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Kia Stinger hatchback (2018-2022) review - Reliability & safety

Lots of safety equipment as standard and seven-year warranty offers reliability assurance

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3.2 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

The Stinger didn't appear in our 2021 Driver Power results , so we don’t yet have any concrete information to go on about its reliability, but Kia’s hard-to-beat warranty should offer peace of mind. With such a long list of standard safety equipment, though, a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating came as little surprise.

Kia Stinger reliability

While we don’t have any data about the Stinger’s reliability yet, Kia does have a reputation for producing cars with good reliability. What’s more, the brand offers a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty on its cars, showing its confidence in their reliability and offering you peace of mind. Kia came second out of 30 manufacturers in our 2021 Driver Power survey, showing that owners are very happy with their ownership experience. In fact, the biggest criticism was acceleration, which isn't really an issue in the Stinger.

Safety

The Kia Stinger added impressive safety to its long list of credentials after independent experts Euro NCAP put it through their rigorous crash-testing regime. The car received the maximum five-star rating, including an excellent 93% score for adult occupancy protection. Its 81% score for how it looks after children in an accident is a good showing, too.

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The roster of standard safety equipment impresses, too. All three models in the Stinger line-up come with automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance, driving fatigue warning, an active bonnet system and speed-limit warnings. GT-S cars also benefit from blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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