When Kia set about building the Stinger, they didn’t set their eyes on Korean or Japanese competitors, they went straight to the heart of luxury performance country and designed and tuned the Stinger at the famed Nürburgring. This allowed them to pit the Stinger against more ambitious competition than luxury-badged models from Honda or Nissan. The Stinger was built to dominate the luxury sports sedan market.
In this comparison, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT goes up against a famous luxury sports competitor – the BMW 340i. The BMW 3 series is comprised of vehicles that blend fashionable design, German-engineered performance and plenty of technology. The 340i stands out in this series for its flawless execution of this class criteria. In this comparison, we’ll be especially mindful of performance, design and overall comfort/convenience features included as standard.
2018 Kia Stinger GT
2018 BMW 340i Sedan
|365 horsepower (@ 6000 rpm)||Horsepower (higher is better)||320 horsepower (@ 5500 rpm)|
|376 lb-ft. (@ 1300 rpm)||Torque (higher is better)||330 lb-ft. (@ 1380 rpm)|
|19 inches||Standard wheel size||18 inches|
|114.4 inches||Wheelbase (higher is better)||110.6 inches|
|40.9 cubic feet||Maximum cargo volume (higher is better)||13 cubic feet|
|36.7 inches||Turning radius (lower is better)||37.1 inches|
|36.5 inches||Second-row leg room (higher is better)||35.1 inches|
|4.9 seconds||0-60 acceleration (lower is better)||5.1 seconds|
When you look at everything that matters in a sports sedan, the 2018 Kia Stinger blasts away the BMW 340i. Comfort and handling are at a premium with an extra four inches on the wheel base and almost an inch lower turning radius.
The power and performance race is handily won by the 2018 Kia Stinger which manages to squeeze out 45 more horsepower and 46 more lb-ft. of torque than the German rival. A larger wheel size adds to the sporty appearance of the 2018 Kia Stinger, while the BMW prefers a less memorable exterior design motto.
Interior comfort and convenience sees the 2018 Kia Stinger GT pull ahead with more first and second row leg room and the inclusion of Android Auto compatibility, a feature the 3-series unnecessarily lacks.
Ultimately, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT pulls far ahead of the 2018 BMW 340i. If they were close in price, you could chalk up the decision to personal preference, with BMW having the name and pedigree behind their brand that Kia is now working to build.
However, a pricing gap in the MSRP of over $10,000 means you’ll be paying over $3,000 per letter for a slower car.
The 2018 Kia Stinger has repeatedly demolished competition from Japan, the United States and Germany. For more information on the 2018 Stinger, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!