Kia has branched into sports-sedan territory with its four-door hatchback Stinger. It was designed as a thoroughbred rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with an aggressive stance. In our tests, the Stinger proved to be a nimble car that combines performance, style, and practicality. But in terms of luxury and comfort, it’s not quite to the level of an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series.
The 2.0-liter, 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers ample power and a sporty engine note. There’s hardly any turbo lag. The eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive.
Even though the Stinger feels fairly quick out on the road, the 7.5 seconds it takes to get to 60 mph makes it one of the slower cars in the class -- and that’s likely due to the extra weight the Stinger carries versus some of its smaller rivals. What’s more, it gets a mediocre 23 mpg overall in our testing, falling short of several competitors.