2019 Kia Stinger GT Review | Asian Car Guide
December 12, 2019

2019 Kia Stinger GT Review

2019 kia stinger gt

Kia has in recent decades improved by leaps and bounds in build quality, reliability and image and I can confidently say that in the family sector.

Enter the Stinger GT, Kia’s first foray into premium executive / sports sedan markets, with all guns ablaze, targeting a market held largely by the premium German manufacturers.

Our test car’s 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine produces 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque, with rear-wheel drive and standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 4,830mm Stinger is long (189mm more than BMW 4 Series), also low, wide and styled like a four-door coupe/Gran Turismo, so key competitors will be cars like Volkswagen Arteon, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback.

The muscular, sporty appearance totally turns around typical Kia styling. Besides signature tiger-nose grill, large brake cooling air intakes flank the wide bumper.

There are bright red Brembo calipers, fake air vents on bonnet and sides, flared wheel arches, and integrated rear diffuser and quad-pipes.

2019 kia stinger gt interiorDuring our drive the car draws lots of attention, especially on the move and is actually loud for some people. Without doubt the designers have created a fastback that is elegant, athletic and classy.

The cabin of the Stinger GT is no less emotive than the exterior. Low-slung but extremely supportive seats feature ultra-soft Nappa leather found only in the most upmarket cars, while four-way adjustable lumbar support and side bolsters ensure snug fit for drivers of all sizes.

The central console is neatly spilt into two specific areas. Infotainment controls sit between the 8-inch touchscreen above and the climate and ventilation buttons below.

A useful bit of kit is the wireless phone charging pad in the centre console for compatible phones. Also heads-up display and sunroof are original equipment.

The Stinger’s 2,905mm wheel-base thumps immediate rivals for spaciousness. Rear legroom seats three passengers without the discomfort of unwanted overly close contact.

The GT is extremely agile, darting round corners with just a hint of oversteer – fun and involving. Drivers with no experience in skid control would be well advised to be wary, especially in the wet.

Traction control allows a fair amount of leeway even with Comfort selected. This slight twitch adds to the overall sporty and fun nature of the car. Select Sport and ‘nanny’ effect is minimised allowing skilled drivers to really exploit the car’s handling.

With 8 speed auto, rear wheel drive platform, shifts are nicely slurred and gentle. It would be a lot more exciting if gear changes could be a bit quicker, particularly when fast approaching a corner and quick downshifts are necessary.

Drive modes include Comfort, Eco, Smart and Custom, but we mostly left it in Sport, since the GT proved to be a real driver’s car asking to be driven hard.

However, in start-stop rush hour traffic, Comfort mode does well for overall commuting, but Eco blunts performance too much for us.

Difference in suspension and steering settings are not great between Comfort and Sport modes.

Ride and damping is impressive for a performance-oriented car, with suppleness over bumps and humps, a little firm in Sport but excellent body control and never jarring.

The GT’s 3.3-litre V6 is extremely refined, revving freely and retaining composure even at red-line. With a mix of city driving and open roads, fuel consumption averages around 13.7 – 14.7/ 100km.

With less exuberant driving better fuel consumption is achievable. Most buyers of the GT are not likely to pussyfoot their cars!

The launch of the Stinger certainly raised the profile and image of Kia by several notches. This halo model is sporty and exciting without compromising on refinement, comfort and luxury.

No rival in this price range comes close to offering similar levels of dynamic performance and sophisticated street presence.

2019 kia stinger gt side and rearKia’s seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty covers the Stinger GT. Kia recommends servicing every 12 months or 10,000km.

Capped price servicing means you’ll pay $249 for the first service, then $434, $317, $617, $281, $562, $617, $281, $562, $696.

2019 Kia Stinger (four-cylinder) Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: $45,990 (200S), $52,990 (200 Si), $55,990 (GT-Line), plus on-road costs
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Power: 182kW at 6,200rpm
  • Torque: 353Nm at 1,400-4,500rpm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, RWD
  • Fuel: 8.8L/100km, CO2: 201g/km (ADR Combined)

2019 Kia Stinger (six-cylinder) Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: $48,990 (330S), $55,990 (330Si), $59,990 (GT), plus on-road costs
  • Engine: 3.3-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol
  • Power: 272kW at 6,000rpm
  • Torque: 510Nm at 1,300-4,500rpm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, RWD
  • Fuel: 10.2L/100km, CO2: 239g/km (ADR Combined)