2019 Genesis G80 vs. 2019 BMW 5 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer 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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the G80 and the 5 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

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 5 Series Sedan’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 BMW covers the 5 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 5 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G80 has a standard 740-amp battery. The 5 Series Sedan’s 570-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 5 Series Sedan’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 5 Series Sedan isn’t in the top three.

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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

Engine

The G80 has more powerful engines than the 5 Series Sedan:

 

Horsepower

Torque

G80 3.8 DOHC V6

311 HP

293 lbs.-ft.

G80 3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

G80 5.0 DOHC V8

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

530i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

540i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the G80 5.0 is faster than the 530i:

 

G80

5 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104.1 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G80 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on G80 3.3T Sport for maximum performance). The 5 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G80 has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 5 Series Sedan (20.3 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The G80 stops shorter than the 5 Series Sedan:

 

G80

5 Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the 5 Series Sedan (118.5 inches vs. 117.1 inches).

The G80 5.0 handles at .88 G’s, while the 530i pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan’s (36.2 feet vs. 39.5 feet). The G80’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan xDrive’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.1 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the G80 a Large car, while the 5 Series Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The G80 has 8.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 5 Series Sedan (107.7 vs. 98.8).

The G80 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 4.3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 5 Series Sedan.

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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The G80 3.8 AWD offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Genesis G80 and the BMW 5 Series Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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