Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Good standard driving position
  • Plenty of adjustability from electric seats and wheel
  • Materials, buttons and dials don’t feel particularly high quality

Kia has clearly made an effort to lift the Stinger’s interior beyond its usual fare. Sadly, it’s only partially succeeded. On the plus side the driving position, clarity of dials and head-up display are excellent, plus there’s plenty of storage space dotted around the cabin.

However, while some of the materials used in the cabin look impressively-premium it’s a different story once you interact with them. Many of the buttons feel plasticky, while the materials used on the top of the dashboard and major control panels are a downgrade on the Stinger’s German rivals.

And while overall interior layout is acceptable, it’s far from perfect. The disappointingly-understated drive mode dial is too far back and forces you to contort your hand awkwardly in order to reach, with the same problem also affecting the heated/cooled seat and parking camera controls.

The standard-fit memory-function electric seats are a welcome addition and come in exceptionally-handy if you’re regularly going to have two different drivers using the Stinger.

However, position the seat base up too high and the roof headlining comes into view and makes the windscreen appear narrower than it actually is. Also beware of the small rear window and chunky rear pillars when parking.

  • Impressive ride comfort on GT S models
  • Good refinement levels
  • Comfy, electrically adjustable front seats

We’ve driven models with and without the adaptive suspension and can say that, with the former, it feels well-damped and fleet-footed when it needs to be, but calm and pliant-enough if you’re on a long drive.

The 19-inch wheels (standard on GT S cars) do mean there is a noticeable edge to the ride if you run over sharp bumps or cracks in the road, however nowhere near enough to make the car feel uncomfortable or unsettled.

Without the adaptive suspension, however, the ride struggles to settle at low speeds over uneven roads and slightly spoils the car's otherwise impressive refinement. 

Road and wind noise levels are pleasantly-low (if not quite the best in class), while the standard-fit electrically-adjustable leather seats are both squashy and supportive, offering an excellent driving position, too. Heated front seats are also fitted as standard, while GT-Line S and GT-S models get heated and cooled front seats, plus heated outer rear seats.