Is the 2021 Kia Stinger a very cool looking family sports sedan or is it an impractical sedan? Let’s find out with our BabyDrive testing!
I have driven the Kia Stinger a few times before and I LOVE this car! I love the way it looks and drives, then when it comes to my family I already know the boot space is fantastic! A twin stroller easily fits in the boot and there’s room for a few shopping bags too.
Thirteen shopping bags fit from empty, which is comparable to the Volvo S60 that also fits thirteen shopping bags, the Mazda6 and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will both fit twelve and the VW Arteon holds fifteen.
The boot is shallow though, so when it comes to modular prams with bassinets or tandem attachments, they take up a lot more boot space as it's not really possible to stack all the parts.
Moving inside the car, when it comes to child seats there are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats that are in plastic guides that are really nice and easy to use and connect to.
There are three top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seatbacks that are easily accessible through the boot. We found two child seats fit nicely in the rear outer seats. There was not enough room for a third child seat in the centre or for a passenger to sit between the two child seats.
Legroom is good in the Kia Stinger too and a 184cm driver can sit in front of a rear-facing child seat, however, kick room isn't too good for rear passengers who are not in child seats. One thing to consider, like with all sedans, is the low roofline. It does make posting babies into their child seats and reaching in to do up harnesses tricky and there is less visibility out of the windows for rear passengers too.
The media screen has been updated in the 2021 Kia Stinger. The system is really nice and easy to use and navigate.
It contains Sounds of Nature, like all the most recent Kias, which for families is white noise at your fingertips and great for getting little ones to sleep in the back. Our youngest loves the calm ocean waves to get her to sleep!
The 2021 Kia Stinger also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and it was nice and simple to connect my phone.
There is a wireless phone charging pad in the 2021 Kia Stinger too.
There are air-conditioning vents in the back of the central console box so rear passengers can be kept cool as well as across the front dashboard. The rear passengers are well catered for with a 12V socket and USB charging point in the back also.
When it comes to storage the central console box and glove box are both lined, which helps minimise rattling sounds…
…and a lined glasses case in the ceiling.
There are ample good size cup holders, in the front…
…and in the back.
As we've seen, as a family car and a BabyDrive, the Kia Stinger has some great practical features for families. BUT there are some considerations too…
As well as the low-slung roofline making posting babies in and out of their seats from inside the vehicle (if it's raining for example) very difficult, for rear passengers not in child seats, headroom in the back is just enough for a tall passenger but the knee room is not great and the front seats sit low down so there is little kick room.
The rear windows are shallow which makes visibility extremely poor for little rear passengers and can impact travel sickness.
Visibility for the driver is also affected, especially out of the rear side windows. Thankfully the 2021 Kia Stinger's upgraded reversing camera is very clear and you can use it without selecting reverse using a button on the central console, and you can turn it on or off.
There are also new indicator cameras in this 2021 Kia Stinger that give you great visuals down both sides of the car in the driver display screen.
The central console and dashboard wrap right around the driver and front passenger; it is beautifully designed and has a feeling of a business class seat on an aeroplane.
If you are wanting a fun, sporty sedan that you can also cart the kids about in too, the 2021 Kia Stinger has some great practical features for families like boot space and legroom when rear-facing child seats are used, which are pretty important. You do have to be mindful that in those early baby months and years the low roofline can make it a bit of a back-breaker for putting them into their child seats.
The Kia Stinger Si, Ex, GT-Line, GT Sport and GT variants all got a 5-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017. Whereas the 200S and 330S variants only scored a 3-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017. So choose carefully if you buy second-hand!