2017 Kia Stinger GT: can it take on the Germans?

The Detroit Motor Show opened its doors to the press over the weekend, and Kia was the first manufacturer to unveil a new model in the form of the Stinger GT.

With a sleek, upmarket look, this four-door saloon will rival the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes when it arrives on UK soil in September – or so Kia hopes.

The swish new Stinger isn't like any Kia we've seen to date and has high hopes of taking on the Germans.

Find more Kia personal lease deals

With strikingly swoopy bodywork, this is like no Kia we’ve seen before. The Korean manufacturer has advanced its quality and desirability in spades in recent years, but this is the first car that could really take a sizeable bite out of the German-dominated market.

From some angles, the Stinger GT can claim to be among the best-looking cars in its class. The flowing lines and flanked sides are not dissimilar to Alfa’s new Giulia, while the fastback hatch is more than a little reminiscent of Audi’s A5 and A7 Sportback models.

The range-topping 3.3-litre V6 model gets a sportier body kit than most models will get.

Things look equally impressive on the inside, which features a large colour touchscreen infotainment system that will no doubt feature the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto tech. There’s several other TFT screens for driver information and, although it isn’t the largest in its class, there’s passenger space than several of its main competitors.

The low-slung cabin, gaping grille and high quality interior really do make for a desirable product; take the Kia badges off and it’s likely you’d surprise a few people, but whether they will pick one over a traditional exec saloon remains to be seen.

The interior promises to stand up to the Germans when it comes to quality.

Its muscular stance is there for a good reason too, because the Stinger GT is rear-wheel-drive – the first Kia to use such a set-up that again, is usually a reserve of the Germans saloons these days. the Stinger will be launched with a powerful 3.3-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 engine that produces 365bhp and 510Nm of torque.

This results in a seriously impressive 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds. That makes it comparable with the likes of a BMW 630i Gran Coupe, and less than a second behind the M5. If you’re after something a little less feisty however, a four-cylinder Stinger will be available from 2018, although even that still produces 252bhp.

The Germanic influence of the Stinger's styling is evident, with it taking cues from cars such as the A7 Sportback at the rear.

The Germanic influence on the Stinger is all thanks to Albert Bierhamm, a designer that joined the company from BMW in 2014. “I think, for the Kia brand, the Stinger is like a special event,” notes Biermann. “Because nobody expects such a car, not just the way it looks but also the way it drives. It's a wholly different animal.”

Is it worth it?

We won’t know how lease prices will reflect the V6 version’s £43,000 list price until nearer its launch, but that sum puts it on par (and above) Audi’s A6 and Mercedes’ excellent E-Class. So, regardless of quality and design, Kia really will have its work cut out. Are its good looks and impressive power train enough to sway?

Can’t wait until September? You can find personal lease deals for Kia’s attractive Optima saloon here…

Previous Post Next Post

Your Comments

Manufacturer Spotlight