. Plus there's a large sunroof, a powered tailgate. In addition, inside at this level in the range, you'll get a '360-degree around-view monitor', cooled ventilated front seats, heated rear upholstery, a wireless smartphone charger and a thumping 15-speaker Harmon/Kardon Premium Sound System with a subwoofer and 'QuantumLogic' Surround sound.

Cost of Ownership

Like other Stinger models, the returns of this top GT S variant are, in very rough terms, around 20% behind those you'd enjoy in a comparably powerful European rival. That's despite the provision of the company's 'Intelligent Stop-Go' engine stop/start system. Specifically, the figures are 28.5mpg and 225g/km. A lot of this is down to the car's hefty 1.8-tonne kerb weight. Before you despair of getting the prospect of Stinger motoring by your company accountant though, bear in mind that much of this shortfall can be countered by this Kia's significantly lower asking price. Even the predicted residuals aren't too bad bearing in mind the restricted levels of brand equity here, industry experts CAP reckoning that after three years and 60,000 miles, your Stinger will still be worth between 36 and 39% of what you originally paid for it. To give you some perspective, that's about the same as you'd get from a top BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and only a few percentage points off the class leader in this regard, Audi's A5 Sportback. Of course, these are only predictions and with a fashion-conscious product of this kind, the outlook can always be a touch uncertain. Nevertheless, if only on sheer rarity value, this Stinger can be expected to doggedly hold onto its value in a way that no previous Kia model ever has.


It's probably evident by now that we like the Stinger very much. It's certainly not the kind of car you would expect from this ambitious Korean brand, but in many ways it's the sort of model only Kia could have made. The styling's unconstrained by the need to reference other premium designs in the brand's portfolio because (for the time being at least) there aren't any. In the same way, the drive dynamics have been individually judged, giving this car a fluid, rewarding feel that fits perfectly with its 'Gran Turismo' billing. Once you've tried it, you'll feel a hint of compromise in most European rivals. We have a feeling that the sweet spot in the range might lie with the temptingly priced 2.0-litre petrol model rather than this V6 GT S variant, but either way, you'll get yourself an automobile that fundamentally feels like it's been created by people who like cars. A lot. That's a rarity in today's market. And it deserves your attention.

  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Tinted glass
  • Heated rear window
  • Privacy glass
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer
  • Front drivers side windows/one touch up/down
  • UV-reducing solar glass
  • Rain sensing front wipers

  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Brembo brake callipers
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability control
  • Brembo braking system
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • Electronic suspension control

  • Wireless Smartphone charger
  • Bluetooth audio streaming with voice recognition
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Advanced smart cruise control & speed limiter
  • Driver attention warning
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Drive mode selector
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Around View Monitor
  • Lane keep assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Electric power steering
  • Gear selection indicator
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Reversing Camera System (integrated into Sat Nav Screen)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City/Pedestrian

  • Power tailgate
  • One touch facility for sunroof

  • External temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Digital clock
  • Head up Display
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Roll over sensor
  • Memory for Head up Display
  • European mapping upgrade
  • 8" touch screen sat nav with TMC
  • Memory for cluster display
  • Speed limit information function (SLIF)
  • Supervision cluster with 7" TFT display
  • Kia connected services

  • Auto dimming exterior rear view mirror
  • Driver's door mirror memory
  • Chrome door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Driver's side wide angle mirror

  • Aluminium finish to centre console

  • Intelligent Stop and Go

  • Rear USB port
  • DAB Radio with MP3
  • Harman/Kardon Premium sound system with 15 Speakers + subwoofer and amplifier
  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • Steering wheel mounted controls

  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour side sill mouldings
  • Quad tailpipes
  • Chrome roof line trim
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Black beltline mouldings
  • Metallic effect stamped grille
  • Exterior grab door handles
  • Dark chrome grille surround
  • Visible VIN plate

  • High beam assist
  • LED rear lights
  • Dynamic cornering light
  • LED Headlights
  • Automatic headlight levelling
  • LED indicators in door mirrors
  • Welcome home function
  • Puddle lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic headlights

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Ventilation ducts to rear compartment

  • 12V power points in front + rear centre consoles
  • Cupholders in centre console
  • Leather trimmed steering wheel
  • Stainless Steel Scuff Plates
  • Leather dashboard
  • Door storage trays
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Rear armrests with cupholder
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Centre console storage box
  • Front/rear centre armrests
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Leather and chrome trimmed gearshift
  • Luggage net hooks
  • Electric tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • Suede cloth headlining
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Leather trimmed door armrests
  • 3 x passenger assist grips

  • Centre cabin LED lights
  • LED map reading lights
  • LED interior illumination
  • Front door courtesy lamps
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Glovebox illumination

  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Twin front and side airbags
  • Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Active bonnet
  • Autonomous emergency braking

  • Ventilated front seats
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for front passenger seat
  • Side bolster support adjustment for driver seat
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for drivers seat aircell
  • Height adjustable headrests
  • ISOFIX top tethers and lower anchor points
  • 8 way electrically adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • Extended seat cushion - Driver
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Reclining/sliding front seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Front seatback pockets
  • 60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
  • 8 way electric adjustable drivers seat
  • Heated outer rear seats

  • Smart key entry system
  • Deadlocks
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Immobiliser
  • Alarm system
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking

  • Limited slip differential

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 19" Alloy wheels

  • Tyre mobility system

  • CO2 (g/km): 221
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: 0.156
  • HC: 0.009
  • NOx: 0.039
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 233

  • Engine Code: G6DP
  • CC: 3342
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 21.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 36.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 16.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 27.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 16.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 10.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Service Interval Mileage: 6000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 6
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 82
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 365
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: GT S
  • Coin Description: T-GDi
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 42D

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 52
  • Engine Power - BHP: 365
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.7
  • Top Speed: 168
  • Engine Power - KW: 272
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 376
  • Engine Torque - NM: 510
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1300

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1400
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4830
  • Width: 1870
  • Wheelbase: 2905

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1855
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2260
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 405
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 406
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 90
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1114

  • Premium paint: £665
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Solid - Ember Orange: £0

  • Premium paint - Ceramic grey: £665
  • Premium paint - Pearl white: £665
  • Premium paint - Midnight black: £665
  • Premium paint - Hichroma red: £665
  • Premium paint - Panthera metal: £665

  • Nappa Leather - Red: £0
  • Nappa leather - Black: £0
  • Nappa leather - Grey: £0

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