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2021 Genesis G80 Review

BODY TYPE: Sedan / Luxury
When it was spun off into a carmaker in its own right by Hyundai in 2015, Genesis entered the luxury car market with the G90 sedan, a rebadged and improved variant of what was until then the Hyundai Equus. It would be the following year’s G80 however that would cement the nameplate’s position into the segment.
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A direct successor of the Hyundai Genesis executive sedan, the G80 has become in the short life of the carmaker “the core of the brand,” as the top brass like to say.

Technically, there were only two generation of the G80 released so far, the first one introduced in 2016 and now the new version that made its debut at the end of March 2020. For some reason, Genesis calls it the third.

Built on a brand new platform and making use of the latest advancements in terms of technology made over the years, the new G80 is an entirely new breed of monster.

1Exterior design & features

As its predecessor, the G80 is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, only this time it comes on a new platform that lowers the body more than ever before, and supports a wider and more stable cabin. The car is also lighter by 110 kg thanks to the extensive use of aluminum.

The differences between the new and the old generation are huge, and instantly recognizable. At the front, for instance, it seems like nothing of the old version was kept. The new G80 now has the carmaker’s so-called Crest grille, huge in size and spreading almost the entire width of the front, replacing the previous, rather dull and conventional one.

The headlights have been replaced as well, Genesis going for the technology it calls Quadlamps, The rectangular double-lined design of these elements perfectly matches the insanely large grille, and is continued to the sides of the car and all the way to the rear lights.

Riding on 20-inch wheels, the G80 wears a chrome element running from behind the front wheels to the rear. There, the fastback-looking lines that have been pivotal to the G80 family is kept, only this time they end in an even more sloping decklid, and rear Quadlamps. The dual exhausts are shaped in such a way as to mimic the look of the Crest grille seen at the front.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

The interior design is again a major departure from what came before. And the new one is based on traditional Korean architecture, says Genesis.

The first thing one notices when stepping inside the vehicle is the increased visibility. That was achieved by significantly thinning the A-pillars and reducing the dimensions of the interior mirror, but also by reducing the height of what was until now a rather generously-sized dashboard.

The entire dashboard is now split in two halves, the upper one holding the large center touchscreen, while the lower one most of the controls needed for the car’s systems. For the record, there still are buttons and switches, but their number is lower than what came before.

Because the new G80 is built on a new platform there seems to be a tad more legroom inside the vehicle, while extra headroom was gained by lowering the seating height of the rear seats.

Befitting a luxury sedan, the materials chosen to cover the car’s interior surfaces include leather, soft-touch fabrics and open pore wood.

3Gadgets

There are two screens acting as interface between the driver and the car, one being the instrument cluster and the other the infotainment screen. There is also a head up display showing relevant information to the driver.

The instrument cluster is 12.3-inches in size, and renders the information in a 3D mode, but it can be set to show it 2D. The infotainment screen comes as a huge 14.5-inch hardware; the touch function of the screen supports handwriting, eliminating the need for a virtual keyboard.

The Genesis G80 supports over the air updates, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and is equipped with ambient lighting.

4Performance

There are three engines forming the powertrain lineup for the Genesis G80, but only two of them will be available on the American market.

There are two gasoline units, both available globally. They are the 2.5-liter turbocharged Inline-4 that develops 304 ps and 311 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 that cranks out 380 ps and 391 lb.-ft. of torque.

The diesel is the one that will not be available for Americans. We’re talking about a 2.2-liter Inline-4 that develops 210 ps of power.

5Safety

The list of safety systems included in the G80 is impressive, as it comprises most of the ADAS technologies now available on the market, from collision to driving assist: smart cruise control, forward and blind spot collision avoidance, and highway driving assist.

There are 10 airbags fitted in the G80, including front, side and center. This last one is positioned between the front seat occupants and is meant to help prevent secondary contact between occupants in a side impact.

Separately, the electronically controlled suspension makes use of a camera to preview the road ahead and adjust to reduce road impacts.

6Conclusion

The new Genesis G80 start rolling out in spring 2020, at first in the home market of South Korea.

Genesis hopes the new generation would at least keep pace with the previous generation, if not build upon them. Despite the model being at the core of the brand, the sales figures are not exactly impressive, not even for the luxury segment: in 2019, for instance, there were a little over 7,000 G80s sold in the U.S.

Then again, Genesis is more of a niche brand among its luxury segment competitors, and even a minor increase in sale once the new generation arrives can be considered a victory.