The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Contends With The 2021 Genesis G80

May 28th, 2021 by


Mercedes-Benz has been in the game of wowing its fans with its advanced technologies and incredible design since its inception, more specifically, with its latest E-Class sedan. On the other hand, some may argue that the brand only evolves from its previous models rather than creates something that is completely unexpected and original.

The Genesis is rather a new member in the luxury market, therefore has the advantage of bringing the element of surprise. While the G80 sedan is in its third generation, if you include its predecessors rocking the Hyundai badge, the 2021 model was made to be a ground-up reset for Genesis. The end product is a vehicle that takes an important step into a segment that the Benz company helped construct.

For the sake of a fair comparison, we’re pitting the G80 geared with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 in opposition to Mercedes-Benz’s E 450 with its turbo inline-six. While the Genesis has the optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the standard is rear-wheel-drive (RWD), while the E 450 comes solely with AWD.

Genesis engineers were wise enough not to copy the E-class template, starting off with the size. The G80 is bigger than its rival, with the wheelbase being 2.8-inches longer, the front tracks 1.3 wider and the rear tracks 1.5 wider. Another contrast is in the styling, which in Mercedes-Benz style is a bit more subtle, while the Genesis adds a grille that grabs your attention. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the G80’s design is better, since some owners may mistake the G80 for another brand, due to its winged badge and overall newness in the luxury game.

Inhouse, the E 450 has quality material that is soft to the touch, it also catches the eye with its wood trim that seems to touch upon most of the dashboard and door panels. The look of the center console is clean and sophisticated, and the posh aluminum trim on the Burmester speakers as well as the round air vents play a big role in making the cabin look and feel expensive.

Alternatively, the G80’s cabin gives a great impression with its 14.5-inch infotainment as opposed to Mercedes-Benz’s 12.5-inch screens. The interior is quite cultivated, however, the driver still has to control this system through a rotary knob, opposed to simply using a voice command or the touch screen.

Moving on to safety features. Common car technologies such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and the emergency braking are made to keep drivers and those around them safe. Mercedes-Benz comes out swinging with its Driver Assistance package, which includes a slew of gadgets like active lane change assist, active speed limit assist, and route-based speed adaptation.

Meanwhile, the Genesis G80 has available Highway Driving Assist II, Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist. When these features are activated, the car will stay centered in its lane and also maintain a reasonable distance between the vehicles in front.

Ultimately, the 2021 Genesis sedan is a tough competitor, but it still has some work to do in terms of its ride quality. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E 450 reigned supreme in terms of its comfort, tranquility in the interior, and updated technology.

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