2018 Kia Stinger GT Vs. Porsche Panamera
The luxury sports sedan class isn’t a class for everybody. After all, not everybody wants a thrilling exterior and highly-refined interior with plenty of comfort and convenience technology in their car. Not everybody believes in paying the extra amount to have 300+ horses singing beneath the hood of a luxuriously-outfitted four-door sports car.
For those who see the value in a sedan that is bold and aggressive through its wheels, and yet elegant and comfortable inside, a few compelling options exist. Badge shoppers will always buy their preferred vehicle, but those who really want the best and are open to it coming from an unexpected source have a new model to add to their selection – the 2018 Kia Stinger GT. Today, we’re going to be comparing the Stinger GT to a relatively-new model from a manufacturer with a history of both sport and luxury. It’s the 2018 Kia Stinger GT Vs. the 2018 Porsche Panamera.
2018 Kia Stinger GT2
2018 Porsche Panamera
|365 horsepower||Horsepower (higher is better)||330 horsepower|
|376 lb-ft. @ 1,300 rpm||Torque (higher is better)||331 lb-ft. @ 1,340 rpm|
|4.7 seconds||0-60 acceleration (lower is better)||5.2 seconds|
|167 mph||Top track speed (higher is better)||162 mph|
|18.3 feet||Turning radius (lower is better)||19.5 feet|
|Yes||Standard front-seat cooling?||No|
|12-way with lumbar support||Driver seat||8-way|
|Yes||Standard adaptive cruise control?||No|
|Yes||Standard blind-spot monitoring?||No|
|23.3 cubic feet||Cargo space with seats up||17.4 cubic feet|
|15 x Harmon Kardon®||Number of speakers||10 - unbranded|
|$50,100 (GT2 RWD)||MSRP||$86,050 (Base RWD)|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
Kia Stinger Vs. Porsche Panamera – An Unlikely Victory for Kia
While we never thought we’d be comparing a Kia to a Porsche, as you can see in the chart above the Kia holds its own. It beats the Panamera on every metric that matters for this class – it has a more powerful engine that delivers more torque and gets the car to 60 half a second faster than the Panamera. A higher top track speed also means the Stinger holds a racing edge on the Panamera.
As far as ride quality and comfort go, the two barely seem like they’re in the same class. The Porsche requires expensive package upgrades to equal even some of the features of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT. You’ll enjoy every mile with standard heated and cooled front seats that adjust 12 ways and have lumbar support. The Panamera’s standard heated seats move 8 ways but lack lumbar support, which can be a detriment on a long road trip.
Your music has never sounded better than through the 15 speakers that surround you and your 5 passengers in the 2018 Kia Stinger GT2. With a standard premium amplifier and subwoofer, Harmon/Kardon® technology immerses the vehicle in sound – whether you need a beautiful Cello Concerto by Elgar to calm down after a busy day at work or want Iron Maiden’s Somewhere in Time while you’re doing laps on the track.
In an unexpected victory for the Stinger, the Panamera also loses out on the practicality front, providing seating for only 4 compared to the Stinger’s 5. Utilizing your back seat also sees the Stinger hold an advantage as you’ll be able to carry more.
Porsche has built their badge on the idea that drivers will pay more for engagement and thrill. Many people buy their Porsche for the badge. Which is understandable since the increased performance capability, comfort and convenience between the two models, make the Stinger a better car. It’s also $36,000 less for the base models. None of that is to say anything about the extra 1 year and 10,000 miles of peace of mind Stinger drivers enjoy with their longer warranty.
Comparing these two models reveals two ways of looking at luxury performance. The first, employed by Porsche, relies on its reputation and pedigree for buyers. Despite costing more and delivering less, the Panamera will always sell to this group. The second, on which the Stinger relies, encourages drivers to go out and find the fastest, most comfortable and most elegantly-styled model.
For more information on the 2018 Kia Stinger or to schedule a test drive with one of our Stingers, contact us today!