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Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI Drag Races Kia Stinger 2.2 CRDi, Diesel Wins

The Stinger won't stop people from buying SUVs, but it will make some people say "alright Kia, I see you. You're cool." The four-door Korean sports vehicle has been compared to every kind of sedan out there, but today we're going to see how it stacks up against an Audi A5.
Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI Drag Races Kia Stinger 2.2 CRDi, Diesel Wins 3 photos
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Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI Drag Races Kia Stinger 2.2 CRDi, Diesel WinsAudi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI Drag Races Kia Stinger 2.2 CRDi, Diesel Wins
There's something about the A5 Sportback that we don't like. The owners always have that smug expression like they're better than everyone else, even though they usually only have a four-cylinder engine. Certainly, the Stinger can show Audi who's boss, right? Well, as it turns out, no.

This video isn't the first where the A5 and Stinger have been compared - it's a British thing. But while Fifth Gear got the S5 together with the V6-powered Stinger GT, this clip is all about those base diesel models.

Try as it might, Audi can't get rid of the 2.0 TDI in Europe. It's what everybody wants, and this A5 Sportback has been configured with the 190 HP, 400 Nm version, quattro, and the S tronic gearbox. Meanwhile, the Stinger uses a 2.2-liter CRDi diesel engine with 200 HP and 440 Nm, similar to the one in the Sorento.

So the specs initially favor the Stinger, but that's not the end of the story. Mainly due to its platform, the Korean car is about 200 kilograms (440 lbs) heavier than the A5 Sportback. And even though the official specs say Kia would be faster from 0 to 100 km/h (7.7s vs. 7.9s), that's not what we see in this independent drag race from Parkers.

Even though these are diesels, we bet that most people who buy the two cars will do at least one drag race. But speed has nothing to do with the ownership experience. If you want to hear how Audi makes excellent interiors for the millionth time, check out the comparison review.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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