2017 G80 New Car Test Drive
The 2017 Genesis G80 is essentially the previous Hyundai Genesis four-door luxury sedan. Rebadged as the Genesis G80, it now serves as the smaller of two models that form Hyundai's new luxury brand, the larger one being the all-new G90.
Little changed as the Hyundai Genesis metamorphosed into the Genesis G80, apart from an upgraded audio system and larger multiple-function instrument display. One revision is the inclusion of more active safety features as standard equipment. The styling is the same as before: Only the badges have changed.
As before, two engines are available: a sturdy V6 and a sizable V8. Base models get the 3.8-liter V6, which develops 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque, driving an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available with the V6.
Making a big jump in price, the aptly named G80 Ultimate sedan steps up to a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Only rear-drive is offered with the V8.
Base G80 models can hardly be dismissed as basic. The expanded list of standard active-safety features include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with stop/start, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Active head restraints also are standard. Nine airbags are installed, including a knee airbag for the driver.
While still in its Hyundai Genesis guise, the sedan earned a perfect rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, scoring five stars overall, as well as in every crash-test situation. Genesis also scored at the top in crash-testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, named a Top Safety Pick+.
The Genesis G80 3.8L ($41,400) comes with the V6, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity and streaming, Hyundai telematics, and hands-free trunk opening. Rear-wheel drive is standard. The G80 AWD 3.8L V6 ($43,900) includes all-wheel drive, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Options include a rearview camera, part of the Premium package that includes a panoramic sunroof, front/rear parking sensors, and ventilated front seats ($4,750). The Ultimate package ($8,950) upgrades further with softer leather seats, genuine wood trim, a head-up display, a 9.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, 17-speaker Lexicon audio, and a power trunk lid.
The Genesis G80 5.0L V8 Ultimate ($54,550) comes with the V8 engine and all the Ultimate features plus LED foglamps, 19-inch wheels, quad exhaust tips, and illuminated door sill plates.