2018 Kia Stinger GT vs 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Comparism

The Kia Stinger GT is a sporty midsize sedan with a sleek hatchback roof and a luxurious interior, so it makes sense that it’s frequently been compared to high-end German cars of a similar description. While it has generally faired quite well against the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe despite its commoner badge, it’s unclear how many potential Audi and BMW buyers are going to also consider a Kia.

The Charger takes an early lead with its 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V8, which generates 485 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque – a big advantage over the Stinger’s 365 horses and 376 pound-feet. But it’s not just the power that gives it the edge, it’s that it makes all the right sounds, and it’s so smooth and responsive. Any amount of throttle yields a charmingly round, mellow sound, with just a hint of grit. It’s vintage American rumble in a modern(ish) wrapper. Additionally, power is so smooth and progressive that it’s easy to dial in the right amount. There’s one minor exception in its controllability at launch, as it takes a moment for the torque converter to spin up, and a lazy foot can get the tires to yelp (yours truly and a couple other editors ran into this). The ZF eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly, whether you’re in automatic or manual mode.

The Kia Stinger GT’s twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 is also a great engine, but it lacks the character and the finesse of the Charger’s V8. While that giant 6.4-liter lets out a hearty roar, the Stinger keeps its mouth tightly shut. Only a low, generic mumble from the intake comes from under the hood. And as we’ve talked about before, the throttle response is sluggish, and it takes a moment for boost to build. Once that boost is unleashed, though, the Stinger surges in a more aggressive way than the velvety Charger. The power hits hard, and throughout the rev range, so despite being down on the numbers front, the Stinger doesn’t really feel much slower than the Charger, in fact, it sometimes feels quicker from low rpm because of its strong turbo torque. Our feeling is born out in the claimed 0-60 mph times. Kia says the Stinger GT will hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, while Dodge says the Charger R/T Scat Pack will hit 60 in 4.5 seconds. The new Widebody version is even quicker with a time of 4.3 seconds, due mainly to its extra grip from wider tires.

With both big sedans tied dynamically, time to move onto the other key reasons to buy one of the two: the exterior and the interior. From the outside, it’s hard to say one is better than the other. I love the Charger’s bulging fenders, gaping grilles and angry scoops. It’s an imposing presence. The Stinger on the other hand is trim and athletic. Its sheetmetal fits close, and it leans into its length and low height. They’re both great in their own ways.

2017 Dodge Charger R/T

Inside, though, the Stinger is definitely better. Its interior isn’t quite as high-end as the Audis and BMWs it frequently gets compared to, but it’s still attractive with quality plastics, a mixture of colors and textures, and even some real brushed aluminum trim. Our long-termer’s red leather has been a bit divisive, but there’s no question that it stands out. The Charger on the other hand is a wall of awful black plastic. It’s relatively soft to the touch, but the texture is rough and ugly. And it’s everywhere. The dash is tall and thick, too, making it even worse. Add to that lower-quality buttons and knobs, and the Stinger takes a decisive victory. When it comes to space for extra passengers and space, the Dodge doesn’t have any real advantages either. It boasts 5 more inches of rear legroom, but it’s not especially noticeable as the Stinger’s rear bench seems plenty roomy. The Charger’s high door sills and pitch black plastics make for a cave-like rear passenger experience, too. And its 16.5-cubic-foot trunk is smaller than the 23.3-cubic-foot area under the Kia’s hatch, which boasts extra versatility.

Source : https://www.autoblog.com/2019/08/02/kia-stinger-gt-dodge-charger-rt-scat-pack-comparison/#slide-1293614

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