The Car Connection Genesis G80 Overview
The Genesis G80 is a mid-size luxury four-door sedan. Not too long ago, it was called the Hyundai Genesis but was ported over to jumpstart a luxury brand. 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.
With the G80, Genesis competes against luxury stalwarts such as the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and BMW 5-Series, and others including the Cadillac CT5, Chrysler 300, and Lexus GS.
For 2020, Genesis makes blind-spot collisions avoidance assist standard.
MORE: Read our 2020 Genesis G80 review
The new Genesis G80
The G80 is a rechristened Hyundai Genesis and therefore keeps the same mid-size dimensions. The G80 rides 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. Its interior dimensions may be a little more compact than some competitors, but the G80's upright styling and easy entry/exit make best use of available space.
The mid-sizer's styling takes cues from other luxury brands: its grille and front view has hints of Audi, its side profile strikes a distinct BMW tone. Although its inspiration is apparent, the G80 is beginning to come into its own style with a more distinct character line down the body than both luxury brands.
Inside, the car takes 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 is standard, a 9.2-inch unit is equipped in higher trims.
Under the hood, the G80 uses the same two engines available in the prior Genesis, plus a new one. A stout 3.8-liter V-6 that makes 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque is standard, and a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 420 hp and 383 lb-ft is available. Added for 2018 was a turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 that conjures 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. All engines are teamed to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and all are offered with rear- or all-wheel drive.
The 3.3T Sport trim has an adaptive suspension, and all versions have quick electric power steering. While Hyundai enlisted help from Lotus for chassis tuning of the new sedan for 2015, the G80 isn't particularly sporty. Instead, we'd call it well controlled. Genesis offers the Sport look for the base V-6 model, but it doesn't get the adaptive dampers.
The 3.3T Sport and 5.0 models have uprated brakes with ventilated discs, and the rear brakes of the 3.3T Sport are also a little larger.
The G80 is 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 forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. For 2020, it receives blind-spot collisions avoidance assist.
Value has always been the G80's biggest selling point, as most other luxury mid-sizers start where the G80 peaks. The G80 tops out around $61,000 for an AWD V-8 model.
We've found that the budget-first approach for the G80 only shows in two areas: the finer details like interior hinges and storage lining, and fuel economy. The G80 doesn't offer any alternative or hybrid powertrains and hovers around 20 mpg combined, according to the EPA.