At first blush, the 2021 Genesis G70 and G80 can look almost —if not exactly — alike. Choosing between these luxury sedans really comes down to what you want out of your everyday experience. Let’s go in for a closer look at each midsize sedan.
The 2021 Genesis G70 is the more attainable luxury sedan, with a starting MSRP of $36,000. Of course, that means that it doesn’t come standard with as many features as the more luxurious 2021 Genesis G80, which starts at $47,700.
Both Genesis luxury sedans offer a silky smooth ride and impressive power, but the G80 will definitely beat the G70 in a race.
The 2021 Genesis G70 offers two engine options:
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. However, you can choose to pair the standard engine with a sporty six-speed manual transmission — an option you don’t see very often in the luxury sedan segment. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional for any G70 with an automatic transmission.
On the 2021 Genesis G80, you’ll find two slightly more impressive options:
Both G80 engines are linked to the aforementioned eight-speed automatic. As with the G70, the G80 comes standard with sporty rear-wheel drive, but traction-boosting all-wheel drive is an option.
Since they’re both luxury sedans, you can expect luxurious accommodations in both models. Both come standard with faux leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats. Also, both the 2021 Genesis G70 and G80 offer lots of classy upgrades, from leather upholstery options to heated rear seats.
Here, the G80 comes standard with more features than the G70, including navigation and a 12-speaker audio system. The G80 also provides a bigger standard infotainment interface, with a 14.5-inch touch screen.
The G70 comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen and a six-speaker audio system. Like the G80, though, it includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
You can add a 15-speaker Lexicon premium audio system to either luxury sedan.
Choosing between the 2021 Genesis G70 and G80 comes down to how much you want to spend, how fast you want to drive, and which features you crave. The G70 gives you a great deal on a very luxurious ride and for a little more money, the G80 gives you even more in premium power and interior opulence.