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2019 Kia Stinger

Starting Price: $34,115 | Price Yours

Above Average: Excellent, precise steering; unbeatable warranty; plenty of power; great suspension, strong performance

Below Average: New model, so resale value is yet to be determined; entry-level model is well priced, but costs increase quickly

Consensus: With the 2019 Stinger, Kia has a true sport sedan, from its fantastic-sounding and powerful turbocharged engine to its excellent and responsive steering and a chassis that’s tight but doesn’t make you feel every bump in the road. The Stinger’s liftback design also makes it practical for carrying plenty of cargo. It comes at a very competitive starting price but moves quickly into Audi and BMW territory once you move up to a bigger engine and add options.
 

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2019 Audi A5 Sportback

Starting Price: $45,195 | Price Yours

Above Average: Both athletic and fuel-efficient; lots of luxury and user-friendly technology; comfortable ride; great looks

Below Average: Some competitors are considerably cheaper; doesn’t match Kia’s longer warranty

Consensus: The 2019 Audi A5 Sportback offers a sporty and luxurious option in the ever-growing range of large hatchback sedans for those who just can’t quite bring themselves to buy a crossover or SUV. It’s sporty yet more fuel-efficient than one might expect, with plenty of cargo space and just the right amount of technology. 
 

Kia has brought a very competitive new player to the sporty hatchback category with the Stinger, which offers throaty engines, superlative steering, and an excellent suspension that is both fun in the curves but not so tight as to knock your fillings loose. Combine that with an exciting optional V6 engine and Kia’s legendary warranty and you have a very respectable new player in a competitive segment.

Audi’s 2019 Sportback is the sedan version of its midsize A5 range, which also includes a coupe and convertible. It boasts the legendary Quattro all-wheel drive and a terrific turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes great power while also being surprisingly fuel-efficient. (There is also an S5 line, with a much more potent V6). It’s low and lean, with a luxurious interior and technology that is at once impressive and accessible, without a steep learning curve. The large hatch opens to provide an impressive amount of space, and the rear seat is a bench that accommodates three passengers.

Similarities

Five-door hatchback style; comparable power in base trims; both can be upgraded to optional V6 model.

Kia Stinger Advantages

Great warranty; much lower entry-level price

Audi A5 Sportback Advantages

All-wheel drive comes standard; high-end luxury nameplate

Final Recommendation

The 2019 Kia Stinger and Audi A5 Sportback are both impressive and very sporty hatchbacks for those wanting more than a sedan but less than an SUV. They are comparably sized and each comes with a potent turbocharged inline four-cylinder delivering impressive performance. In most metrics, they are very similar cars.

The main difference between these two is the price at the entry level, hard to ignore with the Audi starting more than $10,000 higher than the Kia. It’s certainly luxurious and packed with technology, but unless the badge really matters, it’s hard to make a case for it against the Kia, also considering that the Stinger’s lower price also includes the company’s impressive warranty.

However, the choice gets far more confusing at the upper ends. Beware that if you desire the far more powerful V6 model of either (Stinger GT and the Audi S5 Sportback), the low $50,000 starting prices are nearly identical.

Ready to buy a Kia Stinger or Audi A5 Sportback? Check out local dealer inventory near you.

BONUS CONTENT: We lived with a Kia Stinger for a year. Get our full ownership report!

  2019 Kia Stinger 2019 Audi A5 Sportback
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter I4, turbocharged 2.0-liter I4, turbocharged
Horsepower 255 hp @ 6,200 rpm 248 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque 260 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm 273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-Spd Automatic, 7-Spd DCT
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy) 27 mpg (23 city/34 hwy)
Also Available 3.3-liter turbo V6   
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 114.4 inches 111.2 inches
Overall Length 190.2 inches 186.3 inches
Width 73.6 inches  79.9 inches 
Height 55.1 inches 54.6 inches
Turning Diameter 36.7 feet 36.1 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches 39.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.0 inches 37.0 inches
Legroom, Front 42.6 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 36.4 inches 35.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.4 inches 55.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 54.8 inches 54.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 93.8 cu. ft. n/a
EPA Cargo Volume 40.9 cu. ft. 35.0 cu. ft.
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