2019 Genesis G80 vs. 2019 Audi A6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Audi A6 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The G80 has standard Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A6 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The G80’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A6 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G80 and the A6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G80 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A6 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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 A6’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 Audi covers the A6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A6 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G80 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A6.

There are over 16 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G80’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G80 second among midsize premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The A6 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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The G80 3.3T Sport’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 369) than the A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The G80 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 85 more horsepower (420 vs. 335) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 369) than the A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The G80 has a gallon more fuel capacity than the A6 (20.3 vs. 19.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Genesis G80, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A6.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G80’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A6:

 

G80 3.8

G80 3.3T Sport

A6

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

13.3 inches

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the A6 (118.5 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G80 is 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A6.

Chassis

The design of the Genesis G80 amounts to more than styling. The G80 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the A6 (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the G80 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The G80 has 3.1 inches more front headroom, 4.4 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the A6.

Cargo Capacity

The G80 has a much larger trunk than the A6 (15.3 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The G80 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Model Availability

The G80 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A6 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

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