large touchscreen w/overhead 360-degree backup camera
forward/rear park assist
cargo privacy cover
custom fitted floormats (front & rear)
With sleek styling and affordable pricing, the 2019 Kia Stinger is unlike most other sports sedans on the market. Its hatchback design creates a roomy interior and imbues it with spacious cargo-carrying ability. The Stinger checks several important boxes for a car in this segment, with a powerhouse twin-turbo V-6 coupled to a brilliant all-wheel drive. This self-professed BMW 3-series-fighter offers plenty of power, serious quickness, and an unusual but entirely pleasing exterior design—and all at a hugely attractive price. It's a social climber in the best possible sense.
The Stinger's entry-level four-cylinder model would represent a compelling mix of features and value for most drivers, but as enthusiasts, we'll pin our fortunes to the Stinger GT. That model comes with the 365-hp twin-turbo V-6 and several premium features, including Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels with high-performance summer tires, and variable-ratio steering. Stepping up to the Limited trim option like this beauty here adds a larger infotainment system with navigation, adaptive dampers, a 15-speaker audio system, and memory settings for the driver's seat, among other features.
The powerful twin-turbo V-6 delivers scintillating performance that gets our enthusiast blood pumping. The eight-speed automatic that comes in every Stinger is lightning quick and well calibrated when left to shift for itself, and in manual-mode, the paddle-shifters put the driver front-and-centre.
All GTs feature powerful Brembo brakes, which provided quick stops by any measure and fit in nicely within this class of high-performing sedans.
The Stinger also offers a significantly more comfortable rear seat than many cars in this class—and its advantage feels greater than its numbers would suggest.
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