Kia describes the Stinger as a ‘gran turismo’, or grand tourer, which means it needs to strike a good balance between comfort and excitement behind the wheel. That’s a brief it absolutely nails. The ride is a fraction on the firm side, more so than in the Audis and BMWs that it competes with, so you do feel the nature of the surface beneath you. Importantly, however, it never feels too jittery and potholes are dealt with really effectively, so it’s still a car that keeps you comfortable at all times. It handles really tidily as well. The firmness in the suspension keeps the body very level in bends, there’s bags of grip and the rear-wheel-drive layout helps make it feel even more agile. The responsive steering helps on that score. This really is a very good car to drive, and can easily keeps up with its German rivals on both comfort and handling.
The range-topping V6-powered GTS version comes on an even more sophisticated suspension which alters its behaviour according to which driving mode you select. It’s effective, and it’s a more engaging car to drive than the more humble versions, but that’s more to do with the engine.
The low front seating position is mirrored in the back, with plenty of head-room for two adults despite the sloping roofline. There’s a third space in the middle, but taller passengers will struggle there, and the seat is also rather narrow. The boot is quite shallow, but the hatchback boot lid means it’s easy to load stuff in, though it’s not quite as roomy as a Volkswagen Arteon
or A5 Sportback on this score.