2021 Kia Stinger Interior and Cargo

Kia Stinger Interior & Cargo Rating

2021 Stinger Interior

Stunning looks outside can be let down by an interior that is less than mesmerizing, and unfortunately, that is the case here. While the exterior grabs your attention and keeps you staring as you find more cool details, the cabin is drab and bland by comparison. It's not bad, but it looks and feels more like a rival to the old F-Series BMWs than something that can take on the latest and greatest that Audi has to offer. Still, at least you do get genuine leather and heated front seats as standard. There's also wireless smartphone charging and an abundance of space, but you have to step up from the lower two trims to get features like a standard power-adjustable steering column and ventilated front seats.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Kia Stinger seats five individuals in comfort, and we really mean that. The front seats are both supportive and comfortable, and even the base model comes with a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The rear seats are exemplary for this segment, with plenty of legroom and shoulder room. Headroom isn't quite as generous, but it's still enough for six-footers to sit comfortably in either row. Further up the range, the passenger gets an eight-way power-adjustable seat, but the top trim has 12 levels of adjustment for the person riding shotgun and 16 for the driver. Getting in and out of the 4-door is pretty easy too but rearward visibility is impacted by a relatively small rear window and tall hips. Fortunately, blind-spot monitoring is standard on all Kia Stinger models.

2021 Kia Stinger Interior Dimensions:

Kia Stinger TrimsGT-LineGTGT1GT2
Headroom Front Seat38.3 in.38.3 in.38.3 in.38.3 in.
Headroom Back Seat37 in.37 in.37 in.37 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.6 in.42.6 in.42.6 in.42.6 in.
Legroom Back Seat36.4 in.36.4 in.36.4 in.36.4 in.
Shoulder Room Front56.4 in.56.4 in.56.4 in.56.4 in.
Shoulder Room Rear54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.
Hip Room, Front55.5 in.55.5 in.55.5 in.55.5 in.
Hip Room, Rear56.1 in.56.1 in.56.1 in.56.1 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

There aren't too many colors on offer when it comes to the interior. No matter what trim you opt for, you get a choice between red or black, and all that changes is whether you get regular leather or Nappa. If you opt for the base model, black is standard while red requires the addition of the Sun & Sound package for $2,900. Nappa is only available on the top GT2 trim, but at least it is standard.

2021 Stinger Trunk and Cargo Space

Trunk space is something that we expect a fastback like this to excel at, and on paper, that's exactly what we see with a measurement of 23.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats - more than you get in an A5 Sportback (21.8 cubes) or the 2020 4 Series GC (just 14 cubes). However, in the real world, the shape means that you can barely fit more luggage than in the Audi. If it's other items that you're loading, the odd shape of the trunk with its recessed sides and its wide opening is ideal for cramming in plenty of shopping. If you need more space, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback setup can allow you to go camping if you like - provided the roads are all accessible by something with minimal ground clearance.

In the cabin, you get a large center armrest storage box and a decent glovebox, but the door pockets are on the narrow side and will likely only ever house keys and wallets. The center console has space for two short lattes from your favorite Starbucks, along with an impressive little bin that can house your phone comfortably.

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2021 Stinger Infotainment and Features


Kia has been building a reputation alongside sister company Hyundai for providing great cars with excellent value. The Stinger is no different, with even the base model coming with an impressive list of standard features. Specs include LED running lights and taillights, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, keyless entry with push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-way power driver's seat, wireless smartphone charging, a 3.5-inch LCD screen in the cluster, cruise control, heated front seats, power-folding heated wing mirrors, stop/start, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and hill start assist. Other available features include dual-lens full-LED headlights, a seven-inch driver info display, auto high beams, front parking sensors, multicolor configurable ambient lighting, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, forward collision alert with autonomous emergency braking, rain-sensing wipers, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, power adjustment of the steering column, a sunroof with a power sunshade, remote start, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, steering-responsive headlights, and a power trunk lid.


Kia's infotainment system is called UVO, which stands for "your voice". Why that name was chosen is beyond us, but it does feature Bluetooth connectivity with voice control. On the base trim and the GT trim, this runs on a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included, and you also get front/rear USB connections and, on the base model, a six-speaker sound system. The GT trim is upgraded to a nine-speaker setup while the GT1 features a Harman Kardon 15-speaker QuantamLogic premium audio system. This is also found on the GT2 trim, and both also feature an eight-inch display with navigation. The base screen is a little small when you're on the move, but unfortunately, even the bigger display is plagued by slow response times. It's not infuriatingly bad, and the images displayed are crisp, but that slight delay is enough to work on your nerves.

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