2020 Kia Stinger vs. 2020 Jaguar XE

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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 Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Stinger and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, around view monitors 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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Stinger the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Stinger 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the XE. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XE ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Kia dealers as there are Jaguar 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 Stinger’s reliability 34 points higher than the XE.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XE 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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Stinger GT-Line’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 8 more horsepower (255 vs. 247) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Stinger GT’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 69 more horsepower (365 vs. 296) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 295) than the XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the XE 25t:

Stinger

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Stinger uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 XE doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Stinger stops much shorter than the XE:

Stinger

XE

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stinger’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the XE (114.4 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Stinger is 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XE.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .91 G’s, while the XE pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Stinger GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the XE (24.8 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 26.4 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

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 XE is rated a Compact.

The Stinger has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (93.8 vs. 91).

The Stinger has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Ergonomics

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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 XE doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Stinger’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The XE’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Stinger has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XE doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Stinger has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 XE.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Stinger owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Stinger will cost $615 less than the XE over a five-year period.

The Stinger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Stinger will retain 36.32% to 37.7% of its original price after five years, while the XE only retains 31.71% to 35.6%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Stinger will be $929 to $5227 less than for the Jaguar XE.

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 XE isn’t in the top three.

The Kia Stinger outsold the Jaguar XE by almost four to one during 2019.

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