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2020 Genesis G80 vs. 2020 Infiniti Q50: Which Is Better?


Genesis and Infiniti are a lot alike in many ways. Both are upscale divisions of Asian mass-market brands stressing sleek design and spirited handling. As such, the 2020 Genesis G80 and 2020 Infiniti Q50 go toe-to-toe in among luxury sedans. Here’s how they compare.

Quick Facts

  • Genesis is one of the few to offer a V8 engine in the segment
  • Infiniti is able to coax 400 horsepower from the Red Sport variant

2020 Genesis G80

Base Price: $42,550 / Read our 2020 Genesis G80 Review

What we like: Quiet, roomy cabin with plenty of features for the price, available all-wheel drive, three drivetrain choices, industry-leading warranty

Overview: The Genesis G80 offers a heaping helping of luxury and performance in a roomy sedan costing thousands less than its European rivals. Engines run the gamut from a base 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 to a 365-horsepower twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6, capped off by a 420 horsepower 5.0-liter V8. All connect to smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmissions. G80 comes in rear-drive with AWD as an option. In addition, there are exceptional ownership services, including three years of complimentary maintenance and a service valet who will pick up the car from your house and drop it off later.

What’s new for 2020: There are no significant changes to the 2020 model over the 2019 model. An all-new G80 waits in the wings as a 2021 model set to go on sale during the second half of the year.

Features and technology:  The 2020 G80 standard equipment roster includes 18-in wheels, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keeping assist. Also included are adaptive cruise control, hands-free trunk lid, keyless entry, and push-button start. The G80 also boasts heated 8-way power front seats, leather upholstery, an 8-in touchscreen, and navigation.

The G80 3.3T Sport adds 19-in wheels, special exterior and interior design elements, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, upgraded brakes, and a heated 3-spoke sport steering wheel. The 5.0-Ultimate includes the V8 and a microfiber suedecloth headliner.

What does the future hold: The all-new 2021 model features sleeker styling and a revamped engine lineup that starts with a base turbocharged 4-cylinder and moves up to the 3.3-liter turbo V6. The 3.8-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 engines are discontinued. See 2020 Genesis G80 models for sale near you

2020 Infiniti Q50

2020 Infiniti Q50

Base Price: $37,425 / Read our 2020 Infiniti Q50 Review

What we like: Good power from base 3.0-liter V6, available AWD, sleek styling, direct adaptive steering, taut chassis.

What we would change: Tight front seats, driver assists and warnings feel intrusive.

Overview: The 2020 Infiniti Q50 is sleek, lithe design with a chassis that matches its good looks. The Q50 is fun to drive, has plenty of power, especially if you opt for the Red Sport 400 with its 400-horsepower 3.0-liter turbo V6. Like the G80, the Q50 has been around a while without a significant makeover, so it’s beginning to feel a bit dated. We also don’t care for the heavy-handedness of some of the driver assists. However, the mechanical package is still solid and the lower price of entry makes the Q50 an attractive proposition.

What’s new for 2020: Infiniti realigned the Q50 model range by dropping its middling entry-level 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine. In its place is the base 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 called the 3.0t Pure. There’s also an updated Infiniti InTouch system with dual screens. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard.

Features and technology: Base models include 17-in alloy wheels, leatherette-simulated leather seating, LED lighting, 8-way power driver and passenger seats; dual-touchscreen interface with apps, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Standard safety items feature forward emergency braking and collision warning.

Luxe models add 18-in wheels, a power moonroof, maple wood trim, and electronic power steering. Spot models upgrade to 19-inch wheels, unique exterior accents, sport seats, and premium 16-speaker Bose audio. The Red Sport 400 boasts an adaptive Dynamic Digital Suspension, sport brakes, quilted leather seats, and staggered size 19-inch wheels.

What does the future hold: The Infiniti Q50 is not slated for a makeover until the 2023 model year where it’s expected to gain an electrified powertrain. See the 2020 Infiniti Q50 models for sale near you

G80 vs. Q50: Strengths comparison

Genesis G80 Benefits: Available V8, extensive list of standard features, longer warranty

Infiniti Q50 Benefits: Lower-priced entry-level model, available adaptive suspension and electronic steering with precise handling

G80 vs. Q50: Which is better?

It’s really a choice here of comfort versus performance. The Genesis G80 has plenty to offer with a roomy cabin and plush ride. Handling is good, but not its strong suit. The Infiniti Q50 has a sharp design that’s aged well and is better tuned towards enthusiast tastes. The Q50 is also less expensive in its base form, so it does represent good value against the Genesis. However, you may be able to find a bargain in the G80, which is in its last year of this generation. In that case, our money is on the Q50, which won’t look as old as the G80 once the new model comes out. Find a Genesis G80 for sale or Find an Infiniti Q50 for sale

2020 Genesis G80 2020 Infiniti Q50
Popular Powertrains
Engine 3.8-liter V6 3.0-liter turbo V6
Horsepower 311 hp @ 6,000 rpm 300 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 293 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
Transmission 8-spd automatic 7-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 20 mpg (17 city/25 hwy) 23 mpg (20 city/29 hwy)
Also Available 5.0-liter V-8;3.3-liter turbo V6 3.0-liter turbo V6; AWD
Specs
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating 5 stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 118.5 inches 112.2 inches
Overall Length 196.5 inches 189.6 inches
Width 74.4 inches 71.8 inches
Height 58.3 inches 56.8 inches
Turning Diameter 36.2 feet 36.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.4 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.2 inches 36.8 inches
Legroom, Front 45.7 inches 44.5 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.0 inches 35.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.3 inches 56.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 57.1 inches 56.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 107.7 cu. Ft. 100.0 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.3 cu. Ft. 13.5 cu. ft.

Matt DeLorenzo
Matt DeLorenzo
Matt DeLorenzo is an author who specializes in writing news, advice, and car reviews. A member of the North American Car of the Year jury, he has spent more than four decades covering the auto industry and has held key posts at industry and consumer publications including Automotive News, AutoWeek, and Road & Track. He is also an author of automotive books including Modern Chrysler Concept... Read More about Matt DeLorenzo

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