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Kia Stinger goes on sale in UK with CO2 from 147g/km

10 Kia Stinger GT

Kia's Stinger - the brand's first 'classic grand tourer' - has gone on sale in the UK, priced from £31,995 and with CO2 emissions from 147g/km.

Five versions are available in the UK, all with turbocharged direct-injection engines mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and featuring advanced electronic driver aids and connectivity systems.

The GT-Line and GT-Line S offer the choice of a 2.0-litre 244bhp T-GDi petrol engine or a 2.2-litre 197bhp CRDi turbodiesel, while the range-topping GT S has exclusive use of a 3.3-litre 365bhp twin-turbo V6.

The most fleet friendly version is the 2.2 CRDi diesel, which has an official combined fuel economy of 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 147g/km.

Dual automatic air conditioning is fitted to every model, while to aid the driver there is a 7.0-inch LCD Thin Film Transistor (TFT) supervision cluster and a customisable head-up display which allows key information – speed, navigation instructions and audio, cruise control and blind spot detection information –  to be projected onto the windscreen. GT-Line S and GT S also have a 360-degree around-view monitor. 

Every model has a digital radio with MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming.

In GT-Line there is a nine-speaker sound system with front under-seat subwoofer, while GT-Line S and GT S have a 15-speaker harman/kardon premium system with subwoofer, external amp and front centre speaker.

All versions have autonomous emergency braking, which automatically intervenes to stop the car if the driver fails to respond to a potential accident, and there is lane keep assist to prevent a driver straying into an adjoining lane accidentally. Driver attention warning alerts a tired driver that it is time to take a break, and there is a speed limit information system.  

GT-Line S and GT S supplement this with blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert: together, these act as an extra pair of eyes for the driver, warning of vehicles approaching out of his or her eye-line when changing lanes or exiting parallel parking spaces.

An active bonnet is standard with all three trim grades to provide additional protection for pedestrians' heads in a collision.

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