2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Kia Stinger

2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Kia Stinger

Some automakers like to boast. Others simply do not have to. That’s why when you compare the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Kia Stinger, you might be surprised by a few things. The Kia Stinger is marketed to face off against some pretty big names in the luxury brand world. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is set to speak for itself. Here, we’re taking the time to speak for it when it comes to a head-to-head comparison of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Kia Stinger.

It’s not that the 2018 Kia Stringer doesn’t have much to boast about, but for a brand that is only now achieving recognition for reliability, it might be too little, too late to earn a reputation among the enthusiast crowd. Especially when you dig deeper into the details of the model’s performance parts.

2019 VW Arteon


2018 Kia Stinger

2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder Base Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
268hp/258 lb-ft Performance 255hp/260 lb-ft of torque
MIB II 8-inch touchscreen Infotainment UVO 7-inch touchscreen
Standard Blind spot warning Available

2019 VW Arteon vs 2018 Kia Stinger: Performance

One thing that the 2018 Kia Stinger has that the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon does not is two engine options. The Stinger is highly marketed as a performance model with Gran Turismo trims. Volkswagen already has models that are more geared toward performance and have lofty reputations and impressive heritage. The Arteon is surprisingly competitive against the Stinger for a model that is really meant to be more of a luxury fastback with high-end appeal.

It’s true the Arteon, at least to start, isn’t meant to be a Gran Turismo racer, but it still packs a punch when you consider the vehicle has more horsepower and almost equal torque to the 2018 Kia Stinger. It may not have a V6 option, but it does have standard performance specs that are considered upgrades for the Stinger. For example, Volkswagen considers standard the DCC adaptive damping system to be a must-have for a performance model. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is also available at every trim.

The Kia Stinger does offer all-wheel drive, but it’s an expensive upgrade for each trim level. No trim offers it as a standard. The Kia Stinger does have high-performance adaptive dampers, but electronic controlled suspension is likewise an available feature, but only on the top two trims.

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon might be considered a sleeper car among performance models. Find out if it’s right for you when you stop by Armstrong Volkswagen for a test drive.