Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Audi A4 VS 2017 Genesis G80 Near Greenville, NC

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2017 Audi A4

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2017 Audi A4

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2017 Genesis G80

Safety Comparison

The A4 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G80 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The A4 Prestige has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G80 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Compared to metal, the A4’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the A4 and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The A4’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the G80’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A4’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the G80’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A4 is faster than the Genesis G80:



G80 3.8

G80 5.0

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

6.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.6 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.6 MPH

97 MPH

102.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The A4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the G80 are solid, not vented.

The A4 stops much shorter than the G80:





70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

167 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The A4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G80 5.0’s 40 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A4 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The G80’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The A4 Premium Plus Quattro handles at .92 G’s, while the G80 3.8 AWD pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A4 Premium Plus Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the G80 5.0 (25.3 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi A4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 900 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

The A4 is 10.4 inches shorter than the G80, making the A4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A4 Prestige Quattro is quieter than the G80 5.0:




70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

70 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The A4’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the A4 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The G80 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A4 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The G80 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the A4 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The G80 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A4 Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A4 is less expensive to operate than the G80 because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the A4 than the G80, including $2 less for front brake pads, $1205 less for a timing belt/chain and $68 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi A4/S4 outsold the Genesis G80 (Genesis) by 845 units during the 2016 model year.

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