2021 G80 vs. 2021 G90
Genesis is the clear leader in manufacturing ultra-stylish and affordable luxury vehicles. While the lineup continues to grow, two of the stalwarts, the G80 and G90 sedans, rank highly in their respective segments: midsized and full-sized luxury sedans. They’re both outfitted with an array of desirable features and upscale technologies, but they’re not merely sibling models that differ in size alone. If you’re in the market but aren’t quite sure which model suits you better, this page may help, as we compare the two prime sedans in a few crucial areas.
Size and Style
The design of these two models is similar in many respects: there’s no mistaking that they’re related. However, the G80 appears more boldly confident and athletic overall, while the G90 gives off a more sophisticated and elegant aura. If you prefer a vehicle that’s relatively compact and nimble, then the midsized G80 may be a natural choice for you. But if you’re all about maximum space and presence, the full-sized G90 is the way to go. The G90 also has 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space – 2.6 cu. ft. more than the trunk space in the G80. And while both models can seat up to five passengers very comfortably, the G90 offers a bit more passenger volume. The G90 is larger, falling under the classification of a full-size sedan. While it’s a bit more elegant and sophisticated in the looks department, both the G80 and G90 flaunt highly upscale designs with their luxurious diamond-shaped grilles and sleek lines.
Pricing – and What You’ll Get for It
Although the G80 and G90 are premium vehicles that supply features you’d typically find in a European luxury car, neither Genesis model will cost you as much as the same-size bracket of the big three German-made luxury automakers. The G80’s starting MSRP of $47,700 is hard to resist, especially considering its noteworthy performance and upscale equipment. While the G90 has a starting price of $72,950, it’s a sedan with few peers, sharing rarefied luxury status with the likes of the BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS. Some of its standard features are an adaptive control suspension, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, dual-pane insulated acoustic glass, power soft-close doors, a power rear sunshade, a hands-free trunk, a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger, premium Nappa leather upholstery, and ventilated front seats. The G90’s 5.0 trim adds some highbrow standard features to its second row: ventilated seats with memory, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a video entertainment system with dual 10.3-inch screens (it’s exceedingly rare for a sedan to have a rear entertainment system).
The G80 qualifies for many of the features found in the base-level G90 (although not the super-luxurious features just mentioned for the G90 5.0). To get a G80 that’s equipped similarly to a base G90, buyers can upgrade the base G80 with the Advanced Package or Prestige Package, or simply choose the G80 3.5T. The 3.5T offers its own versions of the Advanced and Prestige packages. These additions can bring the price of the G80 into the neighborhood of the entry-level G90. Genesis uses a straightforward approach with the G90, loading each trim with standard equipment instead of offering optional packages, which explains the significant price jump from the G80.
Advanced Safety Technology
If you’re looking at driver-assist technology as a potential differentiator, note that both models are outfitted with a long list of advanced driver aids that use state-of-the-art technology. Among the standard features on both are forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping and following assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, rear cross-traffic alert, highway driving assist, safe exit assist. While the G90 also gets a standard surround view monitor, adaptive cruise control, and a blind-spot view monitor, these features are available on the G80 for an added cost.
Both the G80 and G90 are high-performing four-doors with impressive driving dynamics and pleasing power. The G80’s standard turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 300 hp and 311 lb.-ft. of torque, and there’s an available turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 375 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque, for those who crave a little more gusto. An eight-speed automatic transmission matches up to both powerplants, and while rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available. The G90 also has an eight-speed automatic, standard RWD or optional AWD, and a choice of two engines. The first is a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that whisks out 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque, and the other is a 5.0-liter V8 making 420 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque.