Kia Stinger Has 3 Disadvantages That Alfa Romeo Giulia Doesn’t

If you’re looking for a new car with room for the family and performance credentials, the list typically starts with luxury car marques like BMW. However, modern times bring modern competition, and the sedan isn’t dead yet. Enter the Kia Stinger and Alfa Romeo Giulia. These two cars are comparable, but the Kia has three disadvantages that the Alfa Romeo just doesn’t have. 

Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia faster than the Kia Stinger?

While the Kia Stinger is faster than the lower trim Alfa Romeo Giulias, the news changes at the top. The tightened-down sport-tuned Stinger GT2 AWD puts down a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds, an impressive time for a modern gas-powered sedan. However, the Stinger GT2 can’t hope to keep up with the range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Car and Driver tested the Italian sports sedan, and the result was an organ-rearranging 3.6 seconds to sixty. 

The Kia Stinger has a couple issues that keep it from walking all over the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
2022 Kia Stinger | Kia

Still, that kind of performance doesn’t come cheap. While the Giulia wins the day in swiftness, it has a starting price of $76,845. That puts it well ahead of the Kia Stinger GT2 AWD and its starting price tag of $54,535.   

Is the Kia Stinger more fuel-efficient than the Alfa Romeo Giulia?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia, except for the fire-breathing Quadrifoglio trim, is more economical than the Kia Stinger. Although Kia is associated with practicality and economy, the Stinger is more performance-focused than its siblings. The Stinger offers a GT-Line trim with better fuel economy than the GT2 AWD but not enough to best the Alfa Romeo. Specifically, the GT-Line Stinger offers an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city fuel rating of 22 mpg and 32 mpg at highway speeds. 

The Alfa Romeo Giulia, like this one, looks at home on the track.
2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia | Stellantis

The GT-Line’s combined EPA fuel economy of 25 mpg isn’t enough to best the Giulia Sprint, Ti, and Veloce’s 27 mpg. It’s close, but the Giulia takes the fuel economy cake.  

Is the Kia Stinger an attractive car?

The Kia Stinger, especially the most recent model years, is an attractive car inside and out. However, the sculpted styling of the Giulia is arguably much prettier to behold. The styling comparison further favors the Giulia in the rear-end styling, save for the Stinger’s exhaust. Inside the vehicles, the Alfa Romeo continues to shine. The subtle yet refined interior is a compliment to its exterior lines. 

The Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio blows the Kia Stinger away.
Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio | Stellantis

The news gets better at the higher trims, too. The contrast stitching and generous carbon fiber in the Alfa Romeo center around the storied badge, making for a stimulating cabin. Furthermore, Car and Driver calls the Kia Stinger’s interior “less posh” than European competition. 

Which car should you buy?

There you have it; the Alfa Romeo Giulia is more economical than the Stinger at the bottom trims and faster than the Stinger at the top trims. Also, the Giulia is arguably a much more attractive car inside and out. Still, if you want a fast four-door car with Apple CarPlay and a much smaller price tag than the top-trim Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, you could buy a Kia Stinger. However, if you have the money and want sublime styling with Ferrari-esque grunt, buy the Quadrifoglio. 

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