2021 kia Stinger: Costs, Facts, And Figures

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Here’s our take on the 2021 Kia Stinger, a $34,000 4-door liftback that has oodles of performance and features crammed in.

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One of the most underrated car companies in the world can be titled to Kia. By underrated, we meant the way it is generally perceived in the market. More often than not, Kia is considered as a rebadged Hyundai. While this is true to a certain extent, some of Kia’s offerings are well and truly bespoke to the brand.

One of their exciting offerings is the Kia Stinger; a midsize executive sedan with an eye-catching silhouette. While it is marketed as a liftback, the Stinger uses a modified chassis of the Genesis G70, cleverly disguising its sedan roots. Being a relatively new contender to the well-established BMW 3-series and the Mercedes-Benz C-class, the Kia Stinger came as a premium offering from a not-so premium brand.

It has to be pointed out that, cars these days are becoming so good in terms of performance and features that, it’s difficult to differentiate between them if you were to hide their logos. While the Germans do offer brand appeal, it’s cars like the Kia Stinger that boast excellent value for money.

Here’s our take on the 2021 Kia Stinger, a $34,000 4-door liftback that has oodles of performance and features crammed in. Has Kia done enough prep work to take on its German rivals? Let’s find out.

Engine And Performance

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The Kia Stinger gets a choice of two engines; a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. The inline-4 is reserved for the base GT-line trim whereas the V6 gets GT, GT1, and GT2 as trims.

In terms of numbers, the base GT-line is good for 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The more potent V6 churns out 365 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options are limited to an 8-speed automatic with a choice of either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. In terms of acceleration, the V6 powered Stinger GT AWD sprints to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.4 seconds, expect the 2.0-liter unit to be a second and a half slower.

However, Kia hints at a new 2.5-liter turbocharged unit for the 2022 Stinger. Slotting between the two existing options, this engine makes 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. In addition to this, the 2022 Kia Stinger will get a slightly revised exhaust setup for the V6 unit giving it a slight power bump of 3 horsepower.

In terms of driving, the Stinger in GT spec offers enough engagement thanks to the 365 horsepower on tap. The GT also comes equipped with Brembo brakes and Michelin high-performance rubber for added grip. While the base GT-line is enough for most people, enthusiasts would want to go ahead a cough up extra for the Stinger GT.

 

Exterior Styling

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Kia has brought its A-game when designing the Stinger. The design is youthful and not as understated as many of its German competitors. For 2021, the car remains largely the same as its predecessor with Kia planning on an updated design for the 2022 model year.

The Stinger has signature Kia styling cues with the ‘Tiger-nose’ grille taking a significant portion of the front fascia. Flanked by LED headlights, the overall looks of the Stinger can instill a sense of youthfulness.

That said, compared to the Germans, the Stinger prefers a liftback silhouette rather than the conventional three-box design. Things at the rear bring about a sense of sportiness with quad-exhaust tips and a wider stance. A closer look at the rear styling resembles that of the Dodge Charger, although without the LED light strip running the width of the car. Kia has, however, hinted at the LED light strip in its 2022 design refresh.

 

Interior And Equipment

2021 Kia Stinger interior
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Once you step inside, the optional 10.3-inch infotainment unit (8-inch as standard) stands out as an interior highlight. The unit boasts all the latest connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay whilst offering crisp graphics. It should be noted that the infotainment is of the previous generation UVO system and response times are not the best in the segment.

In terms of seating and comfort, the Kia Stinger addresses both of these concerns with ease. Fit and finish is commendable while not as polished or well-appointed as a BMW 3-series or Mercedes C-class. It shouldn’t be a huge deal since the Stinger costs a lot less than its German counterparts.

Seats do offer ample amounts of support and come with all sorts of adjustability. In fact, out of all the midsize executive sedans, when it comes to space and comfort, the Kia Stinger one-ups the rest of the competition.

In terms of amenities, the 2021 Kia Stinger offers a myriad of convenience features. Power seats, surround-view camera guidance, wireless charging, and a host of advanced driver assistance systems. For the audiophiles, Kia offers a 15 speaker Harmon-Kardon sound system alongside offering the essentials like multiple USB ports.

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