2020 Genesis G80

MSRP $42,550

Ranked #7 in Fullsize Sedan

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2020 Genesis G80 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The G80 is a relatively new and convincingly affordable midsize luxury offering from Hyundai’s upstart luxury division called Genesis. The Genesis G80 strategically fills the slot between the entry-level G70 and the full-size G90 in the brand’s premium sedan portfolio. The 2020 model year does not bring in any significant updates to the line-up as the G80 is all set to go through a complete overhaul in the coming model year, which will also see the exit of the now top-spec, 5.0L v8 engine.

2020 Genesis G80 Latest Updates

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Pros

Luxurious and quiet cabin

Refined and powerful engine options

Tons of standard equipment

Value for money base pricing

Cons

Lackluster fuel economy

Uninspiring dynamics

What's New?

No major changes in the 2020 G80 as a redesign is proposed for 2021


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42550

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

231 cu.in.

horsepower

311 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

293 ft-lb. @ 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)

13.6/12.4 in.

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.

standing 1/4-mile

13.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$42,550 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Genesis G80 in Adriatic Blue color
Adriatic Blue

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

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The new Genesis G80 is offered in three different trims with all three getting their individual engine options. A similar transmission would be shared between the trims and AWD will come in as a $2,500 option. The base prices would start from around $42,550 while the top trim with the V8 will set you back close to 58 grand. In a segment that is predominated by the Germans, the 2020 G80 will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and the Audi A6.

2020 Genesis G80 Angular Front View
2020 Genesis G80 Angular Rear View

8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Genesis G80 Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Genesis G80 offers a wide variety of choices including options in engine and drivetrain. The three major trims of the G80 lineup are 3.8, 3.3T Sport, and 5.0 Ultimate. The prices for the base 3.8 trim starts from 42,550 while the fully specced AWD trim could set you back over 60 grand. All three engine options come mated to an electronic eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, while AWD is a $2,500 option. The trim features 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, and leather seating as standard. There are two packages available Sport and Ultimate which enriches the feature list rather significantly.

The 3.3T Sport owes its name to the rather sporty 3.3L twin-turbo V6 engine and a much sportier look. And it comes with a carbon fiber interior, 19-inch wheels, a 9.2-inch touch screen, and an adaptive suspension as standard. The top of the line 5.0 Ultimate is the only trim that comes with a V8 engine. The features list includes a simulated suede headliner, premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, multi-view camera, a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system, and more.

Model

3.8L

3.3T Sport

5.0 Ultimate

MSRP (RWD)

$42,550

$55,750

$57,500

MSRP (AWD)

$45,050

$58,250

$60,000

Key Features

3.8L V6 

3.3L twin-turbo V6

5.0L V8

 

18” alloy wheels with all-season tires

19” alloy wheels with all-season tires

Microfiber suede pillar and headliner

 

HID Bi-Xenon headlights

Front sport seats

Nappa Leather seating surface

 

12-way power-adjustable front seats

Adaptive suspension and upgraded brakes

Color heads-up-display

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Carbon fiber interior trim

Matte finish wood and aluminum trim

 

8” Touch screen navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

9.2” HD Touch screen navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Driver seats with cushion extender and adjustable side bolsters

 

7-speaker surround audio system

3-spoke sport steering wheel with optional heating function

17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knobs

Alloy sports pedal and footrest

Multiview parking camera

 

Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel

   
 

Driver assistance package including blind-spot detection and lane-keep assist

   

Which Trim should you buy?

The base Genesis G80 3.8L trim provides excellent value. It has a long list of features along with the similar looks of the higher trims. For as much as $42,000 we get a luxurious and comfortable cabin with a good set of features, an advanced safety system, and a powerful engine with many desirable features. The higher 3.3T trim has more power but the fairly large price gap of $13,000 makes it hard to recommend. The only notable drawback with the 3.8L trim would be that it lags behind the competitors in performance.

2020 Genesis G80 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2020 Genesis G80 is not shy in providing powertrain choices for its customers. The car provides three engine options for the buyer to choose from. The trim name denotes the engine used in the particular model. The 3.8L trim as its name suggests features a 3.8L V6 engine which produces 311 hp power and 293 lb.-ft torque. The 3.3T Sport trim features a 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 engine that outputs 365 hp power and 376 lb.-ft torque. The 5.0L Ultimate trim comes with a 5.0L V8 engine that has a capacity of 420 hp power and 383 lb.-ft torque. 

All of these engine choices are mated to an eight-speed Automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters. The G80 also features the choice of all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive on all three engines. The 3.3L twin-turbo V6 is the most refined and fun to drive. Even though the 5.0L V8 produces the most power, the performance is comparable to that of the 3.3T. Jam the throttle and the 3.3T does a 0-60mph run in just 5.9 seconds from a standstill.

Models

2020 Genesis G80

2020 BMW 540i

2020 Mercedes Benz E-450

2020 Audi A6 55 TFSI

MSRP

$55,750

$59,450

$61,550

$59,800

Engine 

3.3L Twin-turbo V6

3L Turbo Inline-6

3L Twin-turbo V6

3L Turbo V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic 

8-speed Automatic 

9-speed Automatic 

7-speed dual-clutch Automatic

Power 

365hp @ 6000 rpm

335hp @ 5500 rpm

362hp @ 5500 rpm

335hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque

376lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

332lb-ft @ 1380 rpm

369lb-ft @ 1600rpm

369lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.9

4.8

4.7

5.1

Quarter mile (sec)

13.7

13.4

13.6

13.8

Top Speed (MPH)

155

155

155

155

The E350, with its high power output and standard AWD system, snatches the 0-60 crown, posting a 4.7-second sprint. The lightweight BMW comes close with a 4.7-second run and even manages to outshine the Mercedes in the quarter-mile run. The G80 comes a close third with a time of 4.9 seconds but falls to the back of the pack in the quarter-mile run owing to its hefty chassis. High curb weight and low output are also possible reasons why the Audi came out to be the slowest here despite getting all-wheel-drive traction.

How well does the 2020 Genesis G80 handle?

The 2020 Genesis G80 is a comfortable cruiser. The ride is calm, quiet, and smooth no matter which seat you are in. The 2020 Genesis G80 is not sporty by any means and the way the chassis behaves is a prime example of that. It feels a bit lofty and unsettling even on the sportiest trims with adjustable damping rates. The steering lacks any kind of feedback and feels completely lifeless in the center. The G80s have not been very rewarding cars when it comes to spirited driving and the current iteration is no different.

That said, when the pace is set low, the light steering feels quick and responsive in turns with its 11.8: ratio rack. It scores high when it comes to the convenience factor for what it lost on outright handling. Genesis has tried to induce sportiness with visual bits, but mechanically this car is far from fun driving. Even though it has a floaty feeling on the highways, the overall high-speed stability is convincing and the comfort levels are excellent.

2020 Genesis G80 Braking Performance

The braking duties on the 2020 Genesis G80 are handled by ventilated discs on all four corners. The brakes are further complemented with ABS as well. As standard, you get 14.2-inch brakes at the front and 13-inch brakes at the rear. The driver can feel the instant response without any delay as soon as the person hits the stomps the pedal. Despite being heavy, the brakes are capable of bringing the car to stop from 60MPH at 124 ft.

Models

2020 Genesis G80

2020 BMW 5 Series

2020 Mercedes Benz E-Class

2020 Audi A6

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.2

NA

14.2

13.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13

NA

12.6

13

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4519

3847

4134

4266

60-0 MPH (feet)

124

110

127

NA

BMW has not released official data on the size of the hardware on offer but in real-world tests, the lightweight 540i performed the best, coming to a complete halt in just 110 feet. The 2020 G80, even though it boasts the largest set of brakes in the lot, takes around 124 feet owing to the high curb weight. The E 450 comes next with 127 feet stop while the A6, with its smallest-in-class rotors, should manage a figure under 130 feet.

2020 Genesis G80 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

All the engine choices on the 2020 G80 are quite thirsty resulting in low mpg figures. With multiple engine options and drivetrain combinations, the fuel economy is spread over a large spectrum. The base 3.8L V6 provides an efficiency of 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and a combined efficiency of 21mpg on the RWD variant. The fuel economy drops by 1-2mpg on the AWD variant. The 3.3T Sport offers almost similar efficiency at 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and a combined 20 mpg. The 5.0 Ultimate drops the efficiency to 15 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on highways, and a combined 18 mpg.

Models

2020 Genesis G80

2020 BMW 5 Series

2020 Mercedes Benz E-Class

2020 Audi A6

MPG (City)

17

22

20

22

MPG (Highway)

25

30

28

29

MPG (Combined)

20

25

23

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

20.3

18

21.1

19.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

345.1/507.5/406

396/540/450

422/590.8/485.3

424.6/559.7/463.2

The efficiency figures of the G80 are behind the competition by a lot. Even though the G80 has one of the largest fuel tanks here, the driving range still falls behind its competitors. The BMW 5 Series is the leader in terms of efficiency in this segment providing an impressive 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highways. The E-Class has the largest fuel tank in the lot which puts its highway driving range close to 600 miles.

2020 Genesis G80 Interior

8.0/10

The 2020 Genesis G80 can accommodate five adults and provides a good blend of luxury, comfort, and space. The high-quality materials and the good room on both front and rear seat rows make the cabin on par with its more costly competition. There are plenty of features inside the cabin with the intention of providing a relaxing atmosphere and passenger comfort. The standard seats are covered in leather upholstery with options to upgrade to Nappa Leather upholstery. The seats are power-adjustable and have cushion extenders as standard. 58.3-inches of shoulder room and 45.7-inches of legroom on the first row is the best in class.

The standard interior features a glossy wood trim with optional choices for soft leather and natural wood or carbon fiber trim. All the materials used are upscale and the cabin is designed logically with convenience in mind. Moreover, you get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and dual-zone automatic climate control as standard. Upgrading to the Sport trim gets you premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, front sport seats, and carbon-fiber trim, a bigger infotainment screen, premium audio system, and a whole lot more.

Models

2020 Genesis G80

2020 BMW 5 Series

2020 Mercedes Benz E-Class

2020 Audi A6

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/58.3/45.7

38.8/58.7/41.4

37.9/57.8/41.3

38/57.8/41.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/57.1/35

37.5/55.9/36.5

38.2/56.9/35.8

38.1/56.5/37.4

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

15.3

18.7

13.1

13.7

The Genesis G80’s interior is fairly big in comparison to its counterparts. It has the most legroom in the front and has the best shoulder room on both rows. The seats are really comfortable and provide plenty of support with accommodation for three on the rear. At the rear, A6 feels the most spacious of the lot with close to 37.4-inches of legroom to spare. The cargo capacity on the 2020 G80 is good at 15.3 cubic ft. However, the BMW 5 Series has the most cargo space, measuring in at a huge 18.7 cu-ft. Some standout interior features on the 2020 Genesis G80 :

  • Nappa leather seating surface
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and power-adjustable front seats
  • Carbon-fiber interior trim (o)
  • 7-inch color multi-information system
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated rear seats(o)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment unit on the Genesis G80 is really good and ticks all the boxes. The base model features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation and Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay. This system is supported by a 7-speaker audio system. The higher trims come with a 9.2-inch center touchscreen. This unit is supplemented by a 17-speaker lexicon surround-sound system. This car also features a wireless charging pad to hold up with the recent trends. Overall, the system is smooth, convenient, and easy to operate. The controls are logically placed which makes operating them a breeze. Also, voice commands and steering wheel-mounted controls are available for easy navigation. Standout infotainment features on the 2020 Genesis G80:

  • 9.2-inch HD touchscreen navigation system 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Lexicon 17-speaker Surround-sound Audio 
  • Steering mounted audio control
  • Standard navigation

2020 Genesis G80 Exterior

9.0/10

The looks of the new 2020 G80 would certainly appeal to people who love to stand out. One could argue that Hyundai recalled its flagship sedan only to relaunch it as the G80 a few years down the line. The 2020 Genesis G80 might be the last model of its first-generation but it is still a beauty to watch. Even with a design not too generic or instantly identifiable as an Audi, BMW, or a Mercedes, the G80 manages to stand apart in its looks. 

The 2020 G80 maintains classic sedan proportions with simple details and clean looks. The front fascia is complemented by a large grille on the front. The rear end also presents a clean look along with strong character lines through the sides. The G80 touts attractive 18 or 19-inch alloys depending on the model. Features like heated, power-folding exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers are all part of the standard package.

Models

2020 Genesis G80

2020 BMW 5 Series

2020 Mercedes Benz E-Class

2020 Audi A6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4519

3847

4134

4266

Length (inches)

196.5

194.6

193.8

194.4

Width (inches)

74.4

73.5

72.9

74.3

Height (inches)

58.3

58.2

57.8

57.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

NA

3.8

4.2

Wheelbase (inches)

118.5

117.1

115.7

115.1

The 2020 G80 is definitely the biggest car here when compared to its rivals. It is also heavier, longer, and wider than its counterparts. It has the longest wheelbase in the competition with 118.5 inches while the Audi A6 has the smallest wheelbase at 115.1 inches. Also, the car has a respectable ground clearance that is higher than both the Mercedes and Audi. The E Class is the smallest car in the bunch while the 540i find the perfect balance in size keeping the overall weight extremely low. Standout exterior features of the 2020 Genesis G80:

  • 19-inch sport alloy wheels
  • HID Bi-Xenon or full LED headlights
  • Genesis logo approach lights
  • Dual heated and power folding side mirrors 
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Hands-free smart trunk with auto open

2020 Genesis G80 Safety

7.0/10

The G80 scores top ratings in crash tests with a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS also awards a Good rating in all its tests with a Top Safety Pick + status. The 2020 Genesis G80 is loaded with advanced safety features and gets features like lane departure warning, lane watch systems, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control as standard. 

The only notable major missing feature is the driver assistance feature like hands-free traffic jam driving or navigation linked speed control. The safety quotient of the G80 is further enhanced by its features like Genesis Connected services, 24/7 enhanced roadside assistance, and complimentary scheduled maintenance. Standout safety features on the 2020 Genesis G80:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Hill assist control and Brake assist
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian Detection

2020 Genesis G80 Competition

6.0/10

2020 Genesis G80 vs 2020 BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is a well-built and driver focused mid-size sedan from the German brand. The 5 Series stands out in terms of its looks and fuel efficiency. The Genesis does a lot in providing luxury at a cheaper price tag but it still is no BMW. The handling and ride quality is also better on the BMW. But what makes the G80 preferable is that it provides similar performance and insane value for money with a similar or even better list of standard features. That said, if you love being behind the wheel, the 540i will serve you far better.

2020 Genesis G80 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz E Class

The Mercedes-Benz E Class remains superior to the Genesis with better ride quality, a silent cabin, and advanced technology. With a vast dealer network and better brand value, the Merc secures its position as the better of the two. But in the eyes of a customer who seeks more value-for-money than brand equity, the 2020 G80 earns a better spot. It provides almost the same amount of luxury and comfort for a much lower price. If you are not too brand conscious, the G80 has got it to take the fight to Mercedes.

2020 Genesis G80 vs 2020 Audi A6

The Audi A6 has all the advantages that the other German rivals have over the Genesis. Also, the A6 is the only car in this segment to feature an all-wheel drive as standard. The only advantages the G80 has over the A6 include better value for money, availability of a wider range of configurations, and better performance compared to the Audi. Given that the A6 is not that impressive when it comes to outright performance or handling, going for the 2020 Genesis G80 would at least save you a buck.

2020 Genesis G80 Final Verdict

Well, if you are someone looking for a luxury sedan but don’t want to go for the German rivals or looking to get better value, then the 2020 G80 is the way to go. Even in comparison to the higher-priced German rivals, the car stands tall. It is marvelous what the Korean brand has achieved in this short time and is bound to improve over time. The limited dealer network and lack of brand recognition can be bothersome to some people but that is soon bound to change. With other homegrown brands like Acura and Buick discontinuing their performance sedans the future looks bright for the Genesis G80.

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