The Kia K5 is Out-Performing the Best in Its Class
Recently, an automotive consulting group, Automotive Marketing Consultants, Inc. (AMCI) Testing, conducted a series of tests between Kia and BMW. You may be surprised to find it out, but AMCI found the front-wheel drive 2021 Kia K5 GT outperformed the rear-wheel drive 2020 BMW 330i.
The Kia K5 AWD is a reboot of the Kia Optima, and the Kia K5 horsepower is an impressive 290 with the Kia turbocharged K5 engine and dual-clutch transmission. Compared to the 2020 BMW 330i, the Kia Optima K5 2021has better cornering and better overall handling performance. Additionally, the Kia K5 0-60 mph is quicker than the German manufacturer’s so called Ultimate Driving Machine.
2021 Kia K5 Model
After the Kia K5 2021 review, it is clear that the vehicle is superior in its class. Indicative of the evolution of the sedan, the Kia K5 features a driver-oriented cockpit, advanced technology, turbocharged engines, stability enhancing wide-track suspension, up to 311 lb.-ft. of torque, All Weather Drive options, and an all-new platform. It also has five available trims: the LX, the LXS, the GT-Line, the EX, and the GT. With all of this, the sporty mid-size sedan will completely transform your driving experience.
Comparing the Kia K5 2021 and the BMW 330i 2020
In order to compare the Kia and the BMW, AMCI Testing conducted seven trials on temporary cone courses on a runway. The tests include measuring 0-60 mph speed, quarter mile time and trap speed, 20-65 mph highway merging, 40-70 mph highway passing, dry/wet slalom, dry/wet 18-degree corner, and dry/wet double lane change (evasive maneuver).
In terms of acceleration, the Kia K5 GT takes top honors by reaching 0 to 60 mph in 5.70 seconds while the BMW took 5.98 seconds. With this advantage, the Kia offers a quarter-mile time of 14.21 seconds and a trap speed of 103.3 mph. On the other hand, the BMW 330i had a quarter-mile time of 14.41 seconds and a trap speed of 99.5 mph. These results indicate the Kia has a better overall performance with powerful and functional handling.
Moreover, the Kia K5 needed less tarmac space to get from 20-65 mph, which is important for highway merging. While the Kia only needed 327 feet, the BMW required 374 feet. This trend continued when AMCI Testing conducted a similar test of 40-70 mph for highway passing.
Because the Kia K5 GT’s stability control cannot be shut completely off while the BMW’s can, it has an advantage in handling. While the K5 pulled 0.947 g in the fast 180-degree corner test, the BMW pulled 0.920 g. Additionally, the Kia managed the slalom 1 mph faster with 59.05 mph compared to the BMW’s 60.27 mph. While these differences seem minor, they become important when in the right conditions, the BMW 330i is spinning out while the Kia K5 is carrying on its path.
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