Luxury sports sedans give you the ability to enjoy heart-racing speed, a luxuriously-appointed interior and timeless style. While the Kia Stinger is one of the newest models in this segment, it enters a timeless race between models that include the reigning champion BMW 3 Series. Today, we’re comparing the newcomer Kia Stinger, in its second model year, to the 2020 BMW 3 Series and seeing which model comes out on top.
As we compare these two models, pay close attention to the difference in value and confidence communicated by the model’s dependability and warranty coverage. So, is the Kia Stinger able to dethrone the model many consider synonymous with this enthusiast-oriented segment? Let’s find out!
2019 Kia Stinger
2020 BMW 3 Series
|2.0-liter turbo (255 horsepower)||Base engine (horsepower)||2.0-liter turbo (255 horsepower)|
|3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 (365 horsepower)||Available engine (horsepower)||3.0-liter turbocharged (382 horsepower)|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration||Subscription-based|
|114.4 inches||Wheelbase||112.2 inches|
|42.6 inches/36.4 inches||Legroom (first row/second row)||42.0 inches/35.2 inches|
|40.9 cubic feet||Cargo space||17.0 cubic feet|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||4 years or 50,000 miles|
|5 years or 60,000 miles||Limited warranty||4 years or 50,000 miles|
|$32,990||Starting MSRP (4-cylinder)||$40,750|
|$39,300 (GT RWD)||Starting MSRP (Performance||$54,000 (M340)|
Although Kia recently switched from the old slogan of “The Power to Surprise,” it’s nothing short of a surprise that the 2019 Kia Stinger has beaten the 2020 BMW 3 Series on some of the most important factors which denote whether or not a performance sedan should be available to the masses.
Kia’s approach seems to be that this power and comfort should be available to more than simply the narrow band who can afford to drop a minimum of 40k for European-engineered and performance-tested luxury.
The Kia Stinger isn’t just equal to the BMW 3 Series, however, in many ways it does a better job of combining luxury and performance. For example, the 2019 Kia Stinger has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as a standard feature. BMW charges you a subscription fee for this “service.” The Kia Stinger also offers more legroom for passengers in both rows and, thanks to its sportback design, gives you over 40 cubic feet of cargo volume.
With so many benefits over the stylish sporty icon that is the BMW 3 Series, the Kia Stinger is available for nearly $15,000 less in its high-performance variant and comes shockingly close to the power output of the M340.
If you’re interested in the 2019 Kia Stinger, we’d love to take you on a test drive to experience it first-hand. Contact us today for more information!