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2018 Kia Stinger Long-Term Ownership: Practically Awesome

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author photo by Rob Nestora June 2018

With only a few days remaining in my first month behind the wheel of our 2018 Kia Stinger, the powerful sport sedan has been keeping me quite entertained with its surplus of turbocharged chutzpah and dialed-in handling. But the Stinger's chops aren't exclusively about performance. As a daily driver, it's been fantastic during long commutes, and it really surprised me when it comes to storage space. Yes, you read that right -- storage space.

By the Numbers

In the past few years, the Autotrader team has had several different long-term review cars, but none have been quite like the Stinger. We've had some fun sedans, like the Volkswagen Passat and the Infiniti Q50, but the Stinger outshines both in terms storage space (not to mention acceleration). Our Stinger has a massive 23.3 cu ft. of cargo space with the seats up and 40.9 with the seats folded down, which is fairly impressive by any standard. The Q50 is closest to the Stinger in terms of performance, but the rear trunk storage space is lacking, with only 9.4 cu ft. of space in the trunk. The Passat, however, has a cavernous trunk that's bigger than most NYC apartments but only manages to amass 15.9 cu ft. of cargo space.

If those comparisons might seem unfair, perhaps a more appropriate comparison would be a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe or Audi S5 Sportback. When put up against a 2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, a sport sedan with a low-slung roof and sportback hatch, the Bimmer comes up 6 cu ft. shy of the Kia with the rear seats up, given its 17 cu ft. of cargo space. The Bavarian sport sedan does manage to squeeze out a bit more room with the rear seats folded down, however, accruing just under 46 cu ft. of cargo space -- about 5 more than the Stinger. The Audi S5 Sportback fairs even worse in comparison, with only 21.8 cu ft. with seats up and just 35 with the rear seats down -- almost 6 cu ft. less than the Stinger.

In Real Life

It's easy to get lost in numbers, like cubic feet of cargo space, that are hard to quantify in real-life terms. After all, it's merely a measurement of the amount of space, and not the dimensions that allow actual solid items to fit inside. Recently, I decided to pull the trigger on a grill at the local Home Depot now that summer is upon us and afternoons of singeing various meats have arrived. To ferry the grill home, I brought our Kia Stinger, which with the back seats folded down allowed me to fit my new three-burner grill with no problems whatsoever. When's the last time you said that about a car that does 0-to-60 in 4.7 seconds?

Conclusions

The 2018 Kia Stinger brings so much to the table, with style and performance that match its European counterparts, that it's hard to deny how great the car actually is. Given the real-world practicality of its storage capacity, the Stinger is steadily earning a permanent place in my heart -- and maybe one day even in my garage.

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