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Genesis Electrified G80, Mercedes EQE: electric, test, engine, price

In 2021, Hyundai’s noble offshoot Genesis came to Germany. In spring 2022, the brand launched its Electrified G80 electric sedan. A handsome fellow, elegantly dressed and powerfully electrified, glided towards us. It is now clear: the thing can do something.

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The G80 gives you an absolute upper-class feeling right from the first few meters, drives well, brings a lot of luxury and equipment with it, and of course it’s not cheap either. So we see it in a comparison test with a Mercedes. The EQE, which is also brand new, is at home in this league. It also applies to him that he is expensive, fine, fast and good.
Genesis Electrified G80

Strong Mercedes competitor: The Genesis G80 pleases right away with its absolute luxury class feeling, it also drives very well.


At the register, the Genesis wins

For 69,200 euros there is a Genesis G80 with 370 hp electric drive source. An 82.7 kWh battery pack should then help it to achieve a range of 520 kilometers, which is confirmed by the test bench. Mercedes promises to get a range of up to 618 kilometers from the cells of the EQE. But the Stuttgart electric car is a bit weaker (292 hp) and around 1500 euros more expensive – it is available with rear-wheel drive for a base price of no less than 70,627 euros.

Mercedes EQE 350+ Genesis Electrified G80

In our test, the G80 covered 410 kilometers and the EQE managed 400 kilometers. According to WLTP, it should be significantly more.


Both break their range promise

However, like almost all electric cars, both models promise too much. In practice, the Genesis only manages a distance of 410 kilometers, the EQE has a maximum distance of 400 kilometers. However, the Genesis then gets a head start when it comes to reloading. It can be charged with up to 240 kW of power (direct current), while the EQE can only handle a charging capacity of 170 kW. In practice, this means that the G80 manages its “core charge” in 22 minutes, while the EQE completes this refueling of the batteries from 10 to 80 percent of their capacity in 32 minutes.

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Engine design in front

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performance in front

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Rear engine design

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rear performance

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total torque

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overall peak performance

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V max

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transmission

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drive

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Brakes front/rear

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test car tires

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tire type

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wheel size

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Range*

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Consumption*

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battery type

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battery capacity net

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Charging power AC/DC

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charging port

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pass-by noise

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drawbar load

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trunk volume

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Length Width Height

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wheelbase

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base price****

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test car price (will be scored)

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v. 245/45 R 19, h. 275/40 R 19 Y

v. 8.5×19″, h. 9.5×19″

4946/1961-2103***/1512mm


Now for the practical part. Incidentally, both sedans mastered it excellently. Wonderfully quiet, velvety and confident performances here and there. The Mercedes, for example, looks extraordinarily polished in all driving areas. Its repertoire includes fine manoeuvring, juicy power development when the accelerator pedal is pressed down and excellent, intelligently regulated recuperation.

Mercedes EQE 350+

Top marks for the Benz: The EQE drives almost silently and spoils its passengers with an almost flawless suspension.


The EQE pleases with a lot of driving comfort

In addition, the suspension works almost flawlessly. Only on pronounced bumps does the rear lift up irritatingly (after deep deflection), otherwise the EQE deserves the top mark. This is matched by the almost silent driving noise and the finely arranged interior. Here the driver benefits from a reliable and clever voice control of the MBUX system, no other car brand can do it better at the moment.

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acceleration

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0-50km/h

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0-100km/h

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0-130km/h

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0-160km/h

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0-200km/h

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intermediate sprint

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60-100km/h

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80-120km/h

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curb weight/load

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Front/rear weight distribution

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Turning circle left/right

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seat height

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braking distance

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from 100 km/h cold

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from 100 km/h warm

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interior noise

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at 50 km/h

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at 100 km/h

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at 130 km/h

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consumption

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saving consumption

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test consumption

Average of the 155 km test lap (deviation from the WLTP specification)

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sports consumption

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CO2 (local)

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Range (test consumption)

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In the Genesis it feels and according to our measurement data things are moving forward a little faster. The G80 helps the lower curb weight and the significant increase in performance. On the other hand, the Genesis does not brake as defined and effectively as the Mercedes. The low noise level and the straight-line stability are good for this – the car zips along the motorway at high speed in a wonderfully relaxed manner without the driver having to constantly intervene to correct it.

All in all, the following applies to both electric sedans: a sophisticated driving experience meets superior driving performance with a high level of safety. Class! You can find more details about the test in the picture gallery.

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Genesis Electrified G80 vs Mercedes EQE 350+


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