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New Kia Stinger Undercuts BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe’s Price By Over $11,000 16
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Kia, Kia Stinger, prices on 11 16th, 2017


Kia’s highly anticipated Stinger sports sedan is expected in U.S. dealerships next month, spread across five available trim levels.

The entry-level Stinger is priced from $31,900, while the Stinger Premium starts at $37,100, the Stinger GT at $38,350, and the GT1 and GT2 at $43,250 and $49,200 respectively. Adding all-wheel drive means spending an extra $2,000, and then you’ve got the $900 destination charge.

That’s significantly less than other premium sports cars in the segment, such as the 4-cylinder turbocharged 430i that starts from $43,100 or the Audi A5 Sportback that is priced from $42,600. The V6-powered GT is also cheaper than its theoretical rivals, as the 440i GC starts from $49,500 (not taking into consideration any differences in equipment). 

“Although the Stinger is unlike any other Kia that has come before it in terms of pure driving enjoyment, it is still very much a traditional Kia in that it offers consumers a very compelling value proposition, providing excellent performance and handling, premium features and functionality when compared to its much higher-priced competitors,” said KMA exec, Orth Hedrick.

Purchasing the base Stinger model means getting a passive suspension tuned for a balanced ride. Meanwhile, GT models are available with Kia’s electronically controlled Dynamic Stability Damping Control, as well as Brembo brakes.

The entry-level audio system for the 2.0-liter turbo features six speakers and a 7″ color touchscreen, while the standard system found in the GT trim boasts 9 speakers and comes with an external amplifier. If that’s still not enough, you can also get an optional Harman/Kardon audio system with Surround Sound technology.

Powering the base Stinger and Premium trims is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot, good for 255 HP and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque, whereas the GT versions get a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, producing 365 HP and 376 lb-ft (494 Nm) of torque. Both units work alongside an eight-speed rear-drive automatic transmission.

  • Stinger starts at $31,9002
  • Stinger Premium starts at $37,1002
  • GT starts at $38,3502
  • GT1 starts at $43,2502
  • GT2 starts at $49,2002
  • All-wheel drive: $2,200
  • Destination: $900

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Kia Stinger Continues To Impress In Latest Review 15
Nov
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.

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Could This Be The Kia Of The Future? 13
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Kia, Renderings, Tech on 11 13th, 2017


At the start of 2015, Mercedes-Benz introduced its eye-catching F 015 Luxury in Motion, a concept which it believes accurately depicts the car of the future.

Utilizing an electric powertrain, the Luxury in Motion was able to have incredibly short front and rear overhangs and a spacious interior. Perhaps inspired by this futuristic concept, Behance artist Aaron Jaryong Koo has designed a similar car, this time from Kia.

Simply dubbed the Kia Autonomous family van, the vehicle sets out to achieve exactly what its name indicates. As such, it has been designed with an interior as spacious as that of the Kia Sedona, despite being over 60 cm shorter.

As the concept is fully-autonomous, there’s no need to waste space with a traditional dashboard or steering wheel. Consequently, the concept’s interior consists of two large seats facing each other and a large bench seat to the side which could act as the perfect place to rest a child.

Upon revealing the F 015 Luxury in Motion, Mercedes-Benz indicated such a vehicle may see the light of day in 2030. If that estimate proves accurate, we could see vehicles like the Mercedes and this Kia on public roads in just over a decade.

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Could This Be The Kia Of The Future? 13
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Kia, Renderings, Tech on 11 13th, 2017


At the start of 2015, Mercedes-Benz introduced its eye-catching F 015 Luxury in Motion, a concept which it believes accurately depicts the car of the future.

Utilizing an electric powertrain, the Luxury in Motion was able to have incredibly short front and rear overhangs and a spacious interior. Perhaps inspired by this futuristic concept, Behance artist Aaron Jaryong Koo has designed a similar car, this time from Kia.

Simply dubbed the Kia Autonomous family van, the vehicle sets out to achieve exactly what its name indicates. As such, it has been designed with an interior as spacious as that of the Kia Sedona, despite being over 60 cm shorter.

As the concept is fully-autonomous, there’s no need to waste space with a traditional dashboard or steering wheel. Consequently, the concept’s interior consists of two large seats facing each other and a large bench seat to the side which could act as the perfect place to rest a child.

Upon revealing the F 015 Luxury in Motion, Mercedes-Benz indicated such a vehicle may see the light of day in 2030. If that estimate proves accurate, we could see vehicles like the Mercedes and this Kia on public roads in just over a decade.

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Kia Niro EV Spotted Testing Alongside The Kona Electric 6
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Kia, Kia Niro, Kia Scoops, Scoops on 11 6th, 2017


The Kia Niro has been a surprise hit for the company as it has been outselling the Hyundai Ioniq by nearly 3 to 1 in the United States. The crossover’s appeal is expected to grow in the future as Kia is putting the finishing touches on the Niro EV.

Set to debut early next year, the Niro EV closely resembles the standard model but it has apparently been equipped with a unique front fascia and repositioned fog lights. The model also appears to have a modified rear bumper but it’s hard to be certain underneath all that camouflage. Of course, one of the more noticeable changes is the revised grille which features a charging port.

Little is known about the model but previous reports have suggested the Niro will borrow its powertrain from the Ioniq Electric. The latter vehicle features an electric motor that develops 118 hp (88 kW) and 218 lb-ft (295 Nm) of torque. It is powered by a 28 kWh battery which enables the car to have an EPA-estimated range of 124 miles (199 km).

However, it is interesting to note the vehicle was spied testing alongside the Kona EV which is slated to debut next year with a range in excess of 240 miles (386 km).

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Two Stinger GT And Cadenza Concepts Headline KIA’s 2017 SEMA Movement 31
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Galleries, Kia, Kia Cadenza, Kia Concepts, Kia Stinger, SEMA show, tuning on 10 31st, 2017


Kia's all-new Stinger GT will be heavily featured at this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, with two customized versions fighting for your attention, alongside a blacked-out Cadenza.
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U Spy: Kia’s Next-Gen Cee’d Tests In Poland 31
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Ceed, Kia Scoops, Reports, Scoops, U Spy on 10 31st, 2017


A prototype of Kia’s next-generation Cee’d has been spied testing in Konin, Poland.
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Kia Sinaan Is An Out Of This World And Possibly, Century Too, Design Study 28
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Kia, Kia Concepts, Renderings on 10 28th, 2017


In recent years, both professional as well as amateur car designers have become pretty good at drawing up vehicles for 20 or even 30 years into the future.
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Kia Stinger Drift Experience Heading To SEMA 26
Oct
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
Oct
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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Over 340,000 Kia Soul Models Recalled For Steering Issue 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Soul, Recalls, Reports on 10 20th, 2017


Kia is recalling over 340,000 Soul models in the United States due to a steering issue.
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A Widebody Kia Stinger GT Is Coming To SEMA 19
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Stinger, new cars, SEMA show, tuning on 10 19th, 2017


Kia, together with West Coast Customs are presenting a one-off high performance Stinger during this year's SEMA Show.
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New Kia Stonic Arrives In The UK Priced From £16,295 16
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Kia, Kia Stonic, new cars, prices, UK on 10 16th, 2017


Kia's first entry into the high ground clearance B-segment wears the Stonic badge, and it can already be ordered in the United Kingdom.
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Can The Kia Stinger Take On The All-Aussie Holden Commodore? 16
Oct
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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U Spy The New Kia Cee’d In Belgium 14
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Ceed, Kia Scoops, Reports, Scoops, U Spy on 10 14th, 2017


Kia’s new Cee’d is continuing to do the rounds and was recently snapped undergoing testing by Carscoops reader Erik Thys in Ghent, Belgium.
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