In the U.S., we’d never think to compare the 2018 Buick Regal GS to the Kia Stinger GT. But, in Australia, it’s a different story. Why? The Regal GS essentially becomes Holden’s range-topping Commodore VXR in an attempt to fill the VF Commodore SS’ V8-sized shoes.
Long story short, the Kia edged the Commodore VXR, thanks to its twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine and a certain raw factor. The test didn’t find the Commodore VXR to be a poor car, and in fact, judges felt packaging, value, safety and comfort all went to the Commodore. But, these are supposed to be sport sedans that ooze performance. For all the refinement found in the Commodore VXR, it wasn’t on the same page as the Stinger.
Neither are true Commodore SS replacements—far from it. But the Kia channels the now-dead performance sedan better than the VF Commodore’s imported replacement. Perhaps the HSV-converted Chevrolet Camaro will do a better job at filling the void.