2019 KIA Stinger AWD Review By Jon Rosner
Written By: Jon Rosner
Kia originally positioned its cars as a value proposition. Handsome, but not daring; sporty, but not at the extreme; loaded with features and at a lower price to entice consideration. At 4,000 pounds this is not a light car, but the responsiveness of the wheel and the ability of the suspension to handle potholes midway through off-angle switchback corners shows that the AWD Stinger is a nicely balanced canyon carver. Taut handling with a reasonably supple ride are the signs of time and money well spent in suspension development. The car felt rock solid when pushed to 7/10ths on the backroads. Very nice helpings of torque allowed this driver to power out of corners and position it for the next challenging turn.
The 3.3 liter twin-turbo V-6 engine was only turning 1,250 RPM in 8th gear at 55 MPH allowing the car to simply loaf along on highway sections, probably doing a nice job of sipping fuel. Per the fuel gauge we were seeing 17.5 MPG, but keep in mind that was the return with a bunch of eager journalists pounding the snot out of it and wringing it out on every twisty section. Nice that Kia has the confidence in their product to offer a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty to go with the 5 yr/60,000 mile standard warranty. With 365 horses and 376 pound-feet of torque, zero to 60 for the Stinger AWD comes up in 4.7 seconds.
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Date Posted: November 12, 2019