With school places being ever tighter, when it was time for my nephew to move up to senior school, it meant a five-mile journey to school, to the next town. Public transport isnít really an option, and so itís left to the family to ferry him to and from school each day. His mum, my sister, hasnít passed her driving test yet, though sheís working on it. And with parking spaces within the school precious, itís best to leave early to get a spot. It was then, while I was waiting for Harley to come out of school, that I began scrolling through the menus on the Stingerís instrument cluster to see what gadgets and gizmos can be configured.
One of the most impressive features, and something I havenít seen on any other car up until now, is the opportunity to change the number of indicator flashes when youíre changing lanes. A flick of the indicator stalk and most cars have a pre-determined three flashes to tell other road users that youíre coming across. Now Iíve always found three flashes to be insufficient, especially on a busy motorway, and so I was over the moon when I discovered that the Stinger is configurable. You can choose from three, five or seven flashes of the indicators, as well as switching off the function completely. Itís another indication (sorry) that Kiaís engineers are working hard to come up with solutions to problems that youíve probably never realised are issues.
Itís also pleasing to note that despite the Stinger being aimed at the American market, that the spelling has been altered for the individual market, and so ëtyreí isnít spelt ëtireí like on some other cars. Once again, it shows a level of attention to detail that is impressive. I like that you can see the individual tyre pressure of each of the tyres, and so if thereís a problem, you can immediately spot it. Something else that is brilliant, is that you can set up the car to reset the fuel economy meter each time you start the car, every time that you refuel, or so that it never resets, unless you do it manually. For those people, like me, that are really interested in the statistics that cars achieve, itís great that you can tailor them to how you desire.
All of the features of the Stinger are contained in a huge A5-sized handbook that only just fits in the glovebox of the car. When I say huge, I mean it, as the book is almost two-inches thick. And thatís aside from another inch-thick manual for the infotainment system that sits alongside. Sit down and digest it, and youíll need a serious amount of coffee or tea to understand what is a seriously feature-rich car.
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Date arrived 24th May 2018
Fuel economy 48.7mpg (combined) 48.1mpg (on test)
I love it that the one flick ‘lane changing’ indicators can be configured to either three, five or seven flashes, or can be disabled completely.
The red rear reflectors apparently divide opinion. I rather like them, but colleagues and friends don’t necessarily agree.