Five models based on three powertrains and three trim levels

There are five versions of Stinger in the UK, based on three powertrains and three trim grades. There are ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions powered by the 2.0-litre T-GDi and 2.2-litre CRDi engines, while the twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 T-GDi is exclusively available in top-of-the-range ’GT S’ guise. All drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

As halo models in the Kia line-up, all are luxuriously equipped, and feature an extensive range of advanced driver assistance systems and connectivity services as standard. Leather upholstery and trim, a power-adjustable memory driver's seat, heated seats and steering wheel, a smart key entry system with an engine start/stop button and an 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation and infotainment system are just a few of the highlights fitted to all five models.

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems

All versions have Autonomous Emergency Braking, which automatically intervenes to stop the car if the driver fails to respond to a potential accident, and there is Lane Keep Assist to prevent a driver straying into an adjoining lane accidentally, and High Beam Assist to adjust the headlights according to other traffic and local lighting. Driver Attention Warning alerts a tired driver that it is time to take a break, and there is a Speed Limit Information System.

‘GT-Line S’ and ’GT S’ supplement this with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert: together, these act as an extra pair of eyes for the driver, warning of vehicles approaching out of his or her eye-line when changing lanes or exiting parallel parking spaces. An Active Bonnet is standard with all three trim grades to provide additional protection for pedestrians' heads in a collision.

Stinger has Electronic Stability Control linked to Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to correct potential skids without any intervention from the driver. VSM incorporates a new dynamic torque vectoring system which monitors driver inputs and road conditions and automatically applies power and braking g-force to the inner rear wheel to minimise understeer and enhance tractability and steering feel.

The standard touchscreen navigation has full European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel. Stinger also has Kia Connected Services with TomTom™, giving access to traffic, speed camera and weather information plus local search details in a number of categories, from the location of Kia dealerships to nearby restaurants. This is supplemented by Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity which, via pre-downloaded apps on a suitable smartphone, links the car to maps, music, podcasts and texts through voice commands.

There are front and rear USB ports, while ‘GT-Line S’ and ’GT S’ have a wireless phone charger.

A high standard specification for all versions

Stinger's luxurious interior is a blend of cocooning intimacy and space for five people and their luggage. Occupants slip down into their low-slung seats – leather in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions, and Nappa leather in ’GT S’.

There is a horizontal sweep to the high-mounted, wing-shaped dashboard – also covered in leather – which is broken only by the 8.0-inch touchscreen. Leather also adorns the door armrests, the D-shaped steering wheel and the gearshifter, which also has chrome sections.

The seats are snug and enveloping, and the two in front have eight-way power adjustment – with a memory function on the driver's side – and a two-way power cushion extender plus four-way power lumbar adjustment. The front seats and steering wheel are heated, and in ‘GT-Line S’ and ’GT S’ they are also ventilated, while the outer rear seats are also heated.

To enhance comfort, dual automatic air conditioning is fitted to every model, while to aid the driver there is a 7.0-inch LCD Thin Film Transistor (TFT) supervision cluster and a customisable head-up display which allows key information – speed, navigation instructions and audio, cruise control and blind spot detection information –to be projected onto the windscreen. ‘GT-Line S’ and ’GT S’ also have a 360-degree around-view monitor.

Every model has a DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth and music streaming. Additionally Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ offer voice control. In ‘GT-Line’ there is a nine-speaker sound system with front under-seat subwoofer, while ‘GT-Line S’ and ’GT S’ have a concert hall quality 15-speaker harman/kardon premium system with subwoofer, external amp and front centre speaker. It features Clari-Fi, which restores the sound often lost when digital music files are heavily compressed, and QuantumLogic Surround Sound, which redistributes signals from the original recording to deliver multi-dimensional playback.

There are 18-inch alloy wheels for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’, and 19-inch alloys with ’GT S’. ‘GT-Line S’ and ’GT S’ have an electric one-touch sunroof and LED headlamps, and all versions have LED daytime running lights and tail lamps. There are quad exhaust pipes on petrol versions and dual exhausts on diesels. ’GT S’ has brakes co-developed with Brembo.

To emphasise the quality designed and engineered into Stinger, the luxurious ambience is enhanced by an aluminium-finish centre console, a chrome strip running all the way around the cabin, suede-feel headlining, satin chrome interior door handles, alloy pedals, stainless steel door scuff plates and five aeronautically inspired spoked circular air vents.