2021 Kia Stinger vs. Its Competition

2021 Kia Stinger
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Kia Stinger is largely in a class of its own.

Like-sized German rivals such as the Audi A6 cost around $60,000.

Instead, most shoppers are likely to consider the “default” BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, both of which send power to the rear (or all four) wheels and deliver excellent handling.

Those Germans are classier inside than the Kia, but not by as much as you might think.

If you’re looking at the impressive Genesis G70, consider the Stinger—it’s not as plush, but the two share underpinnings and powertrains.

Volvo’s S60 gets many things right, starting with its clean styling and its soothing interior design.

The Jaguar XF is tight inside but has a supple ride and terrific handling, plus a new interior and infotainment for 2021.

2021 Kia Stinger2021 Kia Stinger
2021 BMW 3-Series (330e)2021 BMW 3-Series
2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (AMG C63 S)2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2021 Volvo S602021 Volvo S60
2021 Genesis G702021 Genesis G70
2020 Jaguar XF2020 Jaguar XF
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The 2021 Kia Stinger puts a pretty face to well-balanced ride and handling.
The flexible 2021 BMW 3-Series lineup offers something for everyone, so long as they’re not smitten with SUVs.
Svelte, sporty, and somewhat understated, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be at the top of your compact luxury sedan shopping list.
The 2021 Volvo S60 puts power in balance with grace.
The 2021 Genesis G70 has the footwork of a contender; it’s a jab or two from landing a knockout punch on its German rivals.
Especially in wagon form, the 2020 Jaguar XF is an appealing luxury car for those of us not totally sold on SUVs.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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