April 6

Car Comparison: 2023 Kia K5 GT vs BMW 330i


The 2023 versions of the Kia K5 GT and the BMW 330i are both remarkable sedans with impressive features and options. Here we’ll take a close look at each one to determine which comes out on top.

Core Features and Performance Statistics

Both of these sedans are available with one engine option, but there is more to tell about their impressive performance capabilities.

Under the Hood of the 2023 Kia K5 GT

The GT trim level of the 2023 Kia K5 comes with a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine granting 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. It also comes set up with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This kind of transmission provides better fuel economy ratings than standard automatic transmissions of the same size and shifts far more smoothly than auto-manual or manual transmissions of the same size. Dual-clutch transmissions are particularly sought-after by performance-minded drivers. 

This combination allows the 2023 Kia K5 GT to make the sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. That puts it in a position to conquer most of the vehicles in its class. The vehicles that outpace it within its segment are far less affordable than the K5 GT, so drivers get a lot of bang for their buck with this sedan.

Under the Hood of the 2023 BMW 330i

The engine for the 2023 BMW 330i is a 2.0-liter intercooled turbo premium gas inline-four version generating 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It comes tied to an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

The intercooled aspect of the engine grants a power boost and reduces the thermal load. Keep in mind that this engine must run on premium gas, making the 2023 BMW 330i a more expensive vehicle to operate on a day-to-day basis. Like the 2023 Kia K5 GT, the BMW makes the sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, so its acceleration matches even though its power does not.

The MSRP for the BMW 330i is $12,000 higher than its competitor above, so drivers are paying more for less power in this category. The 2023 Kia K5 GT comes out on top under the hood.

Entertainment, Comfort, and Convenience Features

Mechanical components are important aspects of any vehicle, but it’s the cabin features that form the feel of each drive the most.

The 2023 Kia K5 GT Cabin Experience

The 2023 Kia K5 GT is available with a six-speaker sound system, a turn-by-turn GPS navigation system, speed-compensated volume control, a radio data system, and steering wheel controls for the sound system. Its 10.25-inch infotainment system comes with satellite radio, telematics, high-definition radio, and voice recognition capabilities, as well as Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto program suites.

The standard comfort features of the 2023 Kia K5 GT include center-set front and rear armrests, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a tilting and telescoping steering column, leather interior trim, a urethane gear shifter, a driver’s footrest, and an air filtration system. Comfort options include a sport-class leather and metal-look steering wheel, heated eight-way power-adjustable sport-class bucket seats with lumbar supports, an HVAC system with console and under-seat ducts, SynTex synthetic leather upholstery with red piping and GT badges, and piano-black, chrome, and metal-look interior trim.

Standard convenience features for the 2023 Kia K5 GT include auto-locking doors, a full floor console, a mini overhead console, a 12-volt DC power outlet, a day-night rearview mirror, and cruise control with steering wheel controls. Optional convenience features include smart device remote engine start, one-touch up-and-down power windows, front and rear map lighting, and a GPS tracker system. 

The GPS tracker system has two uses. It allows drivers to locate their vehicle through the Kia smart device app and allows authorities to locate the vehicle in the event that it is taken without permission. This Kia’s key fob features remote engine start and cargo access features.

The 2023 BMW 330i Cabin Experience

The 2023 BMW 330i is available with a 10-speaker high-fidelity sound system, a 205-watt amplifier, a one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, a real-time traffic display, a window grid diversity antenna, and speed-compensated volume control. It does not come with a standard-format high-set infotainment system, but it does come with voice-activated radio and a curved BMW teleservices display.

Standard comfort features in the 2023 BMW 330i include perforated Sensatec upholstery, a sport leather steering wheel, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a tilting and telescoping steering column, a rear HVAC system with stand-alone controls, two-way power-adjustable sport front seats, leatherette interior trim, a sliding front-center armrest, and a leather and metal-look gear shifter. There are no comfort options for this vehicle.

Standard convenience features in the 2023 BMW 330i include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto app mirroring, BMW eCall, Bluetooth Plus, a valet function, BMW Connected Drive services for $50 a year, fade-to-off interior lighting, a compass, a redundant speedometer, a proximity key for push-button start, driver’s seat and sideview mirror memory settings, three 12-volt DC power outlets, and a key fob with sunroof and trunk latch controls. There are no optional convenience features in the 2023 BMW 330i.

The Verdict

The BMW 330i has some interesting cabin features but no optional features of any kind. The Kia, on the other hand, is much more customizable, allowing drivers to save money by leaving out features they might not use often. The Kia infotainment system requires no subscription for normal operation, while the integrated BMW Connected Drive system does. It is clear that the Kia K5 GT comes out on top in terms of cabin experience in every way but speaker count. Between the higher ticket price, the repeating subscription fees for satellite radio and basic integrated digital system use, and the

The 2023 Kia K5 GT tops the 2023 BMW 330i in almost every mechanical and cabin-based respect. Find out more about this incredible Kia sedan or any of our other models at Huffines Kia of Corinth, Texas. Reach out to us and our experienced and kind team members will gladly help you configure your ideal K5 GT. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. We are always closed on Sundays.


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