Genesis G70 vs. Genesis G80
Luxury vehicles are one of life’s great pleasures, and Genesis makes that experience affordable for more drivers. While their lineup has recently expanded with an all-new SUV and another right behind it, two of Genesis’ stalwart sedans – the G70 and G80 – remain popular thanks to their great looks and value. Both were named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which gives potential buyers even more peace of mind. But these two upper-echelon automobiles have similarities as well as differences, which can make it tough to choose the one that’s best for you. The detailed comparison should be a good starting point before you head to Genesis of Fairfield for a test-drive.
The G70 is the smallest model in the Genesis lineup and is classified as a compact sedan, while the G80 is slightly larger and falls under the midsized sedan category. To give you a better understanding, the G70 is 184.4 inches long, whereas the G80 is 196.7 inches. Inside, the G70 provides 94 cubic feet of passenger space, and the G80 delivers 104 cu. ft. Regarding cargo space, the G70’s trunk offers 10 cu. ft. while the G80’s trunk yields 13 cu. ft. Both models can accommodate five passengers.
Athleticism is a core component of these two models, and there are two powerplants available for each. The G70 has a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 252 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, but there’s also an available turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that produces 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. The G80’s engine offerings are a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (300 hp and 311 lb.-ft. of torque) as the base and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (375 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque) as the optional upgrade.
Both use an eight-speed automatic transmission, but those who crave the full driving experience should note that a six-speed manual transmission is offered on the G70 with the 2.0-liter turbo. This satisfying stickshift also bumps the output up to 255 horses. Rear-wheel drive is standard for both sedan models, and all-wheel drive is available. So, while you’ll get more power with the G80, only the G70 will provide the complete experience that driving enthusiasts live for.
Aesthetically, the G70 and G80 are two undeniable head-turners, and although they’re similar in looks, the G70 has a leaner appearance against the more muscular G80. Most of their standard features overlap, too, as they both supply LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and power-adjustable front seats at the base trim level. Some of the available amenities on both are ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a head-up display, and wireless smartphone charging.
While the G80 carries a higher MSRP than the G70 ($36,000 vs. $47,700 starting), it’s not just because of the size difference: the larger car offers some truly high-end features that aren’t available with the G70, like soft-close doors, a digital gauge cluster, a 14.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 21-speaker Lexicon audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and a remote smart parking system. The G80’s more powerful engine selection factors into the price variation as well.