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Re: Kia stinger HATCHBACK!!! 2 Members Like This Post!
Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:46:46

In Reply to: Re: Kia stinger HATCHBACK!!!, Mark from Toronto, Mon, 9 Jan 2017 20:01:36
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Probably depends on what sort of crash it is in. KIA (like many manufacturers) has historically designed their cars to pass internationally required safety tests... ie, their intent is to get 5 stars at minimal cost for marketing purposes rather than to design the cars to be safe. Passing increasingly more stringent safety tests means the cars keep getting better, but it means they are reliant on external forces to do so. SAAB was designing cars to be safe based on real life collision data, and therefore actually pushing the international standards and so cars like the 9-3ss and 9-5 were way ahead of the competition at the time from the perspective of safety. That said it has been 12 years and we have no idea how a 9-5 would fare in the modern tests... we do know that SAAB did all kinds of different overlaps, moose tests, sequential testing (crashing a crashed car), etc... so they are pretty safe... now once the car is rusting away, that is another issue also!

The large hatchback has really regained popularity lately:
Porsche Panamera
Tesla S (actually all the current Teslas are hatches)
BMW 3 and 4 series GT (and kind of the X4, X6)
Honda Civic
Chevy Volt

I wonder a bit about the size of the KIA's hatch opening, but overall, it is a fairly nice looking car for a KIA, at least proportionally.

Being a higher end model, it may be a little better built. The more budget oriented KIAs are widely recognized as being cheap under the hood. Our neighbours with them are definitely finding that!

This car is RWD, so it may be so-so in snow. Apparently there will be an AWD variant.

Does this mean that there will be a Genesis hatchback now?

The 9000 was on to something years ago. The later 9000's are still imho the best implementation of a rear hatch design ever! It's too bad I didn't understand that back when there were still nice 9000's available to buy as everyday cars!

All in all, thte Stinger looks to me like the most appealing Kia (for whatever that is worth).

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