Comparing the 2021 Genesis G80 to the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Priced nearly $ 8,000 less, the 2021 Genesis G80 takes on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Both offer luxury, technology and sporty handling. This is how they compare. Above average: all-wheel drive available; many aids to the driver; unique looks; powerful V6 biturbo; optional adaptive suspension.

Below Average: No V8 or Hybrid option; lacks the brand prestige of competitors; small trunk. Consensus: A sleek and distinctive looking midsize sedan, the 2021 Genesis G80 offers comfort, style and luxury at a very competitive price point. The basic turbocharged 4-cylinder engine provides plenty of power, and a 3.5-liter V6 upgrade takes it to another level. The G80 comes generously equipped, with plenty of standard equipment including driver assistance and safety features. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Starting price: $ 55,300

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Mercedes-Benz

Above average: Wide variety of body styles, including coupe, sedan, cabriolet and wagon; choice of engine; holds its value well. Below average: expensive; narrow hindquarters; four-wheel drive is not available on all models. Consensus: With body styles ranging from coupe to sedan and convertible to wagon, paired with a wide variety of engines, there’s a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class for just about everyone. It‘s no wonder they start to get expensive and only get more, and the back seat is a bit comfortable. G80 vs. E-Class: Genesis G80 class and performance Having gone through a complete redesign for this year, the 2021 Genesis G80 is a striking mid-size sports luxury sedan that offers a lot at a very competitive price. The base engine is a 300-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, with a 3.5-liter V6 as an upgrade. No more optional V8 from last year. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive available as an option for a safer ride in the snow. Despite its size and generous interior, the G80 handles well and there’s even an optional sports suspension that uses cameras to read the road surface and adjust accordingly. Inside, there are comfortable and supportive seats, plenty of room for rear passengers, and a 14.5-inch infotainment screen operated by a console-mounted dial. Navigation and Apple AAPL, -3.48% CarPlay / Android Auto are supported as standard. Safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic collision avoidance. Not only does the G80 start thousands below its German competitors, it also offers a best-in-class 10-year / 100,000-mile warranty. Genesis is not yet branded from its competitors and there is no hybrid option available.Mercedes-Benz E-Class As mentioned above, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in a variety of body styles, including coupe, cabriolet, and wagon. For the purposes of this comparison, we will focus on the sedan. Built with the exceptional quality and attention to detail expected from Mercedes, the 2021 E-Class combines elegance with performance. The base sedan (E350) gets its power from a turbocharged 4-cylinder, using a 9-speed automatic to send that power to the rear or all wheels. It’s smooth, but what really gets our hearts pumping is the E450’s silky 6-cylinder turbocharged, which also includes a smooth hybrid system for extra power. If you’re really insane, there are two AMG variants, but these are almost in a class on their own, at 429 or 603 horsepower rather absurd. They also start in the $ 70,000 range and head for six figures. Inside, the cabin includes things like standard electrically adjustable heated seats, a navigation system, and the MBUX interface, operated by a touchscreen, touchpad, or buttons on the steering wheel. It also works by voice control. This 12.3-inch display is combined with the 12.3-inch display for the instrument cluster, both of which have numerous programming options. Speaking of options, they’re nearly endless and include air suspension, massage seats, a surround-view camera, panoramic sunroof, and a Burmester surround sound audio system. There are also a number of optional active safety and driver assistance systems. Similarities Base mpg; trunk size; sporty handling. 2021 Genesis G80 Advantages Much lower starting price; base power; longer warranty; eye-catching appearance. 2021 Mercedes-Benz Cachet E-Class Brand Advantages; touches of luxury; numerous body styles; Absurd AMG Variants Final Recommendation Given that the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class starts out nearly $ 8,000 higher than the 2021 Genesis G80, the question seems to be whether it’s worth the extra money. To a large extent, that depends on what the buyer can afford and how much the prestige of a 3-pointed star means. Still, the 2021 Genesis G80 is comfortable, luxurious, a bit more spacious, and great to drive, with a much lower price and a longer warranty. If you’re just looking for a top-notch midsize luxury sports sedan, choose the G80. This story was originally published on KBB.com.