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The Genesis G80 and VW Arteon Give Sedans Hope

From luxury appointments to relative accessibility, sedans remain compelling.

The Genesis G80 sits in the middle of the Genesis sedan lineup: below its top-rung G90 and above the sporty G70. Even though sedans aren’t as popular as increasingly-in-demand crossovers and SUVs, Genesis gave its G80 a second generation in 2020. This latest G80 updates the styling to the current Genesis design language and streamlined the engine options. In the US, the G80 sports either a 2.5-liter turbocharged I4 or a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6. Both engines feed a standard eight-speed automatic.

Volkswagen might be thinning its sedan herd, but it’s not bowing out completely. Volkswagen’s Arteon is the company’s flagship sedan and lives up to the task. Blending the current VW design language with a sleek sedan body, the Arteon blends into the VW lineup while still etching out its own distinct style. Powering the Arteon is exclusively a 300-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, which feeds a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Arteon might not have the same luxury cache as, say, an Audi, but the sleek Arteon is far from basic.

On this bonus episode of Quick Spin, Editor Natalie Neff talks with host Wesley Wren about her time with these two stylish sedans. The two discuss the features of each car and chat about each car’s space in the market. Expanding on these cars, the two dissect the shrinking sedan segment and talk about its future.

Tune in below, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are played.

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