The 2020 Genesis G70 is a compact luxury sports sedan that has quickly made a name for itself, proving to be a formidable rival for the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series. Anaheim Genesis shoppers appreciate the G70’s incredible driving dynamics, ample safety technology equipment, and long list of features that come standard. The Genesis G70 recently won the North American Car of the Year Award.
The 2020 Genesis G80 is the brand’s midsize luxury sedan. Slotting between the G70 and G90, the G80 provides an enjoyable ride that will keep Anaheim Genesis commuters very comfortable while driving to and from the office. It offers buyers all the features of rival vehicles, with a price tag that’s a lot less costly.
We’ll compare these two sedans and explain their differences, so you can determine which one is right for you.
The G70 is equipped with a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. There’s an optional turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that puts out 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are connected to a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. Buyers looking for a manual transmission can get a six-speed manual as an option with the four-cylinder engine. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available, although the manual transmission is rear-wheel drive only.
The G80 is powered by a standard 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of twist, teamed to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are two available powerplants. A 3.3-liter V6 develops 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, mated to a sport-tuned version of the eight-speed automatic. A 5.0-liter V8 puts out 420 hp and 383 lb-ft, connected to the eight-speed automatic. All models get standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
You’ll get the best fuel economy from the 2020 G70, which returns up to an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway for the turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.* The Genesis G80 gets up to 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway with the standard 3.8-liter V6 and rear-wheel drive.
The Genesis G70 comes with a host of standard features, including power door and windows, a rearview camera, cruise control and climate control. Options include leather upholstery, Brembo brakes and Dynamic Torque Vectoring.
The Genesis G-80 includes power door and windows, power side mirrors, cruise control, climate control, steering wheel-mounted controls and a rearview camera. Options include dual mode all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes and Nappa leather.
The 2020 Genesis G70 costs less than the G80. The G70 has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at $35,450, while the G80 has a starting MSRP of $42,550. These aren’t the prices you’ll pay at the dealership. We use the MSRP to compare the relative cost of these two models.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.