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2018 Kia Stinger GT review
OWNER RATING 8.7 /10
  • The looks; The power; The handling; The comfort; The fact that it can be used as a family car
  • The price, but you pay for what you get; No remote start; Just little niggly bits, but the dealer sorts them out very quickly; No real grunty sound
PRICE $59,990
ANCAP RATING
10

by Ken Rowbotham

 

We turn our cars over every three years, however I am no longer on the road all the time, so I can now spend a bit more on a car and keep it for a longer period of time. I looked at all the different options in this category, such as the Chrysler, Mustang, Holden (for about five minutes max’), Audis, and BMWs, but this car was by far the most bang for your buck you will find out there in its class.

I took it for a test drive and was sold almost immediately. The Chrysler was just too big and would not fit in the garage. The ’Stang, well, no back seat for the kiddies. The Audis are not worth the money for what you get with them. The BMWs are heaps of crap. The Holdens, well, I contemplated them for around the time it took me to blink, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt and some of my time (which I will never get back). I am a Ford man, but sheesh, things aren’t looking that great are they with no XR6 or XR8 options anymore?

So I bought this because it ticked all the boxes for me: it fit the kids in, had power to burn, great boot space, looked incredible on the road and handled exceptionally, was very comfortable to sit in and very easy to drive. The safety aspect of the car was also another thing, and that was what also helped make the decision easier; however, they have now included the safety in the lower models. The GT was the only way to go.

There is not much to dislike about this car – maybe a better performance exhaust? I am not into just bolting on bits to make things sound better or look better, there must be a performance upgrade that you get with spending money on upgrades for a vehicle. They could have at least included the bi-modal exhaust as part of the car, since we will all spend over $60K for the privilege to own one of these beasts.

The tech bits in the car are good. I like the head-up display, which includes the navigation as well – that is quite helpful. The screen is easy to navigate around once you have a fiddle with it, and the Apple CarPlay is a massive bonus, as well as the DAB+ radio. The 360 surround cameras are awesome, and all-around sensors and cross-traffic alert are total winners in my eyes. I mean, how many times do you reverse out of a parking space and some obnoxious fool who was crawling by you beeps their horn and stares you down? They don’t stop to just let you out of the spot, because they don’t wish to lose their precious five seconds in life. Cross-traffic alert stops all the testosterone-enraged fits.

The main improvements for the vehicle would be to include the bi-model as standard and have the remote-start function for the car. Apart from these minor issues, it is a car that you must have if you are looking in this bracket and are a car enthusiast. I can see myself enjoying this beast for many years to come.



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