2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Genesis G80

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XF and G80 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The G80’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XF Sport/S/Portfolio offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G80 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the XF and the G80 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Genesis pays for maintenance for the G80 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine

The XF’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 293) than the G80 3.8’s standard 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the XF S is faster than the G80 5.0:

 

XF

G80

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.1 MPH

102.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

XF Sedan

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

31 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

G80

 

RWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

 

3.3T turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

3.3T turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the XF’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G80 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XF’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

The XF’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G80 3.8 are solid, not vented.

The XF stops much shorter than the G80:

 

XF

G80

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G80 (255/35R20 vs. 245/40R19).

The XF’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G80’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The G80’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XF Sportbrake has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The G80 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The XF R-Sport Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XF S Sedan AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the G80 5.0 (25.5 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XF S Sedan AWD is quieter than the G80 5.0:

 

XF

G80

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

70 dB

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the G80 (17.8 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

The XF’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the G80, the XF Portfolio/S has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XF’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the G80.

If the windows are left open on the XF the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XF to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The G80 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Optional air conditioned seats in the XF (except Premium) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

The XF Sport/S/Portfolio’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G80 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Genesis G80 isn’t available as a station wagon.

Recommendations

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The G80 has never been an “All Star.”

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