Cars often get flustered and come undone when driven angrily, but if you push the Kia Stinger, it rewards you with an invitation to push it even harder. Driven normally, the Stinger is smooth, comfortable, effortless and luxurious with a decent turn of speed — that much was expected.
Two engines are available for the Stinger: a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 for the GT models (the GT designation is exclusively for V6-powered models). The four-cylinder model has 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which helps the Stinger get to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. The twin-turbo V6 GT model, however, is the much more exciting option with a healthy 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque that helps it rocket to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, surprisingly faster than the Panamera, which does it in 5.9 seconds.
The Stinger also has five distinct drive modes that dramatically change the car’s driving dynamics to suit your mood: Smart (automatic mode), Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom. Each mode makes changes to the suspension, steering, throttle response, transmission, AWD setup, and traction control. Cars like this are all about confidence, and the Stinger has bucket loads of it. No matter how hard you try to drive it, the Stinger just keeps taking the abuse and even seems to enjoy it. The car is balanced, precise, and non-intimidating, and this is a huge accomplishment.
The interior is well crafted with every touch point. Experience authentic materials and hand-stitching as you sit in the cabin. The dashboard and center stack have logical layouts positioning everything right where you expect it to be. That followed by the perfectly tuned head-up display helps you keep your eyes on the road.