Posted on March 25, 2021
It is a battle that should have a predictable ending: the 2021 Kia K5 GT vs the 2021 BMW 330i. Everyone might assume that with all the talk about German engineering that the BMW 330i would handily beat the scrappy Korean mid-size sedan. Everyone would be wrong.
The GT model of the Kia K5 is the most powerful model available. It is fitted with a Theta 2.5-litre-III Turbo GDI engine, which delivers 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with an in-house eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 2021 Kia K5 GT comes standard with pretty much every offering that Kia has, including a 10.25-inch multimedia screen with navigation, Bose premium sound system, head-up display, memory driver seat, heated rear seats, air-cooled front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, every driver-assist feature Kia offers, and more.
In terms of features, the 2021 Kia K5 GT truly outshines the 2021 BMW 330i. Kia offers many more features at a price that is $10,000 less than the BMW.
Kia is not simply claiming that the K5 GT is outperforming the 330i without proof--AMCI Testing is an independent company that provides unbiased research and certified testing for product model automobiles. They provide a critical and truthful evaluation of products for automobile manufacturers.
AMCI recently tested the K5 GT vs the 330i with surprising results. Not only is the K5 quicker in a straight line, it also handles better during spirited driving. In a test from 0 to 60 miles per hour (mph), the Kia hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds while the 330i took 5.98 seconds to complete the same journey.
In terms of initial speed, the 2021 Kia K5 GT outperforms the 2021 BMW 330i.
The initial acceleration test was not the only one that the K5 GT and 330i went through. In addition, they were tested on quarter mile time and speed, 20-65 mph and 40-70 mph highway merging, slaloms, 180-degree corning, and double lane change testing in both dry and wet conditions.
The Kia outmuscled the BMW in the quarter mile time (14:21 vs 14:41) and quarter mile speed (103.3 mph vs 99.5 mph). In highway merging, the K5 GT only needed 327 feet to accelerate from 20 to 65 mph while the 330i needed an extra 47 feet.
To put it simply, the 2021 Kia K5 GT outmuscled the 2021 BMW 330i in almost every test. It is easy to see why--the Kia is the more powerful vehicle with 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque while the BMW only offers 286 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
In the head-to-head comparison testing performed by AMCI Testing, the 2021 Kia K5 GT outperforms and outmuscles the 2021 BMW 330i. The Kia K5 GT is the shining star of performance mid-size sedans with its power and multitude of standard safety and technology features.
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