There’s nothing like the speed and power of a fast car pushing you back into enveloping leather seats. The luxury sports car market is a market built for drivers who want to enjoy industry-leading comfort and convenience while also driving really really fast. These are cars that are built for the weekday commute and the weekend track days alike. Within this segment, compromise is disregarded. Interior and exterior refinement is held to the same aggressive standards as performance.
It’s a tough formula to nail, but today we’re going to be looking at two cars that manage to succeed with their balance of aggressive, sporty fun and sophisticated, people-focused interior flourish – all wrapped in a diabolically-handsome, performance-born package.
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 (RWD)
2018 Jaguar XE S (RWD)
|376 lb-ft. (@ 1300 rpm)||Torque (higher is better)||332 lb-ft. (@ 3500 rpm)|
|114.4 inches||Wheelbase (higher is better)||111.6 inches|
|13.4 inches||Rear brake rotor diameter x thickness (higher is better)||12.8 inches|
|Hatchback with auto cover (23.3 – 40.9 cubic feet)||Rear storage||Trunk (15.9 cubic feet)|
|Yes||Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility||No|
|$49,200||MSRP (lower is better)||$52,275|
As established, the name of the game for luxury sports cars is stubbornness – the best and most compelling options in this, somewhat crowded, market are the ones who refuse to budge on comfort or performance.
In this respect, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 comes out ahead. The twin-turbo V6 engine in the Stinger provides a whopping 376 lb-ft. of torque, every single one of which you feel in the GT2’s heated and ventilated, quilted Nappa leather seats.
Launch control, and a 0-60 acceleration time of 4.9 seconds mean you’ll experience thrill like you’ve never experienced before in the 2018 Kia Stinger GT2. A longer wheelbase than the XE S promises better handling and exhilarating speed.
Comfort and entertainment are at a premium in the cabin. The 8” touchscreen is quick and responsive. Compatible with both Android and iPhone, your phone, messages, navigation and media will transition seamlessly from phone to Stinger – unlike the XE S, which lacks this convenience feature.
Storage is at a premium in the 2018 Kia Stinger GT2, the handsome fastback design means you won’t have to take anything apart or make two trips to bring luggage, groceries or outdoor gear along with you. With the trunk cover folded down, the Stinger enjoys over 23 cubic feet of space, folding rear seats bring that number up to over 40 cubic feet. The XE S has a trunk with only 15.9 cubic feet of space.
Finally, the Stinger comes out ahead on price, beating the 2018 XE S by over $3,000 - money you can spend on weekend trips to the track, where you’ll pass the XE S.
The 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 is a car that proves you can be practical and comfortable without letting go of your dream car fantasies. For more information on the 2018 Kia Stinger, or to schedule a test-drive, contact us today!
Despite its focus on luxury and practical 4-door fastback design, the 2018 Kia Stinger is a sports car. If there’s one thing that can be agreed on when it comes to sports cars, it’s that they need to come in alluring and stand out colors. Luckily, the 2018 Kia Stinger does just this. In this blog post, we take a look at what colors are available for Kia’s striking four-door speed demon, as well as highlight some of the specs for the model. Whether you want an elegant and understated Panthera Metal, or a devilish and sporty HiChroma Red, the 2018 Stinger has you covered.