Kia is one of the biggest surprises in the automotive world. Not that long ago, they were a essentially considered a step up from a bicycle, with the only real benefit being their very long warranty. Fast forward to today, and they're selling a rear- or all-wheel-drive sport sedan meant to compete with the likes of the Audi A5 and BMW 4-Series, but at a price that's thousands of dollars less. The 2019 Kia Stinger is a car that can take down these Teutonic titans, and it still gets that famous 100,000-mile warranty.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the Stinger now gets 18-inch machined wheels and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as a standard features. Premium and GT1 models now have a standard full suite of driver assistance features, wireless charging, and ventilated seats. Rear-wheel-drive GT models now get a mechanical limited slip differential, and the GT2 models get a surround-view camera and heated rear seats.
Choosing your Kia Stinger
The Stinger is available with two engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The four-cylinder puts out 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the V6 makes a respectable 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, four-cylinder Stingers are rated by the EPA at 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined, while V6 models get 19/25/21 mpg (city/highway/combined). Power is routed to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is a $2,200 option on every trim.
All Stingers come from the factory equipped with leather seats, keyless entry with push button start, heated front seats, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Stinger also has a surprising amount of cargo space, owing to its rear hatch (yes, the Stinger is actually a hatchback). Best of all, you get a chassis that was developed at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, a place which has become known as the ideal testing ground for anything sporty due to it's 14.2-mile length, 160 corners, rapid elevation changes, and long straights.
The Kia Stinger is available in five trims:
The best value of the 2019 Kia Stinger lineup is unquestionably the GT trim. The performance offered is on par with the Audi S5 Sportback and BMW 440i Gran Coupe, but you'll be paying almost $15,000 less with no appreciable hit to content. It's a great car, and an even greater value.