2020 Volkswagen GTI vs. 2020 Kia Stinger

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Safety

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The GTI has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Stinger doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the GTI and the Stinger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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The GTI’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Stinger’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the GTI for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Stinger.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen GTI’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Stinger’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 GTI’s reliability 15 points higher than the Stinger.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen GTI is faster than the Stinger GT-Line (automatics tested):

GTI

Stinger

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.9 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GTI gets better mileage than the Stinger:

MPG

GTI

FWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Stinger

RWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen GTI higher (7 out of 10) than the Kia Stinger (3). This means the GTI produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stinger every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The GTI offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Stinger doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The GTI offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Stinger doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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

GTI

Stinger

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

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

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The GTI has a standard Hydraulic Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The GTI stops much shorter than the Stinger:

GTI

Stinger

80 to 0 MPH

211 feet

217 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The GTI’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stinger GT-Line’s standard 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The GTI SE handles at .96 G’s, while the Stinger GT pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GTI SE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Stinger (25.1 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GTI’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Stinger’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The GTI’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Stinger AWD’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Volkswagen GTI may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 800 pounds less than the Kia Stinger.

The GTI is 1 foot, 10.2 inches shorter than the Stinger, making the GTI easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the GTI SE is quieter than the Stinger GT2:

GTI

Stinger

At idle

39 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The GTI has .1 inches more front headroom and 1.1 inches more rear headroom than the Stinger.

Cargo Capacity

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The GTI has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Stinger with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 40.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The GTI’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Stinger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the GTI the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Stinger can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GTI’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Stinger’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the GTI to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Stinger doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the GTI has a standard rear wiper. The Stinger doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The GTI Autobahn’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Stinger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the GTI owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the GTI will cost $490 to $6230 less than the Stinger over a five-year period.

The GTI will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the GTI will retain 45.13% to 46.99% of its original price after five years, while the Stinger only retains 36.32% to 37.7%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen GTI will be $11790 to $25106 less than for the Kia Stinger.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen GTI, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Kia Stinger isn't recommended.

The GTI was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 14 of the last 14 years. The Stinger has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the GTI as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Stinger has never been chosen.

The GTI was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 13 years. The Stinger has never been an “All Star.”

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Kia Stinger by almost three to one during 2019.

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