2019 Genesis G80 vs. 2019 Maserati Quattroporte

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 Quattroporte 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 Maserati Quattroporte has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Quattroporte doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The G80 has standard Connected Care, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the G80 and the Quattroporte 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, 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 Quattroporte 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 Quattroporte’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 Maserati covers the Quattroporte. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Quattroporte ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The G80’s corrosion warranty is 3 years and unlimited miles longer than the Quattroporte’s (7/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

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. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Quattroporte.

There are over 3 times as many Genesis dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much 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 Quattroporte isn’t in the top three in its category.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

G80

Quattroporte

 

RWD

3.8/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

 

3.3T/Auto

17 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

S/Auto

 

5.0/Auto

16 city/24 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

GTS/Auto

AWD

3.8/Auto

18 city/24 hwy

n/a

 

 

3.3T/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

S/Auto

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

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Genesis G80 higher (3 to 5 out of 10) than the Maserati Quattroporte (1). This means the G80 produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Quattroporte every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Quattroporte’s (36.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The G80’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Quattroporte’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The G80 is 10.7 inches shorter than the Quattroporte, making the G80 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Genesis G80 amounts to more than styling. The G80 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Quattroporte (.31) 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 2.5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Quattroporte.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the G80 offers cargo security. The Quattroporte’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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 Quattroporte 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 Quattroporte doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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

The Genesis G80 outsold the Maserati Quattroporte by almost 10 to one during 2017.

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