2021 G80 vs. 2021 Audi A6
Just when the sedan began losing steam in the automotive market, Genesis came along to breathe life back into this once-universal vehicle class. Their flagship G80 is a great example of how they’ve done this. It flaunts classy good looks, high value for its price point, and top-end comforts that’ll have you looking for excuses to go for a drive. The 2021 G80’s standard equipment contains features that are difficult to come by with the competition – unless you spend considerably more money. Genesis set out to make luxury affordable, and their G80 accomplishes that goal, especially against its European rivals. We looked at the 2021 Audi A6, a close contender, and compared its merits to those of the current G80 model. Read on to see what we found.
Pricing and Warranty
If you want to get the most bang for your buck, then the 2021 G80 is the car for you. With a starting MSRP of just $47,700, it beats out the A6’s $54,900 base MSRP by a good margin. Not only that, the G80 gets a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, both of which are tops in the industry. The A6’s basic and powertrain warranties are both only good for 4 years/50,0000 miles. The G80 also has a 3-year/36,000-mile complimentary maintenance plan that covers routine services like oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multipoint inspections. The A6 does not come with a complimentary maintenance plan, so the cost of routine service visits will come out of pocket.
Power and Performance
In addition to being highly sophisticated, the ’21 G80 is also a top athlete on the road. Its standard turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine whisks out 300 hp and 311 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard engine in the A6 is a less-powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 261 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Even the G80’s optional 3.5-liter V6 powerplant produces more power (375 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque) than the A6’s available 3.0-liter V6 (335 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque). Plus, the G80 has an eight-speed transmission versus the A6’s seven-speed, which helps the Genesis achieve a slight edge in highway fuel economy.
Standard and Optional Features
The entry-level G80 comes with enticing features that the A6’s base trim simply can’t compete with. For example, the RWD 2.5T G80 with the Standard Package has an infotainment system with a 14.5-inch touchscreen – significantly larger than the A6 Premium’s standard 8.8-inch touchscreen. Some other desirable features the G80 offers that the A6 doesn’t includes soft-close doors, an automatic parking system, a 21-speaker Lexicon audio system (the A6’s premier audio system has 19 speakers), and driver attention warning, which helps keep drivers alert and attentive to the road ahead.
Both the ’21 G80 and the ’21 A6 have an ample amount of cargo space, and although the A6 has a slight edge in this area (13.7 cubic feet vs. 13.1), its other shortcomings make this advantage rather negligible. The G80 does, however, provide more front leg room (42.5 inches) and more rear leg room (38.7 in.). The A6’s front legroom is 41.3 in., and its rear legroom is 37.4 in.