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Pitting the Kia Stinger GT vs Audi A5 Sportback

Comparing the Kia Stinger GT and Audi A5 Sportback is monumental because up until Kia threw its own in the ring, there are only a few competitors in the four-door fastback category.

Kia Stinger

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Although it was a latecomer, Kia was bold in its move, designing the four-door Stinger fastback with hood vents, tiger-nose grille, unique LED headlamps, and a throng of other athletic elements.

The Stinger also has a “jazzed up” wheels, a beautifully sloping roof, and a silver trim that runs along the windows to the rear of the vehicle. Turning to the rear, you’ll find that Kia fitted the Stinger with dual exhaust tailpipes, thin taillights, and angular vents.

Inside, you can expect a more premium feel for the Stinger GT. There’s Nappa leather seat covers, large touchscreen on top of the dash, and circular air vents reminiscent of a Mercedes.

Audi A5 Sportback

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The Audi A5 Sportback, on the other hand, boasts of its spacious cargo area, which owners can access through a liftgate at the rear of the car. The rear seats can be folded down to further expand the already spacious cargo area.

On the outside, the Stinger GT trumps out the A5 Sportback’s reservations to be bold and more alluring that the A4. It shares the Stinger GT’s side vent near the front door, and the Sportback’s character lines aren’t as tamed as the ones on the Kia.

The interior is where the actual competition happens. Audi carved out more space for the cabin. It has better cargo space, leg room, and even shoulder room. The only element where Kia won over is the ample headroom, which is lacking in the A5 Sportback.

The dashboard is based on the MLB Evo platform. It includes the sat-nav as standard, though you can opt for the Virtual Cockpit. If only based on the dashboard, we have to choose the Sportback over the Stinger. There is no competition when it comes to Audi’s cockpit. It’s still the best in the market today.

The Brand New Audi S5 Revealed

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Audi has finally revealed its brand new Audi A5 and S5 Coupes, which will give the BMW 4-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe a run for their money. The Audi S5 is decidedly faster, more efficient, and even lighter than before.

But this is exactly what we are expecting from the S5. Recently unveiled, the S5 followed Audi’s new design DNA with a flatter grille, long bonnet and shorter overhangs. The one that we have been most looking forward to is the S5, which is more powerful compared to the A5.

The new S5 will carry the 3.0-liter V6, which is now turbocharged to produce 349 horsepower, which is 20 horsepower more than the outgoing S5 Coupe. It also has an eight-speed auto—a standard fit for the four-wheel drive.

The Audi S5 is so equipped that it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. In comparison, the closest the BMW can get is the 440i, which has 322 horsepower and can go 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds or 5.4 seconds for the auto transmission.

As for the Mercedes-Benz, it got the AMG C43, which produces 362mph and can go 0-62mph in just 4 seconds.

On the other hand, the regular A5, which is more likely to be the more popular of the two coupes, will have the option of either a 2.0-liter turbo petrol or a 2.0-liter diesel. You may also choose a pair of 3.0-liter TDIs with power ranging from 187bhp to 282bhp.

For the lesser cars, there’s the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto. The diesel option and the S5 can get the eight-speed transmission.

The cars will come with an all-new chassis, which can be equipped with adaptive dampers and dynamic steering. Either way, the A5 will have no trouble handling “narrow, winding mountain roads and long trips on the Autobahn with equal aplomb.”

Audi A5 Sportback To Arrive In US

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Good news for Audi lovers in the United States of America! The Audi A5 Sportback will likely come to the US when the A5 lineup is redesigned next year. According to Car and Driver, the info was shared by Audi CEO Scott Keough, who said that the next-generation Audi A5 would offer a third body style in the States once it launches in 2017.

The five-door Sportback, which is only a Europe-only four-door hatchback in the shadow of the larger Audi A7, will be the one to arrive in the States since the A5 coupe and convertible versions (the two other body styles) are already being delivered in the US.

The arrival of the A5 Sportback would make a competition out of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe. In Europe, Audi sells the Sportback with a number of powertrains, including gas, diesel and S performance varieties.

In the US, that means buyers can choose whether they want a front- or all-wheel drive machines.

However, even when there’s good news from Audi, there’s a downside too. The new 2017 Audi A4 won’t offer a TDI diesel option as previously reported. This went against Audi’s plan to market it in the US. Keough said the decision was based on current market trends rather than the company’s diesel emission scandal.

That a little hard to believe since the A4 market is gearing towards the diesel option. Furthermore, the BMW 3-series is offering a diesel-powered 328d variant while the Mercedes Benz C-class diesel will arrive this Spring.

This means the US-bound A4 will only have one engine—a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder. The high-performance A4, on the other hand, will have the same turbocharged V-6, much like the Euro-spec S4.

Announcement for the A5 Sportback will probably come before the second quarter of 2017, when it is also expected to go on sale.

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