If you’re looking for information on a newer Genesis G80, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Genesis G80 Review
What was once the range-topping (and rather out-of-place) vehicle in Hyundai’s portfolio is now the starting point for an entirely new luxury brand. Meet the 2017 Genesis G80, the vehicle formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis, and a car that proves to be a great luxury sedan for smart professionals and those with a keen eye for value.
Besides its new name and a few extra standard features, the G80 pretty much carries over unchanged. That’s just fine because it was actually an all-new car only two years ago. With it, you get a car that is much larger than other luxury vehicles of its price, or to think of it another way, much cheaper than other luxury vehicles of its size. It also comes with a huge number of standard features for the money, although it will admittedly get even more along with a few additional updates next year.
In the end, there’s an awful lot to like about the Genesis G80. It’s not engineered to the same extent as luxury sedans of similar size and even price, and there are some interior elements that could be of a higher quality (say, of the level displayed in its G90 big brother), but on the whole, it’s definitely worth a look.
What’s New for 2017?
Officially, the Genesis G80 is a new model, but it’s really just a new name for the car formerly called Hyundai Genesis. The G80 now comes standard with some of that car’s optional equipment, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are further added as standard equipment. See the 2017 Genesis G80 models for sale near you
What We Like
Huge car with a huge features list for a not-so-huge price; a relaxing and quiet interior; superior safety credentials; well-executed technology; exceptional ownership benefits
What We Don’t
Some interior bits aren’t as high-class as those of competitors or the Genesis G80; less-sophisticated ride than competitors
The 2017 Genesis G80 is available with two different engines, although both come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive (RWD). An all-wheel-drive system called H-Trac is optional with the V6.
The standard 3.8-liter V6 produces 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. It returns 18 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in combined driving with RWD. H-Trac drops those figures to 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/19 mpg combined.
The 5.0-liter V8 produces 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Its fuel economy is 15 mpg city/23 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined.
Standard Features & Options
The 2017 Genesis G80 starts off with the base 3.8 trim level ($41,400), 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, blind-spot and rear-cross traffic warning system, 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-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, an 8-in touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth, Genesis Connected emergency communications services, and a 7-speaker sound system that includes satellite and HD radios, a CD player and a media player interface. Adding H-Trac all-wheel drive also brings heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and heated washer jets (bi-xenons only).
The 3.8 Premium package ($46,200) adds LED foglights, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats (RWD cars) a power rear sunshade, manual rear side sunshades, a bigger instrument cluster display, and a 14-speaker Lexicon sound system.
The 3.8 Ultimate package ($50,400) includes all Premium content plus a power trunk lid, a color head-up display, upgraded leather upholstery, an upgraded driver 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 G80 5.0 ($54,600) includes all of the 3.8’s package content plus its V8 engine, 19-in wheels and a microfiber suedecloth headliner.
The G80 comes standard with stability control, antilock brakes, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. It also includes standard forward collision warning and automatic braking system, along with lane keeping assist, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, and a 3-year subscription to Genesis Connected Services (automatic crash notification, an emergency assistance button and stolen vehicle locator among other services).
The G80’s crash ratings are also superior. The government gave it a perfect five stars in every crash category — a rare feat. The non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ for its best-possible performance in all crash tests and for its Superior front crash prevention system.
Behind the Wheel
Driving the G80 3.8 and 5.0 models is a smooth, relaxing experience. The ride is supple, the cabin is whisper quiet and the engines dole out their power like a gentle wave shoving you forward. It’s not a barge, though, as the steering delivers linear responses and an appropriate amount of effort. Unfortunately, the body structure doesn’t feel as robust as those of competitors, as big bumps tend to send shivers through the car and sully its composure (note that this doesn’t affect its crash performance, which is exemplary). There’s also very little sporting about this car, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you’re seeking that.
There are no complaints under the hood. The base V6 is more than capable and for those more interested in all-out thrust than any semblance of corner-taking ability, there’s the mighty 5.0-liter V8.
Inside, you’ll be treated to just about every luxury convenience and tech feature available these days. The look is attractive, but some buttons look a bit too Hyundai in origin — the pricier G90 has bespoke-looking switchgear. In terms of space, it’s almost impossible to beat the G80 at this price range.
Other Cars to Consider
2017 Lincoln Continental — With a similar emphasis on comfort and power, there are many comparisons to be made with 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.
2017 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.
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 one like an A6?
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 Premium 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 smart buy.