Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Genesis G80 VS 2017 Audi A6 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Genesis G80

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2017 Audi A6

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 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 Audi A6 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Audi A6 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the G80 as “Superior.” The A6 scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

To help make backing safer, the G80’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The A6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The G80 has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A6 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the G80 and the A6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Genesis G80 is safer than the Audi A6:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

189 lbs.

252 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

268/514 lbs.

410/454 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

129 lbs.

134 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

147/55 lbs.

373/478 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Genesis G80 is safer than the Audi A6:





Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

31 G’s

52 G’s

Hip Force

394 lbs.

710 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

16 inches




Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

51 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G80 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 53 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A6 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The G80 comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The A6’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G80 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A6 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G80 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A6.

There are over 20 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G80’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G80 third among midsize premium cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The A6 isn’t in the top three.

Engine Comparison

The G80 has more powerful engines than the A6:




G80 3.8 DOHC V6

311 HP

293 lbs.-ft.

G80 5.0 DOHC V6

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

A6 2.0T turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

A6 3.0T supercharged V6

333 HP

325 lbs.-ft.

A6 3.0T Competition 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

325 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the G80 5.0 is faster than the A6 3.0T:




Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.3 sec

13.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.6 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

101 MPH

Top Speed

145 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G80 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on G80 5.0 for maximum performance). The A6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the G80 5.0’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A6:


G80 5.0

A6 2.0T

A6 3.0T

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

14 inches

The G80 stops shorter than the A6:





70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the A6 (118.5 inches vs. 114.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G80 is 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A6.

The G80 5.0 handles at .88 G’s, while the A6 2.0T Quattro pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G80 3.8 AWD goes through AutoWeek’s slalom 1.1 MPH faster than the A6 3.0T Quattro (43.1 vs. 42 MPH).

The G80 3.8 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A6 2.0T Quattro (26.2 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the A6’s (36.2 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Genesis G80 amounts to more than styling. The G80 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is lower than the A6 (.28) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the G80 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the G80 is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the A6 is rated a Mid-size.

The G80 has 10.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A6 (107.7 vs. 97.2).

The G80 has 3.9 inches more front headroom, 4.4 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the A6.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The G80 has a much larger trunk than the A6 (15.3 vs. 14.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The G80 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 G80’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the A6’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the G80 has standard extendable sun visors. The A6 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the G80 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The A6’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the G80 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the G80 with a number “3” insurance rate while the A6 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the G80 is less expensive to operate than the A6 because typical repairs cost much less on the G80 than the A6, including $129 less for a water pump, $175 less for an alternator, $480 less for a starter, $316 less for fuel injection, $254 less for a fuel pump, $207 less for front struts and $77 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Genesis G80 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the G80 as the 2009 North American Car of the Year. The A6 has never been chosen.

The Genesis G80 (Genesis) outsold the Audi A6/S6 by 61% during the 2016 model year.

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