2020 Kia Stinger vs. 2019 Audi A4

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Safety

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The Stinger GT1/GT2’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stinger and the A4 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Stinger its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A4 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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The Stinger comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Stinger 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Kia dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Stinger’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The A4 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 5 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The Stinger GT-Line’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 67 more horsepower (255 vs. 188) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 236) than the A4 40 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Stinger GT-Line’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 7 more horsepower (255 vs. 248) than the A4 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Stinger GT’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 117 more horsepower (365 vs. 248) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 273) than the A4 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Stinger GT-Line is faster than the A4 40 TFSI:

Stinger

A4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

11.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.2 MPH

91 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Stinger GT is faster than the A4 45 TFSI:

Stinger

A4

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.9 MPH

98.6 MPH

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Kia Stinger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Stinger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A4:

Stinger GT-Line

Stinger GT

A4

A4 Quattro

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The Stinger stops much shorter than the A4:

Stinger

A4

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Stinger GT-Line’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A4’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stinger GT-Line has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A4.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stinger’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the A4 (114.4 inches vs. 110 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Stinger is .9 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

The Stinger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the A4’s (56% to 44%). This gives the Stinger more stable handling and braking.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .91 G’s, while the A4 Premium pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Stinger GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the A4 Premium (24.8 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Stinger’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the A4’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Stinger AWD is quieter than the A4 Prestige Quattro (39 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Stinger a Mid-size car, while the A4 is rated a Compact.

The Stinger has 1.3 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stinger has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the A4 (23.3 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Stinger offers a 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 A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Stinger GT1/GT2’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the Stinger’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the A4’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Stinger’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the A4’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

The A4’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Stinger GT2’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the Stinger GT1/GT2 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The A4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Stinger has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The A4 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The A4 isn’t in the top three.

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