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Bodystyle, dimensions and technical details

Three flavours of Stinger are available. Crowning the range is the GT S, which packs a 3.3-litre, 365bhp twin-turbocharged V6 under its bonnet, while a humbler 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel is also available.

The third variant – and the subject of this test – is the entry-level petrol model, which is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Is the Stinger the Kia that wears the manufacturer’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille the best? We’d say so. Stretching between the headlights, it lends the car an imposing, purposeful face

This longitudinally mounted T-GDi (for turbocharged gasoline direct injection) powerplant is from Kia’s ‘Theta II’ family of engines. It develops 244bhp at 6200rpm and 260lb ft between 1400rpm and 3500rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an electronic eight-speed automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential.

As has increasingly become common practice in this age of engine downsizing and turbocharging, Kia has also employed what it calls an ‘active sound system’ to pipe an enhanced version of the four-cylinder’s engine note into the cabin.

This Stinger’s 18in alloys are shod in 225/45 R18 ContiSport Contact 5 tyres and are suspended by MacPherson struts at the front axle, and a multi-link arrangement at the rear.

Our GT-Line S model is equipped with passive dampers, but the flagship GT S makes use of an adaptive damping system that is controlled via the car’s electronic Drive Mode Selector.

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At 4830mm in length, the Stinger is longer than both an Audi A5 Sportback and a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, which measure 4733mm and 4640mm respectively.

Despite its size, it’s arguably the most elegantly styled of the three, with its expansive bonnet, long wheelbase and sloping roofline lending it an evocative appearance.

It’s quite unlike any other Kia that’s gone on sale in the UK, and it attracts attention, even more so when people realise which brand’s name is affixed to its nose.