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KBB recently compared the 2019 Kia Stinger to the Audi A5 Sportback, and favoured the Kia Stinger overall. Let’s see how well it stood against the Audi A5.<

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Pricing: STINGER

The Kia Stinger GT-Line (base model) starts at $39,995. As you move up in trim, the GT starts at $44,995 and GT limited which is the highest trim available starts at $49,995. Compared to its competitor, the Audi A5 entry-level price starts at $49,200 which is almost $10,000 higher than the Stinger GT-Line.

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Reliability: STINGER

All trim-levels of the Kia Stinger include Kia’simpressive 5-year / 100,000 KM worry-free comprehensive and limited powertrain warranty as well as a 5-year/ unlimited KM 24-hour roadside assistance.

The Audi A5 includes a 4-year / 80,000 KM warranty.

Fuel Economy: AUDI A5

Although the Audi A5 Sportback Technik (highest trim-level) won against the Stinger in fuel economy with 10.0 L/100KM City and 7.0 L/100KM Hwy, the difference is not so substantial. The Stinger GT-Line has a fuel economy of 11.1 L/100KM City and 8.1 L/100KM Hwy, while the GT and GT limited stands at 13.6 L/100KM City and 9.6 L/100KM Hwy.

Features: STINGER

Both vehicles come with impressive interior and exterior features that qualifies them as luxury sports cars.  Although the Kia Stinger base GT-Line model does not include some features such as Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ smartphone integration, Brembo brakes, 360 camera monitoring system or heads up display, the comparable price of $39,995 start versus the Audi A5 Komfort $49,200 starting price, is hard to ignore.

When you upgrade to a higher trim level in the Kia Stinger, features included such as Harman Kardon premium audio speakers, wireless charging pad, Apple CarPlay and Android* Auto, UVO intelligence, heated AND cooled seats as well as heated back seats, heated steering wheel, power tailgate and impressive cargo space of up to 1158 L with the seats down, etc. you’re really getting your money’s worth with a price tag starting at $49,995 compared to the Audi A5 Technik’s starting price point of  $57,050.

Ride and handling: STINGER

The 2019 Kia Stinger and Audi A5 Sportback are both impressive and very sporty hatchbacks and each comes with a powerful 2.0L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine. However, the Kia Stinger has slightly more impressive performance with its 8-speed automatic transmission delivering 255 horsepower, sharp steering and excellent suspension versus the Audi A5 7-speed automatic transmission and 248 horsepower.

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Safety: STINGER

With its autonomous emergency braking system (forward collision warning), available Brembo brakes*, advanced smart cruise control, lane keep assist, driver attention alert, blind-spot detection and heads up system, available 360 camera*, and advanced visibility-enhancing technologies for better nighttime driving and visibility in various conditions, it’s not a surprise that the Kia Stinger made it to the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, whereas its Audi competitor did not.

Overall: STINGER

unless the badge really matters, it’s hard to make a case for it against the Kia” – KBB

Overall, the Kia Stinger’s entry-level price and included unbeatable Kia warranty, sleek and modern look, and impressive performance has made itself a worthy competitor of its class and title of AJAC Award winner of “Canada’s 2019 Car of the Year”.

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