2021 Volvo S60 vs. 2020 Genesis G80

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Genesis G80 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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.

Both the S60 and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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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.

Engine

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The S60 Recharge’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 383) than the G80 5.0’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8.

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

S60

G80

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

MPGe

S60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

G80

MPG

RWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

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

MPG

S60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

G80

RWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

The S60 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 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

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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

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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 much shorter than the G80:

S60

G80

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The S60 R-Design AWD handles at .94 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver 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).

Chassis

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The Volvo S60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 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.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the S60 Momentum is quieter than the G80 5.0 (68 vs. 70 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the S60 easier. The S60’s trunk lift-over height is 26 inches, while the G80’s liftover is 27.5 inches.

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 optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The G80 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The S60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The G80 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the G80, the S60 R-Design/Inscription has a 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.

If the windows are left open on the S60 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 nozzles are optional 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.

Consumer Reports rated the S60’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the G80’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The S60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the G80.

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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the S60 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the S60 will cost $3670 less than the G80 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the S60 is less expensive to operate than the G80 because it costs $136 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the S60 than the G80, including $5 less for front brake pads, $115 less for front struts, $755 less for a timing belt/chain and $536 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo S60 will be $3827 to $6911 less than for the Genesis G80.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the S60 second among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The G80 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Genesis G80 by almost three to one during 2019.

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