Genesis G90 vs. Genesis G80

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - March 10, 2020

Since its debut in 2015, Genesis has made a name for itself as a maker of luxury sedans that can trade punches with the big names, at a far lower price. The brand’s two oldest models, the Genesis G80 and Genesis G90 are prime examples of this.

As mid and full-size luxury sedans, the G80 and G90 have much in common but a few key differences. Here’s our breakdown.

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What the G90 Gets Right

The biggest difference between these two models is size. Where the G80 is a midsize sedan that competes with the likes of the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series, the G90 is a full-size car competing with titans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

As such, the G90 has the edge on interior space. An advantage of 8 inches in length pays off in nearly 3 extra inches of rear legroom. The G90’s styling is flashier, and it has more visual presence on the road.

As befits a flagship model, the G90 starts with more power. The base G90 gets a turbocharged V6 producing 365 horsepower, compared to 311 hp in a base G80.

Through most of the range, the G90 has more (and better) creature comforts. A 22-way power driver’s seat, a generous 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, and ventilated rear seats are all features that the G80 can’t match.

What the G80 Gets Right

The G90 is the larger car, but it charges a premium for the size. The G80 starts nearly $30,000 less than a base G90 – you could buy another car with the difference.

For the price, it provides a surprising number of the same features, starting with powertrains. Although a base G80 uses a simpler 3.8-liter engine, both the engines in the G90 are available as options. Even when equipped with the 3.3-liter turbo V6 found in the base G90, the G80 is over $15,000 cheaper.

Although the features in the G80 might not be quite as impressive, by no means are they shabby. The midrange 3.3T Sport G80 gets Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats in both rows, a head-up display, wireless charging, and a premium sound system – an impressive kit for how much money it saves. The G80 even keeps up well on cargo space, trailing the G90 by less than half a cubic foot.

Being the smaller (and lighter) car, the G80 ekes out a small victory in efficiency, but it’s a hollow one. Neither car is particularly fuel-efficient for the class. More relevant to most buyers will be the looks, where the G80 impresses with a sleek shape that stays conservative without ever being boring.

Finding the Right Fit

Choosing between these two cars is primarily a decision of size. The G90 comes with more – more space, more features, and more power (to start, at least). The G80 is all about value. It’s a smaller sedan, but it can house the same engines and many of the same features for thousands less.

Our Verdict: Genesis G80

As a brand, Genesis is all about delivering luxury for less. The G80 is a worthy embodiment of this mission, and it’s a surprisingly polished car for the price. That said, there’s a case to be made for both these cars – the luxury establishment should consider themselves warned.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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