Making contact with the KIA Stinger: the KIA that BMW wants to eat and conquer your heart
The KIA Stinger is one of the most important releases of the year for KIA. And although this year there have been as important as Stonic selling KIA KIA Picanto or, its first sports saloon plays in another league. Sales will not be nearly as plentiful, and is a risky launch, a product that venture into uncharted terrain - some would say even in the wolf's mouth. On the shoulders of KIA Stinger lies a great responsibility: to change our perception of the entire Korean brand, and conquered by the heart that had not been conquered by reason.
I do not mean, by any means, "give the ball" to KIA. But the reality is that it is a brand that like Hyundai, is in full product offensive, throwing cars with excellent value for money and an undeniable appeal. Cars that are able to compete you to you with the best that the general European brands are able to offer. However the KIA Stinger It is a car that seeks to conquer us, that seeks to be a nuisance to cars like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe or the Audi A5 Sportback. A car that gets where not call him, in the best sense of the term.
The KIA Stinger is a sporty five-door hatchback and 4.83 meters long. It is provided with three engines between 200 and 370 CV CV, associated with rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
KIA chest out with the Stinger. He wants to prove he is capable of manufacturing and technology as competitive as the European premium cars, and it shows a transfer and development policy should be scary in Germany. Albert Biermann - the head of BMW Motorsport few years ago - has been commissioned to develop, with cars as Hyundai i30 N, whose first reviews have been uniformly enthusiastic. Biermann has captained the project from Europe, and has spiced with long sessions of fine-tuning at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Ambition, a lot of ambition
The KIA Stinger is not a pitch for any KIA. It is an evolved product is not a new small-sized SUV. It's a car that expect to sell a few hundred units in our country, and yet is arguably one of the most important releases for the brand. It is a car that want to steal customers from brands like BMW or Mercedes, or at least, you throw them a little scary in the body. There is more to admire its stunning design, and discover that not only efectismo: the openings at the ends of the bumper help cool the braking train, for example.
The Style versions access differ from Stinger GT by its 17-inch wheels, two exhaust pipes and a kit less aggressive body.
Those attending the presentation praise in unison four tailpipes its looming behind - Fully functional, no false starts - and although the "Extension" of the rear lights to the side waist line was not dish taste for everyone, we must recognize that it is an original detail. Of course, the GT versions are the most impressive, especially if we know that under its hood laten 370 hp. However, even versions of access to the range have an aggressive demeanor, very different from the usual reason and moderation to which we are accustomed in KIA.
We enter the cabin, and we see that really KIA have gone for broke. The audio is Harman Kardon, sports leather seats are perforated, heated and ventilated, doors and center console are coated aluminum, and all controls have a really good fit. There just hard plastic, with only the glove box door and bottom of the screen infotainment system as improvable points. The perceived quality of the car is very high, clearly superior to that of a Mercedes Class C, but without the nearly perfect finish of an Audi A5 Sportback.
The roof and pillars are lined in Alcantara black, contributing to an elegant and refined atmosphere.
Yes, I am saying that finishes are almost at the level of a BMW 4 Series, against which loses customization options and custom equipment - the "Individual" type programs remain dedicated to premium brands. Stinger KIA instrumentation is always analog - no brand model employs a 100% digital instrumentation. As for practicality, it is a spacious car in all its dimensions, with a downright spacious rear seats. The trunk has regular shapes but cubes only 406 liters, lower than expected on a five-door 4.83 meters.
What is available KIA motors Stinger?
In our country the KIA Stinger will be available with three engines. The engine is a 2.2 CRDi access a 200 hp turbodiesel, capable of developing 440 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm, declaring an average consumption of 5.6 l / 100 km. This engine can be associated with rear wheel drive or a permanent four wheel drive system. In the latter case, the average consumption amounts to 6.4 l / 100 km, while the 0 to 100 km / h in 7.6 seconds remains unchanged. The most interesting propellant is propellant intermediate range, a 2.0-T-GDi petrol with 255 hp power.
All KIA Stinger share a gearbox torque converter and eight relations. It is a box developed by KIA, homegrown.
This four-cylinder turbo develops maximum power to some interesting 6,200 rpm, and maximum torque of 353 Nm is, constant between 1,400 rpm and 4,000 rpm. With an average fuel consumption NEDC of 7.9 l / 100 km, KIA Stinger lighter - mark 1642 kilos vacuum - is able to make the 0 to 100 km / h in very acceptable 6.0 seconds. In the words of those responsible for the brand, they believe it will be the best selling engine in our country. You can only be associated with rear-wheel drive without permanent all-wheel drive option. The best have left for last.
The crown jewel is reserved to KIA GT Stinger, and is a new T-GDi 3.3 V6 twin turbocharging in series. This engine develops 370 hp 6,000 rpm and a strong maximum torque of 510 Nm, available in full from 1,300 rpm to 4,500 rpm. It is the most powerful KIA ever sold in Europe, and leads in over 100 hp at the KIA Optima GT, the far more performance KIA car. You can only be ordered with all-wheel drive - in markets like the US It sold with rear-wheel drive - and has very suggestive performance: 4.9 seconds in the 0 to 100 km / h and a top speed of 270 km / h.
Wheel drive system mounts an electronically controlled center clutch and favors the rear, reaching a maximum allocation of 50% of power to each axle.
As dwarfs enjoying his steering wheel, road and track
Just landed in Mallorca, we move to the Circuit de Llucmajor, and put me behind the wheel of a Stinger KIA GT, which was already "hot". The instructor encourages me to set the mode selector in Sport + driving. The selector has five modes (Smart, Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport +), acting on the throttle response, management automatic transmission, adaptive suspension, the hardness of the direction, the engine sound and the traction system. The Sport + puts all these systems in Defcon mode 1 and also relaxes the stability control operation.
What could go wrong? I know the car and the circuit. As I follow the instructor, he speaks for the walkie-talkie, encouraging us to, in his own words, go "crusaders" of each curve. I could not tell you how, but the two curves saw me completely crossed the car, burning tires, on the verge of losing control. He looked in the rearview mirror and saw only white smoke. Not a bad way to start the morning. What is really remarkable is that this impromptu session was powersliding absurdly simple, with ESP only intervenes when the loss of control is imminent, and really naturally.
Its automatic gearbox does not have a really sequentially. We can shift gears by cams, but the car will not hold up when it reaches the injection cut.
A very heavy and very informative direction is telling me what happens on the asphalt. Although the circuit stint was brief and not exceed 160 km / h, allowed me to certify that the engine 3.3 V6 T-GDi responds quickly, without lag in their turbochargers, and a very strong power delivery. Stinger KIA GT weighs more than 1,800 kilograms, and although its size is perceived in the most mousetraps areas Llucmajor, changes direction so gracile, so much less dramatic swings of his body suggest from outside the car. In short, putting point is surprisingly good.
After this session recompose circuit, I go with another Stinger GT to travel the roads of the island, especially the Sierra de la Tramontana. In these wonderful mountain roads I can certify that it is fun and fast saloon, and how well it works its all-wheel drive. Albert Biermann's hand has been a boon for KIA. The Stinger GT It is not a perfect car, with an automatic gearbox which could be somewhat faster and hold more gear. The engine sound not love: the brand has been forced to enhance it through the stereo.
A quiet and comfortable way its rhythms, is a quiet car, able to devour thousands of kilometers without showing any fatigue.
But details, details of a whole and very refined, which bay a truly high level. After the GT, briefly board equipped with a 2.0 T-GDI unit. All KIA propulsion Stinger have a mechanical limited slip, and very balanced weight distribution, rather than the GT. The 2.0 T-GDi is very elastic, turns over 6,000 rpm and sounds better than the V6, in addition to the role a more content consumption. Not as strong nor has the devastating kick the GT, but is able to convince even demanding fans.
By last, I was able to briefly taste the 2.2 CRDi turbodiesel engine 200 hp KIA Stinger. It is a known drive, shared with cars like the Kia Sorento, for example. It is an engine whose touch and sound are much rougher than gasoline, but in return enjoys a much more aquilatados consumption. Up their sound vibrations are damped, but its diesel idle chatter character and is more than evident. Its performance is not as dazzling, but more than enough to keep high rates on motorways or advance guarantees secondary road.
Prices and equipment: is it really so expensive?
KIA Stinger It is the most expensive ever sold KIA in Spain. As we have already told in several articles, prices start at 37,900 euros, and will not be subject to the usual discount brand launch. The access price corresponds to a 2.2 CRDi KIA Stinger 200 hp and rear wheel drive. Prices go up to 54,150 euros Stinger KIA GT with 370 hp and permanent four wheel drive. The range of KIA Stinger is structured around four finishes: Style, xtreme, GT Line and GT. They have a broad range equipment, and very few optional items.
KIA understood to be a niche vehicle. With a realistic forecast, they expect to sell about 250 units in our market throughout 2018.
Here you can see the standard equipment KIA Stinger in its various versions.
The only extras are available four-wheel drive in versions equipped with 2.2 CRDi engine, and different paintings, solid, metallic or pearlescent finishes. As you can see, the provision of active safety KIA Stinger is very high, counting standard with adaptive cruise control, keeping assistant Lane, reading traffic signs, automatic braking with detection of pedestrians and assistant beam. The detector vehicle in neutral and cross traffic alert are only available in the GT and GT Line finishes.
Prices for the Spanish market are as follows.
As we can see, it is not an affordable car. However, It is a car with a very extensive standard equipment. Arguably the finished GT Line and GT are full-equipe standard. BMW 430i Gran Coupe a 252 CV - to remember that KIA considered a direct rival in their product briefing - starts at 49,100 euros. However, if we have such abundant as the Stinger KIA GT Line 2.0 T-GDI 255 hp equipment, we will have to pay more than 67,000 euros. Do you have noticed that we are talking about an additional 20,000 euros? Something similar happens with an Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI 252 hp.
What is the biggest impediment to win the KIA Stinger? The emblem is on the hood, against which it will try to fight with very good arguments, as we have told you. We'll see if the market is able to see beyond it.