The four-door sports sedan class exists to combine the heart-racing thrill of a dynamic enthusiast vehicle with the practicality of a car that has five usable seats. Confidence is not at all hard to come by with 0-60 times that hover in the low five-second or high four-second range in this class. Additionally, with a focus on being true grand touring cars, the inside is comfortably-outfitted and decked out with the most cutting-edge information, entertainment and convenience technology available.
Today, we’re doing a comparison that would have shocked even the biggest Kia fan five years ago. The 2020 Kia Stinger, the latest incarnation of Kia’s world-beating sports gran turismo is up against the Porsche Panamera. Let’s see how they fare.
2020 Kia Stinger GT
2020 Porsche Panamera
|3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 (365 horsepower)||Engine (horsepower)||3.0-liter turbo V6 (330 horsepower)|
|4.7 seconds||0-60 acceleration time||5.4 seconds|
|167 MPH||Top track speed||164 MPH|
|40.9 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space||47.3 cubic feet|
|5 passengers||Base model seating||4 passengers|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS safety designation||Not recommended|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Powertrain warranty||4 years/50,000 miles|
|$39,500 (RWD)||MSRP||$86,300 (RWD)|
Comparing the two side by side makes it clear that Porsche has constructed the Panamera as a way of trying to milk the brand without any of the iconic features common to the rest of the Volkswagen subsidiary’s lineup. The Panamera doesn’t, after all, have a mid-engine build. It also has four doors but still limits seating to four occupants.
On the other hand, the Kia Stinger entered the market as a high-value sports car from an expected source. In its short time, it’s won awards like Best Engine and Best Interior and qualified for a Top Safety Pick +, the highest honor from the esteemed Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
When you compare the two, it’s clear why the Stinger is the stronger choice. It has more power, a quicker acceleration time, a faster top track speed, more seating for passengers and Kia’s warranty which dwarfs Porsche’s by 6 years and 50,000 miles.
Oh…it’s also $46,800 less than the Panamera. You could get two Kia Stinger GTs and still have enough left over for a sizable down payment on a third for the same price as one Porsche Panamera.
We never thought we’d say it, but Kia clearly beats Porsche when it comes to the brands’ four-door sport sedan offerings. If you’re interested in test-driving the 2020 Kia Stinger, contact us today!