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2019 Genesis G80 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 2, 2019


The G80 might seem like a toddler running in the veteran land, but Genesis sure knows how to impress. Adopting a simple business philosophy Genesis delivers a better product at a lower price than most competitors. This earns them a bulletproof blend of price, quality, and performance with which Hyundai's sister concern aims to reach its zenith soon. While Genesis's stable is filled with solid cars one sedan stands out for the third time in the row- The G80.

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Pros

Great price to power ratio

Spacious and plush interior

Lower cost than the competition

Cons

Constricted rear headroom

Big A pillars hamper visibility

Sub par fuel economy

What's New?

Refreshed infotainment

Introduced new 3.8 Package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42050

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

231 cu.in.

horsepower

311 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

293 lbs.-ft @ 5000 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.1/65.3

dimensions

wheelbase

118.5 in.

length

196.5 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

58.3 in.

curb weight

4195 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

107.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

1074 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/27 mpg

highway range

548.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Genesis G80 in Adriatic Blue color  2019 Genesis G80 in Havana Red color  2019 Genesis G80 in Siberian Ice color  2019 Genesis G80 in Polar Ice color  2019 Genesis G80 in Himalayan Gray color
Adriatic Blue

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Genesis G80 Base

Base

power
311 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$42,050 - $44,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.8 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,050 MSRP (19/22/27) 311 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
3.8 4dr Sedan AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,550 MSRP (18/20/25) 311 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Genesis G80 Sport

Sport

power
365 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
20 combined

$55,250 - $57,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.3T Sport 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $55,250 MSRP (17/20/25) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
3.3T Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $57,750 MSRP (17/20/24) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Genesis G80 Ultimate

Ultimate

power
420 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$57,000 - $59,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
5.0 Ultimate 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $57,000 MSRP (16/19/24) 420 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
5.0 Ultimate 4dr Sedan AWD (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $59,500 MSRP (15/18/23) 420 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


Genesis conjures three engine options to pair with the G80’s 8-speed automatic transmission. The basic G80 comes with a 3.8 L V6 engine which generates the maximum power of 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. The G80 might offer a great price to power ratio but still has a long way to beat it's Japanese and American counterparts.

2019 Genesis G80 Angular Front View, Blue, Metallic
2019 Genesis G80 Angular Front View
2019 Genesis G80 Angular Rear View, Blue, Metallic
2019 Genesis G80 Angular Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Genesis G80 Features

8.0/10

There are a total of 3 engines on offer on the Genesis G80 sedan. The base 3.8 V6 is available as both AWD and RWD. It can be bought for 3 configs, standard, premium and ultimate.

Features such as cruise control, heated power adjusted seats, LED DRL, Lexicon speakers, etc. are standard on these trims. Then, there is the newly introduced 3.3T V6 motor on the Sports trim of the G80. It is also available as RWD or AWD and in the same Premium and Ultimate trims. Sporty features such as adaptive dampers and visual features such as sporty front and rear bumper help differentiate these trims from others.

At the top is a 5.0L V6 engine which is offered in both AWD and RWD. The trims on offer are again the same, premium and ultimate. 19-inch alloy wheels, 17 speaker Lexicon system, 9.2 inch HD screen are some of the features that are standard on these trims.

All the trims are paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Trims Standard 3.8 RWD 3.8 Premium RWD 3.8 Ultimate RWD Standard 3.8 AWD 3.8 Premium AWD 3.8 Ultimate AWD
MSRP $42,050 $46,750 $51,850 $44,250 $49,250 $54,350
Features Smart Cruise Control with stop/start Includes Standard features Includes Standard and Premium Package features All Wheel Drive System Includes Standard features Includes Standard and Premium Package features
  Bi-Xenon HID headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) LED foglights Shift-by-Wire Smart Cruise Control with stop/start All Wheel Drive System Shift-by-Wire
  Heated dual power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators Power tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof Full LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) Bi-Xenon HID headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) LED foglights Full LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL)
  Power folding auto-dimming side mirrors with Genesis logo approach lights Lexicon 14-speaker surround-sound audio Premium leather seating surfaces Heated dual power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators Power tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof Premium leather seating surfaces
  Integrated Memory System for driver seat, side mirrors, and steering column 7-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display Power driver seat cushion extender and side bolster Power folding auto-dimming side mirrors with Genesis logo approach lights Lexicon 14-speaker surround-sound audio Power driver seat cushion extender and side bolster
  Leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel Wireless Device Charging (front) Qi standard Genuine matte-finish wood trim and aluminum trim Integrated Memory System for driver seat, side mirrors, and steering column 7-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display Genuine matte-finish wood trim and aluminum trim
  Haptic steering wheel/steering wheel audio, cruise, and phone controls Front and rear parking sensors Full-color Heads-up Display Leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel Wireless Device Charging (front) Qi standard Full-color Heads-up Display
  4.3-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display Ventilated front seats Multi-view Camera System Haptic steering wheel/steering wheel audio, cruise, and phone controls Front and rear parking sensors Multi-view Camera System
  An 8-inch touchscreen navigation system Heated rear seats 9.2" HD touchscreen 4.3-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display Ventilated front seats 9.2" HD touchscreen
  Rearview camera with parking guidelines Power rear sunshade Lexicon 17-speaker surround-sound audio An 8-inch touchscreen navigation system Power rear sunshade Lexicon 17-speaker surround-sound audio
  AM/FM/Sirius/HD Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 7 speakers Manual rear side window shades Power trunk lid Rearview camera with parking guidelines Manual rear side window shades Power trunk lid
  Apple CarPlay/Android Auto   Dual-mode front vent control and CO2 Sensor AM/FM/Sirius/HD Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 7 speakers   Dual mode front vent control and CO2 Sensor
  Front: 1 USB data/charge + 1 USB charge only     Apple CarPlay/Android Auto   Heated steering wheel
  Bluetooth hands-free phone system     Front: 1 USB data/charge + 1 USB charge only    
  Leather seating surfaces     Bluetooth hands-free phone system    
  12-way power heated front seats including power lumbar     Leather seating surfaces    
  Power windows with front and rear auto-down/up with pinch protection     12-way power heated front seats including power lumbar    
  Proximity Key with push-button start/Intelligent Drive Mode     Power windows with front and rear auto-down/up with pinch protection    
  Dual automatic temperature control     Proximity Key with push-button start/Intelligent Drive Mode    
  Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink     Dual automatic temperature control    
  Rain-sensing wipers with an auto defogging windshield     Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink    
  Hands-free smart trunk with auto open     Rain-sensing wipers with an auto defogging windshield    
  TPMS with individual tire pressure indicator     Hands-free smart trunk with auto open    
  Genesis Connected Services Telematics System with Connected Care, Remote & Guidance (3 years complimentary)     TPMS with individual tire pressure indicator    
  Sirius Travel Link (3 years complimentary)     Genesis Connected Services Telematics System with Connected Care, Remote & Guidance (3 years complimentary)    
        Sirius Travel Link (3 years complimentary)    

We Recommend

We recommend that you go for the newly introduced sport trim with its 3.3L twin-turbo V6. The engine feels great and offers the perfect balance of sportiness and luxury. The extra visual appliques add to the overall character of the car. Importantly, it's not more expensive over the standard 3.8L engined trim and is actually fun to drive as well.

2019 Genesis G80 Engine and Performance

This G80's focus isn't performance, but it offers enough of it for most owners. Most European competitors will be quicker and more engaging to drive, but the G80 is no slouch either. We do wish its electronic safety aids were far less intrusive"- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Genesis delivers a plentiful with three engine options, they kick start the G80 line up with a naturally aspirated 3.8L V6 engine, followed by a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 engine and ending it with a range-topping 5.0L V6 engine. All of them are paired with a slick 8-speed automatic transmission. The standard 3.8L V6 engine is an okay-ish engine at max which satisfies the needs of people who desire the only luxury from their vehicle. The new twin-turbo, on the other hand, is a delight to drive while the beastly 5.0L V6 is an out and out powerful engine that is an enthusiast's darling.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

MSRP

$42,050

$46,895

$49,945

$51,245

Engine

3.8L DOHC 24-valve V6

3.6L SIDI DOHC V6

3.7L Ti-VCT V6

3.5L V6 24V DOHC

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

311 hp

304 hp

305 hp

311 hp

Torque

293 lb-ft

264 lb-ft

280 lb-ft

280 lb-ft

On paper, the G80 is one of the better-powered cars amongst its rivals. The Lexus GS 350 features more or less the same power setup. The Cadillac XTS and the Lincoln Continental Premier while being thousands of dollars more expensive than the G80, fall short in terms of performance.

Acceleration

The acceleration on the G80 Standard is laid back, to say the least. The car takes its own sweet time to build up some momentum. Even when it is in the process of building speed there is absolutely no drama from the chassis or the engine in terms of sound or performance.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

060 mph

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

6.8 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.3 sec

14.9 sec

13.8 sec

Engine

3.8L

3.6L

3.7L

3.5L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.0

8.0

8.8

7.7

In comparison with rivals, the G80 takes 6.4 sec to go from 0 to 60 mph and the quarter of mile comes up in 14.7 sec. It is second to only the Lexus GS 350 which about 0.3 seconds faster in the 0-60 mph run and 0.9 seconds faster in the quarter-mile run. The Lincoln is closely behind the G80 at 6.8 seconds for 0-60 mph and the Caddy falls at the back of the pack with 6.9 seconds for 0-60 mph run.

Braking

The braking aspect of the G80 sedan will not for one moment let you forget that you're driving a luxury sedan. The pedal in itself is spongy and the response is relaxed, to say the least. The car requires a decent push of the pedal for the brakes to become active.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

60 0 mph

109

116

110

119

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4195

4021

4224

3726

Brake (Front)

13.6

13.6

13.9

13.1

Brake (Rear)

12.4

12.4

13.6

12.2

In comparison with the rivals, the Genesis comes out on the top with 109 ft stopping distance in a 60-0 mph halt even after sporting a curb weight of 4195 lbs. The Lincoln Continental is the second best at 110 ft while both the Lexus and the Caddy take over 5-10 feet more to stop than the G80.

Ride and Handling

The ride and handling of the G80 is calm and composed, to say the least. The car is tuned to be the best of luxury sedans and is not aiming at enthusiasts at all. The new 3.3T V6 engine does its bit to try to add a little sportiness to the persona of the car. But, all in all, the car suffers from being a hefty vehicle.

The steering response is just a little over nonexistent as is the case with most the luxury cars of the present times. The suspension, however, is pretty sweet at what it does by swallowing potholes and bad roads like they're nothing.

2019 Genesis G80 Fuel Economy

Fuel economy on the Genesis G80 is nothing that the company would put under the spotlight. The engines on the G80 are fuel guzzlers as most of them return a substandard fuel economy figure. The twin-turbo V6, however, is much better at it than the other engines.

In direct comparison with the competition, the Lexus GS steals the crown with only 1 mpg combined more than the G80 at 23 mpg. The Caddy offers pretty much the same FE as the G80 while the Lincoln is at the back end of the line with only 20 mpg combined.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

MPG (City)

19

19

17

20

MPG (Hwy)

27

28

26

28

MPG (Combined)

22

22

20

23

2019 Genesis G80 Interior

8.0/10

The interior space and controls are well-designed, with an easy-to-use interface and lots of adjustability for the driver. The most glaring oversight is the obstructed forward visibility while making left-hand turns. Together, the pillar and sideview mirror create considerable interference"- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Genesis continues its tradition by keeping the interiors as minimalistic as they can. Sure they are plush with a lot of soft touches like suede, leather, and high-quality plastics but the mediocre design may not appeal to a young buyer. Rather its a car for aged elitists with a matured taste in cars. Thanks to heightened roofline there is not short of room in the back or the front. However, the front passengers have it best as there are a number of features such as heat, ventilation, power adjustment, etc that are on offer to keep the plush-o-meter sticking to redline. Although the massage function is missing from the list, one can do without it easily.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (Ft.3)

107.7

104.2

106.4

99.0

Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.)

41.1/38.2

39.0/37.8

39.3/37.7

38.0/37.8

Legroom (Front/Rear) (in.)

45.7/35.0

42.1/40.0

44.4/41.3

42.3/36.8

Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) (in.)

58.3/57.1

57.9/56.3

58.3/55.9

57.3/55.7

The Genesis G80 is at the top in terms of passenger volume at 107 ft.cube. The headroom/legroom/shoulder room is best amongst the list of rivals. The Lexus GS 350 is the least spacious car in the list of rivals.

Infotainment System

The infotainment system on the Genesis G80 is straight out of some geek's basement. All the top of the line features such as Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Navigation, etc are standard throughout the line. The standard 8.0 inch HD screen is great to look at but the optional 9.2-inch screen is even better. The MMI system is similar to most tablets and smartphones of the day and provides fluid performance most of the time.

Cargo Capacity

The Genesis G80 is a notch lower than rivals in terms of cargo capacity. Despite being the larger one amongst its rivals the trunk volume is only 15.3 ft.cube. The engineers at the manufacturer have not made the best of the large dimensions of the G80

The Lexus GS 350 leads the race here with 18.4 ft.cube. Of boot space. The Cadillac XTS is second in line with the 18.0 cubic.ft. space and the Lincoln Continental is 3rd with 16.7 ft.cube. Of boot space.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

Trunk Vol. (Ft.3)

15.3

18.0

16.7

18.4

Interior Features

  • Power adjusted heated or ventilated front seats
  • 8.0 inch or 9.2 inch HD screen
  • Analogue Clock
  • Voice Command and Sat Nav
  • Leather Upholstery

2019 Genesis G80 Exterior

The 2019 Genesis G80 has subtle, clean styling that won't attract too much attention"- TheCar Connection

Design and Dimensions

The G80 is not exactly a head-turner though the harmonious design and roman shield-like front grill exude luxury in a very plain way. The clean design may be an attraction for some but a huge turnoff for others as the luxury sedan market is dominated by more provocative designs.

The Genesis G80 is a big and hefty car weighing in at around 4195 lbs. It also features the biggest wheelbase amongst its rivals which translated directly into segment-leading legroom for the passengers. The track width at the front and the rear is also something that the G80 has triumphed.

The Lincoln Continental is the only vehicles that come close to the Genesis G80 in terms of dimensions. As a matter of fact, it's the only car that is heavier than the G80.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4195

4021

4224

3726

Wheelbase (in)

118.5

111.7

117.9

112.2

Length (in)

196.5

200.9

201.4

192.1

Width (in)

74.4

72.9

75.3

72.4

Height (in)

58.3

59.4

58.5

57.3

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.0

5.5

5.1

Track Width Front (in)

64.1

61.7

63.2

62.0

Track Width Rear (in)

65.3

62.0

64.1

62.6

Exterior Features

  • Led DRL
  • Sunroof
  • 17 or 19-inch alloys
  • Projector headlamps
  • Hexagonal grille
  • Chrome appliques

2019 Genesis G80 Safety

The 2019 Genesis G80 is actually one of the better-equipped cars in terms of safety. A host of active features are always on the alert to keep the safety of the passengers under vigil. The NHTSA rating achieved by the G80 is 5 stars in under all categories. The IIHA too has given a superior rating to the Genesis G80 in under all the segments. It all culminates to prove that Genesis has left no stone unturned to ensure the well being of the passengers

  • 2 Front Headrests
  • 2 Rear Headrests
  • Auto Delay Off Headlights
  • Dual Front And Dual Rear Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Traction Control
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Rear Multi-Adjustable Headrests
  • Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Blind-Spot and Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

2019 Genesis G80 Competition

Genesis G80 vs Cadillac XTS

The Cadillac XTS is one of those sedans which are meant to be primarily enjoyed from the rear seats. The comfort and opulence the rear seat is unparalleled by a lot of cars in the segment, That said, the driver might not be the primary consumer but he sure as heck won't be disappointed. The car offers fair spirited performance to the driving counterpart as well.

All in all, the Caddy is about $6k expensive than the G80. But, it offers fair value for the extra price. If you want a chauffeur-driven vehicle, the XTS should be your choice but for anything else, the G80 is better value for money,

Genesis G80 vs Lincoln Continental Premier

The Lincoln Continental is on old school luxury car. The car offers traditional luxury that is big on form and function and offers clutter-free performance. The 3.7 Ti VCT engine fails to provide snappy performance but its actually adequate if you will take insights from the back seat.

One can never forget that the car is $10,000 expensive than the G80 and is significantly less snappy than the Lincoln Continental. All in all the Lincoln is a good car but the G80 offers better driver dynamics and greater driver-centric experience.

Genesis G80 vs Lexus GS 350

The comparison between the Lexus GS 350 and the Genesis G80 is a tough one. The styling element on the Lexus will most appeal more the masses. The interior quality of the Genesis takes it away by a thin margin mainly due to its stronger ergonomics. The engine response and stats of both cars are more or less the same.

Hence, it depends more on your personal preference as there is very little to differentiate these vehicles.

2019 Genesis G80 Final Verdict

While other automobile extremists fight over their version of the mid-sized market, Genesis flips the coin to infuse a simple approach. The G80 is a simple yet refreshing design forged in the most expensive materials which are clearly seen in the car's cabin. Apart from that, the G80 performs on multiple levels, it hammers out more horses and squeezes out more miles. Both these aspects topped with the class-leading luxury and on a below-average price make it a winner in every way.