What is it?
The Kia Stinger may be many remarkable things: a brand-building, visually jaw-dropping rear-driven grand tourer the likes of which we’ve never seen from any Korean car maker. If you’ve read that before, it’s only because we’ve been told it before. A lot.
And yet, on one level, you always knew it was going to be a rule-breaker as well: a car priced in incendiary fashion to make a mockery of the value propositions of other rear-driven executive saloons, mostly made in Germany. Welcome to that level. This is the cheapest Stinger of the bunch: the turbocharged 2.0-litre entry-level model, which undercuts a like-for-like BMW 430i Gran Coupé by almost £8000 and even Volkswagen’s like-for-like Arteon by a similarly hefty wedge.
So far, Kia’s been careful to ensure our early experiences of its ambitious new design hero have been delivered by the 365bhp twin-turbo V6 model, and those preliminary tastes have been promising. But the greater affordability of this Stinger could potentially bring it to many more owners and allow it to exercise a much wider and more powerful influence on the recasting of Kia’s brand image. Assuming it’s of sufficiently high calibre, of course – and in entry-level, passively damped, four-cylinder form at that.