The Stinger marks a bold move for Kia, who have previously flopped with their executive saloons. The K900 and Cadenza were both boasted an uninspiring design and cheap build quality. But where they were bland and drab, the Stinger is the opposite, elevating the manufacturer’s budget image into a whole new stratosphere with its design alone.
Make no mistake, the Stinger is seriously eye catching. While it takes the sporting Gran Turismo looks of the Audi A7 and some stylish design tweaks from the Porsche Panamera, these aesthetics are no more than subtle hints designed to target the market this car is aimed at. In other words, this isn’t an imitation. It’s a car manufacturer specifically targeting the eye of a prestige market with something they’d never expect - A desirable car from a budget manufacturer.
What’s most surprising is that they do it perfectly. While you can see some resemblances to some more popular prestige saloons, the Stinger stands unique in its own right.