Kia Stinger on sale from 1 January

The Kia Stinger, which the company describes as its first gran turismo and first rear-wheel-drive car in the UK, will go on sale on January 1 next year. Kia has now released pricing and specification details as the order books open.

The is based on the GT Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and has been six years in the making. Kia says there were times in the intervening period when it seemed as though the GT would never make it into production form, but that its senior management were always enthusiastic about the idea and simply wanted to wait until the time was right.

Kia thinks the Stinger will be a “game changer” ­– “a car to convince people, if anyone still needs convincing, that the company has put the days when it was a value-driven brand mainly concerned with durability and practicality behind it.” Kia says those attributes are still important, but that its products are now highly desirable in their own right and that Stinger epitomises that.

There will be five versions, based on three trim grades (GT-Line, GT-Line S and GT-S) and three turbocharged engines. Heading the range is the GT-S, powered by a twin-turbo 365 bhp 3.3-litre V6 T-GDi petrol engine capable of taking the car from standstill to 60mph in only 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 168mph where allowed. The GT-S is priced from £40,495.

GT-Line and GT-Line S both offer the choice of a 244bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder T-GDi petrol engine or a 197bhp 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel capable of up to 50.4mpg, giving Kia’s new gran turismo a claimed touring range of more than 600 miles. All models drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox with five different shift and throttle programmes and the option of full manual control using the steering wheel-mounted paddles.

All models have an 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel. The screen is linked to Kia Connected Services with TomTom, giving traffic, weather and local search information, and warning of speed cameras. The Stinger can be connected to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via a smartphone, has Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming and is equipped with a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and a 7.0-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) supervision cluster. A head-up display is also a standard feature, which displays speed and navigation instruction, a first for Kia in the UK. GT-Line S and GT-S also have a 360-degree around-view monitor.

GT-Line has a nine-speaker sound system with front under-seat subwoofer, while the other two trim grades feature a 15-speaker harman/kardon premium sound system with subwoofer, external amp and front centre speaker.

Standard safety features to assist drivers on long journeys include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information. The GT-Line S and GT-S also have Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and GT-S is fitted with Brembo brakes. A limited slip differential is standard, as is an Active Bonnet to protect the heads of pedestrians in the event of a collision.

The GT-Line and GT-Line S have 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tyres, while for the GT-S the wheels are upgraded to 19 inches with tyres of 225/40R19 at the front and 225/35R19 at the rear. There are projection headlights on GT-Line, and full LED headlights on the other two trim grades. All versions have LED tail lamps and daytime running lights.

Leather upholstery in either black, grey or red is available on all trims, and in GT-S there is Nappa leather. Eight-way power-adjustable memory front seats are fitted to all models, along with a two-way power-adjustable cushion extender. Two-way side bolster adjustment is added in GT-S. The front seats are heated, along with the outer rear seats in GT-Line S and GT-S, which also have ventilated front seats. Adding to comfort and convenience is electrically operated tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment as standard across all grades.

There is a D-shaped leather-trimmed steering wheel and a leather and chrome gearshifter, leather on the dashboard and door armrests, an aluminium finish centre console, which also has a wireless phone charger, alloy pedals, stainless steel door scuff plates, suede headlining, dual automatic air conditioning, Smart Cruise Control with a speed limiter and a Smart Entry System with engine start/stop button. A powered tailgate is fitted to GT-Line S and GT-S.

GT-S has electronic suspension which can be set to one of five modes and variable gear ratio steering.

Stinger’s standard paint finish is Sunset Yellow, while Pearl White, Midnight Black, Ceramic Silver, HiChroma Red and Panthera Metal are chargeable options.

Performance and economy

Model Power
ft lb
Max speed
Stinger GT-Line 2.0 T-GDi 244 260 5.8 149 35.8 181
Stinger GT-Line 2.2 CRDi 197 324 7.3 143 50.4 147
Stinger GT-Line S 2.0 T-GDi 244 260 5.8 149 35.8 181
Stinger GT-Line S 2.2 CRDi 197 324 7.3 143 50.4 147
Stinger GT-S 3.3 T-GDi V6 365 376 4.7 168 28.5 225

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