2019 Stinger New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Kia Stinger is an ambitious five-door hatchback, one that takes on luxury European cars with its teardrop shape and its lavish cockpit. With its most powerful engine, a twin-turbo V-6, it's a screaming bargain compared to those rivals.
The Stinger is bigger than it appears, which is a testament to its styling. It's 190.2 inches overall, with a 114.4-inch wheelbase.
There are two engines, a 255-horsepower turbo-4, and a twin-turbo V-6 with 365 horsepower. Using an 8-speed automatic transmission, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 4.7 seconds, with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
A rear-wheel-drive base Stinger with its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined. With all-wheel drive it gets 1 less mpg.
The Stinger GT with its 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 gets 19/25/21 mpg with rear-wheel drive, and virtually the same with all-wheel drive.
The 2019 Stinger hasn't been crash-tested yet. Automatic emergency braking isn't available on the base Stinger or the base Stinger GT. It comes standard on other trim levels, along with adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, and active lane control..
The base Stinger and Premium models use a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the GT, GT1 and GT2 use a V-6. Prices range from about $34,000 to more than $50,000.
Standard equipment in the base Stinger includes power features, power front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, cruise control, shift paddles, 18-inch wheels, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, AM/FM/XM/HD radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and blind-spot monitors.
Every Stinger also gets a strong warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, and 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.
The Premium adds a sunroof, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, digital gauges, LED headlights, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a 720-watt, 15-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. All-wheel drive is available.
The Stinger GT adds aluminum interior trim, three more speakers, and 19-inch wheels; rear-drive models get a limited-slip differential.
The GT1 gets digital gauges and LED turn signals. The GT2 adds a head-up display, Nappa leather, cooled front multi-adjustable seats, and a handsfree liftgate. Its price can top $50,000.
Options include wireless smartphone charging, heated rear seats, a surround-view camera system, and head-up display.
Forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking come standard on Premium, GT1, and GT2 models, but aren't offered on the base and GT models. .