Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Kia Stinger VS 2018 Genesis G80 Near Buford, GA

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2018 Kia Stinger

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2018 Kia Stinger

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2018 Genesis G80

Safety Comparison

Compared to metal, the Stinger’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Stinger and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 2 times as many Kia dealers as there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Stinger’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Genesis vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Genesis is ranked second.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Stinger GT is faster than the Genesis G80:



G80 3.3T Sport

G80 5.0

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5 sec

5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.6 sec

12.5 sec

12.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

5.7 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

13.6 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

104 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Stinger gets better fuel mileage than the G80:








22 city/29 hwy

19 city/27 hwy




19 city/25 hwy

17 city/25 hwy





16 city/24 hwy




21 city/29 hwy

18 city/25 hwy




19 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy





15 city/23 hwy


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Stinger stops much shorter than the G80:





70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Stinger GT2 handles at .93 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stinger GT2 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the G80 5.0 (25 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Kia Stinger may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 700 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

The Stinger is 6.3 inches shorter than the G80, making the Stinger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Stinger has 1.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear hip room than the G80.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Stinger has a much larger trunk than the G80 (23.3 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

The Stinger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Stinger GT2 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The G80 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Stinger GT2 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

The Stinger has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the G80.

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