It’s a new thing to look to Kia for a sports car. Let’s face it, the brand has been an underdog for quite some time. Now that Volkswagen is expanding its lineup, you might be wondering how the brand with such an extensive heritage compares to this up and comer. Comparing the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Kia Stinger, you’ll quickly realize that while there are some similarities, the automakers have slightly different goals for their respective vehicles.
The 2018 Kia Stinger is meant to compete against luxury brands in terms of promoting its athletic demeanor. It’s not that the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon won’t do the same, but Volkswagen is taking a more refined and sophisticated approach.
One of the key differences in choosing to offer a premium-focused vehicle rather than strictly promoting performance is that the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is a bit more well-rounded when it comes to features. The 2018 Kia Stinger has two engine options that target consumers whose focus is primarily on speed and acceleration. Which isn’t to say that the Arteon doesn’t target those same consumers considering its base engine offers higher performance figures.
DCC adaptive damping is standard for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, while electronic controlled suspension is only available on the Kia Stinger’s two top trims. Meaning it is an additional cost to upgrade. The Kia Stinger has standard high-performance dampers on every trim, but this isn’t the same versatility. Both models offer all-wheel drive as an option.
Clearly, Volkswagen isn’t holding back on performance. The thing is, the automaker isn’t holding back on features either. While the Stinger offers an eight-inch screen for an upgrade, it’s a standard for the Arteon. Both models offer standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but it’s in driver assistance systems that the Arteon shines. Blind spot warning, front assist and rear traffic alert are all standards, while adaptive cruise control, lane assist, light assist and more are available.
The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon comes in SE, SEL and SEL Premium trims. Find out more when you contact us here at Onion Creek Volkswagen.