Fifteen years ago, it would have been unbelievable that Kia and Mercedes-Benz would be competing for the title of the best luxury sports sedan. Yet, here we are. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a surprising model for many reasons, not the least of which being that it’s gotten the attention of luxury sports manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz.
Models in this segment offer compelling exterior and interior design, first-class comfort and convenience technology and, of course, high-acceleration thrill. The Kia Stinger, brand new for 2018, goes up against a redesigned 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class model. Both vehicles provide AWD, stunning sports car aesthetics and decadent interior trim. Which one comes out on top?
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD
2018 Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC
|365 horsepower (@ 6,000 rpm)||Horsepower (higher is better)||329 horsepower (@ 5,250 rpm)|
|376 lb-ft. (@ 1,300 rpm)||Torque (higher is better)||354 lb-ft. (@ 1,600 rpm)|
|4.7 seconds||0-60 mph (lower is better)||5.3 seconds|
|19” alloy||Standard wheels||18” alloy|
|40.9 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space (higher is better)||13.1 cubic feet|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper warranty||4 years/50,000 miles|
The 2018 Kia Stinger enjoys the advantages of being a brand-new model. Rather than attempting to provide a slight boost over last years’ specs, the Kia Stinger enters the ring having built a vehicle designed after sizing up the competition. For this reason, the Kia Stinger is a surprising and rewarding vehicle to drive!
Every spec crucial to a vehicle’s consideration as a luxury sports car is better on the Kia Stinger than the E 400. Horsepower, torque, acceleration and even the wheel size are categories handily won by the 2018 Kia Stinger GT2.
Though more arbitrary, comfort and convenience are also improved in the Stinger over the E-Class. A power liftgate is standard on the 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 and an option on the 2018 E 400. Seats in the 2018 Kia Stinger are trimmed with a decadent leather which is foregone for a vinyl leatherette in the 2018 E 400 sedan.
Imagine spending over $50,000 for a car and sitting on a plastic seat. You don’t need to imagine, just test-drive the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 400 sedan.
Comparing specs and features makes it abundantly clear that the only advantage for Mercedes-Benz is the badge on its hood and the association of that badge with track dominance. Drivers looking for actual luxury and speed, however, will find the 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 to be a much more capable ride.
The 2018 Kia Stinger and its GT sibling offer a superior ride, expansive interior comfort features and a price point that will allow you to make a down payment on a new home with the difference. We have the 2018 Kia Stinger in stock now! For more information, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!