2020 Kia Stinger vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Stinger are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Alfa Romeo Giulia doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Stinger has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Giulia doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Stinger GT2 has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Giulia only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Stinger and the Giulia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 driver alert 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 Giulia has not been fully tested, yet.

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 Giulia’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 Alfa Romeo covers the Giulia. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Giulia ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Stinger’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Giulia’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 5 times as many Kia dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Stinger’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Kia Stinger’s reliability 31 points higher than the Giulia and the Kia Stinger is rated 37 points higher than the Giulia.

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

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 Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 20 places higher in reliability than Alfa Romeo.

Engine

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The Stinger GT’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 85 more horsepower (365 vs. 280) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 306) than the Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Stinger GT is faster than the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T:

Stinger

Giulia

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.9 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.6 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

6.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.2 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

99 MPH

Top Speed

167 MPH

149 MPH

Transmission

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The Stinger GT/GT1/GT2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s at 2250 in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Giulia doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Stinger GT

Giulia

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

12.5 inches

The Stinger GT’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Giulia are solid, not vented.

The Stinger stops much shorter than the Giulia:

Stinger

Giulia

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

147 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 Giulia’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 Giulia.

The Stinger has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Giulia, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stinger’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the Giulia (114.4 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Stinger is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Giulia.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .93 G’s, while the Giulia Ti Q4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stinger GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Giulia Ti (24.8 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Stinger’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Giulia’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stinger AWD is quieter than the Giulia Ti:

Stinger

Giulia

At idle

39 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The Stinger has .2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Giulia.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stinger has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Giulia (23.3 vs. 12 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Stinger GT2’s power trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Stinger’s power trunk can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Giulia doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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The Stinger GT2 has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Giulia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Smart Key standard on the Stinger allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Alfa Romeo Giulia’s Keyless-Go doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 Giulia’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Stinger GT1/GT2 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Giulia doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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. Wireless charging costs extra on the Giulia.

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 Giulia isn’t in the top three.

The Kia Stinger outsold the Alfa Romeo Giulia by 59% during the 2019 model year.

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