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KIA
STINGER
Making a brand new car, especially one that differs radically from the rest of the brand's stable, is a really tall task. And yet, with the Stinger, Kia has produced a car that is stylish, immensely capable, surprisingly accomplished, and extremely desirable.

The premium, comfortable and spacious cabin is a clear step up quality-wise, whilst there's no denying the car's visual appeal. Where the Stinger truly exceeds expectations is the way it drives - it handles with great composure and balance, and, especially with the 3.3-litre V6, delivers intoxicating performance. Thoroughly well-designed, well-engineered and well-built, the Stinger is a stunning achievement for the brand.
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Purchased a Stinger 3.3 back in 2018. Over the past 3 years, haven't had any issues with the car. It was reliable, power... -  Read More
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Though this Stinger has been out for a while and saw some on the roads too but out of curiosity, go take a glimpse and t... -  Read More
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The car is magnificent. Wife is from Singapore so I was curious. Not to bum you guys out but the car which cost you 20... -  Read More
Trying to figure out what the best car of 2018 isn't so simple. On one hand, we could try to parse out the individual mechanical qualities of each car, and try to determine which car has the most objectively 'best' parts. Do that, and we'd likely end up with a car that costs an ungodly amount of money (more money means more engineering, and more engineering tends to deliver better mechanical quality).

On the other hand, we could simply try to figure out what the most popular car of 2018 is. However, our COTY evaluation is neither a scientific experiment nor a popularity contest. In reality, it's somewhere in between the two.

However, there is one more component to consider - expectations. You see, evaluating any car inevitably requires an evaluation of our expectations of it. This brings us to the Kia Stinger.

The Stinger is a car with a bold promise - to create a legitimately sporty sedan with real dynamic quality, offered at a price point that would appeal to the masses. And we must admit, we were initially hesitant.

We're now happy to admit that we were wrong. The Stinger is by no means perfect, but it manages to exceed our expectations in so many ways. From its distinct looks, high-quality cabin to its surprising agility and outrageous performance, the Stinger manages to genuinely surprise us in a time when most cars don't. And we're not alone. When it was launched, there was a buzz about the Stinger, and desirability among buyers.

When it comes to expectations, no car exceeded our expectations the way the Kia Stinger did. It was bold in ambition, but thorough in execution. That's why it is our Car of the Year.