2020 Kia Stinger vs. 2020 Volvo S60

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Safety

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Both the Stinger and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 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 S60 has not been 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 S60’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 Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Kia dealers as there are Volvo 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 14 points higher than the S60 and the Kia Stinger is rated 20 points higher than the S60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The S60 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 78 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 15 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Stinger GT is faster than the S60 T6:

Stinger

S60

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.9 MPH

99.2 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 S60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Stinger has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 S60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Stinger stops much shorter than the S60:

Stinger

S60

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Stinger GT’s 255/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Stinger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The S60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Stinger uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Stinger offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The S60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stinger’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the S60 (114.4 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Stinger is 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S60.

The Stinger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the S60’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Stinger more stable handling and braking.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .91 G’s, while the S60 Polestar pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Stinger GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the S60 R-Design AWD (24.8 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 25.8 seconds @ .71 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 S60 is rated a Compact.

The Stinger has .9 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stinger has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the S60 (23.3 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stinger is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

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 S60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 S60 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 S60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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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 S60 only retains -498.28% to 42%.

Recommendations

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The Kia Stinger outsold the Volvo 60 Series by 42% during 2018.

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