2020 Kia Stinger vs. 2020 Jaguar XF

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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 XF doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Stinger and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, 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 XF 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 XF. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XF 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 14 points higher than the XF.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XF 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 has more powerful engines than the XF:

Horsepower

Torque

Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

XF 25t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XF 30t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XF S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6 is faster than the XF S 3.0 supercharged V6:

Stinger

XF

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.6 sec

12.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

5.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

2.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.2 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

104 MPH

Top Speed

167 MPH

128 MPH

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 XF 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 XF doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Stinger stops much shorter than the XF:

Stinger

XF

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Stinger is 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .91 G’s, while the XF Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Stinger GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the XF Sedan AWD (24.8 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

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

Chassis

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The Stinger is 4.8 inches shorter than the XF Sedan, making the Stinger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Stinger AWD is quieter than the XF S Sedan AWD (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Stinger has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 1.1 inches more front legroom than the XF Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stinger has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the XF Sedan with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 17.8 cubic feet). The Stinger has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the XF Sedan with its rear seat folded (40.9 vs. 31.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 XF 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 XF 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. The XF doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 $3135 less than the XF over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Stinger will be $15252 to $15992 less than for the Jaguar XF.

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 XF isn’t in the top three.

The Kia Stinger outsold the Jaguar XF by almost twelve to one during 2019.

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