Huge car with a huge features list for a not-so-huge price; a relaxing and quiet interior; superior safety credentials; well-executed technology
Some interior bits aren't as high-class as those of competitors or the Genesis G90; Sport model's brittle ride
The Genesis G80 receives a few upgrades for 2019, including a revised infotainment setup and a new Sport package for the 3.8 model.
We'd be tempted to just say get the base model and call it a day, as no other luxury sedan comes close to matching its feature content for the price. Yet the 3.8 Ultimate package and its myriad luxurious indulgences only increase the price to about what virtually all of its midsize luxury competitors start at. That seems like the shrewd buy.
The 2019 G80 starts off with the base 3.8 trim level ($43,045), which, as the name suggests, comes with the 3.8-liter V6. Standard equipment is plentiful, including 18-in wheels, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, a driver-inattention monitor, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, bi-xenon headlights, LED running/accent lights, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, a hands-free-opening trunk lid and passive keyless entry with push-button start. Inside, you get dual-zone automatic climate control, heated 8-way power front seats with driver memory functions and 4-way lumbar adjustment, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, leather upholstery, an 8-in touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Genesis Connected emergency communications services and a 7-speaker sound system that includes satellite radio, HD Radio, a CD player and a media-player interface. Adding H-Trac AWD also brings with it heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and heated washer jets (bi-xenons only).
The G80 3.3T Sport ($56,245) includes the 3.8's package content plus a turbo V6, unique 19-in wheels, special exterior and interior design elements, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, upgraded brakes, a 3-spoke sport steering wheel, a black microfiber suedecloth headliner and carbon-fiber interior trim. With H-Trac, the Sport adds a heated steering wheel.
The G80 5.0 Ultimate ($57,995) includes all of the 3.8's package content plus its V8 engine, 19-in wheels and a microfiber suedecloth headliner.
Option packages for the 3.8 include the Ultimate package that brings adaptive LED headlights, an electronic shifter, a power trunk lid, a multiview parking camera, a color head-up display, upgraded leather upholstery, an upgraded driver's seat with a cushion extender and adjustable side bolsters, matte-finish wood trim, a 9.2-in touchscreen interface with a redundant center console controller and a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system.
The 3.8 Sport package adds Sport exterior styling treatment, 19-in wheels, front and rear parking sensors, Lexicon audio, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a panoramic power moonroof, a power rear sun shade, manual side sun shades and a wireless charging pad
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Lincoln Continental -- With a similar emphasis on comfort and power, there are many comparisons to be made to the G80. The Lincoln certainly has the name recognition and perhaps a greater amount of road poise, but we suspect the Genesis is constructed with finer precision.
2019 Lexus GS -- The GS is pricier despite less standard power and far less standard equipment, but there's no denying the engineering sophistication and interior craftsmanship that go into this midsize Lexus sedan.
2019 Volvo S90 -- Again, the S90 costs more than the G80, but Volvo's smart and sophisticated S90 luxury sedan provides style in droves, truly impressive safety credentials and fuel-efficient engines.
Used Audi A6 -- If you're looking for the same type of size and feature content as the G80 from one of the German luxury brands but balk at the as-new price, why not consider a used or certified-pre owned model like an A6?