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2018 Kia Stinger 330S review

Big-car space and turbocharged performance are the calling cards of the Kia Stinger. So, if you’re chasing maximum bang for your buck, the Stinger 330S has your number with the biggest engine for the cheapest price. But do the compromises balance the savings?

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Cars We Own: 2017 Kia Stinger 330Si diary
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Cars We Own: 2017 Kia Stinger 330Si diary

The Kia Stinger ignites passionate debate like few other cars we've driven at CarAdvice. With a big engine up front, loads of space in the middle and power going to the rear, there was no shortage of hype. As soon as it arrived in Australia, we knew we wanted to buy one. Here it is, resplendent in Hichroma Red...


2018 Kia Stinger range gets five-star ANCAP rating - UPDATE
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2018 Kia Stinger range gets five-star ANCAP rating - UPDATE

The 2018 Kia Stinger now wears a five-star ANCAP rating across the entire model range, thanks to the addition of safety technologies like autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keep assist to entry-level 200S and 330S variants...


Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong
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Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong

Well, it turns out I was wrong. When we shot our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison at the end of last year, I claimed that stability control can't be switched off completely in the Kia Stinger. These comments made it all the way to Albert Biermann's office. He's the bloke that was poached by Kia to head the Hyundai/Kia performance division...


Kia Stinger: AEB coming to base models
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Kia Stinger: AEB coming to base models

Kia Australia has confirmed it will be adding driver assistance technologies like autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) to entry-level variants of its Stinger liftback. Speaking with CarAdvice, the Korean manufacturer's local communications boss, Kevin Hepworth, said base 'S' variants have seen the addition of AEB along with adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist from February production...


Kia Stinger attracting Commodore buyers
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Kia Stinger attracting Commodore buyers

The Kia Stinger has attracted former Commodore owners as its primary target market based on research conducted by the company in Australia. Of the first 200 sales of the Kia Stinger in Australia, 18 per cent of the trade-ins were Commodores, making it the most popular trade-in model type of car for Stinger buyers...


Around the Tracks: Autonomous driving, Fullboost in the CarAdvice Stinger
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Around the Tracks: Autonomous driving, Fullboost in the CarAdvice Stinger

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the articles, videos and social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand-new, others have been online for a while...


2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica revealed
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2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica revealed

The 2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica has been revealed for the US market, sporting numerous unique appointments to commemorate the trans-Atlantic collaboration between the company's American and European divisions on the vehicle's development...


2018 Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore VXR comparison
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2018 Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore VXR comparison

It's on again – less than six months ago we put the 2018 Kia Stinger 330Si up against the Aussie-built 2018 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline, and the results were surprising. In that test, the Kia Stinger blew us away with its performance and standard level of equipment. So much so that we gave it the win by a nose over the Australian favourite...


Owner Reviews: Best of February
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Owner Reviews: Best of February

We love Owner Reviews at CarAdvice. After all, the people who slapped down their hard-earned money on a car are, arguably, best qualified to tell the world what they’re like! Here are our five favourites from February, along with the story that inspired the most comments...


Cars We Own: 2018 Kia Stinger 330Si introduction
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Cars We Own: 2018 Kia Stinger 330Si introduction

As something of an unofficial, spiritual successor to the rear-drive Commodore, the Kia Stinger melts our website every time we talk about it. It's an important car for the South Korean brand, because it signals an entry into a segment it hasn't really competed in: large, rear-drive performance sedans. So we thought we'd buy one – a 2018 Kia Stinger 330Si...


Owner Reviews: Best of January, 2018
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Owner Reviews: Best of January, 2018

We love Owner Reviews at CarAdvice. After all, the people who slapped down their hard-earned money on a car are, arguably, best qualified to tell the world what they're like! Here are our five favourites from January, along with the story that inspired the most comments...


Kia planning no N division, no powered-up Stinger... for now
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Kia planning no N division, no powered-up Stinger... for now

The Kia Stinger GT is all the car it needs to be right now, says Hyundai Motor Group's chief of high-performance engineering, Albert Biermann - and so are the rest of Kia's GT models. Biermann was on hand at this week's Detroit motor show to talk with Australian press about his team's targets for Kia's sporting range...


Kia lobs Australian Open editions
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Kia lobs Australian Open editions

Kia Australia has launched into full swing for this year's Australian Open tennis tournament, detailing a set of tennis-themed special editions based on the Picanto, Rio, Sportage and Stinger. First cab off the rank is the Picanto AO Edition, which features some sporty-looking extras, along with some Babolat tennis kit...


Top 5 news stories of 2017
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Top 5 news stories of 2017

2017 is almost over. It's time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren't taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we're taking the chance to look back at some of the most popular news stories published this year. For this instalment, we're covering off the five most visited CarAdvice news stories of the year...


2017 Good Design Awards, Chicago: Genesis, Kia, Mitsubishi the big winners
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2017 Good Design Awards, Chicago: Genesis, Kia, Mitsubishi the big winners

The winners of the 2017 Good Design Awards have been announced, with several automotive manufacturers snagging multiple titles - including Genesis, Kia and Mitsubishi. In addition to the aforementioned brands, awards were won by Bentley, Ferrari, Hyundai and Range Rover...


Kia Stinger gets controversial ANCAP score
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Kia Stinger gets controversial ANCAP score

The massively hyped Kia Stinger performance car has been awarded what will become a controversial ‘split’ ANCAP crash safety rating. Mid-range Stinger Si and GT-Line variants, plus the range-topping GT, all get 2017 five-star scores and full commendations. However, the entry grade (fleet-focused) 200S four-cylinder and 330S V6 variants that undercut their siblings by $7000 instead receive a lowly three stars...


Kia Stinger bi-modal exhaust pricing confirmed
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Kia Stinger bi-modal exhaust pricing confirmed

If you've got a new Kia Stinger V6 and you haven't yet sent your wish list off to Santa, there's still time for one more addition: a $2659.99 bi-modal exhaust. That's the price Kia's local arm expects for its Australian-made, hotly anticipated and badly needed system, confirmed earlier this year...


2018 Kia Stinger Si V6 on the dyno: Surprised with the numbers?
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2018 Kia Stinger Si V6 on the dyno: Surprised with the numbers?

When we took delivery of our Hichroma Red 2018 Kia Stinger Si V6, the first thing we wanted to do was strap it onto a dyno to see just how much power it makes at the rear wheels. In stock form, the Kia Stinger delivers 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque, but that's at the flywheel...


CarAdvice podcast 77: CEO Andrew Beecher discusses new CarAdvice review ratings
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CarAdvice podcast 77: CEO Andrew Beecher discusses new CarAdvice review ratings

On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Alborz Fallah. James Wong covers car news, which includes the 2018 Jeep Wrangler being revealed, Kia rolling out a pair of Stingers for SEMA, pricing and specs for the Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid, Ford Performance developing an electronic ‘Drift Stick’ for the Focus RS, and five-star ANCAP ratings for the LDV T60 and Haval H2...