2019 Cadillac XTS vs. 2019 Genesis G80

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XTS and G80 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XTS has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The G80’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XTS offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G80 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The XTS offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G80 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Compared to metal, the XTS’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the XTS and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac XTS is safer than the Genesis G80:

 

XTS

G80

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

11 lbs.

22 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

235/286 lbs.

268/514 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

35%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac XTS is safer than the Genesis G80:

 

XTS

G80

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

148 G’s

195 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

779 lbs.

857 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XTS’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XTS gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

 

 

 

MPG

XTS

 

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

 

V-Sport 3.6 turbo V6

16 city/23 hwy

G80

 

RWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

The XTS has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The G80 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The XTS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G80 3.8 are solid, not vented.

The XTS stops much shorter than the G80:

 

XTS

G80

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XTS has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the G80 3.8. The XTS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the G80.

Suspension and Handling

The rear suspension of the XTS uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the G80, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The XTS offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The G80 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The XTS handles at .85 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The XTS uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The G80 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the XTS is quieter than the G80 5.0 (66 vs. 70 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The XTS has a much larger trunk than the G80 (18 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

The XTS’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Towing

The XTS has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The G80 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the G80, the XTS Premium/Platinum/V-Sport has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XTS’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G80 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the XTS’ driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the XTS’ headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the G80’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

Optional air conditioned seats in the XTS keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

The XTS Premium/Platinum/V-Sport has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The G80 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The XTS FWD’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G80 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the XTS owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XTS will cost $85 to $6420 less than the G80 over a five-year period.

Recommendations

The Cadillac XTS has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

XTS

G80

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Cadillac XTS outsold the Genesis G80 by over two to one during 2018.

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