An entry-level Stinger GT-Line with the 2.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine will set you back from £32,025. At this price point, a generous level of standard equipment includes 18in alloys, heated front seats and steering wheel, satellite navigation and a comprehensive suite of driver aids and safety systems.

Stepping up to mid-spec GT-Line S adds: an electrically operated sunroof; LED headlights with automatic levelling and a dynamic cornering function; ventilated front seats; a 360deg around-view monitor; wireless smartphone charging and a powered tailgate. For that Kia charges a £3500 premium over the GT-Line.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

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A premium badge shows its worth: an Audi A5 Sportback depreciates less than the Kia or a Volkswagen Arteon by a considerable margin.

By comparison, a similarly specced, albeit less powerful, Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI would cost nearly £43,000. That’s a premium of almost £7000 over the most basic 2.0 TFSI in the German manufacturer’s range.

Meanwhile, the range-topping Stinger GT S, with its V6 engine and adaptive damping system, is priced from £40,535.

It’s also worth remembering that all Stingers across the range are covered by Kia’s seven-year warranty as standard.

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Although the Kia may be the more attractive choice in terms of initial outlay, however, the A5’s premium badge will pay dividends when the time to sell arrives. Our experts predict the Stinger will retain 43% of its value after three years and 36,000 miles. The Audi, meanwhile, is forecasted to hold on to 50% of its sticker price over the same period.

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