The Kia Stinger range is priced from £31,995 to £40,495 in the UK, as the brand prepares its sales launch in this country.
The Stinger’s entry-level engine is a 244bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit. However, the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series’ entry-level models have 1.4-litre units, making the Stinger more of a lower-price rival to the higher-spec 2.0-litre petrol Audi A4 and BMW 330i models, which start at £33,790 and £34,730 respectively.
Topping the range is the Stinger GT-S, which has a 3.3-litre turbocharged V6, producing 365bhp and 376lb ft. This variant starts from £40,495; undercutting the Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C43 by around £5000 but topping the BMW 340i by £235.
Mid-range cars are expected to be the best-sellers, with a bias towards diesel engines. Overall, there will likely be a 60/40 split in favour of diesels. Sales begin on 1 January 2018, with deliveries beginning at this date too, and monthly prices are to be revealed nearer the on-sale date. Kia plans to sell around 1800 in the car's first year.
Engines and gearbox
Europe's entry engine is a turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel that produces 197bhp and 325lb ft of torque - the latter figure is available from 1750-2750 rpm. It can accelerate the car to 62mph in 8.5sec and onto a top speed of 158mph.
Above this sits the first petrol engine, a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that produces 252bhp and 260lb ft of torque. No straight-line performance figures have been released for this unit yet, but it's expected to be slightly quicker than the diesel.