2018 Kia Stinger
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Standard in the 2018 Kia Stinger is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Theta engine, able to generate 255-horsepower at approximately 6200 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque from 1400-4000 rpm. Turbocharged engines are designed with turbine-driven forced induction devices that increase an internal combustion engine’s power output by forcing air into the combustion chamber. Theta engines were designed by the Hyundai Kia Motor Group and have already been introduced once before, in multiple Kia models, such as the 2011 Kia Optima (Theta II).
If drivers seek a little more power, a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine is standard on the 2018 Kia Stinger GT. Lambda engines are designed by the same Hyundai Kia Motor Group, having first appeared in the 2005 Kia Sorento. As the name suggests, twin-turbo engines are turbocharged engines built with two turbochargers to compress the air intake charge, and are commonly known as “parallel twin-turbos.” A V6 engine is basically a compact six-cylinder engine that has all but completely replaced inline six-cylinder engines.
Driving and Handling
The 2018 Kia Stinger is Kia’s first sedan with rear- or all-wheel drive (AWD). Popular for its all-weather traction capability, AWD is a great option for the Stinger. If equipped with AWD, the Stinger’s Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system will monitor driver input and road conditions and use that information to direct power and braking force to the appropriate wheels. There is also a driver-controlled Dynamic Stability Damping Control (See Luxury Interior).
Featured on the Kia Stinger is a second-generation 8-speed rear-drive automatic transmission. It is designed with a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter to reduce torsional vibrations through the drivetrain. Although automatic, drivers may switch between gears manually via paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.
Strong, Elegant, Athletic Exterior
Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille design sits between optional LED headlamps. The overall stance and look of the Kia Stinger is athletic and to give the Stinger the look it deserves, both trims come with a long hood and short front overhang. Recessed contours ride along the doors to enhance the visual appeal and there are sleek LED taillights in the rear.
A wide, aggressive rear frame hides two dual-exhausts with a chrome finish. Other outstanding features integrated into the design are wheel arch grills and a smooth underbody. The base trim rides on 18-inch performance tires while the Stinger GT comes with ultra-high performance 19-inch tires. With a wheelbase that is a little longer, there is more space in the cabin for front and rear passengers.
Seating options for the 2018 Kia Stinger include the available ultra-soft Nappa leather that creates a true luxury feel. The steering wheel is also leather wrapped. A ventilated driver seat has been mentioned and there is a strong possibility that both front seats could be ventilated.
The center console is divided into two sections, with the climate and ventilation controls located below a color touch screen (See Entertainment). A color TFT screen is integrated between the gauges relays performance data to the driver to always keep an eye on several specs: cornering G-forces, lap times, engine-oil temperature, a trip computer, driver settings, navigation, and diagnostics. Mentioned earlier, the Dynamic Stability Damping Control offers the driver the ability to electronically adjust the suspension from up to five different different modes: Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort, and Smart.
Connectivity is the main standard for car models today, and a wireless Smartphone charging pad and Bluetooth hands-free phone operation are standard in both Stinger trims. Standard in the base trim is a six-speaker system controlled through a 7-inch touchscreen that has the latest version of UVO.
Standard in the Stinger GT is a 9-speaker system with an external amplifier, but buyers can upgrade to a premium Harman Kardon 10-speaker system with under-seat mounted subwoofers and Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic surround sound technology. If that doesn’t sound amazing, we don’t know what will. For convenience, audio controls are mounted onto the steering wheel.
Safety Features and Warranty
Kia has always been on the up-and-up about safety, and aside from having their usual basics, such as dual-stage front airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, stability and traction control systems, and LATCH-ready child seating anchors, there are some advanced safety features in the 2018 Kia Stinger. A Kia first is the Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system to help combat distracted/drowsy driving with a warning chime and a “break time” display.
Other safety features consist of Forward Collision Assistance with integrated Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Detection systems.
All Kia vehicles come with the 10-year or 100,000 mile warranty program which includes: a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000 mile-limited basic warranty and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.