2017 Genesis G80

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2017 MODEL
$41,400 - $54,550 See Inventory Prices

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There is a change in the air as Hyundai's luxury arm Genesis is set out to make a name for itself in the German-dominated luxury sedan segment. In a bid to further enhance their presence in this segment, Genesis has launched the all-new 2017 Genesis G80 luxury sedan.

One look at the G80 sedan is enough to make out that Genesis means business and they are here to stay. The feature list is just as long and in some cases, even longer than all the German, American or Asian rivals. Be its advanced safety features, first-class cabin, impressive driving dynamics or a truck like utility, the 2017 Genesis G80 appears to have it all under its belt.


7.7/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine

 

5.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

With a base price tag $41,375, the car screams value for money. Moreover, it has two powertrain options. There are a total of 3 variants on offer. So, every buyer can find their version of the G80 sedan. In its base trim, the G80 sedan competes against Cadillac XTS, Lincoln Continental Premier and Lexus GS 350.

2017 Genesis G80 Features

7.7/10

The Genesis G80 is offered in 2 trim options the Standard 3.8 RWD and the 5.0 Ultimate RWD. The Standard 3.8 comes with a 3.8 L motor is accessible as both AWD and RWD. Features such as cruise control, heated power adjusted seats, LED DRL, Lexicon speakers etc. are regular features on the Standard 3.8 trim. Other features such as a separate USB port for the front and the rear also make it to the list.

Trims

Standard 3.8 RWD

Standard 3.8 AWD

5.0 Ultimate RWD

MSRP

$41,375

$44,250

$54,550

Features

•    Integrated Memory System for driver seat, side mirrors and steering column
•    8-inch touchscreen navigation system
•    Rearview camera with parking guidelines
•    AM/FM/Sirius/HD Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 7 speakers
•    Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
•    Bluetooth hands-free phone system
•    Leather seating surfaces
•    12-way power heated front seats including power lumbar
•    Power windows with front and rear auto-down/up with pinch protection
•    Proximity Key with push-button start/Intelligent Drive Mode
•    Dual automatic temperature control
•    Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink
•    Genesis Connected Services Telematics System with Connected Care, Remote & Guidance (3 years complimentary)
•    Sirius Travel Link (3 years complimentary)
 
•    All of 3.8 RWD plus
•    All Wheel Drive System
•    Smart Cruise Control with stop/start
 
•    Includes 3.8 Ultimate Package plus
•    5.0L GDI DOHC V8
•    19-inch alloy wheels
•    Quad exhaust tips
•    Illuminated door sill plates
•    Microfiber suede headliner
•    Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
•    Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
•    Blind Spot Detection (BSD)/Rear 

The 5.0 Ultimate trim comes with the 5.0L V6 engine which is only offered with an RWD drivetrain configuration. It comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, 17 speaker Lexicon system, and 9.2 inch HD screen. All the trims are paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

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Although the 5.0L V6 appears to be a satisfactory deal with the enhanced power figures and a longer feature list, it sports a price tag with a whopping 15k over the base model. As the vehicle thrives on its value for money appeal, the standard 3.8L trim makes more sense. It is available in both AWD and RWD so all-weather drivability should not be an issue either.

2017 Genesis G80 Engine

7.5/10

“The 2017 G80 isn't a sport sedan, even with the 5.0 Ultimate's engine and transmission control parameters set to Sport mode. But most drivers should still be quite happy with the way it drives. Around turns, it responds precisely to steering inputs and has adequate grip for a sedan of its size, despite its hefty weight. The ride quality is decent enough, and it's never unruly.” -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

As aforementioned, the G80 offers two engine choices - starting from the naturally aspirated 3.8L V6 engine and the range-topping 5.0L V6 engine. Both of them are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The standard 3.8L V6 engine shows great refinement and daily drivability which satisfies the need of people who desire luxury from their G80 sedan.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

MSRP

$41,375

$45,595

$44,695

$50,695

Engine

3.8L DOHC 24-valve V6

3.6L SIDI DOHC V6

3.5L 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 engine setup. The Cadillac XTS and the Lincoln Continental Premier while being thousands of dollars expensive than the G80, falls 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 momentum. Even when it is in the process of building speed there is absolutely no drama from the engine.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

0-60 mph

6.4 sec

6.4 sec

6.8 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.8 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 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.

Ride and Handling

The handling dynamics of the G80 is calm and composed. The car is tuned to be the best of luxury sedans and is not aiming to thrill people with its canyon-carving potential. Therefore, the engine takes some huffs and puffs to get all 2 tons of the luxury sedan rolling.

The steering response is not illustrative and is similar to most of the cars in this segment. The suspension, however, is pretty sweet at filtering out impacts from potholes and bad roads like they’re nothing.

Braking

The braking aspect of the G80 sedan will not let you forget, 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 realize their full potential.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

 

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

60-0 mph

109

116

110

119

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4195

4006

4224

3726

Brake (Front)

13.6

13.6

13.9

13.6

Brake (Rear)

12.4

12.4

13.6

12.4

In comparison with the rivals, the Genesis comes out on the top with 109 feet 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 feet while both Lexus and Caddy take over 5-10 feet more to stop.

2017 Genesis G80 Fuel Economy

5.3/10

Fuel economy on the Genesis G80 is nothing that the company would put under the spotlight. The engines on the G80 are gas guzzlers and return a substandard fuel economy figure.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

 Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

MPG (City)

18

18

17

20

MPG (Hwy)

28

28

26

28

MPG (Combined)

22

22

20

23

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.

2017 Genesis G80 Interior

8.0/10

“The Genesis G80's leather-lined, 5-passenger interior is among the roomiest in its class, making it a pleasurable place for all occupants. In addition to its sheer space, we appreciate the Genesis' layout.” -KelleyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

Thanks to heightened roofline there is no shortage of headroom at the back and front. However, the front passengers have it best as there are features like power adjustable heated and ventilated seats. Although massage function is missing from the list one can manage without it.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

 Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (Cu-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 cu-ft. The headroom/legroom/shoulder room is best amongst the list of rivals. The Lexus GS 350 is the least spacious car in this comparison.

Infotainment

The infotainment system on the Genesis G80 is on par with the industry standards. Features such as Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Sat-Nav. 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 times.

Interior Features

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

Cargo Capacity

The Genesis G80 is a notch lower than the rivals in terms of cargo capacity. Despite sporting the largest dimensions amongst its rivals the trunk volume is only 15.3 cu.-ft. The Lexus GS 350 leads the race here with its 18.4 cu.-ft. of rear cargo space. The Cadillac XTS is second in line with the 18.0 cu.-ft. 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

2017 Genesis G80 Exterior

8.2/10

“The G80's overall style is nearing a crossroads. Audi influence is immediate up front; BMW's style along the side is apparent too, but the G80 is starting to make waves on its own front with a crisp character line and a softer take from the rear that's more true to its mission.” -TheCarConnection

Dimensions and Weight

The Genesis G80 is a big and hefty car weighing in at 4195 lbs. It also features the longest wheelbase amongst its rivals which translates 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.

Model

Genesis G80 Standard

Cadillac XTS

Lincoln Continental Premier

Lexus GS 350

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4195

4006

4224

3726

Wheelbase (in)

118.5

111.7

117.9

112.2

Length (in)

196.5

202.0

201.4

192.1

Width (in)

74.4

72.9

75.3

72.4

Height (in)

58.3

59.1

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

The Lincoln Continental is the only sedan that comes close the Genesis G80 in terms of dimensions. As a matter of fact, it’s the only car that is heavier than the G80.

Exterior Features

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

2017 Genesis G80 Safety

8.0/10

Genesis G80 hasn’t been tested by NHTSA, yet.

Crash-test ratings from the independent IIHS is available.

Crashworthiness

Small Overlap Front Driver Side

Good

Small Overlap Front Passenger Side

Good

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

 

Crash Avoidance Prevention & Mitigation 

Front Crash Prevention

Superior

The 2017 Genesis G80 is actually one of the better-equipped cars in terms of safety. A host of active features are always on alert to keep the driver and the passengers, safe. The IIHS has given a superior rating to the Genesis G80.

Safety Features

  • Blind-Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Rear Multi-Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Traction Control
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front And Dual Rear Side-Mounted Airbags

2017 Genesis G80 Competition

Cadillac XTS vs Genesis G80

The Cadillac XTS is one of those sedans which are meant to be primarily enjoyed from the rear seats. In terms of comfort and opulence, the rear seat is unparalleled at this price range. The XTS offers fair driving performance. 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.

Lincoln Continental Premier vs Genesis G80

The Lincoln Continental is on the old-school luxury car. The Continental offers traditional luxury that is big on form and function. The 3.7 Liter Ti-VCT engine fails to provide the right performance but it's actually adequate if you are going be chauffer driven.

One can never forget that the car is $10,000 more expensive than the G80 and significantly offers lesser performance. All in all the Lincoln is a decent car but the G80 offers better driving dynamics.

Lexus GS 350 vs Genesis G80

The comparison between the Lexus GS 350 and the Genesis G80 is a tough one. The styling element on the Lexus will appeal more to 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 performance figures of both the cars are similar. Hence, it depends more on your personal preference as there is very little to differentiate these vehicles.

2017 Genesis G80 Final Verdict

The Genesis G80 is a masterstroke by the Koreans. The Genesis G80 is one such car which can give even the most established German or Japanese counterparts a run for their money. Sure you have to spend substantially more over the base variant to get any sort sportiness from the car but it is up for grabs nonetheless. But, from the back seat, where most of the potential owners would be enjoying this car, it is a flawless car even for base variant.

Pros

Exquisite interior

Excellent safety features

Value for money

Cons

Wallowy Handling

Low on fuel efficiency

What's New?

Gets a new name(formerly called as Hyundai Genesis)

Several optional features of last year are now standard

Android auto and Apple CarPlay available on all trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

147 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

231 cu. in.

horsepower

311 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

293 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4 in. ventilated front disc/13.6 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

118.5 in.

length

196.5 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

58.3 in.

curb weight

4290 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

107.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

180 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/22/28 mpg

highway range

568.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Genesis G80 in Sevilla Red color  2017 Genesis G80 in Santiago Silver color  2017 Genesis G80 in Patagonia Blue color  2017 Genesis G80 in Parisian Gray color  2017 Genesis G80 in Pamplona Red color  2017 Genesis G80 in Manhattan Brown color  2017 Genesis G80 in Ibiza Blue color  2017 Genesis G80 in Himalayan Gray color
Sevilla Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.7

Engine

7.5

Fuel Economy

5.3

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.2

Safety

8.0

Driving

8.1

Comfort

7.9

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Genesis G80 3.8

3.8

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

$41,400 - $43,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.8 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,400 MSRP (18/22/28) 311 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
3.8 4dr Sedan AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,900 MSRP (16/19/25) 311 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Genesis G80 5.0 Ultimate

5.0 Ultimate

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

$54,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
5.0 Ultimate 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $54,550 MSRP (15/18/23) 420 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA