By nearly every measure. Last year we compared the upstart Genesis: G80 against one of the Benchmark, midsize luxury sedans, the Mercedes Benz E class. Now there are electric versions of both and its a very different contest between the new 2023 Mercedes Benz EK and the Genesis electrified G80. While the E class has been around for decades, Mercedes just recently launched its EQ electric sub brand, and the EK is among the first models to reach the US this time around. Mercedes is just about as new to this as Genesis is. The two companies have taken different approaches for their EVS, while the electrified G80 is merely a standard G80 sedan with a battery pack and electric motors instead of a gasoline engine. The EK is entirely distinct from the gasoline powered E class. It has an aerodynamically optimized body purpose, built EV underpinnings and a far more futuristic interior than both its gasoline stablemate and the G80. The electrified G80 only comes one way with a dual motor powertrain that produces 365 horsepower and 516 pound feet of torque. The EK offers a broader lineup, ranging from a single motor rear wheel, drive base model up to a 617 horsepower AMG performance variant for this test. We sampled the mid level ek 354 Matic, which has all wheel, drive, courtesy of front and rear electric motors that combine to produce 288 horsepower and 564 pound feet of torque, although the G80 is significantly larger than the standard E class.

The EK is much closer in size to the Genesis owing to its longer wheelbase, as is becoming typical of todays EVS, both pound the pavement with heavy curb weights. The Genesis tipped the scales at 5047 pounds, while the Mercedes is even porkier at 5488 pounds. Meanwhile, the two cars in our equivalent gasoline comparison, both weighed in at around 4 300 pounds. You might think that all this extra weight would hamper performance for this electric pair and in many ways it does, but the Mercedes suffers more than the Genesis, its the slower of the two in every acceleration metric getting to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds to The g80s quick 4.1 second Sprint, the Mercedes Trails by more than a second and a quarter mile too, and its responses to prawns of the go pedal are far less immediate than the g80s Genesis. Electrified G80 highs, strong performance, good, Real World Range, plush interior lows, doesnt boast about being an F not available in every state. Mercedes Benz EK highs, comfortable ride, quiet, cabin lots of Technology features lows. Acceleration could be quicker, awkward, styling too many screens on the road. The G80 is a far more tactile machine. The EK steering is a aloof, its brake pedal wouldnt, not that youll be using these cars brake pedals, all that often as both offer varying levels of regeneration that enable one pedal driving in their highest settings. But the Genesis provides some feedback through its controls, making for a more engaging experience for the driver.

This tactility carries over into the interior, where the G80 features numerous buttons, knurled, knobs and materials that are Pleasant to the touch. We much prefer this approach to the Mercedes cabin, which is nearly devoid of physical controls altogether, Although our car wasnt equipped with the massive hyper screen option that takes over the dashboard, even the base setup, has most of its controls contained within the 12.8 inch Central touchscreen. The controls on the steering wheel are also touch sensitive and frustrating to use. At least the EK displayed. The good build quality we expect of Mercedes and rear seat is Airy and spacious. You sit higher in the Mercedes compared with the lower slung Genesis, but both cars are comfortable for front and rear occupants alike, while the G80 styling does not advertise its electrified nature, we much prefer its conventional proportions over the eks blob like shape. Apart from the three pointed Star, badges, the Mercedes looks like some sort of generic car illustration displayed in a scientific presentation about transportation in the future. Although to be fair, there is real science at work here, as it has an impressively low, drag coefficient Nearing 0.20. This aerodynamic emphasis is meant to help the eks driving range, although it hasnt received an official EPA rating. Yet the Mercedes has a slightly larger battery pack than the Genesis does at 90.6 kilowatt hours to the g80s 87.2 kilowatt hour pack. But the G80 still won out in the real world as it achieved a real world result of 280 miles on our Highway test.

Against the eks 260 miles, as has been the case with all Genesis products since its Inception, price is the biggest differentiator between the G80 and its competitors coming only as a loaded model with few available options, the electrified G80 we tested stickers for 81 495, including a 575 option for the haloson green paint. You see here thats just above the EK, 354 Matic space price of 78 950 dollars. But, as is the German way, the options can take the figure far higher with extras, including 1 300 rear wheel, steering 2990 for brown, Napa leather and 1250 for a driver assistance package. Our test car pushed the sticker to 93 240 dollars, given the gaes clear advantage in terms of performance driving, feel design and value its the clear winner here. In fact, the gap between these two electric cars is far greater than it was between the equivalent gasoline models.

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