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Get ready for winter: 2019 Kia Stinger

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Get ready for winter: 2019 Kia Stinger

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A performance car may not be the first vehicle that comes to mind when you think of surviving Canadian winters but there is method in my madness. It doesn’t snow all the time and for those other times, why not have a little fun on your daily commute? In AWD guise, the fast Kia can handle most situations with ease and can put a smile on your face at the same time.

The 2019 Kia Stinger went down a storm and for good reason. It’s an awesome GT car that performs well in its own right and very well against its  closest German competitors. It costs a lot less too.

2019 Kia Stinger
The 2019 Kia Stinger is a good looking car. It’s long and low and hearkens back to the glory days of Italian GT cars and grand tours across Europe. Despite being Korean in origin, it looks very European and that works in its favour.

The hood is long and low and curves down at the front. A steeply raked windshield flows over a curved roof into a rear screen and trunk into a small rear end. In profile, the Stinger sits low on a set of nice alloys. A vent at the back of the front fenders flows into detailing at the bottom of the doors to add interest. A slightly rising beltline that flows into a small waist at the back completes the look.

Inside, the sports pretension of the Stinger is evident everywhere. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, the dashboard oriented to the driver and there is a lot of technology on offer. Rear seat space isn’t for super-tall adults because of the curved roof but everyone else should be comfortable enough.

Under the hood
The 2019 Kia Stinger has two engine options. The first is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder that produces 255 hp. The second is a 3.3-litre twin turbo V6 that produces 365 hp. Both use an eight speed automatic transmission to send power to the rear or all wheels. AWD Stingers come with a limited slip differential and a torque-vectoring system for a little extra control.

This combination of AWD, limited slip diff and torque vectoring is why I think it suitable for Canadian winters. Sure, it won’t handle deep snow but for those times when the roads have been cleared or for highway or city driving, this combination is perfect for handling questionable conditions with confidence. You then have a GT car to enjoy for the rest of the year too!

I think the 2019 Kia Stinger is an awesome car and one that delights everyone who drives it. See for yourself at Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8.

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