Kia’s flagship Stinger has been on the receiving end of numerous accolades and for good reason. Everyone loves the car and so do we.
The 2019 Kia Stinger GT-Line is the entry-level model if mostly because of its lower price point. Styling and content-wise, it’s very much a Stinger with only a handful of exceptions, that end up making a difference.
We attended the launch on the Kia Stinger GT in late 2017 to only get behind the wheel again a few months later – we’d clearly not had our fill of the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada’s car of the year.
For 2019, Kia introduced the GT-Line in the hopes of attracting even more attention. Does the GT-Line deserve it? Is the GT-Line the one to get instead of the GT? Read on.
Why you should buy a 2019 Kia Stinger GT-Line
1) At $39,995, no other similar car will give you AWD, this level of styling and technology.
2) The turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder’s power is lag-free, making the Stinger GT-Line just as quick as you’d like.
3) The standard 8-speed automatic transmission and AWD are ideal for all-weather cruising.
4) The 2.0T is 20% more fuel efficient than the twin-turbo V6 offered in the GT.
5) The cabin and boot are extremely spacious, perfect for family duty.
6) Even if this is an entry-level car, its basic level of kit is exceedingly complete.
Why you should not buy a 2019 Kia Stinger GT-Line
1) For $5,000, the true Kia Stinger GT is an extraordinary deal (V6, power hatch, Brembo brakes, adjustable dampers, 19-inch wheels, sunroof and more)
2) The Kia Stinger GT-Line, because of the GT’s existence, is between $2,500 and $3,000 too expensive. The GT is just that much more, for so little.
3) My tester suffered a hatch-based rattle. While the last few Stingers’ were fine, I wasn’t surprised to experience this bug.
4) Many Kia Stinger GTs have been lured into drag racing and won. A GT-Line is less likely to win…
5) If you do opt for a GT-Line, do purchase it outright or finance it over as brief a period as possible and be prepared to keep for a long while. As this is not a “real” Stinger GT, it will most likely suffer an even harsher fate resale-value wise than the GT.
The 2019 Kia Stinger GT-Line faces competition from the loaded 2019 Toyota Camry XSE V6, the 2019 Honda Accord Touring 2.0, and the Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited. While the Camry and Accord are tops in our books and we do like the current Legacy, of the three, only the 2020 Subaru Legacy Turbo might come close to it character and spec-wise.
But even so, all of these cars lack the visual impact that defines the Kia Stinger. The Stinger, especially when draped in Atomic Blue, California Red or even Ghost Grey, is impossible to ignore. All the others are unremarkable.
The “real” Kia Stinger GT is the GT-Line’s greatest nemesis. The extra $5,000 cannot be overlooked nor disregarded – it makes an amazing car even more compelling. We think the world of Kia’s attempt at a “GT-Line” but frankly, nothing beats the real GT.