2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Genesis G80

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the S60 and G80 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 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 S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G80 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G80 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The S60 offers an optional 360° Camera 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 S60 and the G80 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.


The S60’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the G80’s (12 vs. 7 years).


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the S60 has a standard 800-amp battery. The G80’s 740-amp battery isn’t as powerful.


The S60 has more powerful engines than the G80:



S60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

295 lbs.-ft.

S60 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

472 lbs.-ft.

S60 Polestar T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

494 lbs.-ft.

G80 3.8 DOHC V6

293 lbs.-ft.

G80 3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

376 lbs.-ft.

G80 5.0 DOHC V8

383 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the S60 T6 is faster than the G80 3.8:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.2 MPH

97 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the S60 Polestar T8 is faster than the G80 5.0:




Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.9 MPH

102.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the G80 3.8 AWD (74 city/74 hwy MPGe vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the G80 3.8 AWD (29 city/34 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the G80:








T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/36 hwy



T8 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl. Hybrid

29 city/34 hwy



T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/32 hwy




3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy



3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy



5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy



3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy



3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy



5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

The S60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The G80 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’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 S60’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.

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The G80 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo S60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Genesis G80 (3 to 5). This means the S60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G80 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the G80:


S60 Polestar

G80 3.8

G80 3.3T Sport

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

The S60’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 S60 stops shorter than the G80:





60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The S60 R-Design AWD handles at .91 G’s, while the G80 3.8 AWD pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The S60 Polestar executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the G80 5.0 (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).


The Volvo S60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 1050 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

The S60 is 9.1 inches shorter than the G80, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The S60’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The G80 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the G80, the S60 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S60 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 S60 Inscription 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 S60’s optional Park Assist Pilot 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.


The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Genesis G80 by 55% during 2018.

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