Meet the V6 Kia Stinger’s little brother

For buyers who like the new Kia Stinger’s styling and packaging, but don’t need V6 performance, there is an alternative – and one that is without great compromise.

For buyers who like the new Kia Stinger’s styling and packaging, but don’t need V6 performance, there is an alternative – and one that is without great compromise.

The 200 S, 200 Si and 200 GT-Line variants are all powered by a 2.0-litre single turbo four-cylinder engine that, while short on the oomph and grunt of its 3.3-litre bi-turbo big brother, is smooth and not lacking response.

Its 182kW of power (delivered at 6200rpm) and 353Nm of torque (on tap between 1400 and 4000rpm) gives the ‘junior’ Stinger the wherewithal to cover the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.0 seconds – a time worthy of a hot hatch. More than that, it’s a flexible and accommodating unit, and imbibes less fuel (8.8 litres/100km vs 10.2 on the ADR combined cycle average). Both engines, by the way, require only 91 Ron ULP.

Kia Stinger bi turbo 3.3 engine

As with the 3.3-litre Stinger variants, the MacPherson strut front suspension system has been tuned to optimise feedback to the driver, as well as maximise steering response and stability in all conditions. At the rear, a multi-link suspension setup aids handling responses, with a reinforced anti-roll bar for high stability and minimal body vibrations.

The Stinger’s body shell provides an ultra-stiff foundation for the car’s suspension components, and contributes to reduced noise and vibration for a quiet cabin, Kia says.

The 200 S and 200 Si ride on 18-inch rims, the 2.0-litre GT-Line on 19-inch. Ventilated disc brakes are standard all-round – 320mm at the front, 314mm at the rear.

In a new feature for Kia, the Stinger is also available with a Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system in Si and above to combat distracted or drowsy driving. The system monitors several inputs from the vehicle and the driver, and will sound a warning chime and display a graphic in the instrument binnacle if it senses a lapse in driver concentration.