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 turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers ample power and emits a sporty sound. There’s hardly any turbo lag and the eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. It got a not so stellar 23 mpg overall in our testing, falling short of several competitors.