The demand for premium cars that are pocket-friendly and are at least four doors is gradually rising and models like the 2019 Kia Stinger and 2019 Dodge Charger are up to the task. Finding a car model you love and appreciate is never an easy task because every manufacturer designs their cars for the market. The best you can do is wait for the best to be released and 2019 is the best yet for Kia lovers. Those who have known this brand for a while understand that the level of luxury sensibility is beyond what is on offer for similar cars from other makes. For your luxury advantage, leather interiors and state of the art control, welcome the Kia into your stable but not before you do a comparison between one of its closest rivals; the 2019 Dodge Charger.

Overview

Has it ever crossed your mind that some Kia vehicles look like they were BMWs? You are not hallucinating because that is the naked truth; this Korean car manufacturer seems to get inspiration from the BMW and it has happened again with the 2019 Stinger. The stinger is a rear wheel drive that has been designed to offer grand touring capabilities.

 

 

Noticed that the back of the car opens like a hatchback? All these features have been strategically combined to offer Stinger car owners value for their money. Not to mention that it is the best upscale of the Kia stable yet, is powerful compared to most cars on the road and delivers a fun experience for the driver and passengers.

Performance

When we compare the rear wheel drive of the 2019 Kia against that of the 2019 Dodge, there does not seem to be a major difference in how powerful their engines are but there is something to talk about as far as fuel consumption is concerned. While the highway mileage is more or less the same, the Stinger shines with 22 city miles per gallon against the Dodge which achieves only 19 mpg on the 2.0 turbo 4 cylinder engine with 8-speed automatic transmission. The scenario is replicated in the all-wheel drive with the fuel economy of the Kia pegged at 21 city miles per gallon and 29 highway miles per gallon against 18 city miles per gallon and 27 highway miles per gallon for the Dodge.

 

 

If the cause of traffic is not known, drivers who use fixed gas levels could get stranded when they run of gas. The Stinger fuel economy system is able to detect that the vehicle has stopped and this triggers a mechanism that switches off the engine. At the slightest indication that the driver is getting ready to proceed, the engine roars back to life. The Dodge Charge does not have the automatic on and off fuel conservation system.

Interiors

Classified under midsize luxury fastback, the 2019 Kia Stinger is quite generous when it comes to interior spaces. 16.1 cubic feet is quite impressive cargo space for a sedan and the Charger might have been designed as the best in that aspect. Well, in comes the 2019 Kia Stinger and clearly, no one has considered that its cargo center can accommodate 23.3 cubic feet of luggage. The best part about the Stinger is that if extra space is needed, the back seats can be folded and laid down to allow more room for cargo.

 

 

If your choice of Kia Stinger is the GT2 trim, you will enjoy a standard display that shows you the speed of the vehicle plus other controls in the vehicle. This allows drivers to have an insight about what is happening without removing their gaze from road focus. This display feature is not offered in the Charger.

Most accidents happen at curves because they either catch drivers by surprise or the driver takes too long to start the turn. The Stinger GT2 has adaptive headlights that are designed to maneuver around corners with little effort from the driver because they will read the vehicle speed and angle of steering to detect an upcoming curve. The Charger does not offer the cornering lights feature in any of its 2019 trims.

Safety

Both the Stinger and the Charger offer standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, blind spot warning systems, front wheel drive and rear cross-path warning.

 

 

On the Stinger, GT2 are surround view monitors that help the driver to see everything that happens on all sides of a vehicle without stepping out of the car. This picks out obstacles early enough for the driver to act. The Charger has rear parking sensors and monitors which will sound an alert if an obstacle is detected. The surround version is not offered by the Charger.

 




 

The Verdict

Engine stability, fuel economy, spacious interiors and display of data on the move are very attractive features to have in a car. The 2019 Kia Stinger proves to be readily equipped for modern driving compared to the 2019 Dodge Charger.