New Kia Stinger GT S vs Audi S5 Sportback

The new Stinger GT S is the quickest and most striking Kia yet, but can it match the daddy of fast, four-door coupés, the Audi S5 Sportback?...

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7 Apr 2017 6:0 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Our verdict

If you want the faster cross-country weapon, the S5 is the daddy. But these aren’t out-and-out sports cars, they’re mile-munching GTs, and the S5’s problem is that you can’t turn it down.

The Stinger is never anything other than mesmerisingly fast, but soften its driving modes and it becomes an accomplished long-distance cruiser, too. And despite being slower point to point, those looking for thrills will find it more fun.

The final blow is that the Stinger represents such good value with all its standard equipment. We said at the start that holding its own against the S5 would be a fine result for the Stinger. But, in fact, it’s rather better than that.

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1st – Kia Stinger GT S

New Kia Stinger GT S vs Audi S5 Sportback

For Performance; entertaining handling; comfortable ride; lots of equipment; price

Against Thirstier engine; not as practical; less premium interior

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Kia Stinger GT S review

Find a great Kia Stinger GT S deal


2nd – Audi S5 Sportback

New Kia Stinger GT S vs Audi S5 Sportback

For Awesome grip; quicker off the line; interior quality; infotainment; bigger boot

Against Choppy ride; more expensive; less well equipped; pricey company car tax

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Audi A5 review

Find a great Audi S5 Sportback deal


Specifications: Audi S5 Sportback

Engine 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol

List price £48,850

Target Price £45,416

Power 349bhp @ 5400-6400rpm

Torque 369lb ft @ 1370-4500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 4.4sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 36.7mpg

CO2 emissions 174g/km


Specifications: Kia Stinger GT S 3.3 T-GDi auto

Engine size 6cyl, 3342cc, turbo, petrol

List price £40,495

Target Price £40,495

Power 365bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 376lb ft @ 1300-4500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 4.8sec

Top speed 168mph

Gov't fuel economy 28.5mpg

CO2 emissions 225g/km


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