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Kia Now Compares Stinger GT To Porsche Panamera And BMW 6-Series 17
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series, BMW Videos, Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, video on 01 17th, 2018

The Kia Stinger is a more affordable alternative to cars such as the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback, undercutting the latter in the USA by over $10,000 in base form.
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2018 Kia Stinger Gets A Big Thumbs Up From Kelley Blue Book 9
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video on 01 9th, 2018

If you’re on the lookout for a practical yet sporty grand tourer that’s also great value for money, the Kia Stinger might fit the description perfectly.

The latest review of the 2018 Stinger comes from Kelley Blue Book, and is full on the superlatives. According to the reviewer, the only downsides he found on the Stinger were the thick rear pillars and the infotainment display, specifically the fact that it was positioned a little too far away from the driver.

Otherwise, inside the Stinger you’re treated to high levels of practicality and connectivity, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available, plus leather seats as standard – although if you want the luxury of hand-stitched nappa leather, you need to pay extra for it.

In the back, while leg room is fine, as everyone has pointed out, taller people will struggle with headroom due to the slopping roof – a clear case when form didn’t follow function and a small sacrifice was done in favor of styling.

As for performance, the 3.3-liter V6 is the engine of choice, as it’s not just faster but smoother, too, than the base 2.0-liter turbo.

In the end, what makes the Stinger stand out in a crowd is undoubtedly the fact that it ticks all the right boxes. It’s a sporty looking, high-value sports sedan that’s also practical, solidly built and well equipped – plus it undercuts its posher rivals. What’s not to like?


Kia Stinger Deemed A Proper Premium Sports Saloon By Consumer Reports 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video on 12 30th, 2017

Korean manufacturers have made strides in the last few years, yet the premium sports saloon segment is one that they shied away from. Not anymore, as Kia made the Stinger to compete in this particular segment.

The brand’s challenger to the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe is one of the most coveted cars of the year thanks to its good looks, driving credentials and powerful engines.

Consumer Reports got its hands on Kia’s sports saloon and found that, on the track, it is firmly planted and its steering is quick, but opting for the 19-inch wheels, combined with the standard suspension setup, doesn’t do the ride any favors.

Ingress and egress is not exactly easy either, because of the Stinger’slow-slung design, but once inside, you’ll get to sit in those comfortable seats and be surrounded by lots of premium materials, a generous infotainment system, and lots of safety and comfort equipment.

Space on the rear bench is kind of compromised, as passengers taller than six feet will find their heads brushing against the roof, which is due to the slopping roofline. On the bright side, though, the cargo area is more than generous, with Consumer Reports labeling it “almost SUV-like” with the rear seats folded down.

CR will soon buy a Stinger of their own to test it on the long run; until then, let’s see what else they have to say about the two cars they drove in the video that follows.


The Kia Niro Hybrid Could Become Toyota Prius’ Worst Nightmare 18
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, Kia, Kia Niro, Kia Videos, reviews, UK, video on 12 18th, 2017

With people increasingly turning to hybrids and SUVs, the new Kia Niro appears to be a very clever new car and probably the biggest rival to the Toyota Prius.

Based on the same underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq and using the same hybrid powertrain, the Kia Niro has already managed to outsell its cousin by nearly 3 to 1 in the US market.

The Korean crossover is powered by a 146hp petrol-electric powertrain which combines a 103hp 1.6-liter GDI engine with a 43hp electric motor. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends the power to the front wheels exclusively. There’s also a new plug-in hybrid version that offers up to 36 miles of EV range.

It might not be as fuel efficient as the Toyota Prius, but the Kia Niro has a style that will not divide opinions as much as the Japanese hybrid, while the SUV bodystyle gives it plenty of room given its size.

So, is it as clever as Kia wants the Niro to be? Let’s hear what Mat Watson from Carwow has to say.


Kia Stinger Passes Euro NCAP Crash Tests With Flying Colors 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in EuroNCAP, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, video on 12 16th, 2017

Owners and potential customers of the Kia Stinger can rest easy knowing that it’s not only a very capable sports sedan, but one of the safest, too.

During recent Euro NCAP testing, the Stinger was awarded a five-star safety rating, performing particularly well in adult occupant safety with a 93 per cent rating. Additionally, it was awarded a safety assist score of 82 per cent when optioned with the full range of autonomous safety systems.

Even before the Stinger was unveiled at the start of this year, car enthusiasts were intrigued at the thought of the South Korean automaker going head to head with the German establishment.

In range-topping guise, the Stinger is powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 delivering 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. With all-wheel drive, the range-topping Stinger hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than five seconds and maxes out at 167 mph (269 km/h).

Prices for the entry-level Stinger start at $31,900 in the United States, which makes it roughly $11,000 cheaper than the four-cylinder BMW 430i Gran Coupe.


2018 Kia Ray Facelift Unveiled In South Korea 13
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Kia, Kia Ray, Kia Videos, Korea, video on 12 13th, 2017

Following a preview earlier this month, Kia has officially unveiled the updated Ray in South Korea.

Looking instantly recognizable, the facelifted model has a new front fascia with a revised grille, circular fog lights, and restyled headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. The Ray has also been equipped with a modified rear bumper, updated taillights, and new 15-inch alloy wheels. A variety of customization options will be available including contrasting colors for the roof, grille, mirror caps, and tailgate appliqué.

The interior largely carries over but drivers will find a new three-spoke steering wheel, a revised gear knob, and additional metallic accents. The Ray also offers a seven-inch infotainment system as well as an assortment of options such as mood lighting and color contrasting floor mats.

Speaking of options, the Ray will be available with a pet-friendly package that includes a removable cage, a rear seat cover, and a “fence” that separates the first and second row. Customers can also order a new “trendy” trim which adds faux leather seats with a heated front row.

Kia declined to give detailed performance specifications but the car can be ordered with an improved 1.0-liter petrol engine that produces up to 78 PS (57 kW).

Pricing starts at 13.15 million won ($12,098) while a van variant will also be available for as little as 12.1 million won ($11,132).


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Kia Stinger Vs Civic Type R, Focus RS And Golf R Is An Odd Battle 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 12 2nd, 2017

The guys from Drive set out to pick the best performance car under AUD $60,000 (USD $45,434), and they chose four distinct vehicles to do so.

What they brought were the Ford Focus RS Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R, three hot hatches that need no further introduction.

However, the Kia Stinger Si is the fourth addition, as it has a starting price that falls within the AUD $60k budget, 365 horsepower and 510 Newton-meters (376lb-ft) of torque from a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine.

Granted, the Kia Stinger is not a direct rival to the rest of the group as it is larger and competes against four-door premium compact coupes such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe – plus it’s rear-wheel drive.

This alone might be enough to make enthusiasts favor it over the super hatchbacks, but can it challenge them as a performance machine? There’s only one way to find out: just check out the following video.


Hear The Kia Stinger GT Growl With A Borla Exhaust 22
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, tuning, video on 11 22nd, 2017

If you believe the reviews, the 2018 Kia Stinger is everything we ever hoped for, offering drivers superb thrills and luxury to rival the German alternatives.

Sitting at the heart of the range-topping Stinger is a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine delivering 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, this engine, nor the exhaust system, produce an intoxicating soundtrack.

Thankfully, aftermarket firms have already started to resolve this, developing new exhausts for the South Korean sports sedan. As the video below demonstrates, the exhaust developed by Borla totally transforms the Kia.

The first 90-seconds of the video highlight the standard exhaust of the Stinger while the final 30-seconds show a bright orange Stinger with the Borla system. Not only does the aftermarket exhaust sound much better at idle, it also roars at full throttle, perfectly complementing the car’s performance and eye-catching looks.


Kia’s Long-Awaited Stinger Has Been Worth The Wait 20
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, video on 11 20th, 2017

In the last five years, Kia vehicles have become so good that the new Stinger is actually a reasonable alternative to more expensive sedans from the big German three.

The sports sedan has proved so popular since its debut in January that the internet practically shuts down the moment Kia mentions anything about the Stinger. However, is all of this hype justified?

To find out, Redline Reviews jumped behind the wheel of a beautiful grey Kia Stinger for an in-depth review. As other recent reviews have indicated, the Kia Stinger is the real deal.

In range-topping guise, the South Korean sports sedan is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine delivering 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. This is enough to accelerate the sedan to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a brisk 4.7 seconds before topping out at 167 mph. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.


Kia Stinger Continues To Impress In Latest Review 15
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017

The Kia Stinger is one of the company’s most highly-anticipated products but can it hold its own against pricey competitors such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe?

Alex on Autos decided to find out and come away pretty impressed as the Stinger starts at $31,900 and even base models come nicely equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Besides the generous list of standard equipment, Alex says the car has comfortable front seats and a relatively roomy rear seat although headroom is limited.

When it comes time for a Costco trip, owners won’t have to worry as the Stinger can hold to up to 23.3 cubic feet (659 liters) of luggage. If that’s not enough room, the rear seats can be folded down to increase the car’s cargo capacity to 40.9 cubic feet (1,158 liters).

The entry-level Stinger is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 hp (190 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. The model can also be equipped with a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 developing 365 hp (272 kW) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque.

Regardless of which engine is selected, both are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear-wheels. Customers in colder climates will be happy to know all-wheel drive is also available for an additional $2,200.

In terms of the driving experience, the Stinger offers good acceleration as well as a comfortable ride that is a tad on the firm side. The model also has good handling but it feels like a larger car, partly because it is.

While the base model comes off as a reasonable upgrade from higher-end versions of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the range-topping GT2 variant starts at $49,200 and that makes it slightly less appealing. However, Alex came away pretty impressed and said he might consider buying one.


Kia Stinger Drift Experience Heading To SEMA 26
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, SEMA show, video on 10 26th, 2017

Kia recently announced plans to introduce the Stinger Wide Body concept at SEMA and now the automaker has revealed it is bringing the Stinger Drift Experience to the annual event.
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Kia Stinger Drift Experience Heading To SEMA 26
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, SEMA show, video on 10 26th, 2017

Kia recently announced plans to introduce the Stinger Wide Body concept at SEMA and now the automaker has revealed it is bringing the Stinger Drift Experience to the annual event.
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Can The Kia Stinger Take On The All-Aussie Holden Commodore? 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Videos, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, video on 10 16th, 2017

The Kia Stinger has sent hearts racing around the world from the moment it was revealed and in Australia, is set to dramatically shake up the industry.
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RWD Kia Stinger Twin Turbo V6 Ticks A Surprising Amount Of Boxes 25
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video on 09 25th, 2017

With the Stinger, Kia wants the world to know that they’re not just capable of making reliable everyday cars but also know how to build a proper performance sedan, complete with rear-wheel drive and a good amount of power to keep you smiling.
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New Kia Picanto Is A Small Car With A Big Personality 25
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Kia, Kia Picanto, Kia Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 08 25th, 2017

The new generation Kia Picanto challenges the likes of the Volkswagen Up!, and Hyundai i10, so  how does it compare?
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