2019 Genesis G80 vs. 2019 Jaguar XF

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 XF 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 Jaguar XF doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the G80 and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, 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 XF has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G80 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the XF. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XF ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The G80’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XF’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many Genesis dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the G80’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the G80’s reliability 30 points higher than the XF.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G80 second among midsize premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XF 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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine

The G80 has more powerful engines than the XF:

 

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.

XF 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XF 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XF S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the G80 3.3T Sport is faster than the XF S:

 

G80

XF

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.2 sec

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 XF requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G80 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF Diesel’s standard fuel tank (20.3 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

G80 3.8

G80 3.3T Sport

XF 25t/20d

XF 30t/S

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

The G80 stops much shorter than the XF:

 

G80

XF

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the XF (118.5 inches vs. 116.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G80 is .9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The G80 5.0 handles at .88 G’s, while the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G80 3.8 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD (26.2 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the XF’s (36.2 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The G80’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the XF’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

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 XF (.28 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the G80 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the G80 5.0 is quieter than the XF S Sedan AWD (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The G80 has 12.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (107.7 vs. 95).

The G80 has 4 inches more front headroom, 4.2 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the XF Sedan.

Ergonomics

The G80 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XF doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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

The Genesis G80 outsold the Jaguar XF by almost four to one during the 2018 model year.

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