We absolutely love the Kia Stinger, and we wanted to see how it was to live with on a longer basis. Our March was filled with Stinger driving with the 2019 GT-Line.

Kia Canada has given us the 2019 Kia Stinger GT-Line in Atomic Blue for the month of March to see how this mid-size sedan/compact executive car is to live with if you were to buy one. We drive over 2,400km, including a 1,300km road trip during the course of 24 hours to put this car through it's paces. We also talk about overall fuel economy with the smaller engine and what we hope to see for the future of the Stinger.

Unlike our other episodes of TestDrive Spotlight on the 2018 Kia Stinger GT Limited (automobilrevue.net/v/SFBQNlo5dExzYms) and the 2019 Kia Stinger GT-Line (automobilrevue.net/v/LVJrOTFpVWZ5ZUk), this episode of TestDrive Garage isn't as much of a formal review as it is a conversation about the entry level Stinger, and how it compares to some of the luxury competition.

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Comments

    • norm ee
      norm ee

      nice Canadian review. I only became aware of this new base Canadian model awhile ago. I think a lot of the North American public prefers conventional automatics over DSGs. Perfect all-round vehicle with adequate power, rear based awd, great handling, and value. Don't need nav or sunroof....one ghost grey one parked in my garage now ;-)

      about 15 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to norm ee

      Get it while you can! The GT-Line hasn't been selling at all in Canada, and Kia is going to remove it as an option for 2020 models. We still really enjoyed our time with this one!

      about 15 days ago
    • Liljagare Lilja
      Liljagare Lilja

      I still love my Kia Stinger, did so well during the winter, here in northern Sweden. And, as a joy, the Kia stores have here opened a special program, just for Kia Stinger owners, so you get 0 waiting time for service, road assistance for free, and free replacement cars if you have to put it into the shop.. Not much, but they are trying atleast..

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Liljagare Lilja

      Can't go wrong with that! I believe Kia has a similar program here in Canada, at least for the loaner car and roadside assistance.

      about 2 months ago
    • Roland Gerard
      Roland Gerard

      Man, what a good review again... brrr still cold in Canada....

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Roland Gerard

      Thank you! It's finally starting to warm up here, double digit weather today for the first time in a while.

      about 2 months ago
    • Vladi
      Vladi

      Another quality video. Thanks Nile

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Vladi

      Glad you liked this one, thanks!

      about 2 months ago
    • 93455Driver
      93455Driver

      Just like the look of the lighter G70 more than the Stinger, even though it will cost.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to 93455Driver

      I'm glad Hyundai's owenership of Kia means we get unique vehicles from both companies on shared platforms, rather than badge engineered cars.

      about 2 months ago
    • James Mastroianni
      James Mastroianni

      That isn't the base trim tho, the base is just called 2.0 and then theres the premium trim then there is gt, gt 2, and gt 3

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to James Mastroianni

      In the US sure, but here in Canada we only get three different trims, this being the entry level.

      about 3 months ago
    • A B
      A B

      ty

      about 3 months ago
    • TheMichaelRN
      TheMichaelRN

      I'd wait for the refresh and hope they get rid of hideous fake vents, it just cheapens the car. If everyone would do their research, Hyundai and Kia are run by Europeans, from designers to engineers.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to TheMichaelRN

      The fake vents is something we talked about when we had the GT Limited last year also. I don't know why they didn't make them real, would add to the overall design immensely.

      about 3 months ago
    • Thomas Demell
      Thomas Demell

      You know i never thought i could take kia seriously, but with a car like this, my mind has changed. Im very impressed. Theyve stepped up their game in recent years.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Thomas Demell

      Kia's recent lineup is looking really good. The Forte is a great little sedan with a sporty edge, the 2020 Soul gets aggressive, and the Telluride is already selling like hotcakes. The Stinger has started the revolution, and they keep pumping out hits!

      about 3 months ago
    • Audiwan Kenobi
      Audiwan Kenobi In reply to Thomas Demell

      You are many many years late....

      about 3 months ago
    • Emil Nikolov
      Emil Nikolov

      Kia will never have the sole that BMW, AUDI, and Mercedes has with 100 year history. Like I said before the only reason the Stinger is that good is because the BMW engineer From the M division went to KIA and designed the suspension and engine.

      about 3 months ago
    • Michael S
      Michael S In reply to Emil Nikolov

      It's almost like by hiring people that know what they are doing to design their cars, they are ending up with good vehicles. Shocker.

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Emil Nikolov

      I haven't felt that BMW's vehicles have had a real soul since the E46 M3. I went for a quick spin in the G20 330i today, the tech is nice in it, but you're reminded very quickly that you're still in BMW's volume seller.

      about 3 months ago
    • Audiwan Kenobi
      Audiwan Kenobi In reply to Emil Nikolov

      Not a good point for soo many reasons....every auto manufacturer has had a time period where they produced vehicles that were less than its comp at some time in their history.....Hyundai/Kia has went thru that time a long time ago now.

      about 3 months ago
    • Paul M
      Paul M

      The problem comparing Kia to BMW or other premium brands, comes to dealer sales/service/care program. You still have to deal with Kia sales/service geared to sell Souls and Fortes to credit challenged customers. The premium customer wants a premium sales/service experience.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Paul M

      That's a great point, and a lot of the car buying experience comes down to the dealership. There are great Kia dealers out there, just like there are bad BMW dealers. Some of the largest dealers in the Toronto area for BMW are considered the worst in Canada. There's good and bad among all the manufacturers.

      about 3 months ago
    • Paul M
      Paul M

      Beautiful car and color. I probably lease but want is strong with this one.

      about 3 months ago
    • Obsessive Progressive 2310
      Obsessive Progressive 2310 In reply to Paul M

      @PRN_TestDrive gone the lease route - in the end, you've spentvthousands and own nothing.
      Better buying used - you can get a GT2 one year old for under $35,000.00 - a lot more car for less than a new base Stinger. If you can't afford it, why waste your cash?

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Paul M

      This colour really pops, especially in person. If I needed a daily driver I'd definitely look at leasing it also.

      about 3 months ago