2017 Genesis G80 Review Jun 16, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
The Genesis G80 is one of two luxury sedans to kick off the Genesis brand now that it is officially separate from Hyundai. The G80 does an excellent job of setting the tone for the Genesis brand with its luxury, features, and technologies. The G80 can easily compete with other luxury sedans and do so for a lower price tag as the brand wants to attract new customers. It also gets bonus points for its long warranty and top safety ratings.
Style to Make an Impression
When you look at the Genesis G80, it is clear that this is a luxury sedan. Its styling is similar to the first Hyundai Genesis model it replaced but without any of the automaker's badging, and enough subtle differences to help it stand out. The exterior styling of the G80 will make it hard for others to believe how (relatively) little you paid for this sedan thanks to its striking appearance. The G80 got a new grille and a new roofline for its debut as a Genesis, with a smoothed-out version of the first hexagonal grille. The back appears softer while the interior is filled with sharp edges and straight lines. You will find crisp rectangles dividing areas for the clock, cupholders, and shift lever with strong corners on the vents.
Inside, the G80 delivers everything you expect from a luxury sedan. There is an incredible amount of space along with a quiet interior so you can focus on music or conversations. The front seats are impressive with up to 12-way power adjustment and 4-way lumbar adjustment in addition to ventilation and heating. The rear seat passengers don’t have to be left out, as heating is available for them as well. Getting into the rear seat shouldn’t pose a problem, with no need to duck unless you are extremely tall. In addition to the seats, every area of the cabin shows attention to detail. The feature list confirms that the G80 is a luxury model with standard safety systems that includes forward collision warning, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control among other technologies.
The Genesis G80 may be new to the brand, but it still has the same engine it did when this sedan was a Hyundai. The base powertrain is a 3.8-liter V6 with 311 horsepower and a torque of 293 pound-feet that works with an 8-speed automatic. You can choose from rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. This engine has spry handling along with sharp acceleration, but for those who always need the most power available, the V8 increases output to 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet. You have to stick with rear-wheel drive with this engine, and it does feel a bit more nose heavy, but the upgrade is still worth it for many drivers. Genesis offers a new face to entry luxury that makes a strong first impression and deserves a second look.