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|
|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|
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!