2020 Kia Stinger

MSRP $33,090

Ranked #9 in Midsize Sedan

7.6

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2020 Kia Stinger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 3, 2021

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The 2020 Kia Stinger is available for sale at a starting price of $33,090. This year, it is offered in just four trims- GT-Line, GT, GT1, and GT2. Two engines are on offer- a 255-hp turbo-4 engine and a 365-hp turbo V6 engine, the latter being available only on the GT trims. The V6 is powerful enough to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds. It is available in both RWD and AWD configurations. 

2020 Kia Stinger three-quarter view

The Stinger's cabin employs good-quality materials and impresses buyers with its handsome design layout. At 23.2 cu-ft., it also has the largest boot volume. Moreover, the Stinger is the garner of the Top Safety Pick award and packs a long list of active safety features. The Stinger faces competitive rivalry against the likes of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Genesis G70, and the Audi A5 Sportback. 

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Pros

Large boot space

Impressive array of standard safety features

Comfortable seating

Powerful V6

Cons

Below-average cargo space

Rear visibility is hit by sloping roof-line

What's New?

Premium trim discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33090

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

255 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

260 ft-lb. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

114.4 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

3611 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

93.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

40.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

GT-Line$33,090 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Kia Stinger in Aurora Black color
Aurora Black

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

8.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The Stinger offers head-turning styling and backs it up with true sport-sedan handling- Edmunds

The Kia Stinger impresses with its rich list of features for a lesser price than the top guns in the segment. Both the engines have smooth and linear power delivery. The V6 particularly offers agile acceleration. Inside, the Stinger offers a spacious cabin and also comes with the largest boot space in the segment. It mimics the attributes of some luxury sedans, and hence, it is considered a near-luxury sedan. 

Another benefit of owning the Stinger is low ownership costs. The true cost to own it is approximately $9,550, which is less than its cousin, the G70. Due to its popularity in America, it has a lower depreciation value. But, because of its poor fuel economy, its fuel costs are higher. However, with regards to reliability, it scored an average of 79 out of 100 in the J.D. Power reliability test. 

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan front angle view
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan rear angle view

8.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Kia Stinger Features

8.5/10

The 2020 Kia Stinger is a bargain in most trims- The Car Connection

Kia has simplified trim levels for the Stinger this year and now comes in four trim levels. These include GT-Line, GT, GT1, and GT2. The Stinger starts from $33,090 and it goes all the way up to $52,500 for the GT2 trim. Add to this a $995 destination fee. RWD drivetrain is standard but a choice of AWD configuration is available at an extra cost of $2,200. 

2020 Kia Stinger rear driving view

The Stinger is considered a premium sports sedan in the entire Kia lineup and hence, a wide array of standard features are offered. The GT-Line is available with the optional Sun and Sound package that adds a 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a sunroof. The content of this package is standard from the GT1 onwards. 

Trims

GT-Line

GT GT1 GT2

MSRP (RWD)

$33,090

$39,500

$45,400 $50,300

MSRP (AWD)

$35,290

$41,700

$47,600 $52,500

Key Features

6-speaker stereo

Adds/ Upgrades to GT-Line trim

Adds/ Upgrades to GT trim Adds/ Upgrades to GT1 trim
  Rearview camera Limited-slip rear differential Ventilated front seats Heated rear seats
 

18-inch machined-finish alloy wheels

19-inch alloy wheels Adaptive suspension Adaptive pivoting headlights
 

7-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Large Brembo brakes 8-inch touchscreen w/ navigation 360-degree camera
  Heated power-folding exterior mirrors 9-speaker stereo 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system Head-up display
  Dual-zone automatic climate control Front parking sensors Rains-sensing windshield wipers Hands-free power tailgate
  Heated, leather flat-bottom steering wheel LED headlights Suite of active safety features 12-way power driver's seat w/ adjustable side bolsters & thigh extension
  8-way power front leather seats   7-inch instrument cluster Premium Nappa leather
  Auto-dimming rearview mirror   Auto-dimming exterior mirrors  
  Proximity keyless entry   Sunroof  
  Wireless charging      
  SiriusXM      
  Projector headlamps      

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We think the GT1 trim is the best all-rounder trim in terms of features and performance. This trim adds adaptive suspension, ventilated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen with a navigation system, a 7-inch instrument cluster a 15-speaker rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a sunroof, and a suite of active safety features. 


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2020 Kia Stinger Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Handling is the Stinger's greatest attribute, and it's no surprise- Cars.com

Powering the Kia Stinger is a 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. Churning out 255 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque, the sedan has a decent powertrain, but one look at its V6-powered GT trims and you’d lament how underpowered the base configuration is. The 3.3L turbo V6 makes a healthy 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. of torque. This powertrain has that extra-oomph factor you would expect from a sports sedan. 

 2020 Kia Stinger Sedan engine

Comfortable and poised, the Stinger has enough grip, responsive steering, and adequate body roll limitation. The chassis behaves quite stable even at high speeds with nimble handling around corners. Driving over bumps, the suspension soaks them quite effectively. Driving on Comfort mode is composed and pleasant, but tweak up to Sport mode, and the steering and chassis stiffen up, getting you a tad rough and jittery drive. However, its indolence to be a sports sedan gets the better of it.

2020 Kia Stinger driving view

The Stinger can sprint from 0-60 MPH in flat 6 seconds and complete a quarter-mile drag race in 14.4 seconds. The V6-powered GT can do the same in just 5.1 seconds. The first gear is comparatively short which aids in the good acceleration start for this car. Halting to a standstill from 60 MPH is a different matter entirely. It takes a stopping of 125 feet to completely decelerate. The GT trims get strong Brembo brakes that record 104 feet during the brake test. 

Models

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2020 Audi A5 Sportback

2020 Genesis G70

MSRP

$33,090

$39,400

$42,900

$35,450

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 2.0L Turbo Inline-4
Drivetrain RWD RWD AWD RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

255 hp @ 6,200 RPM

280 hp @ 5,200 RPM

248 hp @ 5,000 RPM

252 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque

260 lb-ft. @ 1,400 RPM

306 lb-ft. @ 2000 RPM

273 lb-ft. @ 1,600 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM

0-60 MPH 6.0 sec 5.2 sec 5.5 sec 6.4 sec
Quarter Mile 14.4 sec 13.8 sec 14.0 sec 14.7 sec
Top Speed 130 MPH 100 MPH 130 MPH 130 MPH

Taking advantage of its light curb weight, the Alfa Romeo Giulia takes the shortest acceleration time and proves its true sporty character. The least-powerful Audi A5 Sportback displays excellent agility and is the only vehicle here with a standard AWD system. Despite weighing less than its cousin and having the same powertrain, the Genesis G70 is slower than the Stinger. 


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2020 Kia Stinger Fuel Economy

8.0/10

If you are mindful of your gas usage, then go for the four-cylinder- Carbuzz

The Kia Stinger's 2.0L turbocharged engine sips more fuel than most of its competitors. The EPA-estimated fuel ratings are 22 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on a highway, and 25 MPG combined. The fuel economy drops down by 1 MPG if an AWD system is selected. The 365-hp V6's fuel ratings include 17 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on a highway, and 20 MPG combined. 

2020 Kia Stinger front driving view

Considering the output its powertrain yields, these figures don’t seem too shabby. You'll appreciate the Stinger's inoffensive but defeatable automatic engine start/stop system, which saves fuel while the vehicle is motionless. With the 15.9-gallon at its full capacity, the sedan can travel up to 398 miles in RWD form. The models with the 3.3L engine deliver only 31.8 miles combined. 

Models

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2020 Audi A5 Sportback

2020 Genesis G70

MPG (City)

22

24

24

22

MPG (Highway)

29

33

32

30

MPG (Combined)

25

27

27

25

Fuel Tank (Gallon) 15.9 15.3 15.3 15.8
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 350/461/398 367/505/413 367/490/413 348/474/395

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has wonderful fuel efficiency. Its fuel estimates are similar to the Audi A5 Sportback but the former is more powerful. Housing the same powertrain as the Stinger, the Genesis G70's fuel economy is more or less the same as its cousin. Overall. the Stinger's fuel economy is relatively poor in its class.


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2020 Kia Stinger Interior

7.0/10
The interior is a handsome, well-made space that cossets you with ample equipment and a surprising amount of noise isolation- Autotrader

With a capacity to seat 5 passengers, the Kia Stinger’s interior is roomy and spacious. The cabin tries to look sharp and tasteful like the German marque’s and succeeds on some accounts of the quality materials used around the cabin. The hard plastic is well furnished to look and feel high-class. The Stinger has done a decent job in mimicking the more expensive German cars as the seats are comfortable and offer ample support.

2020 Kia Stinger dashboard

There are enough adjustment options to find the perfect driving and seating position for the driver and the front passenger. While heated seats are standard ventilated front seats are optional. The available premium leather upholstery only adds to the premium feel of the cabin. Commodious head and legroom are found in the front while tall passengers will meet the roof in the back due to the sloping roofline. This also causes the rear visibility to be hampered.

2020 Kia Stinger infotainment system

Kia’s UVO 7 or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is intuitive and user-friendly. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard, a feature many high-end cars list as optional. you will love the screen resolution and touch response. The touchscreen is complemented by several physical buttons and dials for quick climate and audio settings. A 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system is reserved only for the GT1 and GT2 trims. 

Models

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2020 Audi A5 Sportback

2020 Genesis G70

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/56.4/42.6

38.6/56.1/42.4

37.7/55.7/41.3

39.7/56.3/42.6

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.0/54.8/36.4

37.6/53.6/35.1

37.0/54.5/35.1

36.9/54.6/34.8

Cargo Space (cu-ft.)

23.3

13.0

21.8

10.5

With an enormous cargo capacity of 23.3 cubic feet to load all of your stuff, the Stinger impresses and leads the segment.  This space expands to 40.9 cubic feet that to the split-folding rear seats. That's a lot of space for a sport sedan. You can easily fit in enough luggage for four persons. Some important cabin features are mentioned below:

  • Power tilt & telescopic multi-function leather steering wheel
  • Power front heated & ventilated seats
  • Leather & premium leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated rear seats
  • Hands-free trunk 
  • Aluminum scuff plate
  • 7 & 8-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Wireless charging

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2020 Kia Stinger Exterior

7.0/10
The silhouette could be mistaken for an Audi A5 Sportback- Kelly Blue Book

With a low stance and elongated profile, Kia's manufacturers have tried to design the Stinger to match the elegance of the top guns like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. One can argue that the Korean manufacturer almost got it right in trying to mimic a sports sedan design. Faux air vents sit on the hood giving a rather bold look that is accentuated by the famous prominent chrome-accented Kia front grille. The Korean sedan’s insignia sits over the grilles, flanked by the projector-beam headlights. 

2020 Kia Stinger three-quarter view

Its fenders bulge appropriately with air intakes placed right alongside it by the side skirts. Hard character lines draw across the profile. Rolling on 18-inch alloy wheels, the sedan spans 190.2 inches bumper to bumper with a 114.4-inch wheelbase. The sweeping roofline slope downwards completing the side meeting the rear taillights. At the rear, above the trunk faintly protrudes a spoiler for a bit of downforce. Stylish LED taillights stare beyond and quad-twin-tail pipes sit on either side.

Models

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2020 Audi A5 Sportback

2020 Genesis G70

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,611

3,522

3,752

3,516

Length (in)

190.2

182.8

187.3

184.4

Width (in)

73.6

73.2

72.5

72.8

Height (in)

55.1

56.5

54.6

55.1

Ground Clearance (in)

5.1

4.0

4.6

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

114.4

111.0

111.2

111.6

The low ground clearance of the Alfa Romeo Giulia assists a lot to deliver brisk acceleration. The Audi A5 Sportback has a shorter wheelbase than the Stinger but its interior is spacious. Although the Genesis G70 is a cousin of the Stinger, their exterior dimensions differ a lot. Some main exterior features of the Stinger include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED auto high-beam headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED DRLs
  • Power-folding, auto-dimming, heated exterior mirrors
  • Black-chrome grille
  • Quad exhaust chrome tips

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2020 Kia Stinger Safety

6.0/10

The Stinger also has nearly every driver assist that we report on available as an option- CarAndDriver

The Kia Stinger received five out of five stars from NHTSA. It also received the Top Safety Pick award from IIHS for its excellent performance in all crash tests. A 'Superior' rating was given to the Stinger for its front crash prevention while its headlights received 'Good' for models with LED headlights. 

2020 Kia Stinger NHTSA crash test

The Stinger offers a host of safety features that ensures that the sedan manages to keep the people inside as safe as possible. The base GT-Line comes with limited active safety technologies but from the GT trim onwards, more driver aids are available. These along with seven airbags keep the passengers safe. Some of those include- 

  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rearview camera
  • 360-degree camera
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Head-up display
  • Automatic emergency braking

2020 Kia Stinger Competition

6.0/10

2020 Kia Stinger vs 2020 Genesis G70

Both these cars are built on the same platform and come with the same engine options. Like, the Stinger, even the Genesis G70 offers a razor-sharp handling but below-average fuel economy. The Stinger's interior feels slightly more spacious than the G70 and its hatchback-like profile leads to better cargo space. The Stinger also offers certain comfort features as standard whereas the G70 charges extra for them. Being a luxury sedan, the G70 offers a wealth of standard river aids and a larger infotainment screen. 

2020 Genesis G70

2020 Kia Stinger vs 2020 Audi A5 Sportback 

The Audi A5 Sportback cost nearly 10 grand more than the Stinger but that's definitely worth it. Its driving dynamics are really good and so is its fuel economy. Even the A5 Sportback has a hatchback-like profile just like the Stinger and therefore, good cargo room. Without a doubt, its cabin is more luxurious and technologically advanced than the Stinger. The Stinger stands out with a lengthier powertrain warranty. If a heavy price tag is not a barrier for you, pick the A5 Sportback. 

2020 Audi A5 Sportback

2020 Kia Stinger vs 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

No doubt, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is an overall better sedan in terms of performance and driving dynamics as compared to the Stinger. Its optional V6 engine delivers mind-blowing acceleration and is certainly more powerful than the V6 of stinger. While practicality and safety features take a hit on the Giulia, the Stinger comes open arms with it. Those looking for a sporty performance sedan with good practicality on a budget should look for the Stinger. Otherwise, the Giulia is downright a better option. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2020 Kia Stinger Final Verdict

The 2020 Kia Stinger is slowly catching up with the enthusiasts but not with the base model, oh not at all. The base powertrain and its driving dynamics are less sporty than its intention while its practicality is unseen in this segment. The midsize sedan has what it takes, but only in its GT trims. While the base model isn’t any shoddy car, it is, in fact, a well-made sedan. In conclusion, if robust performance is what you crave, go for the GT trims over the base model.

2020 Kia Stinger driving view

2020 Kia Stinger FAQs

Does the Kia Stinger come in AWD configuration?

Yes, the Kia Stinger comes in both RWD as well as AWD configurations.

What are the warranty features of the 2020 Kia Stinger?

Kia provides a basic warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles and a class-leading 10 years or 100,000 miles powertrain warranty.

What is the 0-60 MPH time on the 2020 Kia Stinger?

With the base engine, the Kia Stinger can do 0-60 MPH sprint in 6 seconds while the V6-powered Stinger does the same in 5.1 seconds. 

Is the Kia Stinger a luxury car?

The Kia Stinger is not a luxury car. Due to its handsome cabin built with high-quality materials filled with rich features that mimic other luxury cars, it is considered a near-luxury car. 

Does the 2020 Kia Stinger have ambient lighting?

Yes, the 2020 Kia Stinger comes with ambient lighting with 64 selectable colors. 

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