2018 Kia Stinger diesel review


Doesn’t Add Up

For European buyers, the diesel Stinger’s biggest problem is its mediocre fuel economy, and – of more import – the related CO2 emissions numbers, which determine tax rates in many European countries.

On the notoriously optimistic European combined driving cycle, it scores the equivalent of 41mpg (5.7L/100km). That’s substantially worse than the 48mpg (4.8L/100km) of that pesky BMW 420d Gran Coupe, not to mention the 57mpg (4.12) of the new Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI Ultra. (Editor’s note: WLTP figures not yet available.)

Of course, Kia counters in the same way it does on our side of the pond, with strong value. The GT-Line trim that we drove has generous equipment, and the range-topping GT-Line S is fully loaded while undercutting the price of its German rivals by a considerable margin.

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