2019 Genesis G80 vs. 2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The G80’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Volvo S60 Cross Country has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the G80 and the S60 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G80 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 Cross Country was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2017.


The G80 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The S60 Cross Country’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G80 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60 Cross Country. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 Cross Country ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 18 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G80’s warranty.


The battery on the G80 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G80’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The S60 Cross Country’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G80 second among midsize premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The S60 Cross Country isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.


The G80 3.8’s standard 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 71 more horsepower (311 vs. 240) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (293 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The G80 3.3T Sport’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 125 more horsepower (365 vs. 240) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The G80 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 180 more horsepower (420 vs. 240) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The G80 has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 Cross Country (20.3 vs. 17.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G80’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S60 Cross Country:


G80 3.8

G80 3.3T


Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

The G80 3.3T Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the S60 Cross Country are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the G80 has larger standard tires than the S60 Cross Country (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18). The G80’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 Cross Country (F:245/40R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 235/50R18).

The G80 3.8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires. The G80’s optional 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the S60 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The G80 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The S60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The G80 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The S60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 9.3 inches longer than on the S60 Cross Country (118.5 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G80 is .2 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S60 Cross Country.

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the S60 Cross Country’s (36.2 feet vs. 37.8 feet). The G80’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the S60 Cross Country’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the G80 a Large car, while the S60 Cross Country is rated a Compact.

The G80 has 14.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 Cross Country (107.7 vs. 93).

The G80 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60 Cross Country.

Cargo Capacity

The G80 has a much larger trunk than the S60 Cross Country (15.3 vs. 12 cubic feet).

The S60 Cross Country’s spare tire is stored in the cargo area, where it diminishes the useable cargo capacity and interferes with loading and unloading. The G80’s spare is out of the way under the trunk floor.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the G80’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The G80 also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the G80 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60 Cross Country. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

The G80 has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.


The G80’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The G80 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the G80 has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air conditioned seats in the G80 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

Model Availability

The G80 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the G80 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the G80 with a number “” insurance rate while the S60 Cross Country is rated higher at a number “5” rate.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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