Almost every surface youll reasonably come into contact with is soft, and the commitment to real metals and wood is admirable. Again, it only comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox - there is no manual transmission option. Im at about 80 per cent like, 20 per cent dislike with the Kia Stingers exterior design. As for the cabin, the interior dimensions are pretty accommodating - you need to remember the size of this car, because its pretty big. Its less bulbous and frumpy, more slick and menacing, rounded out nicely by the flick of a lip spoiler jutting out the rear.

So, the Stinger is still stylish enough to make you turn your head when you drive past one and it could be enough to cause you to consider a Kia, even if you cant afford a Stinger. We were sent to its international launch to find out whats new, whats changed, and what Benz has in store for the Australian market, come its arrival in Q3 of 2020. So, it has presence - and pretty much every model in the range has that, even a base grade 200S. images and text are solely for identification purposes only. Floor mats are standard on all grades, and you can expect the tinted windows upgrade question to be asked at the point of sale, as no model comes standard with privacy glass. You can expect all variants to get 20- to 22-inch alloys, electric tailgates, LED headlights, and Benz signature Artico faux leather interior trim. We doubt this will change any time soon. These versions also get a colour head-up display (HUD). And to reinforce the sportiness of the Stinger V6, every model with that drivetrain comes with Brembo brakes, a limited slip differential and a variable-ratio steering rack.

A spirited drive down the coast returned 10.4L/100km at the bowser in the 330S. The real reason is that the Stinger feels like the V6 is what it should have, and the four-cylinder is only there to meet a price point. Dont forget that old-school owners manual in the glovebox, where youll be able to find out what sort of replacement battery youll need, also what oil type is required. Our sweet but brief drive route in the Austrian Alps was not a fair reflection of fuel consumption, so we dont have a real-world figure for you yet. We're just verifying model availability. But not anymore. Family focused reviews and advice for everything family car related. Are you affected? The 330 models, with the 3.3-litre V6, have claimed combined cycle fuel use of 10.2L/100km. Our automotive experts are here to help, If you're wondering, we've probably got the answer. It was interesting to read colleague Matt Campbell found the standard suspension less than impressive on the regular SUV-shaped variants, so well see what the more basic set-up on the 450 is like at the Coupes launch. The 200Si and 330Si models gain real leather seats, along with a larger 8.0-inch multimedia screen and an updated sound system with nine speakers (including a subwoofer under each front seat) active cruise control, plus this version adds auto wipers. Regardless, the fuel consumption is helped along by the abundance of ratios in the transmission and 48-volt mild-hybrid additions which help to remove inefficiencies from the drivetrain. Theres not much cabin noise, and Comfort mode in the cars with adaptive dampers is very good. We've listed all relevant models here. Those two will be the AMG-tuned GLE 53 which we were able to test at the launch, and a slightly lesser specified GLE 450. My main complaints lie with outward visibility and the sheer size of the GLEs body. The 330, or 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged engine, offers more punch - and so it should, considering its engine size. Where is the Kia Stinger built? The fuel tank size for the Stinger is just 60 litres, which is quite small for a vehicle of this size, and could mean less mileage than youd think - even if you engage the Eco mode. Expect tall pricing, north of the wagon bodied GLE 450 ($111,341) for the 450 Coupe and outgoing GLE 43 Coupe ($145,829) for the GLE 53 Coupe. Looking for tips on how to carry or travel with your family? If you have children, there are dual ISOFIX attachments for the rear window seats, and three top-tether hooks as well. The Kia Stinger Ambient Air Vents RGB LED Kit. We dont know what the pricing will be for the Australian range yet and we wont for a few months. But it isnt just the punch - its the way the Stinger handles itself. This form is protected by Google Invisible reCAPTCHA. The Si grade also gains a luggage net and carbon-fibre-look trim. It looks mean, especially the 53 with its giant toothy grille. Mercedes continues with its three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty which is frustratingly standard across European premium car manufacturers in Australia particularly its primary competitors, Audi and BMW. The claimed combined cycle fuel consumption figure for the GLE 53 Coupe is 9.3L/100km, and while thats not bad for something this heavy keep in mind its an NEDC figure and not the widely-used WLTP figure so it could be a bit different by the time the GLE Coupe launches here. You might think proportionally, the very idea of a coupe SUV is silly, and theres no denying that, but then, you and I might not be the target audience.

The 53 also had a swish fully RGB adjustable interior ambient lighting suite and real wood in the dash. Theres no dancing around the fact that the GLE Coupe is a niche, gratuitous product, targeted at a well-off consumer. Whether you like Coupe SUVs or not is an entirely subjective matter, but theres no denying the GLE 53 is a tech and spec showcase some of the best Mercedes has to offer.

The high-spec GT and GT-Line models gain a 360-degree camera/surround view camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front parking sensors - but no park assist system to help you out in carparks.

Level what you might at the brands use of silver fittings and flat dual-screen set-up, theres no denying Benz offers an interior entirely unlike its competition.

But the V6 is just so much better. in the seatbacks, and theres a fold-down armrest with cupholders in the back. Sure, the 2.0-litre engine is a zesty offering, but doesnt set the senses on fire as much as the V6. The Kia Stinger was the most anticipated vehicle the Korean brand had ever launched - and less than a year since it first landed in Australia, the big rear-wheel drive five-door liftback is still one of those cars that, when you spot it on the road, youll find yourself exclaiming ooh, Stinger!. The GLE Coupe has improved so much in its looks its easy to see when it came to the second-generation GLE underpinnings, Benz had it planned from the beginning. Is here to bring to the Stinger community: The kit includes (3) European Style RGB LED Air Vents, wiring cables & Bluetooth RGB Controller with QR code, (A one stop-shop for all Kia Stinger Products). The front has a pair of cupholders between the front seats, plus a covered central storage bin, and a caddy for your phone in front of the gear selector. The Stinger Owners Group brings owners and enthusiasts of the Kia Stinger luxury sport hatchback sedan together to help one another get the most out of their ownership experience.

Well know more about how its price and specification lines up against primary rivals closer to its Australian launch date, so stay tuned. The transmission feels up for it, more ready for sudden throttle thumps, and it rewards with potent in-gear grunt. Is there any need to meet a price point, though, when almost all Stinger buyers are choosing the most expensive version? While not as furious as preceding V8s it is distinct. Now, lets just put this out there: this scoring was confusing and also confounding when compared with other ratings from the safety watchdog. The GLE has nine airbags and dual ISOFIX child seat mounting points in the outer rear seats. Unfortunately theres also some pretence. Plus all Stingers have rear air-vents - and so they should. When Kia launched the Stinger, it had not one safety rating, but two: a three-star ANCAP score for the 200S and 330S base model versions, and a five-star ANCAP for all other Stingers. In the 330S, the chassis (MacPherson strut front suspension/multi-link rear suspension) is really well set up. But what we do know is Mercedes-Benz will only bring two highly specified variants to our market for the launch. Click on the link above or below to view our website! As far as halo cars go, the Kia Stinger is pretty much perfect. And while you might find people saying ooh, Stinger in any of the versions available, the GT is the one that deserves the admiring stares the most even if the additional safety equipment recently added to base models now warrants further investigation at the lower price points. Features Fit 2011-2014 Nissan Juke, 2014-2016 Nissan Rogue, 2015-up Nissan Murano Give your Nissan a JDM look rear fog lamp Powered by a high power brilliant red LED bulb inside Direct replacement with some wirings required. By clicking the Submit button you acknowledge you have read and agree to abide by the CarsGuide Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. But Glass's Guides depreciation calculator suggests the following: for a GT model after three years/50,000km, you should expect a trade-in price of just $21,200, or a private price of $26,000. The GT-Line and GT models rock a 15-speaker harman/kardon audio system, and add an electric sunroof (not a panoramic sunroof), auto-dimming side mirrors, and extra technology including a 360-degree camera and colour head-up display, including speed limit indicators - but it doesnt have traffic sign recognition, so its useless in roadworks-prone areas. If we had to give a rating for each engine individually, itd be a 9/10 for the 3.3L and a 7/10 for the 2.0L - and not just because of the stats.

Every Stinger has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as built-in sat nav with 10 years of updates. For Stinger models powered by the 3.3-litre engine, you have three options, too: the 330S, priced at $48,990; the 330Si, priced at $55,990; and the flagship GT, which lists at $59,990. Benz has made the boot more useful, too, lowering the sill by 60mm for easier access. Read on to find out what we discovered. The headroom situation is similar in the back seat, because the scooped roofline makes for limited space if youre on the tall side.

For a quick comparison, the single-variant Q8 produces 250kW/500Nm from a twin-turbo V6, while the equivalent X6 the M40i packs a 3.0-litre twin-turbo in-line six to make 250kW/450Nm. Sure, you dont get the smarts of adaptive dampers, but the tune that Kias local team has done on it is excellent: it rides over bumps well (the slightly smaller wheel/tyre package undoubtedly helps in that regard), and it handles corners with ease and steers quite nicely. The answer is South Korea. Here's what to look out for and buy smart, Get to know the personalities behind the team every week, The most interesting hints of what's to come.

But should you be taking a closer look? For more on potential Kia Stinger problems, read the ownership section below. Its the ideal aspirational offering - the sort of car that would definitely put a smile on your face and cause your neighbours to unexpectedly drop in for a cuppa, if only to see if they can have a look at your Stinger. Every Stinger comes with a space-saver spare wheel. A bit more nose-end grip could help things even more. There are two drivetrain options for the Stinger range: the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre engine (hence the 200 prefix), and the twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 (ditto the 330 prefix). Were keen to test it when it becomes available on the GLE 450. Send Your Support. There is no CD player, but you get media USB (plus an additional USB charging socket and two 12-volt outlets) and theres Bluetooth phone and audio streaming connectivity, as well as DAB+ digital radio. Its safe to assume there will be an extensive options list, including the 'E-Active Body Control' system (a $13,000 option on the wagon version) which uses cameras to detect road quality and optimize the air suspension system to suit. Its refined and rich, although more subdued than you might have come to expect from vehicles wearing the Affalterbach badge.

But just find a smooth road, and youll be able to properly unleash the abilities of the Stinger. The sheer height of the GLE makes peering over the edge of the bonnet difficult for parking, and the sloped roofline causes the A-pillar to eat quite a bit of your field of vision. Check out the interior photos to see what I mean, and well take a deeper dive into the inside. I have no complaints about the steering, which proved to be responsive, smooth and accurate, while not erring too far on the heavy side, even in 'Sport' or 'Sport+' mode. Now lets take a look at the standard features across the trim levels. Neat. That audience is someone looking for an avant-garde take on what a sports car actually looks like.

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