2017 Genesis G80 Review

Fuel Type
City MPG
Highway MPG
  • Performance
    4.5 of 5.0
  • Cost of Ownership
    4.1 of 5.0
  • Interior
    4.5 of 5.0
  • Reliability
    4.5 of 5.0
12 Sep 2016

Hyundai has been hard at work on the new Genesis G80. Hyundai’s luxury vehicle segment Genesis, like Honda and Acura, recently became its own brand. Now, the new Genesis is a fantastic car in terms of engine power and technological equipment. The exterior of the car is also very good, though it isn’t as wonderfully aggressive as the concept car. However, looking at this car with a blank slate will not result in a negative reaction. The exterior’s simplicity works and has elevated this reasonably priced 2017 Genesis G80 to the level of a top-tier vehicle.

Exterior design

The first thing you’ll notice about the 2017 Genesis G80‘s front end is its resemblance to the Genesis G90. The front grille, for example, has the same shape, size, chrome strips running horizontally across the grille, and chrome outline as the G90. Furthermore, the fog lights are the same LED lights as on the G90 and are located above the air vents in the corners.

With this supreme luxury vehicle, Genesis, thankfully, has not succumbed to the copy/paste vision of many other premium car manufacturers. Despite the fact that some items are borrowed, the G80 has its own distinct appearance. The G90’s headlights and lower fascia are completely different. The lower air vent is a small strip, and the foglights are outlined by a small piece of body metal rather than merging into them. The hood is also curvier than on the G90, and the two creases that run across it are more exaggerated.

Moving on to the side, the almost perfectly straight body line that runs from the hood to the rear fender is a standout feature. It runs diagonally down there, following the curve of the taillight, which is a nice touch. As a finishing touch, there is a small crease on the lower side of the car with a chrome line.

The sharply designed taillights and the total of four exhausts, two on each side, make the back of the car stand out. The back window is steep and flows smoothly into the trunk lid.

The exterior color is one of eight options.

Interior design

The interior design is perhaps even more impressive than the premium exterior. Genesis has been watching Mercedes and BMW’s moves and drawing inspiration from their design abilities. As a result, the interior is wonderfully luxurious and classy, while also looking cool and comfortable. The upscale and posh interior of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury sedan was clearly the vision Genesis pursued.

The 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80 will be available with a beige two-tone leather interior. The dash and door panel inserts are a lovely matte finished dark brown type of wood. This combination unquestionably meets the “premium” standard that Genesis established for their first individual brand-released vehicle.

An 8-inch TFT-screen serves as the standard infotainment display. This is paired with a Lexicon sound system that includes 14 speakers, a 12-channel amplifier, and Discrete Logic 7 Surround. It also has a number of USB ports. The optional infotainment system includes the same audio system as the standard one, but it also includes a 9.2 inch TFT-screen and a 64 GB hard drive.

The standard digital gauge cluster features a 4.3-inch TFT screen that can be upgraded to a seven-inch screen. Heated seats are standard, with additional ventilation available as an option.

There is no infotainment for passengers in the back seat. The cargo space, on the other hand, is enormous.

Engine specs

The 2017 Genesis G80 comes standard with two engines. The first is a 3.8-liter V6 engine with a variable intake system, triangular fuel injectors, and a two-stage oil pump. All of these factors combine to make this engine capable of producing 311 horsepower, which is a significant accomplishment.

The other engine is a 5.0-liter V8 engine dubbed Tau by Genesis. High pressure direct injection, upgraded multiple injection mapping, and increased compression have all been added to the engine. The V8 Tau engine produces an impressive 420 horsepower.

Both engines are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive as standard. Four wheel drive is available as an option. The G80 also has several driving modes, including Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow.

In Europe, a 2.2-liter diesel engine with 205 horsepower will be available beginning in April 2017.

Tech specs

The infotainment system is compatible with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The system includes app-based navigation, audio streaming, smartphone app compatibility, and voice control as standard. Bluetooth, SiriusXM, and HD radio are also available.

Intelligent cruise control with stop/start, as well as a rear view camera with optional parking guidelines, are useful standard tech features. Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Automatic Emergency Braking, and High Beam Assist are also standard safety features. With this array of safety and other technological features, the 2017 Genesis G80 is one of the best-equipped vehicles on the market today.

Price and sale date

The starting price for a rear-wheel-drive 2017 Genesis G80 3.8 is $41,400 and all-wheel drive is $43,900. The top trim, the Genesis G80 Ultimate, which is the only one with the 5.0-liter V8 engine, costs $54,550. For US markets, the current sale date is the end of September.