Facelifted 2020 Kia Stinger breaks cover

Kia’s Audi A5 Sportback rival gets updates inside and out

  • Subtle styling changes
  • UK prices and specs to be revealed
  • On sale later this year

The Kia Stinger fastback has been given a mid-life refresh, with exterior styling tweaks and interior upgrades. It’ll arrive in showrooms before the end of the year, and full UK prices and specifications will be confirmed in the coming months.

At the front, the updated model gets new LED headlights and redesigned daytime running lights. The headlight clusters are tinted to look sportier, while Kia promises a more hi-tech light signature to mark the Stinger out at night.

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Around the back, the design of the tail-lights has been tweaked, with clearer brake light, indicator and reverse light sections, which are joined by a full-width rear lightbar located above the rear badge. The indicators have also been redesigned, and are said to mimic chequered flag pattern.

The powerful Stinger GT-S model now gets the option of much bigger exhausts, finished in silver, and a more aggressive rear diffuser. Elsewhere, two new 18-inch and 19-inch alloy wheel designs will be available alongside a new colour and a ‘Dark Package’ with black trim elements, although it’s not been confirmed if these will be available on UK spec cars.

Inside, there are a few material upgrades, such as the introduction of aluminium and carbon-fibre trim finishers, and a new chrome surround for the seven-inch digital instrument display. Kia has upgraded the Stinger’s 10.25-inch infotainment screen, while the rearview mirror is now frameless.

Premium Nappa leather upholstery will be offered for the first time, and UK buyers could get the choice of a watch-strap style seat design and a 64-colour ambient lighting system.

The Stinger was a real departure for Kia; instead of focusing on value and comfort, it brought performance and luxury for long-distance cruising. It’s a rival to established executive cars like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback, and the fast GT-S version boasts a 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine with the power to match the Audi S5.

The 365bhp V6 is likely to be the only engine option from now on, as Kia is no longer going to offer the 244bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine. This effectively means the starting price will rise, with the GT-S facelift set to start from around £41,000.

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