As the benchmark for midsize performance SUVs, the BMW 5 Series has spent nearly half a century as the preferred automobile for those who want to experience the grand touring luxury of an executive sedan with serious throttle under the hood. For 2020, the BMW 5 Series is stronger than offer, letting drivers choose between a huge range of powertrain options – each resulting from the compelling vision of German engineering.
With Genesis being one of the newest badges in the North American automotive market, it’s struggled a bit to get a foothold on the luxury and performance segments it is targeting. Today, we’re seeing if the Genesis G80, a luxury-performance midsize sedan, can do anything to match the power and poise of the comfortable Bavarian speedboat that is the BMW 5 Series. Let’s see how they do.
2020 BMW 5 Series
2020 Genesis G80
|3 (248-600 horsepower)||Engine options (horsepower range)||3 (311 – 420 horsepower)|
|5.8 seconds (530i xDrive)||Base 0-60 time||6.3 seconds* (AWD)|
|4.6 seconds (540i xDrive)||Midrange 0-60 time||5.3 seconds* (Sport AWD)|
|28 combined MPG||Base fuel economy||21 combined MPG|
|18.7 cubic feet||Cargo space||15.3 cubic feet|
|Yes||Standard sport seating?||No|
|40-20-40 split folding||Standard rear seat||No folding|
As the above chart illustrates, Genesis may not be as ready to take on the likes of German luxury as the brand wants everybody to believe it is.
While the Genesis G80 has done a lot right in terms of attempting to provide a valuable entry in the often cost-prohibitive luxury sport segment, it just can’t match the performance or luxury of BMW’s executive sports sedan.
Every powertrain option sees a significant deficit in terms of 0-60 acceleration time. Despite the faster acceleration, the BMW 5 Series starts with an engine that is 33% more efficient than the 3.8-liter V6 used in the base G80.
Inside, it’s no contest at all between the two. The 2020 BMW 5 Series features standard sport seating, a split-folding rear seat, exterior LED lighting and a sunroof, some of which is available on the G80 but requires extra packages.
Although the Genesis G80 may be an exciting new entry on the market, it seems to be more at home competing with entry luxury brands like Buick, Acura and Infiniti than going up against European luxury giants like BMW.
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