The Car Connection Genesis G80 Overview
The Genesis G80 is a mid-size luxury four-door sedan. It's sandwiched between the larger G90 and the smaller G70 sedans.
The G80 made waves in its first generation as a luxury car from the Korean automaker that featured many of the same conveniences and luxuries as pricey European competitors, but at a fraction of the cost. Now in its second generation it's less of a value, but even more of a direct hit on the usual luxury targets: the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and BMW 5-Series.
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New for 2021, the G80 bristles with a stunning interior, lithe looks, strong-running turbo powertrains, and the latest in safety and entertainment technology.
The G80 wears a shield-shaped grille and sculpted shoulders with an athletic stance. The lighting wears accept stripes of LEDs. The cockpitt lavishes matte wood and metallic trim on top versions, or gloss-black trim on base versions, each capped by a 14.5-inch touchscreen on the dash.
Genesis offers the G80 with a 300-horsepower turbo-4 or a 375-hp twin-turbo V-6, in either rear- or all-wheel drive. The 4,497 pounds carried around by the 3.5T can accelerate strongly through its 8-speed automatic, and adaptive dampers keep the ride well controlled. Turbo-4 cars come with a conventional steel suspension and have a little more crisp handling, but they're less snappy off the line.
Front passengers get cozy bucket seats in the pricey editions of the G80, along with quilted leather and heating and cooling in the seats. Back bucket seats suit two adults well, but the trunk is on the small side.
Safety scores aren’t in, but the new G80 has standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors. A 14.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility comes standard, along with a power sunroof, and an infotainment controller. Options range from nappa leather to 21-speaker Lexicon audio.
Genesis G80 history
The G80 was the name given to the rechristened Hyundai Genesis in its previous generation. The first-generation G80 rode on the same 118.5-inch wheelbase as the old Hyundai Genesis, with the same 123 cubic feet of interior volume for up to five people.
The mid-sizer's styling took cues from other luxury brands: its grille and front view had hints of Audi, its side profile struck a distinct BMW tone. Inside, the car took a more subtle approach to style with strong horizontal lines across the dash and a sensible layout for its controls. An 8.0-inch touchscreen for its infotainment was standard, while a 9.2-inch unit was equipped in higher trims.
Under the hood, the first G80 used the same two engines available in the prior Genesis, plus a new one. A stout 3.8-liter V-6 that made 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque was standard, and a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 420 hp and 383 lb-ft was available. Added for 2018 was a turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 that conjured 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. All engines were teamed to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and all were offered with rear- or all-wheel drive.
The 3.3T Sport trim had an adaptive suspension, and all versions had quick electric power steering. While Hyundai enlisted help from Lotus for chassis tuning of the new sedan for 2015, the first G80 wasn't particularly sporty.
The 3.3T Sport and 5.0 models had uprated brakes with ventilated discs, and the rear brakes of the 3.3T Sport were also a little larger.
The G80 was one of few cars on the road to ace every federal and IIHS crash test. For 2017, Genesis added standard advanced safety options such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. For 2020, it receives blind-spot collision-avoidance assist.