2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Kia Stinger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Stinger doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Arteon and the Stinger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Stinger’s 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 12000 miles sooner.

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Stinger’s (10/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Stinger’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (268 vs. 255) than the Stinger 2.0L’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Arteon FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Stinger 2.0L RWD (22 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

The Arteon has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stinger (17.4 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Arteon’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Stinger:

 

Arteon

Stinger

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Arteon has a standard Hydraulic Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Stinger (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stinger (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Stinger’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the Stinger is rated a Mid-size.

The Arteon has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stinger (96.2 vs. 93.8).

The Arteon has .1 inches more front shoulder room and 3.8 inches more rear legroom than the Stinger.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the Stinger with its rear seat up (27.2 vs. 23.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Stinger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Arteon’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Stinger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Arteon’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Stinger’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Arteon’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Stinger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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