Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes and others should be concerned since an impressive luxury sedan has made its mark in this luxury market. And it’s an exceptional contender.
What we speak of is Genesis’s G series of luxury sedans. In case you don’t know, Genesis is the upscale division of Hyundai as Acura is to Honda and Lexus is to Toyota, to name a few.
Genesis was launched back in 2009 and has come on strong with luxury sedan and SUV buyers. And their warranties are the best in the business.
The Genesis family of luxury sedans include the G70, G80 and top-shelf G90. All Genesis sedans are rear drive, but AWD is optionally available.
We were privileged to test the G80 AWD midsize sedan that’s rated for 5-passengers.
This beautiful luxury sedan comes with impressive accolades. It was named Best Midsize Car in J.D. Powers 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, it ranked highest overall for tech innovation in Powers’ 2021 U.S. Tech Experience Index Study, plus it earned a Top Safety Pick Award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Appearance wise, the G80’s front end could be mistaken for an exotic Bentley. Its bold, eye-grabbing diamond pattern grille and fashionable thin-bar headlights and running lights are uniquely designed. Same goes for its LED taillights and swooping roofline that dips down to meet Ovid tailpipe extensions for a sporty, racy, aero (0.27 coefficient of drag) look.
G80s interior is spacious and exceptionally endowed with microfiber covered pillars/ headliners, carpeted console sides, Nappa leather heated/cooled front seats that are sofa soft and supportive with extended under thigh support. The front passenger seatback powers down for its occupant to take a nap.
In the heated back seats, they too are equally as cushy for two adults or three youngsters as the tall transaxle hump limits adult leg room.
Perched unobtrusively midway down the dash is a 14.3-inch infotainment display controlled by a console-mounted dial that includes a handwriting surface. It serves a host of functions and features including satellite radio, a rearview camera, frontal cam plus left and right camera’s when activating the left/right turn signals, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and much more. Then there’s Genesis Connected Services and navigation.
One added nicety are the Sounds of Nature audio selections that, instead of music, you can be soothed by the sounds of a Lively Forest, Calm Seas, Rainy Day, Open Air Café, Warm Fireplace or Snowy Day.
The vertical stack includes easy to use HVAC controls with selections displayed on the screen, and at the base, a wireless phone charger.
G80s console mounted 8-speed automatic transmission shifter is a rotary dial that pops up for selections of R, N, D and a center “P” button for park gear. A clean, flush and nifty arrangement. To the right of it is a single switch for drive modes of Comfort, Sport, Eco and Custom.
Then there’s the 12.3-inch instrument gauge cluster that includes a driver information display for driving alerts, functions and a host of features like a warning notice when waiting at a signal light and it turns green but the driver is occupied looking at a cell phone or gazing elsewhere. That, plus upon shutting off the ignition a notice appears to check the back seat – a safety feature if leaving a child, pet or packages on them.
And speaking of the latest technology, G80 has a camera-based suspension system that reads the road surface and automatically adjusts it for a comfy ride and handling.
Then there’s the remote park assist system that with the key fob outside the G80, you can position the car forward/backward in tight parking spots. And while behind the steering wheel, the system can self-parallel/perpendicular park. And lest I forget, power door closures.
G80s trunk is relatively spacious at 13.1 cubic feet with a 42-inch load depth. While the rear seatbacks don’t fold, there is a pass-through between the seats for carrying long items.
Beneath the trunk floor is the spare tire, jack and tools, but really no usable space to stow small items.
G80 is offered with a choice of a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder rated at 300-hp and 311 lb/ft of torque, or the tested 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 335-hp and 391 lb/ft of torque for EPA mileage estimates of 18 city, 26-highway mpg with start/stop engine technology and 8-speed auto trans with added paddle shifters. The combination provides a quick explosion of power that gives the impression a small V8 is under the hood. In Sport mode, shift points come at a bit higher rpm and steering feel is somewhat sportier. There’s certainly no want for power.
Shod with Pirelli 20-inch tires, G80 rides super smooth and very quiet. Only by opening a window can the engine be heard.
This attractive luxury sedan could easily serve as a downsized posh limo. And it should be considered the new benchmark for midsize AWD luxury sedans.
Now all this luxury, technology, comfort and top ratings doesn’t come inexpensively. But compared to the aforementioned competitors, G80 is competitively priced. It comes with an exhaustive list of standard safety features such as lane keeping and following assist, blind spot collision/avoidance assist, rear cross traffic/avoidance assist, safe exit assist, rain sensing wipers, rear occupant alert, panoramic sunroof and many more.
As for extra cost items, G80s base price of $62,250 escalated after adding Tasmanian Blue paint ($500); Prestige Package ($5,400) that included a long list of extras, the most significant was remote parking assist previously described.
With delivery of $1,045, G80 bottom-lined at $69,195. This is competitive, perhaps even less, than other luxury sedans in G80s class.
As an added incentive, G80 offers generous warranties of 5 year/60K new vehicle warranty; 10/100K powertrain; 7/Unlimited anti-perforation; 3/36K complimentary maintenance; 3/36K service valet; 3/complimentary Genesis Connected-Services; and 3/complimentary map care (navigation updates).
With all this, G80 buyers can’t go wrong with an AWD luxury sedan that is unlike most others.