Ending the year on a high, the all-new Kia Stinger has been awarded ‘Sports Saloon of the Year’ by evo magazine. Twenty years after it first started, the evo Car of the Year test takes place over one week with six judges driving all competitors back-to-back to name each category winner.
The Kia Stinger is the brand’s first grand tourer and rear-wheel-drive car in the UK. The range topping ‘GT S’ is powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine which is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.7, making it the fastest accelerating car Kia has ever produced.
Stuart Gallagher, Editor at evo magazine commented on the Stinger’s win:
“The combination of grunt, just enough grip and a long wheelbase deliver approachable, old-school rear-wheel-drive thrills. It engages and entertains more than the competition and stands out for not being the default choice. Yet what’s really exciting is that this is Kia’s first attempt at cracking the quick saloon formula, so it’s only going to get better.”
Paul Philpott, CEO and President of Kia Motors UK Ltd said: “We are delighted that the Stinger has won yet another award. evo is a true enthusiasts magazine with particularly high standards in terms of acknowledging high performance vehicles – so to win this award is particularly gratifying. The Stinger is an important car for Kia as it shows the continuing growth of the brand and we hope this success will continue into 2019.”