New Kia Stinger vs used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: which is best?

The head says a new Kia Stinger, but the heart wants a used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio for similar money. So, which of the two is the better purchase?...

New Kia Stinger vs used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: which is best?

Getting older means you have to start making sacrifices, apparently. No longer is it okay to simply think of just yourself and having fun; you now have to consider your dependants in every area of your life, whether it be where you live, where you go on holiday or, indeed, what car you drive.

No more compromised coupes or slinky sports cars for you, then. You’ll need a vehicle that can cope with a weekly shop, that can play taxi at a moment's notice and won’t rattle you to pieces every time you get to the end of your street. Fortunately, there are a number of examples of both in the new and used car markets that cater not just for practicality, but for entertainment as well.

Step up the new car contender, the Kia Stinger GT S. It has all the makings of a practical family car with its hatchback boot, spacious interior and tons of kit. It also gets a 361bhp 3.3-litre V6 to keep things interesting. The price is £40,575, or £41,220 with metallic paint, which is the only option you can tick.

But, hang on, because there is a used alternative that’ll blow the Kia into the weeds when it comes to power: the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. It's barmy when you think about it, but this car was once £61,000 back in 2017, yet now you can get one for £43,000. It has a slightly smaller V6 engine, yet it packs a mighty 503bhp, all in a car that can seat five and has room in the back for a couple of golf bags.

So, should you do the sensible thing and go for a brand new Kia Stinger or go wild with a used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio? Time to find out which makes for the best buy.   

Kia Stinger GT S List Price: £40,575 Target price: £40,575 Official fuel economy: 27.7mpg (WLTP) Co2 emissions: 233g/km Power: 361bhp 0-62mph: 4.8sec Top speed: 168mph

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Price new: £61,000 Price today: £43,000* Official fuel economy: 27.2mpg (WLTP) CO2 emissions: 206g/km Power: 503bhp 0-62mph: 3.9sec Top speed: 191mph

*Price today is based on a 2017 model with average mileage and a full service history

New Kia Stinger vs used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – interior & equipment

You’ll be pleased to know, if you’ve spent any time in a regular Alfa Romeo Giulia, that there is an appreciable difference in quality inside a Quadrifoglio version. The dashboard is wrapped in leather, and all the bits of carbonfibre trim compare well with similar items found in equivalent Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS models. The huge aluminium gearshift paddles are gorgeous, too. You will still be able to find cheaper bits of plastic further down the dashboard and on the door cards that betrays their origins in lesser Giulias, but at least you’re not paying the full £60,000 the first owner did.

New Kia Stinger vs used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: which is best?

Thanks to the fact that the Quadrifoglio is the top-of-the-range Giulia, you get the full gamut of equipment from 19in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, xenon headlights, leather and alcantara seats, cruise control, six airbags, automatic emergency braking, blindspot monitoring and lane departure warning.

However, if it’s equipment that you’re after, you’ll need the Kia Stinger. It easily matches the Quadrifoglio for toys, but it also adds rear cross-traffic alert, an electric tailgate, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, a 360deg camera and a head-up display. There’s even an upgraded Harman Kardon stereo system for your listening pleasure.

As with the Giulia, the upper half of the interior is swathed in materials that are pleasant to the touch and all the controls feel well damped and very stout. As in the Giulia, there are still harder plastics further down, though.

New Kia Stinger vs used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: which is best?

Both infotainment systems in the Giulia and Stinger feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to make the most of your phone. The Giulia has the bigger screen, which is controlled via a rotary dial behind the gear selector, while the Stinger uses a touchscreen system that’s harder to operate on the move. However, it is quick to switch between menus and there are big icons to make things a little easier.

New Kia Stinger vs used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – space & practicality

It should be easy to get comfortable in a Giulia, because there is plenty of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel in order for the driver to get comfortable. Storage cubbies are numerous, but just make sure you don’t rest a parking ticket or credit card-sized object on the sliding cover in the centre console; it’s easily lost in the gap where it meets the dashboard.

Passengers in the back aren’t quite so well catered for, due to the sloping roof and narrow door opening, and three across the bench will be a cosy affair. The boot in the Giulia is fairly deep and can take a set or two of golf clubs and some holiday luggage. But, there isn’t a split-folding rear bench in any Quadrifoglio, so the holiday skis will need to go on a roof rack.

New Kia Stinger vs used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: which is best?

It’s even easier to find the ideal driving position in the Stinger, because there is electric adjustment not only for the seats but also the steering wheel. You feel nice and cocooned, too, because the door cards and centre console are quite high and the seats are mounted low for a sportier feel.

Much as it is with the Giulia, taller passengers in the back might find their hair brushing the roof and it’ll be a squeeze for three. Leg room is a touch more generous in the Giulia, but we’re talking about a matter of a few millimetres, so you’re unlikely to notice the difference.

What you will notice is the more practical hatchback design at the back, because this allows you to load taller items into the Stinger. You also get a 60/40 split-folding rear bench, which makes the Kia ideal for a trip to Ikea, or a tip run.

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