What is it?
By now, chances are you’ll be pretty familiar with the Kia Stinger. You will have heard all about the range-topping 365bhp 3.3-litre V6 GTS, and perhaps you will have read our full road test on the entry-level 2.0-litre petrol model. The car you see here, though, is the third iteration of the Stinger: the 2.2-litre diesel version.
That oil-burning lump is part of Kia’s R family of engines. In the Stinger, it develops 197bhp at 3800rpm and 325lb ft of torque at 1750-2750rpm, allowing for a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.3sec. While that does make it the slowest-accelerating Stinger available, the flipside is that it’s also the most economical; Kia claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 48.7mpg, while CO2 emissions stand at 154g/km.
As with the the 2.0 petrol, the diesel is available in a choice of two trim levels. There’s the standard GT-Line, which starts at £34,225, and the £37,725 GT-Line S model you see here. Being a Kia, factory-fitted equipment is generous; the only cost option fitted to our test car was the £645 Midnight Black exterior. Everything else — the 18in alloy wheels, 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system and heated and ventilated seats, for example — are all included in the asking price.
The only real noticeable difference between the diesel and the equivalent petrol is the exhaust. Where the petrol car gets a quad arrangement, the diesel makes do with twin pipes.