2017 Genesis G80

Starting MSRP: $41,400 - $54,550

Estimated MPG: 18 city / 28 hwy

2017 Genesis G80 Review

The Genesis brand in the newest entrant in the luxury car segment. It's parented by Hyundai, and the marque's first product is the 2017 Genesis G80 sedan. With the G80, you get luxury transportation providing a spacious cabin, comfortable ride and generous feature content at a price that undercuts the competition's.

By Warren Clarke
Last Updated 04/18/2017

The G80 is essentially a rebadged version of the 2016 Hyundai Genesis, and it bears all the attributes that made that sedan an appealing and value-oriented choice. Relative to last year's Hyundai Genesis, the G80 benefits from an expanded list of standard features that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring.

The 2017 Genesis G80 is a full-size sedan with seating for five. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available, and all models come with an automatic transmission. The G80 is offered in 3.8 and 5.0 trims.

Exterior

Exterior
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It's critical for a luxury car to look the part, and the 2017 Genesis G80 passes this test with flying colors. During our time with sedan, it was frequently the recipient of compliments and admiring glances, and it was often mistaken for sedans from much costlier brands.

The G80 looks solid and expensive. In front, a hexagonal grille gazes out from between standard HID headlights. Its profile reveals fluid curves and a sculpted character line spanning the full length of the sedan. In back, standard LED wraparound taillights add modern flair to the car's rear fascia.

Base models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, a center high-mount stop lamp, a hands-free smart trunk with auto open, power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED daytime running lights and heated auto-dimming side mirrors with approach lights. Packages provide amenities such as 19-inch wheels, a power tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof and LED fog lights.

Interior

Interior
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The Genesis G80's cabin is roomy and comfortable. Legroom is especially abundant, and the seats are welcoming and supportive.

The 2017 G80 may be a low-cost leader in the luxury segment, but this isn't reflected in its cabin design or materials quality. The car's interior looks premium, and there is a sense of refinement all throughout. The design theme is lean and elegant. Our test car's interior had no unsightly gaps or mismatched edges, and every component in the cabin had clearly been assembled with meticulous care.

The sedan's roominess extends to its trunk. The G80 provides 15.3 cubic feet for your personal items. That's more than you'll find in rivals such as the Cadillac CTS (13.7 cubic feet) and Mercedes-Benz E-Class (13.1 cubic feet).

Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control. Upgrades include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, premium leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat cushion extender and side bolster.

Performance

Performance
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G80 buyers have a choice of two engines: a 3.8-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8. The V6 is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the V8 is rear-wheel drive only. All G80 sedans are governed by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 motivates the base G80, and it generates 311 horsepower 293 pound-feet of torque. With rear-wheel drive, this engine achieves fuel economy of 18/28 mpg city/highway. Select all-wheel drive and the Genesis’ fuel economy drops to 16/25 mpg.

The V8 rests under the hood of the Genesis 5.0, and it supplies 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The EPA rates this model at 15/23 mpg.

Passengers in the 2017 Genesis G80 enjoy ride quality that's smooth as cream. Our G80 3.8 test car generously soaked up road imperfections, and the cabin kept traffic noise at bay. Our G80's V6 responded eagerly to throttle inputs and provided prodigious power for highway cruising and passing maneuvers. Overall, the sedan felt tidy and contained on the road, despite its large dimensions.

Technology

Technology
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The G80's base trim comes with all the technology features you'll likely need. The list of standard amenities includes a navigation system, an 8-inch touch screen, a 4.3-inch multi-information display, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a CD player, an MP3 player, satellite radio, HD radio and a seven-speaker sound system. Genesis Connected Services is standard with all models, and this telematics system provides features such as remote start with climate control, remote door lock and unlock, roadside assistance and stolen vehicle recovery.

Available upgrades include a 9.2-inch touch screen, a 7-inch multi-information display, a color head-up display and a choice of 14- or 17-speaker Lexicon premium audio systems.

Navigating our test car's technology features was breeze. The G80's tech interfaces feature clear graphics and intuitive menus.

Safety

Safety
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In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the 2017 G80 achieved a flawless five-star score overall.

In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the G80 earned a top score of Good in all evaluations concerning crashworthiness, and the sedan was rated Superior for its crash avoidance and mitigation technology.

Standard safety features include dual-front air bags, a driver's knee air bag, electronic stability control, a tire-pressure monitoring system, a rearview camera, antilock brakes, brake assist and electronic brake distribution.

Base models offer a full complement of driver-assistive features. High beam assist, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection and adaptive cruise control are all standard. Front and rear parking sensors are available, and you may also step up to an upgraded rearview camera that features parking guidelines.

Cost-Effectiveness

Cost-Effectiveness
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You can purchase a base 2017 G80 for $41,400, not including a $950 destination fee. All-wheel drive adds $2,500 to this price. The 5.0 trim starts at $54,550, and it comes with the more powerful V8 engine.

Base models may be upgraded with a Premium package that rings in at $4,750 and adds amenities such as LED fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats and a 14-speaker sound system. The Ultimate package costs $4,200 and requires the purchase of the Premium package. It adds upgraded leather upholstery, a seat cushion extender and side bolster, a head-up display and a 17-speaker sound system. The top-of-the-line 5.0 trim includes all the features from the Ultimate package.

Our G80 3.8 test car was equipped with all-wheel drive and enhanced with the Premium and Ultimate packages. It was priced at $53,800, including destination.

A base RWD G80 3.8 comes very generously equipped. This model will meet most needs, unless you require all-wheel drive for tackling rough weather.

A 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan starts at $52,150, and an Audi A6 starts at $47,600. The G80 undercuts the price of both these segment leaders, and it also offers a much deeper assortment of standard features. While it may lack the brand cachet of these German rivals, it's impossible to argue with the G80's value proposition.

Overall

Overall
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Luxury-car shoppers are a discerning bunch. They're willing to pay top dollar to enjoy a product offering first-class design, materials, performance and amenities.

The 2017 Genesis G80 makes it clear you don't have to pay through the nose to have a well-made luxury car in your garage. It's a capable and credible newcomer to the segment, and it deserves to build an audience.