Car Review: The KIA Stinger

I waited so impatiently to finally get to drive this baby around and I now fully understand what all the hype is about around the 2018 KIA Stinger GT. This high performance 5-door sports saloon is the first rear-wheel drive model that KIA has ever produced.

Powerful Performance and Sound to boot

Designed with passion fuelling the ideas behind its every detail, the Stinger definitely gave me a driving experience that displayed power, agility and practicality. The most powerful of KIA cars to date, this car features a twin-turbo V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This smooth ride delivers 370 horsepower and with the engine room and dash getting extra insulation and padding that quiets the joints of the body pillars and frames, its no surprise how quiet and smooth the drive can be, unless you’re playing your favourite tunes with the 15-speaker Harmon/Kardon premium sound system.

Even the side mirrors and doors are designed to reduce noise and drag. This sound system even includes subwoofers that resonate in the hollow parts of the frame and body.

I was so impressed by the quietness within while driving when I turned off the audio. But when the music was on….. WOAH. You’ve gotta sit in it to experience the magic of having the vibrations move you. I truly felt the beats from the tunes I was playing.

 

Smart and Thoughtful Design

What’s strikes it as such a comfortable car to drive has got to its ventilated front and back seats that made it oh so comfortable to drive even on those scorching hot days. It’s able to also bring heat to backs and bottoms of passengers on cold days. Both the seat cushion and seatback feature airflow perforations to keep your body in state of comfort.

With 5 modes to choose from the Drive Mode Select that can easily be switched at the turn of a dial located just behind the shift lever, I actually wished I could be driving this car somewhere else in the world where the speed limits are higher, haa! It was a great experience switching between the different modes that adjusted operations of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Even the engine sound could be manipulated!

I literally went oooooh when I first saw the Head-Up Display turn one once the engine started! Visible both in the day and night, the key driving information like your driving speeds is projected onto your windshield in your line of sight so that you can safely focus on the road ahead.

I also really like the wireless charging ability for my mobile phone, meaning there’s no messy wires laying around and getting tangled.

Daytime display
Night time display. Clearly visible even when it’s raining.

Fivedoor Fastback Layout

With 406 litres of cargo capability, this fivedoor fastback layout means plenty of space for me to store all my workout gear, my baby’s stroller and much more! I can even reach all these items easily because the rear hatch lifts to reveal a very broad opening.

The rear seat backs even split and fold 60:40 so you can even put longer items into the car. And with the Smart Power Tailgate, I can conveniently load my stuff into the boot even when my hands are full carrying my kiddo or bags. All you have to do is have the key with you when you stand close to the rear of the car and the lid of the Smart Power Tailgate opens automatically within 3 seconds! Definitely a great help for mommies like me.

Driving this car definitely made it a joy for me to be zooming around instead of just a means to get from one place to the next. Thank you KIA for making driving fun again!

Go for that drive at KIA Motors soon to experience what I did.

KIA Motors: 239 Alexandra Road Singapore 159930

Website: http://www.kia.com/sg/main/.html

 

 

Review: The LG G7+ThinQ

Been using the G7+ThinQ by LG for the past 3 weeks and as an avid user of the iPhone, find out why I’m now sold onto the amazing camera features of this smartphone.

The first thing I like about the G7+ is the fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone which I miss after I switched to the iPhone X because I don’t have to raise the phone to my face in order to unlock the phone quickly.

You might wonder, what’s with the long name and the “ThinQ” at the end? Its basically LG’s artificial intelligence platform that allows users to connect a number of its products with this feature together, so you could control your washer or access your refrigerator via your phone. All part of making your house a smart home.

The finger print sensor conveniently located below the camera.

After using the phone for some weeks now, I’ve truly fallen in love with the features of its camera, especially when I compared the images and videos taken from the same spot with different phone cameras. Here are two videos taken of my aerial yoga practice in my living room with the LG G7+ and my iPhone X. Because of the wide-angle camera feature of the G7+, I’m able to capture a lot more of the surroundings.

Wide-Angle camera

Screenshot from iPhone video.
Screenshot from G7 video. Click to watch the full video

You can see from the screenshots above that from the same spot where both phones were placed to record at the same time, a lot of the surroundings and even Nykki talking to me in the background has been cropped off. A wide angle definitely helps me be able to capture a lot of the moment. I also like how the video looks brighter, and both videos are not edited.

The wide angle feature is all thanks to the G7+ ThinQ using the same dual cam setup that LG uses – 16 megapixel camera, optical image stabilisation, and paired with a 16 megapixel f/1.9 wide angle camera. I tried using the camera to take videos in the night too and because of its Super Bright camera mode for night shots, images did turn out pretty good although the shutter speed can be a little faster.

I really can’t get enough of the wide angle feature which allows you to take 107 degrees photos, and this is something unique to LG as it is the only manufacturer to have a wide angle camera phone currently in the market.

Being able to capture everything I need in that one shot because of the wide angle function instead of having to stand too far away is just one of the main reasons why I love this camera phone.

Super Bright Camera Mode

The ability to capture night time images with its Super Bright mode is very much appreciated when taking shots like these outdoors after sundown (image is not edited). I used another camera phone to take this shot too but it just turned out too dark.

Portrait Mode

Tried out the portrait mode of the phone it blurs out the background pretty well even when I zoomed in so I give it a thumbs up here too.

Long Battery Life

Considering how much I use my phone throughout the day to reply emails on the go, take photos and videos, go on phone calls, update my social media accounts and go on FaceTime with the kids and my husband, I’m very impressed with the battery life of the G7+. With a 3,000 mAH battery capacity, I’m able to go for 2 days without charging the phone at all. I can’t say the same for my other phone though.

All in all, I’m really happy with the camera features of the phone and as a long time Apple user I’m actually tempted to switch to an Android phone just so that I can utilise the superior camera on this phone! Oh the dilemma….