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Kia Stinger GT S
3.3-litre V6 turbo
Claimed MPG:
26.6mpg, 225g/km CO2
0-62 in 4.9s, 168mph
£40,535/£41,180 as tested

Switch off your ESP. When you next start the engine, the protection reverts back on. The Kia obeys this convention. As winter mornings set in, that’s a wise default for 370bhp and RWD.

But some of its other ignition-on resets are harder to fathom. I like auto-hold park brakes – come to rest, jab the brake a bit harder and it clamps on. Tip the throttle, it releases and you’re away. But the Stinger’s auto-hold thingy defaults ‘off’. So at the first red light I forget, lift off the footbrake and the car rolls forward. Duh.

Another thing. The mode selector has a Smart setting. Depending how you’re driving, this switches between Eco, Comfort and Sport. You’d think it’d be the default. But no, when you next return it’s in Comfort. Why?

What do you think?

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