Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 Genesis G80 VS 2018 BMW 7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 Genesis G80

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2018 BMW 7

Safety Comparison

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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 BMW 7 Series 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 BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the G80 and the 7 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G80 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 20 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 7 Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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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 7 Series’ 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 BMW covers the 7 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 7 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G80 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on G80 3.3T Sport for maximum performance). The 7 Series requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G80 has 8.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 7 Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (20.3 vs. 12.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The G80 stops shorter than the 7 Series:

 

G80

7 Series

 

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The G80 3.8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 7 Series’ standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The G80 5.0 handles at .88 G’s, while the 740e xDrive pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 5.8 feet tighter than the 740i’s (36.2 feet vs. 42 feet). The G80’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the 750i’s (37.4 feet vs. 42.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The G80 is 10.1 inches shorter than the 7 Series, making the G80 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The G80 is 10.2 inches shorter than the Alpina B7.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The G80 has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 4.3 inches more front legroom than the 7 Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The G80 has a much larger trunk than the 7 Series (15.3 vs. 14 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The G80 3.8 AWD offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 7 Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 7 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the G80 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the G80 will cost $125 to $7580 less than the 7 Series over a five-year period.

The G80 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the G80 will retain 40.16% to 44.56% of its original price after five years, while the 7 Series only retains 34.03% to 36.68%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Genesis G80 will be $38037 to $70702 less than for the BMW 7 Series.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the G80 as the 2009 North American Car of the Year. The 7 Series has never been chosen.

The Genesis G80 outsold the BMW 7 Series by 75% during 2017.

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