Bowen's Report Card
2020 Kia Stinger GT Review
- Solid warranty
THE BOWEN SCORE
The big Aussie performance sedan is now just a distant memory. If you’re seeking massive performance, at a reasonable price who are you going to call? You could try Kia and ask about the Kia Stinger GT, although that will require you swallowing your ego and a couple of cylinders. I’ve driven the mid-life update this week, here are my thoughts.
Under the Neon Orange bonnet sits a twin-turbo 272kW V6. The figures are impressive with 274kW at 6000rpm and 510Nm between 1300–4500rpm. This allows the GT Stinger to hit 100km/h in 4.8 seconds or better, on the right day.
Power is sent to the rear wheels, which is a major must have for any bogan Aussie. I’m a bogan, so don’t be offended.
There’s an eight-speed automatic and Kia has attemped to get the quad-exhaust to make some noise. Sadly there’s still no crackle and no pop.
The Stinger GT is very rapid in a straight line, there’s zero doubt about that. The adaptive dampers feature a Sport mode that certainly sharpens the drive around corners. If you want to drive like a prison escapee, the Stinger GT is a great choice.
This is a heavy car though, with a tare weight of 1793kg. It is reasonably nimble but leans towards being more of a Gran Tourer.
It has paddle shifters, however the eight-speed is rather dull. I hate being denied a down shift!
However, for those who like a weekend spirted drive this is a decent bang for your buck option.
If you like a disco on wheels, you’ll love this. GT models feature up to 64 colours via mood altering ambient interior lighting.
The flat bottom steering scores some new metallic touches, while the dashboard and doors are trimmed with a new and soft stitch pattern design.
The Stinger is a five-seater, I wouldn’t try and fit three adults back there unless you want an on-board fight club.
Technology and Safety
The major interior change is the addition of a 10.25 infotainment touchscreen. It features wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also a wireless charging pad, however some phones will not fit, including my own iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Dynamic Bending LED headlights have been retained, shining white and bright light around corners based on steering input.
The Stinger is very safe, with a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating. That is helped by:
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection
- Junction Assist
There’s also adaptive cruise control and a more refined Lane Keep Assist system. These systems are a little intrusive sometimes but the Kia system was calibrated very well. Add to that a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, driver attention alert and seven airbags.
It’s becoming much harder these days to have a prang basically. So follow my mantra, all other motorists are blind, asleep or on TikTok.
Value For Money
The Kia Stinger GT scores a $66,690 drive-away price. That’s a stack of coin, although probably closer to a budget way to score that dose of performance.
The new four model line-up has shrunk from six. Now we have an entry level 200S, that has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that starts at $53,090. Buying that is like drinking non-alcoholic beer. T
Then there’s the GT-Line with the same engine at $60,690 and the 330S V6 at $56,990.
In the video review I referred to it as a GT-Line, that no longer exists for the V6, my bad! Fuel economy is rated at 10.2L.100km.
The Stinger is backed by a seven-year/unlimited warranty.
What I Love
I think it looks s##t hot.
Bowen’s Report Card
The 2020 Kia Stinger GT is a case of FAST but not overly FURIOUS! However, it always puts a smile on my face. It’s a 83 out of 100 from me.