2018 Kia Stinger Interior Review


Interior: 8.3

Inside, the 2018 Kia Stinger is both luxurious and practical. Highlights of its lavish bits include standard leather seats, a high-grade build quality, and a large, centrally mounted touch screen. With its roomy passenger seats and king-size cargo area, the Stinger is also easy to live with.

  • "The interior layout is as imaginative as anything you'll find in an Audi, with creative use of colors, shapes and materials. Leather seats are standard. There's real aluminum trim decorating the cabin and generous use of hand-stitching on the doors, seats and console." -- New York Daily News
  • If it's let down anywhere in comparison, it's in the cabin. Don't get me wrong, it's a perfectly appropriate environment for a $30,000 to $50,000 vehicle – a nice one, in fact … In terms of material and switchgear quality, the Stinger is far from cheap, but it just isn't a match for something like an Audi A5 Sportback or Porsche Panamera." -- CNET
  • "Swing the Stinger's weighty door open, and its interior presents a mostly honest, high-quality feel. Leather is standard across all models, though the top GT2 3.3T trim gets a more supple Nappa treatment. All 3.3T variants benefit from real aluminum surfaces inside, which helps impart a feeling of substance and authenticity, though bits like the faux leather dash topping betray the cabin's otherwise luxurious bent. The most prominent Kia elements remain the infotainment/navigation system's graphical interface, which displays on a fixed, tablet-style seven- or eight-inch touchscreen and a small digital screen nestled between the analog dashboard gauges." -- Autoblog


The Stinger seats five people and comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with heat, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. Available options include Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a 16-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a 12-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat. LATCH child-seat hardware in the Stinger includes two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors. 

The Stinger is a comfy place to spend the day. Its passenger seats are quite roomy for a luxury small car, and its rear-seat legroom is great for the class. The sloping roofline reduces headroom in the back seat, but this will likely only impact you if you're north of six feet tall.

  • "It's not just comfortable from the driver's seat, either. The Kia has 2 to 4 inches of wheelbase over the Germans, and it puts them to good use. There's ample rear-seat legroom and, despite the sloping roof, headroom for tall people. The front seats, meanwhile, are aggressively bolstered so you can concentrate on those mountain roads when you cross their path." -- Motor Trend
  • "Legroom is plentiful in the front and rear seats, though the Stinger's sloping roofline might make headroom tight in the back for those over six feet tall." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Stinger GT's front seats are heated and well-bolstered for comfortable thigh and torso support. Options include air-cell lumbar adjustment and width-adjustable seat bolsters that expand or contract to fit different physiques." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

The base infotainment system in the Stinger is comprised of Kia's UVO infotainment interface, a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB ports, and satellite radio. Dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity key entry, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera are also standard.

Available interior options include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 15-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a moonroof, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness warning, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, a head-up display, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The UVO infotainment interface doesn't take a lot of time to learn, thanks to its uncomplicated menus and redundant buttons. The inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in every Stinger grants even more entertainment choices by connecting you with many of your favorite smartphone apps.

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  • "A flat-screen infotainment display with Kia's latest software and connectivity capabilities sprouts from the top center of the dashboard, measuring 7 inches wide on base models and 8 inches across with the navigation system. Redundant knobs and buttons for major audio controls are arrayed below and under that equally easy-to-use climate buttons and knobs. The design is tidy and keeps touchscreen menu-surfing distractions to a minimum." -- New York Daily News
  • "Infotainment-wise, the cabin goes without complicated a multifunction controller like Audi's MMI, BMW's iDrive or Lexus' unspeakably bad Remote Touch, but even if Kia's latest UVO system is marginally less sophisticated, its 8-inch touchscreen (7-inch on 2.0T models) is significantly easier to use than those systems. It's compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus there's an optional 15-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system that features twin underseat subwoofers tuned for American ears (read: more bass). " -- CNET
  • "The new Stinger features Kia's latest connected-car technology in the form of UVO3. This system includes the aforementioned Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features, but it can also integrate with a smartphone app to provide vehicle location tracking, geo fencing, over-the-air vehicle diagnostics, and voice-operated controls for making phone calls or controlling the audio system." -- Kelley Blue Book


Instead of a trunk, the sportback-style Stinger has a hatchback. This body style endows it with an unusually expansive cargo space of 23.3 cubic feet. A 60/40-split-folding rear seat comes standard – laying this down creates a 40.9-cubic-foot cargo hold. For extra convenience, look for the optional hands-free power trunk lid.

  • "Cargo area measures a generous 23.3 cubic-feet, which is more than double the trunk size of some entry luxury sedans. Fold the rear seats down to create up to 40.9 cubic-feet of volume. The hatch also provides a large opening for loading stuff that wouldn't fit in the trunks of most traditional sport sedans. Despite the big cargo aperture, you can feel the impressive level of body structure rigidity, something the Stinger's development team concentrated on to meet the challenge of its very stiff-bodied German competitors." -- New York Daily News
  • "Cargo space is also impressive because of the Stinger's rear hatch that hinges above the glass. With the rear seats up, there's 23.3 cubic feet of storage space. That number jumps to 40.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down." -- Kelley Blue Book

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