The Kia Stinger has been withdrawn from sale in the UK, and will be replaced by the electric Kia EV6 GT.
Although the rear-wheel drive Kia Stinger was available with a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, we covered almost 1,000 miles in a week in the Kia Stinger 2.2 CRDi GT-Line S in 2018 and this is what we said about it:
“… the most significant thing is that Kia has produced a car that can rival the likes of a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe at its very first attempt. It seems obvious that many aspects of the Stinger are modelled on such a competitor, and it has come very, very close to matching a BMW in a lot of areas – yet at a lower price (although the Stinger still has quite a high BIK rate of 35%). If Kia can do this with its first attempt at a rear-wheel drive ‘Grand Tourer’, what’s going to happen when the brand combines the driving experience of a Stinger with the efficiency of a Kia Niro PHEV? Other manufacturers should be watching Kia very closely.”
Our prediction has come true…
This is what we said about the Kia EV6 GT Line S 77.4kWh AWD in 2022:
“Green Car Guide has tested every EV that’s ever been on sale in the UK and the Kia EV6 GT Line S 77.4kWh is one of the very best EVs that you can buy, and one of the very best cars with any powertrain that you can buy. It’s a genuinely rewarding driver’s car, it’s well designed inside and out, it has a good range, it can ultra-rapid charge, and it’s practical. But what we like in particular is the intelligent thought that has been applied. Unlike almost every other new car on sale, which generally require you to press multiple buttons on a touchscreen to carry out basic car controls, you can select a drive mode with the touch of just one button, it’s the same with switching off the lane departure warning system, and it’s the same with switching off the traction control. The all-wheel drive GT Line S model as tested offers more power, more torque, and more grip, making it an even more capable car than the rear-wheel drive model. The EV6 has a premium feel and this is another reason why its price tag represents good value. Aside from not being able to fit a roof rack, there really are no bad points about the EV6. The Kia EV6 is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 10 out of 10.”
The Kia EV6 GT Line S is a genuine driver’s car, but the Kia EV6 GT takes the performance to the next level. Its dual-motor electric powertrain, producing 577 bhp and 740 Nm of torque, delivers a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.5 seconds. However it can still manage 265 miles (WLTP combined) of driving range on a full charge, and can ultra-rapid charge at 233 kW. The Kia EV6 GT also offers performance brakes, optimised steering, reworked suspension and an updated Drive Mode Select system with a new ‘GT Mode’.
Order books are now open for the new EV6 GT from Kia’s UK dealer network, with first customer deliveries due to commence before the end of 2022.