2021 Kia Stinger

MSRP $33,090

Ranked #4 in Compact Sedan

8.1

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2021 Kia Stinger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Kia is known for making some really well-built and versatile cars. With the introduction of Kia Stinger, it marched into the performance sedan segment. The performance sedan segment was mainly dominated by European and some Japanese players. Kia introduced the Stinger in 2018 and challenged them by offering more for less. The rival automakers offered some well-put-together performance sedans in the market but at a steep price. The Kia Stinger promised to offer class-leading dynamics and performance at a lesser price, which to some extent it did very well.

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Pros

Standout design

Value for Money

Easy to maintain 

Cons

Fuel Efficiency

Cramped rear seats

Unsettled at higher speeds.

What's New?

No new changes for the 2021 model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33090

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

255 hp @ 4700 rpm

torque

260 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

114.4 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

3649 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

93.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

4.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

2800 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

156 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

GT-Line$33,090 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Kia Stinger in Alien Green color
Alien Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.8

Exterior

8.8

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The 2021 Kia Stinger is more or less the same as the previous year's model. The 2021 model also comes in four trim options, namely the GT Line, GT, GT1, and GT2. The price for the GT starts at $33,090 and goes all the way up to $50,390 for the top-of-the-line GT2 trim. The trims are available with RWD/AWD configuration, and the prices will vary upon the one you choose. It faces competition from the likes of Alfa Romeo Giulia, Infiniti Q50, and Mercedes-Benz C class.

2021 Kia Stinger Sedan front view
2021 Kia Stinger Sedan rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

8.8/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Kia Stinger Features

The 2021 Kia Stinger comes with four trim options, namely the GT-Line, GT, GT1, GT2. The GT-Line trim caters to buyers who are more interested in value rather than outright performance. For better features and performance you need to turn towards the GT trims, i.e., GT, GT1, and GT2. It falls in a price range that extends from $33,090 for its base variant and goes up to $50,390 for its top-rack variant.

Trims 

GT-Line 

GT

GT1

GT2

MSRP 

$33,090

$39,590

$45,490

$50,390

Key Features 

18" alloy wheels

Adds to or upgrades to the GT-Line trim

Adds to or upgrades to the GT trim

Adds to or upgrades to the GT1 trim

 

Projector Beam Headlights

3.3 L, V-6 engine

Navigation w/8" touch screen

Low Beam Assist-Dynamic

 

UVO eServices w/7" touch screen

19" alloy wheels

7" LCD color instrument cluster

Surround View Monitor

 

Wireless smartphone charger

LED headlights & tail lights 

Smart Cruise Control w/Stop & Go

Head-Up Display

 

12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat w/4-way lumbar support

Brembo brakes

Electronically controlled suspension

Smart Power Trunk

 

Audio system w/6 speakers

Launch Control

High Beam Assist

Nappa leather-trimmed seats

 

Cruise control

8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat

Harman Kardon premium audio with 15 speakers

16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat w/seat extension & side bolsters 

 

 

Audio system w/9 speakers

Rain Sensing Wipers

12-way power-adjustable front passenger seat w/4-way lumbar support

Which Trim should you buy?

After looking at the specs and available features, we suggest you go with the GT1 trim as it offers most of the features of the top trim and comes at a much lesser price. Features like Premium Harman-Kardon audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, more seat adjustments for front-seat passengers, and a power sunroof are available as standard in this trim. So it is one complete package in our opinion.

2021 Kia Stinger Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Kia Stinger comes with two engines, namely the 2.0 L inline-four turbocharged engine and a 3.3 L V6 twin-turbocharged engine for more performance. The 2.0 L engine is only for the GT-Line trim only, while the remaining three trims get the 3.3 L V6 engine. The smaller engine produces 255 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. If you are not satisfied with it, you can opt for the bigger V6 engine producing 365 HP and 376 lb-ft of torque (only for the GT trims). No matter which trim you choose, your engine will get mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Kia Stinger Sedan engine bay

It can be availed in an RWD or an optional AWD configuration.

Models(2021)

Kia Stinger 

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Mercedes-Benz C 300

MSRP

$33,090

$39,450

$36,600

$41,600

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic Transmission

8-speed Automatic Transmission

7-speed Automatic Transmission

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

Power

255 hp @ 6200 RPM

280 hp @ 5200 RPM

300 hp @ 6400 RPM

255 hp @ 5800 RPM

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 1400 RPM

306 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

5.5 seconds

7.0 seconds

5.5 seconds

Quarter-Mile

14.6 sec

14.1 seconds

15.4 seconds

14.1 seconds

Top Speed

155 MPH

149 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

The 2.0L engine provides lesser power and torque compared to the competition. However, it's not a slouch and does a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds. The bigger V6 version can do the same in just 4.7 seconds. But for that, you’ll need to opt for higher trims. The Infiniti Q50, despite a bigger engine, does the 0-60 mph in an underwhelming 7 seconds. The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Mercedes-Benz C300 come neck to neck in the spec race and performance.

How well does the 2021 Kia Stinger handle?

The 2021 Kia Stinger was designed to perform better than most of its expensive rivals, and it sort of achieves that. All trims are equipped with optional AWD, and we suggest opting for it for better traction. The trims with a V-6 engine get dynamic torque vectoring if you opt for AWD configuration. The different drive modes add weight to the steering wheel, tune the throttle response, and set the suspension system as per the mode selected. The Brembo brakes offer adequate bite in all driving situations. 

2021 Kia Stinger Sedan ride and handling

However, the Stinger is not an outright track vehicle and can handle only some aggressive cornering acts you throw at it. It feels bigger and less coordinated through its suspension setup when tackling some aggressive twisties around the track. In sport mode, the transmission isn't as zippy as it needs to be and doesn't raise rpm in a lower gear when exiting the corners. Mind you that it’s not lazy and offers some really exciting rides, but cannot be used as a track tool.

Braking Performance

The 2021 Kia Stinger gets Brembo brakes in the GT models for better braking performance. The rotor size is 12.6 and 12.1 inches, respectively for the front and rear rotors. The overall combination brings the Stinger to an absolute halt from 60 mph at about 126 feet. The curb weight also plays an important role in braking performance as higher weight results in higher momentum, and it's ultimately more difficult to stop them.

2021 Kia Stinger Sedan brake rotor

Model (2021)

Kia Stinger 

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Mercedes-Benz C 300

Brake Rotors: Front (in.)

12.6

13.0

12.6

13.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (in.)

12.4

12.5

12.1

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3611

3521

3671

3472

60-0 MPH (ft.)

126

124

110

124

Compared to the rivals, the stopping distance is more, and heavier rivals like the Infiniti Q50 perform better. The Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz are fitted with larger rotors and hence get better braking performance. However, the Stinger comes with ABS, traction control system, Electronic brake force distribution, etc to inspire better confidence while braking hard.

2021 Kia Stinger Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The 2021 Kia Stinger with a 2.0L engine offers a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg, which is good but not the best in the segment. The bigger 3.6L V6 engine offers 20 mpg combined, which is just about average for a car of this size. It has a fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons, which is on the smaller side as compared to the competition and leads to an overall combined range of 397 miles.

Model (2021)

Kia Stinger 

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Mercedes-Benz C 300

MPG (City)

22

24

20

23

MPG (Highway)

29

33

29

35

MPG (Combined)

25

27

23

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

15.3

20.0

17.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles)

350/461/397

367/505/413

400/580/460

400/609/470

The 2021 Kia Stinger offers a combined range of just 397 miles with its 2.0 L engine from its 15.9-gallon fuel tank. The Giulia and C 300 offer better efficiency and pack better performance too. The Infiniti Q50 comes with the largest fuel tank of 20.0 gallons, but owing to a lesser fuel economy, loses out the range battle to C 300.

2021 Kia Stinger Interior

7.8/10

The 2021 Kia Stinger comes with an upmarket cabin and is well designed with respect to ergonomics. However, it cannot beat the finesse of some European rivals. The Stinger’s cockpit reminds you of the 1970s Gran Turismos. Its cocoon-like interior features stitch finishing, turbine-inspired air vents, metal-ringed gauges, and premium technology features that are difficult to find at this price point. 

2021 Kia Stinger Sedan cockpit area

The dashboard layout is simple yet functional, and seats are trimmed in leather from the base GT-Line trim itself, which is very generous of Kia. The higher GT2 trim gets more premium Nappa leather upholstery. The features like heated front seats, dual-zone climate control A/C, and 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat w/4-way lumbar support ensure passenger comfort. The higher trims also get ventilated seats, panoramic sunroof, 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, wireless charging, 7" LCD color instrument cluster, Head-Up Display, etc.

2021 Kia Stinger Sedan front seats

Model (2021)

Kia Stinger 

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Mercedes-Benz C 300

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (in.)

38.2/55.9/44.8

38.6/56.1/42.4

40.2/56.7/44.5

37.1/55.3/41.7

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (in.)

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.6/53.6/35.1

37.5/56.1/35.1

37.1/55.0/35.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

23.3

12.0

13.5

12.6

The highlight of the interior feature of the Kia Stinger is its largest 23.3 cu-ft of cargo space. The competition offers merely almost half of that. However, the passengers on the rear seat are bound to feel cramped over long journeys owing to the shortage of leg space. The Infiniti Q50 definitely excels at both headroom and legroom across both the rows and will provide better comfort for all the passengers. Some of the standout features of the Stinger's interior are:

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Metal pedals
  • Dual Zone and Full Automatic Temperature Control w/rear vents
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Power sunroof (Optional/ Higher Trim)
  • Heated steering wheel (Optional)
  • Ventilated front seats (Optional/ Higher Trim)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Kia Stinger is powered by the company's very own UVO user interface. It is simple and intuitive to use. It comes with a 7-inch touch screen display as standard, and the 8-inch one is optional or available with higher trims. It is paired to a standard six/nine-speaker audio system, which is just about adequate. The Navigation functionality is available with an 8-inch touchscreen option. 

2021 Kia Stinger Sedan infotainment screen

However, you can opt for a premium Harmon-Kardon Music system with 15-speakers for a more enjoyable and better musical experience. The Premium music system is standard with GT1 and GT2 trims. The connectivity features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from the base trim itself, which is a must-have these days. The basic ones like Bluetooth, AM/FM Radio, MP3 are also available. Some of the standout features of the infotainment system are:

  • UVO eServices w/7" touch screen 
  • UVO eServices w/8" touch screen(Optional/ Higher Trim)
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Harman Kardon premium audio surround-sound system w/15 speakers (Optional/ Higher Trim)
  • Integrated Navigation System with an 8-inch screen (Optional/ Higher Trim)

2021 Kia Stinger Exterior

8.8/10

The 2021 Kia Stinger is unlike any other sedan in its class. It sits low with a long hood and compact rear, which surely gives it a real sports car appeal. The front fascia imbibes the signature Kia grille and two aggressive projector-type headlights with LED DRLs. The headlamps can be halogen or LEDs depending upon the trim you opt for. The two faux hood scoops on the hood top look sporty and add to the overall performance appeal.

2021 Kia Stinger Sedan 

The sides are a plain affair and do not imbibe the overall visual drama of the front and the rear. The roof has a sloping roofline, and it does give it a coupe-like styling. The secret of Kia Stinger’s higher cargo capacity is the hatch opening wide along with the rear glass but a slightly narrow intake means loading and unloading your luggage could be a struggle. The rear tail lamps stretch to the rear quarter fender, giving it a distinctive look.

Model (2021)

Kia Stinger 

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q50

Mercedes-Benz C 300

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,611

3,521

3,685

3,472

Length (in.)

190.2

182.6

189.6

184.5

Width (in.)

73.6

73.7

71.8

71.3

Height (in.)

55.1

56.5

57.2

56.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

NA

NA

5.0

3.8

Wheelbase (in.)

114.4

111.0

112.2

111.8

The 2021 Kia Stinger is longer and has a higher wheelbase than its competitors. As a result, it gets better cargo capacity and higher stability on highways. Its low profile design gives it an aerodynamic advantage and lesser ground clearance in this performance sedan aids in better handling owing to a lower center of gravity. Some of the standout exterior features of the Kia Stinger are:

  • Projector Beam Headlights
  • LED Headlights (Higher Trims)
  • Quad Twin Exhaust pipes
  • Heated Mirrors
  • 19” Machine Alloy wheels (Higher Trims)
  • Faux Dual Hood scoops

2021 Kia Stinger Safety

8.0/10

Kia has always been generous with safety features in all its models. The 2021 Stinger is no different, and it offers world-class safety features. A combination of advanced sensor systems, strategically placed airbags, and reinforced body cage with door beams help in ensuring occupant safety. The 2021 model is a carry-forward model, and the previous year model scored a 5-star rating in various crash tests conducted by the NHTSA. The IIHS also awarded it with the “Top Safety Pick+ award, which is commendable. Some of the standout safety features of the Stinger are:

  • Rear View Monitor w/Parking Guidance
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning (Higher Trims)
  • Lane Departure Warning (Higher Trims)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (Higher Trims)
  • Driver Attention Warning (Higher Trims)

2021 Kia Stinger Competition

9.0/10

2021 Kia Stinger vs 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia 

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia looks elegant with its timeless design. It offers better performance than the Stinger. However, the Kia Stinger is less expensive than the Giulia and offers better cabin space. The cargo space in the Stinger is the best in class. But, the Kia Stinger can’t beat the Italian finesse of the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia 

2021 Kia Stinger vs 2021 Infiniti Q50

The 2021 Infiniti Q50 offers better brand familiarity and ensures better braking performance than the Stinger. It produces more power but can’t beat the acceleration times of the Stinger. It is also more expensive than the Stinger. The Kia is more of a driver’s car and provides better cargo capacity than the Infiniti Q50.

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Kia Stinger vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with better performance and a more premium interior design. However, it is more expensive too. It offers a more comfortable cabin but does not beat the driving dynamics of the Kia Stinger. The cargo capacity is also less as compared to the Stinger. The Stinger is more striking and sporty looking than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

 

2021 Kia Stinger Final Verdict

If you are looking for the performance and comfort of a sedan in one single package, then the 2021 Kia Stinger can be the correct answer for you. It is not perfect but does most of the things precisely, and it comes at a tempting price tag too. It surely looks striking and handles quite well around the corners. But take note that it’s not meant to be a track tool. Some European competitors can offer better performance and defy physics but come at a higher price than the Stinger. So overall, the Stinger is a well-balanced package and can be considered in the sports sedan segment.

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