2018 Genesis G80 vs 2018 Audi A6

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Buyers looking for a luxury sedan have many choices today. In the past, European manufacturers cornered the market, but when Hyundai spun off the Genesis as a standalone luxury brand, it changed the game considerably. For the first time, car buyers could visit dealerships like the Philadelphia Genesis Dealer and get a vehicle with all the amenities offered by the status European marques, at more-affordable prices.

But are all luxury sedans equal? We'll take a look at the 2018 Genesis G80 and compare it with another popular luxury sedan, the 2018 Audi A6 to discover which is the best choice.

Trim Levels

Both the 2018 Genesis G80 and the 2018 Audi A6 are available in three trim levels. The G80 is offered in 3.8, 3.3T Sport and 5.0 models. The A6 trims are listed as Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.

2018 Genesis G80 vs. 2018 Audi A6

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Starting Price

The starting MSRP for the 2018 Genesis G80 is $41,750. The price of entry for the 2018 Audi A6 is $49,700. This is a difference of nearly $8,000. Sweetening the pot even further, the Genesis G80 offers more standard features than the Audi A6.


The Genesis G80 has a larger, more powerful base engine and a better transmission than the Audi A6. The G80 3.8 trim is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower and 293 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The Audi A6 has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a standard seven-speed automatic.

Advanced Safety Features

A number of advanced safety features come standard on the 2018 Genesis G80 that are only available as costly options on the Audi A6:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection: Detects vehicles in front of you that have stopped or slowed and automatically applies the brakes.
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop-Start: Uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle ahead and automatically maintains the distance between cars.
  • Blind Spot Detection: Alerts you if it detects an object in the vehicle's path while changing lanes and provides another alert if the turn signal is activated.
  • Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keep Assist: Detects when the car is drifting out of its lane and provides visual and audio alerts. If the vehicle continues drifting, it takes corrective steering action.
2018 Genesis G80 vs. 2018 Audi A6

Hands-Free Smart Trunk

The 2018 Genesis G80 has a standard hands-free smart trunk that allows you to open the trunk automatically. Simply stand behind the vehicle with the fob in your pocket or purse and the trunk opens after three seconds. This helpful feature isn't available on the Audi A6.


The Genesis G80 comes with the most comprehensive warranty in the luxury car class: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty that includes Genesis Service Valet, free maintenance and free roadside assistance. The Audi A6 only gets a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty, including four years of Audi 24-Hour Roadside Assistance


While both the 2018 Genesis G80 and the 2018 Audi A6 are fine cars, when you examine the differences between the two models, you'll agree that the G80 comes out the clear winner.