2019 Kia Cadenza Vs. 2020 Genesis G80

comparison between 2019 Kia Cadenza Vs. 2020 Genesis G80

We’ve used our publishing platform to speak, at length, on how big of fans we are regarding Kia’s decision to not launch a luxury badge. This decision speaks into Kia’s strengths as a brand that is continuously offering luxury to drivers without the need for a secondary brand to artificially inflate the perception of its models’ interior amenities, style or performance specs. Models like the Kia Stinger GT, Kia Telluride compete with, and frequently best, models from entry-luxury and luxury brands like Acura, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

Today, we’re comparing Kia’s full-size sedan to the analogous model from Hyundai’s luxury badge Genesis. These big, Korean cars both promise comfort, style and confidence courtesy of their V6 powertrains. Which one comes out ahead? Let’s find out!

2019 Kia Cadenza


2020 Genesis G80

3.3-liter V6 (290 horsepower) Base engine (horsepower) 3.8-liter V6 (311 horsepower)
12.52 lbs./horsepower Weight: power 13.49 lbs./horsepower
FWD Drive layout RWD
8-speed automatic with Sportmatic® Transmission 8-speed automatic with auto-manual
23 combined MP EPA-estimated combined MPG 21 combined MPG
37.2 inches Second-row legroom 35.0 inches
16 cubic feet Trunk space 15.3 cubic feet
8 speakers Base audio system 7 speakers
$33,100 Starting MSRP $42,550

Kia Cadenza Makes Bold Play for Full-Size Luxury Sedan Winner

As the above chart illustrates, the Kia Cadenza is not at all far off of deserving its own luxury badge. Comparing it side-by-side to a model like the Genesis G80 that commands a higher price due to its singular focus on being a luxury full-size sedan and executing that through the lens of a new badge, the G80 should come out ahead of the Cadenza in every metric we’ve looked at.

However, it’s the 2019 Kia Cadenza that surprises by beating the G80 on items like fuel consumption, rear-passenger comfort, cargo-carrying ability and even features like its standard audio system.

While the 2020 Genesis G80 may offer an objectively-more-powerful powertrain, the lighter weight of the 2019 Kia Cadenza means that the power is more efficiently utilized, requiring every horsepower to push one less pound than is asked in the 2020 Genesis G80.

Finally, the starting price means you simply get much more car for the money with the 2019 Kia Cadenza. In fact, with abundant incentives at Friendly Kia, the 2020 Kia Cadenza in its range-topping Limited form can be had for thousands less than the base model Genesis G80, allowing you to enjoy features like heated and cooled seats, wireless charging and more.

For more information on the 2019 Kia Cadenza or to schedule a test drive and experience the luxury today, contact us!