Interesting. Maybe Canadians have less stigma against the luxury hatchbacks. When I got my S3, I also looked at a S4 and S5. S5 was a gorgeous car, but it isn't really all that practical imho. Its swooped hatchback rear looked good but ate into the rear headroom and cargo room badly. Sure, it'll swallow a bulkier cargo that you just can't put in a sedan. Plus it felt slower as the hatchback design, and it was about $5-6K more expensive. Even the dealers will enthusiastically negotiate on A4, but will ask for near sticker price on A5. WTF.
But I'll give you that A5/S5 looks so much better than ho-hum BMW 4 series GC. And even uglier 3er GT hatchback (what I had until last week).
I looked at a G70 too. I passed on it because my 'thick' right thigh kept running into the center console during the test drive (don't fat shame me here).
But G70 felt very lively and quick even for a four-banger. I imagine Stinger would be a lot better in terms of room up front since it's supposed to be a GT car, not a sports sedan.
I can see why it makes no sense for Kia to plan a second gen Stinger when they are only selling 1,000 units a month. Kia Sorrento sells 9,500 units monthly.
For me, the biggest handicap for Stinger sales is its hatchback configuration. Mercedes don't make them for a reason, BMW ain't gonna make 3 series GT and 6 series GT hatchbacks anymore. I thought only the American consumers perceived the hatchback as econo cars. But evidently rest of the world sees it the same way. Except Audi, of course. Nobody ever says "$70K for a Audi A7? No way!".