The Kia Stinger evolved directly from the South Korean automaker’s GT concept car debuting back in 2011. Unlike most production vehicles, the Stinger has stayed true to its concept – with a wonderfully sculpted design, fastback proportions and a comfortable, roomy interior. The engine is powerful and the drive is spirited. According to most automotive experts around the globe, the design team at Kia Motors did a superb job rolling out the perfect car to take on its European rivals. With refined power and a fine balance between design and comfort, the Stinger has an imposing presence and stands out from the crowd. The interior marries a combination of classic and contemporary styling, realizing the evolution of Gran Turismo and bringing it to the doors of more frugal buyers.
On the other hand, Alfa Romeo used to be the epitome of speed and style in the past. It won the first ever F1 Grand Prix in 1950. These Italian cars used to be drop dead gorgeous. However, things have gone downhill gradually. While there were several false dawns since the turn of the millennium, Alfa Romeo never managed to recapture the hearts of automobile enthusiasts the way it did in the past. However, the FCA owned company is starting things afresh – and the Giulia, being a power pumping sports sedan, is its best try in a long time…
The fact that the Stinger concept was teased much earlier (around four and a half years) than the production car rolled out suggests the Korean automaker put in genuine efforts in design study before beginning development. The result is an aggressively styled grand tourer with a silhouette that competes with the likes of more expensive German luxury sedans.
Its stance is wide and low with a sleek roofline complementing the aggressive grille at the front. To put it short – the Kia Stinger stands out! What’s more, stretching 190 inches long, standing at 55 inches tall and with a width of 77 inches (excluding mirrors), the Stinger is a good bit larger than most of the cars in its segment. The Stinger has a longer wheelbase than the Giulia (114.4 inches vs 111 inches).
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has smaller dimensions than the Stinger at 182 inches long and 74 inches wide but is slightly taller at 56 inches high. As for the design, it shouts “Italian” from every angle – right from its headlamps and triangular grille to flowing body lines and, bulging hood. It also offers various appearance upgrades to help buyers customize the exterior of the vehicle.
The front and rear seats are both comfortable and roomy, however due to the low stance of the Stinger – it offers a better legroom than headroom – as typical with many four door sports coupes (ie. BMW M6 / Audi A7). The front seats and steering rack are electrically adjustable while the 8 inch touchscreen is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It incorporates satellite navigation, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and is highly responsive with negligible lag – a big plus considering how many people aren’t happy with Cadillac’s CUE system for this very reason.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia offers the same amount of space inside with comparable head and legroom in the front and rear seats. The dashboard is designed beautifully and the seat covers look plush. They has used a blend of textured metallic, wooden trimmings, fine leather and soft plastics that give a holistic appeal to the car. The seats are supportive and adjustable with easy to reach controls for the infotainment system – which makes driving a safe and comfortable experience. At the center of the dashboard is a 6.5 inch responsive touchscreen standard – or an optional 8.0 inch screen compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The cabin of the Giulia is not as smooth or quiet as the Stinger. A somewhat suspension in the base model means the ride can get bouncy at high speeds on uneven roads. Also, the A and B pillars are oddly fat, obstructing the visibility for the driver and rear passengers. Road noise enters the cabin a little too much for a luxury sedan in 2018.
Engine and Performance
The Kia Stinger is available in three trims with two engines. The base and premium trims run on a 2.0 liter turbo inline four cylinder pumping 255 horsepower. The top end Kia Stinger GT uses a 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 at its heart and is one of the quickest cars in the all wheel drive segment.
The Giulia uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine that generates 280 horsepower and a 2.9 liter 505 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 Engine for the Giulia Quadrifoglio. 0-60 for the 2.0T model comes in 5.5 seconds while the 2.9TT Quadrifoglio blasts to 60 in 3.6 – and the sport-oriented suspension allows a driver to maneuver through tight spots easily.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has great Italian looks, great drivetrain options and an excellent interior – though it leans more toward sport than luxury on the inside. Visibility is a negative for the driver, especially due to large A and B pillars.
The Kia Stinger has designer looks that rival any car in the segment (it often gets mistaken for a Maserati from the back – especially at night), has impressive handling and plenty of power with its 3.3 liter V6. If you’re looking for raw power, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is going to win that battle. If you’re looking for a powerful, fairly priced grand tourer with great looks, the Stinger should be on your radar. Kia has kept the price tag of the Stinger extremely aggressive, catching the attention of automobile enthusiasts everywhere. It’s a luxury sedan with a hatchback offering the practicality and price of a family car…