The 2022 Genesis G80 is a good representation of the new era of luxury vehicles. Gone are the days where only the rich could afford to live in the lap of luxury: an upscale driving experience can now be enjoyed at a more affordable level. Sure, there are still expensive models out there, but Genesis goes against the grain by pricing its models at a point that more buyers can reach. One of the midsized G80 sedan’s closest competitors is the storied BMW 5 Series. And while the 5 Series established its stellar reputation decades ago, the relatively new G80 (which arrived in 2017) gives it quite a battle, surpassing it in a few significant areas. Are you curious to see how Korea’s luxury make stacks up to its German-engineered competitor? We’ll go through the details below.
Affordability and Value-Added Coverage
Shoppers in this segment will immediately notice the G80’s lower price tag. For starters, the base 2.5T Standard begins at $48,250, while the entry-level 5 Series 530i’s MSRP is $54,200. But that’s not all. The G80’s warranty plan is also superior: it gets 5 years/60,000 miles basic and 10 years/100,000 miles powertrain, compared to the 5 Series’ new vehicle limited warranty spanning 4 years/50,000 miles. While both manufacturers include 3 years/36,000 miles of scheduled maintenance (oil/filter changes and tire rotations), Genesis is more generous with its roadside assistance coverage, granting 60 months versus BMW’s 48 months.
These four-doors are in the midsized luxury class, and so both the G80 and 5 Series present an exceptional suite of amenities. The Genesis G80, though, has a bit of an edge over the BMW 5 Series. Although the 2022 G80 2.5T with the Advanced Package added ($52,850) costs less than the base 530i ($54,200), it has more features. The highlights of the G80 2.5T Advanced are a hands-free trunk, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and an infotainment system with a 14.5-inch touchscreen and a 21-speaker audio system. The 530i lacks a hands-free trunk and heated front seats, its touchscreen is more than 2 inches smaller (12.3 inches), and its audio system only has 12 speakers.
A few notable goods are exclusive to the G80 too, like Digital Key (this lets your smartphone act as the vehicle’s key fob), an automatic parking assist system, soft-close doors that catch as they’re being closed and gently pull shut, wireless phone charging, a surround-view camera system, and a unique 12.3-inch 3D digital gauge cluster (the 5 Series also offers a 12.3-inch digital cluster, but it’s not 3D). The ’22 G80 also has two-plus inches more rear-seat legroom (38.7 inches) than the 5 Series (36.5 inches).
Advanced Safety Systems
The G80 2.5T Advanced also wins in the category of active safety features. It has forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention alert, and safe exit assist. The 530i only gets forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warning as standard. BMW does offer additional driver-assist technologies similar to those listed for the G80, but they are costly options that drive up the sticker price.
The 2022 G80 outdoes the 2022 5 Series in engine output. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 300 hp and 311 lb.-ft. of torque, and the available upgrade, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, makes 375 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. On the other side, the 5 Series’ base powerplant is a turbocharged 2.0-liter that produces 248 hp and 257 lb.-ft. of torque, and its optional turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 churns out 335 hp and 331 lb.-ft. of torque.