The days of Kia and Hyundai being regarded as simply bargain buys are over. These days, Kia and Hyundai are producing some of the best and most compelling models on the market. For Kia, these models are all included under the badge of the Red oval that adorns the hoods of Kia vehicles. For Hyundai, however, some oomph is injected in the form of a brand-new luxury line that’s being sold in the United States to compete with the likes of Acura, Infiniti, Lexus, Cadillac and Lincoln.
With Kia taking the route of offering drivers in every budget tier luxury style and features and Hyundai choosing to reserve the best-of-its-best for the Genesis line, comparing the two brands is a study in which avenue is a better option for brands that are trying to promote a more premium element. As we look at the individual comparisons to be made between these models, pricing should be a primary factor. Otherwise, it’s entry-luxury badges going head-to-head. Let’s see who comes out on top!
The Kia Stinger is Kia’s sportiest model on the market. Powered by either a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine or a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6, the Kia Stinger changed the game for luxury and performance. Utilizing the same platform as the Kia Stinger but trading the sportback for a traditional trunk, the Genesis G70 is Genesis’s attempt at offering a luxury compact sedan to the masses.
Kia’s full-size sedan is a model that aims high and looks to challenge models beyond simply those in the mass-market full-size segment like the Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima. The Kia Cadenza is aiming to unseat the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Acura RLX and Lincoln Continentals of the world. The Genesis G80 is the latest model in this increasingly-niche segment. How do the two Korean luxury models stack up? Let’s find out.
Drivers who want it all have a few options. Perhaps none are as compelling as the storied luxury sedan market, however. Within this class, names like the S-Class, Model S, XJ and CT6 are thrown around. For Kia, this segment is the opportunity to make luxury car style, amenities and performance available to more drivers. Genesis is challenging this inclusive vision with their own Korean luxury sedan in the G90. Which one is a superior experience? Let’s find out.