The term Sports Sedan may not mean much to plenty who are looking for a new family car. When you look for a new family car also you would be usually looking for a four-door car; be it a sedan, or SUV, or CrossOver. On the top-end of the market you are looking at something like a Range Rover, or a BMW, or a Mercedes-Benz, or an Audi. You might be thinking of something smaller like a 3-series or C-class too if you are in that market.
What if your budget is not that high though? You have to settle for the Japanese brands then. The Toyota Altis and the Honda Civic seems to be some of the most popular choices out there. They must be the best, right? They are your only options.
Oh, wait a minute, you want something that goes fast as well. You want something that goes from standstill to 100km/h in less than 6 seconds. Oh no, you have to fork out or try to afford a Mercedes-Benz C-class now. That will set you back MYR300k though.
What are your options here then? The Honda Civic Type-R? A little odd, and a bit too crazy looking; I agree. But there is no others that makes that kind of thing at the price point you want. Right?
Say hello to the Kia Stinger.
Unveiled in 2017 for the United States and Europe market the KIA Stinger is the most powerful automobile from the Korean marque. How powerful is it? Thanks to its 3.3-litre V6 Twin-Turbo engine, the KIA Stinger punches at 365 horses and 510Nm of torque out of its sculpted hood. That is good enough for a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds. That is as fast as Mercedes-Benz say their C350e will go.
Its littler engine counterpart does not disappoint either. The 2.0-litre twin-turbo engine makes 251 horsepower with 353Nm of torque. That is nowhere near as powerful as a Honda Civic Type-R (251hp vs 305hp). But the 0-100km/h time is not far of at 6.0 seconds (vs 5.7 seconds).
Stopping the KIA Stinger of course takes some braking power. That is taken care of with a high-performance Brembo discs with 4-piston calipers stopping up a 13.8-inch diameter discs up front and 2-piston calipers clamping down on the 13.4-inch discs at the back (GT Model). You get an extra boost of confidence also going into corners with the advanced high-strength steel on 55% of the chassis. The modern suspension systems obviously helps too.
Now that you know the good stuff. Time to look at the rest of the car. In our opinions as well this is the best looking car Kia has ever made. It looks like a proper Gran Turismo (GT) racer with its swept back roofline that drops down into the boot and that lip spoiler. In their HiChroma Red, this thing really shines.
Do not be fooled by its sporty exterior and its sports sedan moniker though. The CNET Shift For 2018 Vehicle of The Year award winner is not without its creature comforts. It has a beautiful hand-stitched leather multifunction steering wheel that gives that extra feel of luxury and sportiness.
Sit in the KIA’s sumptuous leather and hold the steering wheel. As you get ready to drive, there is a 7-inch TFT LCD display that sits between the gauges in the instrument cluster in front of you. That tells you all sorts of things you want to know including G-Forces, Lap times, engine-oil temperature, navigation, vehicle diagnostics, and even the music you play at the current time.
The KIA Stinger pampers the driver even more by fitting in things like the Colour Head-Up Display (HUD), Dynamic Bending Light for your corners, Around View with Driving Rear-View cameras, and Integrated Memory Systems for the driver’s seat. If you have a wireless charging capable smartphone, you are in luck too. Even the mirrors make sure that you do not get blinded by incoming headlights from the rear, not that you might need it anyway.
Of course, the 8-inch central navigation touchscreen infotainment display is loaded with all kinds of tech. It packs Bluetooth for you to connect to your smartphone wirelessly. If you have your cables with you there is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well.
But now you are asking about space? Well it is a family car after all. Here it is. Wheelbase is longer than any of its competition at 2,905mm. Width comes in at 1,870mm and car length is at 4,830mm which is also bigger than plenty of its competition. The result is a more spacious interior and superior boot space at 406 litres.
The KIA Stinger is available in HiChroma Red, Deep Chroma Blue, Panthera Metal, and Aurora Black. The 3.3L V6 GT trim gets a red colour package interior while the 2.0L GT-Line trim gets a flush black interior (quite boring). The car goes for MYR239,888 OTR for the 2.0L GT-Line and RM309,888 OTR for the 3.3L V6 GT without insurance. To view it, you can go to any of KIA’s authorised resellers and dealerships.
Source: KIA Malaysia