Kia Stinger hatchback - Interior & comfort
The interior is smart and modern, if a bit bland, but ride quality is good
The Kia Stinger has a well finished and uncluttered interior that looks modern if not hugely stylish. It’s not the most distinctive – similarities with other car interiors out there are clear to see – but it's a comfortable place to spend long journeys. The infotainment system is logical and the climate control buttons are easy to reach.
With the adaptive dampers in the Comfort setting, the car deals with bumps and rough tarmac nicely, making it a competent GT for long journeys. Even on the lesser models that don't have the dampers, the ride is still impressive, particularly with the smaller 18-inch wheels; the car never crashes over potholes and refinement at high speed is excellent. The car’s steering is well weighted, but can’t quite match the communication or precision offered by rivals like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
The leather-clad seats look the part but we weren't hugely impressed with comfort levels on long journeys - one 200-mile stint behind the wheel caused some mild back ache. Of course, people come in different shapes and sizes but it's worth testing the seats before you buy the car.
Most engines are smooth and refined at speed, but under hard acceleration the 2.2-litre diesel in particular can sound slightly coarse.
The Kia Stinger comes in three trim levels: GT-Line, GT-Line S and GT-S.
The GT-Line has 18-inch alloy wheels, a nine-speaker sound system, climate control, heated leather seats, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display and the limited-slip differential. In fact, it's only really halogen headlights, which are starting to look very old-fashioned, that give the impression the GT-Line is an entry-level model.
Standard safety systems include autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, driver fatigue warning, and active bonnet and speed-limit warnings.
The GT-Line S adds a 15-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, heated and ventilated front seats, a powered tailgate, heated outer rear seats, LED headlights and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts.
The GT-S gets upgraded Brembo brakes, adaptive dampers, 19-inch alloy wheels, plush Nappa leather upholstery and added seat adjustability.
The Stinger comes in Ember Orange as standard, with Pearl White, Midnight Black, Ceramic Grey, HiChroma Red and Panthera Metal all available as options. You can choose to have the leather upholstery in either black, grey or red.