Although crossovers and SUVs have risen in popularity over the last decade, there is always going to be a place in the market for sporty and athletic sedans. Unlike a crossover, the lower center of gravity, proportions and isolated cabin of a sedan allows for a drive that is exhilarating and refined first and foremost. With models disappearing from this segment, success means taking a different approach than what everybody else is doing. It means offering more than just adequacy.
As a model that exemplifies going above and beyond, the Kia Stinger is a luxury-minded sports sedan with plenty to fawn over. From the model’s striking sportback styling to its available 3.3-liter twin-turbo powertrain, the Stinger has proven that Kia has a few tricks up their sleeves and that these tricks are more than gimmicks. Up against the 2019 Kia Stinger is another sporty sedan, the 2019 VW Passat in its R-Line variant. Let’s see how they match up:
2019 Kia Stinger 2.0T
2019 VW Passat R-Line
|2.0-liter turbocharged (255 horsepower)||Engine (power)||2.0-liter turbocharged (174 horsepower)|
|8-speed automatic||Transmission||6-speed automatic|
|7-inch touchscreen||Standard infotainment||6.3-inch touchscreen|
|Up to 40.9 cubic feet||Cargo volume||Up to 15.9 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||6 years/72,000 miles|
|$29,040 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price*||Starts at||$29,995|
The above comparison chart illustrates the benefit of choosing a car like the Kia Stinger – that is new to the market as of 2018 – vs. one like the Passat, which has not been updated in years. With the 2019 Kia Stinger 2.0T, you’re getting a proper sports car, complete with a 255-horsepower engine, smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and focus on interior technology and comfort.
With the 2019 VW Passat R-Line, you’re getting a tired midsize sedan that competes fairly well against certain models in its segment but can’t match the Stinger’s value.
Kia’s power to surprise goes beyond the way it has engineered, designed and equipped the 2019 Kia Stinger, however. With the 2019 Kia Stinger, you’ll enjoy plenty of standard luxury features like heated seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto infotainment and a blind-spot collision monitoring system, you’ll also enjoy the industry-best 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on your engine/powertrain and 5 years/60,000 miles for everything else.
Although the VW People First Warranty goes further than many other manufacturers, it still falls short of Kia’s engine coverage by 4 years or 28,000 miles.
If you’re still on the fence, we’d love to show you the amazing value the 2019 Kia Stinger brings to the table in person. Contact us today to schedule a test drive!