Kia Stinger (2018–)

Model History

October 2017

Kia Stinger prices announced.

Costs from £31,995. On sale from January 1 2018.

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 365bhp 3.3-litre V6 T-GDi 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 engine or a 197bhp 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel capable of up to 50.4mpg. 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 to guide owners to wherever they feel like roaming. The screen is linked to Kia Connected Services with TomTom. 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.

Standard safety features to assist drivers on long journeys include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information. 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.

GT-Line and GT-Line S have 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tyres, while for 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 a £645 option.

Model

Power
bhp

Torque
Nm

0-60
sec

Max speed
mph

Comb.
mpg

CO 2
g/km

Stinger GT-Line 2.0 T-GDi

244

353

5.8

149

35.8

181

Stinger GT-Line 2.2 CRDi

197

440

7.3

143

50.4

147

Stinger GT-Line S 2.0 T-GDi

244

353

5.8

149

35.8

181

Stinger GT-Line S 2.2 CRDi

197

440

7.3

143

50.4

147

Stinger GT-S 3.3 T-GDi V6

365

510

4.7

168

28.5

225

October 2019

Kia Stinger Blue Edition announced

A bright new addition to the Stinger line-up has just arrived in UK showrooms, powered by the 245PS 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Called the ‘Blue Edition’, it features all of the standard equipment normally associated with ‘GT-Line S’ models, with the addition of the eye-catching Electric Blue premium paintwork, 19-inch alloy wheels and electronic controlled suspension. Up until now, these two last features have been reserved for the flagship Stinger ‘GT S’, while the Electric Blue paintwork is also exclusive to this model. Priced at £37,375, the Stinger ‘Blue Edition’ represents a price premium of £1400 above the cost of the ‘GT-Line S’ model.

October 2019

KIA reported to be axing the Stinger 2.0 T-GDI and 2.2CRDI from UK line-up but keeping 2.2 T-GDI V6.

What does a Kia Stinger (2018) cost?

Contract hire from £274.13 per month