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2018 Kia Stinger GT Vs. 2018 Audi S5

2018 kia stinger in red split screen with 2018 audi s5 in white

Luxury performance cars exist to provide drivers with excitement and thrill balanced by a plush and extravagant interior. Their outside is marked by an exterior that is both sophisticated and aggressive, marked by expensive contours and functional performance ornaments like vents and expanded intake areas. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT is among the best luxury performance cars, and certainly offers the best value to drivers.

Going up against the 2018 Kia Stinger in our comparison is the 2018 Audi S5, a vehicle that gives A5 drivers an upgraded experience, the same way the Stinger GT is upgraded over the 2.0L in the Stinger base. The 2018 Kia Stinger seeks to provide exhilaration and track-ready performance while giving drivers a premium and composed cabin experience. In this comparison, be paying close attention to performance, standard features and, of course, price.



2018 Kia Stinger GT AWD

Vs.

2018 Audi S5 AWD

365 horsepower Standard horsepower (higher is better) 354 horsepower
4.7 seconds 0-60 MPH acceleration (lower is better) 4.8 seconds
19” machined alloy Standard wheel size (higher is better) 18” painted alloy
8 inches Infotainment screen size 7 inches
114.4 inches Wheelbase (higher is better) 111.2 inches
42.6 inches / 36.4 inches Legroom – front / rear 41.3 inches / 35.1 inches
40.9 cubic feet Maximum cargo volume 35 cubic feet
4.9 / 5 Cars.com customer rating 4.3 / 5
$40,550 MSRP $54,400
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty 4 years/50,000 miles

Kia Stinger GT Advantages Vs. Audi S5

As is clear in the chart above, although two vehicles strive toward the same end, they don’t always get there the same way. The 2018 Kia Stinger handily beats the performance specs by the German luxury-performance totem S5 by 11 horsepower and 8 lb-ft. of torque. This variance is enough to give the 2018 Kia Stinger a 1-second advantage over the S5, an eternity on the race track.

When it comes to style, the Kia Stinger GT excels, giving drivers stunning 19” wheels over the standard 18” ones available on the S5. Both vehicles possess a sport-back design, but the functional vents present on the Stinger GT give it a design advantage over the S5 that is ruthless and aggressive.

Inside, the 2018 Stinger GT is next-level for luxury. The infotainment system, legroom and cargo space give the Stinger GT a clear advantage over the S5, besting it in each one of those categories. The elongated wheelbase of the Stinger GT, which benefits from 3.2 inches over the S5, gives drivers a smoother ride.

Finally, in terms of value, the Stinger GT provides a significant advantage over the 2018 Audi S5. Benefitting for an increased satisfaction rating from nonbiased and reputable car publication Cars.com, the Stinger GT’s top trim (GT2 AWD) still comes in at $3,000 less than that of the S5 but with far superior features and tech.

The bottom-trimmed Stinger GT AWD is separated from the similarly-featured S5 sport-back by nearly $13,000. Opting for the Stinger GT over the S5 gives you enough to buy another car. Value isn’t just initial cost and satisfaction, however. True value means having peace of mind in your purchase. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT provides top peace of mind with a warranty that gives you a year or 10,000 miles on top of that of the S5.

When you look at the two together, it’s clear the Stinger GT is the winner. For more information on the 2018 Kia Stinger GT or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!