Surprises from Mercedes-Benz are rare. Every new E-class is an evolution of the last, familiar and connected to its forebears. That calculated incremental change has allowed the E to become the archetype of mid-size luxury sedans.
Genesis, on the other hand, is so new to the luxury game that this is only the third time we’ve put one of its cars in a comparison test. Although the G80 mid-size sedan is now in its third generation if you count its Hyundai-badged predecessors, the 2021 model was developed to be a Genesis in a ground-up reset. The result is a vehicle that takes a credible step into a segment that Benz helped create.
To see whether the new Genesis sedan is ready for the bigs, we pitted a 2021 G80 with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 against the updated 2021 E450, which has a new turbocharged inline-six. Although Genesis offers all-wheel drive for the G80, our test car is a rear-driver, as that’s how we’d buy it. The Mercedes comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.