The 2022 Kia Stinger: A true sports sedan—or maybe more of a hot hatch | #sports | #elderly | #seniors
The 2022 Kia Stinger heads toward the rarefied air of German sport/luxury sedans. Its rate of approach intensifies with a few revisions this year — like a new, more powerful engine in the base model and a sharper exterior look.
If we wanted to be pedantic, we’d say the 2022 Stinger is not a sedan with a trunk, but a hatchback in a similar vein as the Audi A5 Sportback. That’s absolutely fine with us, though. We’re just pleased that there’s a relatively affordable car with driver appeal that makes a credible alternative to desirable rides like the A5 Sportback and the BMW
4 Series Gran Coupe.
For this 2022 model year, the GT trim has been discontinued, with some of its features trickling down to the entry-level 2022 GT-Line. A Scorpion Special Edition is also in the pipeline, coming with its own cosmetic touches.
Driving the 2022 Kia Stinger
Which is the fastest Kia
Stinger? Frustratingly, the company hadn’t released any standstill-to-60 mph times or curb weights while compiling this review, and we’re especially interested in how the new engine performs.
Top speeds are 130 mph for the GT-Line and 167 mph for the GT1 and GT2. All variants have shift paddles mounted beneath the steering wheel, enabling extra driver engagement whenever the mood arises. The GT models also have a launch control mode. And the twin-turbocharged V6 to make those launches swift.
With either engine, the 2022 Stinger is a true sports sedan (although the sedan part is arguable). There’s poise and grip, both of which are amplified by all-wheel drive and the GT2’s adaptive suspension. Yet it can also handle commutes and long trips with comfort and serenity.
The Stinger has driving modes to suit different conditions: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Smart. This last one enables customization, like having throttle and transmission responses in Sport, while setting the steering for Comfort.
Yes, we’ve already said (in the Cons section) that the 2022 Stinger doesn’t quite have the same suspension magic that German cars like Audi and BMW always bring to the party. But this is most noticeable at the limits of grip, an area best explored on the track. Up to that point, though, the Stinger handles sweetly. Especially for the price. And the GT models come with Brembo brakes.
As well as being a great driver’s machine, the Kia Stinger is pleasantly practical. The hatchback and folding rear seats bring a wagon-like ability to hold up to 40 cubic feet of cargo.
2022 Kia Stinger interior
It’s pretty clear that the Stinger’s interior designers checked out several high-class European cars. The three large circular air vents and free-standing infotainment touchscreen (now measuring 10.25 inches on the diagonal) seem like a nod to Mercedes-Benz.
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A flat-bottomed steering wheel is almost obligatory in sporty cars these days. And note the new Kia badge in the center. Although some cabin materials are definitely a cut above the usual Kia fare, they still fall a little short of the European competition.
This year, things are livened up by gloss black and chrome accents on the instrument panel. The GT 2 also gains a special stitching pattern on the Nappa leather seating surfaces meant to evoke the “chain link” wristbands design of expensive watches.
There’s plenty of legroom throughout, but the sleek roofline compromises rear headroom. Six-footers should get their “shotgun” call in as soon as possible.
2022 Kia Stinger exterior
A long nose and short tail is a classic performance car look. There’s a specific treatment of the corporate Kia grille, but the Stinger tends to go its own stylistic way.
For 2022, new LED headlights and taillights are installed, along with a new “signature” of the LED daytime running lights. Kia also has fresh designs for the alloy wheels and a revised look for the exhaust outlets.
2022 Kia Stinger standard features
Trim levels for the 2022 Stinger range are GT-Line, GT1, and GT2. Kicking off with the GT-Line, standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, perforated leather-wrapped/flat-bottomed steering wheel, wireless charging, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The infotainment system includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, navigation, Apple
CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 9-speaker audio setup.
Among the driver assistance features are forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, rear parking sensors, and navigation-based adaptive cruise control.
2022 Kia Stinger options
Each variant of the 2022 Stinger is eligible for all-wheel drive. The GT versions have a more sophisticated AWD system, however, which comes with torque vectoring for greater cornering ability. A heated steering wheel is another extra across the range. A powered sunroof and a power-adjustable front passenger seat are optional in the GT-Line, standard in the GT1 and GT2 versions. The GT-Line can also be ordered with the GT2’s surround-sound system.
The GT1 has the V6 engine, launch control, a limited-slip differential (with rear-wheel drive), 19-inch alloy wheels, Brembo
brakes with red-painted calipers, and LED cabin lighting. It’s the GT2 where the luxury is really piled on.
The leather is upgraded to the good Nappa stuff, and it gains a power-adjustable steering column, heated/ventilated front seats, 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 12-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, memory settings, heated rear seats, power-operated trunk lid, 360-degree camera system, head-up display, front parking sensors, self-dimming side mirrors, 15-speaker/720-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound system, and an adaptive suspension.
2022 Kia Stinger engine
For 2022, the GT-Line loses a 2.0-liter engine and receives a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder unit making 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. That’s a gain of 45 more horses and an extra 61 lb-ft.
The GT1 and GT2 models retain their twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6, but it’s bumped from 365 to 368 horsepower. The torque figure of 376 lb-ft remains the same.
Both engines connect to an 8-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive (RWD) as the standard setup, or all-wheel drive (AWD) available as an option across the range.
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Anyone considering a new Stinger probably isn’t too concerned about gasoline bills. Both engines are reasonably fuel-efficient, but no more than that.
2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 (GT-Line)
300 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
311 lb-ft of torque @ 1,650-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (RWD), 21/29 mpg (AWD)
3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (GT, GT1, GT2)
368 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
376 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (RWD), 17/24 mpg (AWD)
How much does the 2022 Kia Stinger cost?
A Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $36,090 plus the $1,045 destination charge puts a rear-drive 2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line at $37,135. At the top of the range, the 2022 Stinger GT2 is priced from $52,335.
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All-wheel drive costs $2,200 at every trim level. How much is a fully loaded 2022 Kia Stinger? We’re looking at just under $56k for a GT2 with all-wheel drive, one of the premium paint finishes, the paint protection package, wheel locks, and puddle lights.
Admittedly, these are not the kind of numbers we usually deal with when talking about Kia vehicles. But the Stinger is one aspect of the company’s expansion into fresh areas. And it’s still offering quite a lot for the money.
Let’s compare the Audi A5 Sportback, for example, which starts at closer to $43k (although it does have all-wheel drive as standard). Or a new-for-2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is expected to be around $47k at its entry level. The Nissan
Maxima has a 300-horsepower V6 and is priced from $38k, but it only has front-wheel drive. The Kia Stinger’s looking even more special, isn’t it?
Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to find out what others in your area paid for their new Stinger. Resale values are expected to be about the same as the Audi A5 Sportback, better than the Maxima, and much better than the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Which 2022 Kia Stinger model is right for me?
2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line
- Turbocharged 300-horsepower engine
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Leather seating surfaces
- Self-dimming rearview mirror
- 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration
- Wireless charging
2022 Kia Stinger GT1
- Twin-turbocharged 368-horsepower V6
- Brembo brakes
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Limited-slip differential
- 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
- Powered sunroof
- LED cabin lighting
2022 Kia Stinger GT2
- Nappa leather upholstery
- 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
- Heated rear seats
- Power-operated trunk lid
- Adaptive suspension
- 360-degree camera system
- Head-up display
- Automatic high beams
- 15-speaker/720-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound system