2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Genesis G80

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The G80 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional Surround View 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 E-Class Sedan and the G80 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Sedan has a standard 850-amp battery. The G80’s 740-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 E-Class Sedan’s reliability 20 points higher than the G80.

Engine

The AMG E 53 Sedan’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 9 more horsepower (429 vs. 420) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 383) than the G80 5.0’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Consumer Reports the E 300 Sedan is faster than the G80 3.8:

 

E-Class

G80

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG E 53 Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the G80 3.8 AWD (21 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the E-Class Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

 

 

E-Class

G80

 

RWD

300/Auto

22 city/30 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.8/Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/25 hwy

3.3T/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

5.0/Auto

AWD

300/Auto

21 city/29 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.8/Auto

 

450/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.3T/Auto

 

 

n/a

15 city/23 hwy

5.0/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the E-Class Sedan 53 AMG’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 E-Class Sedan’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.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Sedan higher (5 out of 10) than the Genesis G80 (3 to 5). This means the E-Class Sedan produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G80 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the G80.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG E 53 Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the G80:

 

AMG E 53 Sedan

G80 3.8

G80 3.3T Sport

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

12.4 inches

13 inches

The E-Class Sedan’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 E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the G80:

 

E-Class Sedan

G80

 

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The G80 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The E-Class Sedan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Class Sedan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The G80 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The G80 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .92 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the G80 5.0 (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

The Mercedes E-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 600 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the E 300 Sedan 4MATIC is quieter than the G80 5.0:

 

E-Class Sedan

G80

At idle

38 dB

39 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Sedan’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 E-Class Sedan has standard driver and 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 E-Class Sedan’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 E-Class Sedan the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows 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 fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The G80 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The E-Class Sedan’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the G80’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to .”

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the E-Class Sedan has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The G80 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Optional air conditioned seats in the E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The G80 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The E-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking 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 Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Genesis G80 isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mercedes E-Class Sedan and the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The E-Class was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The G80 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Genesis G80 by over four to one during the 2018 model year.

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