2021 Genesis G80

MSRP range: $47,700 - $62,250
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2021 Genesis G80 Review

  • Costs less than comparable luxury sedans in its class
  • Roomy interior stays quiet at highway speeds
  • High-quality interior design and materials
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Rides less smoothly than some rival sedans
  • Infotainment interface takes some getting used to
  • Cargo space is limited by a rear seat that won't fold flat
  • Redesigned for 2021
  • More powerful engines
  • New technology features
  • Launches the second G80 generation for 2021

The idea of a Korean luxury automaker was the furthest thing from the public's collective mind when Hyundai launched the Genesis sedan in 2009. But slow and steady progress has indeed resulted in a stand-alone Genesis brand (starting in 2017) and now a full redesign of the midsize sedan that started it all.

The 2021 Genesis G80 builds on the groundwork laid by its predecessors, offering more technology, driving aids and luxury features than ever before. Genesis has also given it the quad headlight design and large grille that it first introduced on the new GV80 SUV and refreshed G90 large sedan.

The G80 is powered by your choice of two engines. The previously standard V6 has been replaced by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 300 horsepower. For more power, there's a new turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with 375 hp. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional for the latest G80.

It's a pretty compelling package compared to luxury stalwarts such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Although these sedans haven't been as recently redesigned as the G80, they offer exceptionally high levels of refinement and technology. Other brands, such as Lexus and Volvo, offer luxury alternatives as well. What's our take? Check out the categories of our Expert Rating below for our in-depth review on the new G80.

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The second-generation Genesis G80 is to its predecessor the way Pulp Fiction is to Reservoir Dogs: the follow-up smash hit to the groundbreaking first attempt. Interior design and materials are on-point, and the driving experience is thoroughly improved. This is a luxury sedan that bypasses the American and Japanese competition to truly go toe-to-toe with the German leaders in this class. However, a few missteps leave it short of the standards set by top-tier rivals.
The redesigned G80 is a solid performer all around. The turbocharged V6, which is what we tested, has plenty of power whether you're hoofing it from a stop or need a squeeze of power on the highway. At our test track, our V6-equipped G80 test vehicle accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. That's a bit slower than six-cylinder German rivals but right on point with the Cadillac CT5 V-Series. Other highlights include smooth and quick transmission shifts and an unobtrusive engine stop-start system.

The G80 3.5T comes standard with an adaptive suspension. (It's otherwise optional on the 2.5T.) Put the car in its Sport mode and the suspension firms up and does a good job of reducing body roll when you drive around turns.
The G80 is sport sedan adjacent, so it should be exceedingly comfortable, right? Yes. Mostly. The plush seats are wonderfully supportive and wide without making you feel like you're being swallowed by them. Other highlights include nicely sculpted rear outboard seats and quick heating for the seats and steering wheel.

Now for the "mostly" part. We expected more from the G80's trick road-scanning adaptive suspension. Overall tuning is on the soft side when you put the car in Normal mode. Pleasingly, there's no residual bounciness after traveling over bigger bumps. However, the ride can get overly brittle over cracked pavement. There's also some noticeable road noise, though wind and engine noise is sufficiently muted.
An agreeable ride height and narrow door sills make it easy to get in and out of the G80. The driver literally has the best seat in the house, with additional adjustments (including massage) that aren't available on the front passenger seat. The view outward, though not bunker-like, is hampered slightly by thick front and rear pillars and a tall decklid. Certain features included on our tester — including surround-view and blind-spot cameras — definitely help.

Once inside, tall folks might notice their hair brushing against the headliner in either row. Sub-6-footers should have no problem, however, and you can always slouch a little and take advantage of the prodigious amount of legroom.

The dashboard layout and design are attractive, with a pleasing selection of physical buttons for controls that you might use frequently. The touchpad/wheel infotainment controller presents an initial learning curve. Some of our drivers found it became second nature after some practice, but others never warmed up to it. The display is a short but ultra-wide touchscreen. Touching the right side of it from the driver's seat can be a stretch.
The 21-speaker Lexicon audio system is mind-blowing. Throw on some hip-hop or electronica, and you'll feel the bass in your bones. Even at higher volumes, the speakers did not distort or get muddy. We've experienced inferior systems in Bentleys. The navigation system offers multiple input methods for easy destination search, and the maps display is bright and free of clutter. Using the touchpad/wheel can be distracting, and the voice recognition system returns hits as often as misses. Audi's MMI and Mercedes' MBUX are much better.

The driver aids are fine. The adaptive cruise control works well but the lane-centering feature will sometimes ping-pong the vehicle to either side of the lane. That's not terribly unusual at this stage of automated technology development, but rivals are a little bit smarter. A larger dip in surface pavement caused the collision mitigation braking feature to trigger and momentarily pump the brakes. This is totally unacceptable on any vehicle.
At 13.1 cubic feet, the G80's trunk is larger than the CT5's, the same as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class' but a bit smaller than the BMW 5 Series'. It is quite deep, however, and there are pockets with nets behind each of the wheelwells. Interior storage space is more impressive, with numerous large bins and trays sprinkled throughout the cabin.

Got kids? It can be initially difficult to install a child safety seat because the lower car seat anchors are not as easily accessible as those in other luxury sedans. But once you've got that done, the large rear doors and expansive rear legroom make it easy to get infants in and out.
The V6-powered, all-wheel-drive G80 is rated at 21 mpg combined (18 city/26 highway). These numbers aren't stellar for the class, especially since the big three Germans all use mild hybrid powertrains that boost fuel economy. That said, we achieved 24.1 mpg on our mixed-driving 115-mile evaluation route, illustrating that the EPA's numbers should be easy to achieve in real-world driving. The G80 is also more efficient than rivals without whizbang technology. A similarly configured Cadillac CT5 has identical EPA estimates, yet we observed 21 mpg on our evaluation route.
Value has always been a Genesis strong suit, and the G80 starts off thousands of dollars less than its German competition. However, our fully loaded test G80 cost more than $69,000, which is only slightly less expensive than similarly equipped top-tier rivals. Conclusion: The G80's best value is lower on the trim ladder.

Interior materials are a pleasant mix of leather, faux leather, open-pore wood and aluminum. The overall effect is simply stunning, especially when you compare this G80 against its predecessor. That said, our tester exhibited a popping noise after hitting a bump or turning the wheel full lock at low speeds, which really marred the luxury experience.

Genesis' warranty coverage can't be beat: five years/60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain. Three years/unlimited miles for roadside assistance is a little stingy, but three years of complimentary maintenance is among the segment's best.
The G80 is supremely comfortable in most situations, whether you're stuck in traffic, puttering around town, or cruising on the highway. It's a little slower and less fun to toss around than Germany's best, but the G80 gives you 95% of what you'd expect from a midsize luxury sedan.

Genesis' new shield-like grille is an acquired taste, but you have to admit the G80 doesn't blend into the ether of parking lots anymore. The new cabin design is also hugely impressive compared to the previous model. While the first-generation G80 did a great job differentiating itself from its Hyundai roots, the second-gen model allows Genesis to forge its own distinct identity.

Which G80 does Edmunds recommend?

For the full luxury sedan experience, we'd opt for the G80 3.5T for its more powerful engine and greater number of standard features. To that, we'd add the Prestige package for its impressive array of features. You may want to opt for all-wheel drive if you live in an area with inclement weather.

Genesis G80 models

The 2021 Genesis G80 is available in two trim levels that depend on the engine selected. The G80 2.5T is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (300 horsepower, 311 lb-ft) and the G80 3.5T uses a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (375 horsepower, 391 lb-ft). Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be optioned with all-wheel drive. Highlighted standard features include:

G80 2.5T
Starts you off with:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED exterior lighting
  • Proximity key with push-button ignition
  • Power-adjustable and heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Simulated leather seating surfaces
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 12-speaker audio system
  • 14.5-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Navigation
  • Heated rear seats and steering wheel (with all-wheel drive)

The Genesis G80 also comes with a host of standard safety features, such as:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Genesis and the car in front)
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Evasive steering assist (enhances the forward collision mitigation system with steering-based collision avoidance)
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

Two packages are available for the G80 2.5T:

  • Advanced package
    • 19-inch wheels
    • Hands-free power trunk opener
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Special wood trim
    • Power rear sunshades
    • Three-zone climate control
    • Lexicon audio system with 21 speakers
  • Prestige package
    • Leather seating surfaces
    • Soft-close doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)
    • Wireless device charger
    • Heated rear seats and steering wheel (for rear-wheel-drive 2.5T)
    • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the G80 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
    • Blind-spot camera (displays an image of the vehicle's blind spot in the instrument panel when you activate a turn signal)
    • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
    • Remote automated parking system (pulls in or out of a parking spot via remote control from the key fob)

G80 3.5T
Compared to the base 2.5T, the 3.5T has the more powerful V6 as well as:

  • Contents of the Advanced package
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Soft-close doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)
  • Wireless device charger

One package is available for the G80 3.5T:

  • Prestige package
    • Features from the 2.5T's Prestige package that otherwise weren't standard on the 3.5T
    • 20-inch wheels
    • Upgraded leather seating surfaces
    • Microfiber suede headliner
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
    • Digital gauge cluster

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Genesis G80.

Average user rating: 4.0 stars
2 total reviews
5 star reviews: 50%
4 star reviews: 0%
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2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • value
  • warranty
  • road noise
  • comfort
  • acceleration
  • handling & steering

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Love this car
2.5T 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The new2021 Genesis G80 is a work of art. Styling awesome, features exceptional, ride quiet, comfortable, good handling and acceleration. While early in ownership, this car is exceptional for price. Warranty is better than competitors, service included, list goes on. This is impressive.
3/5 stars, G80's-five-star... company-pricing-policy... not
3.5T 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
... now down to selling only several thousand G80's a year... you'd think they would be pricing them to be putting more of 'em on the streets ... so adding to pricing what amounts to 10% in 'Dealer-Fees' for items a majority of prospective buyers probably wouldn't-want-need makes little sense ... answer could be the company really just has little interest in increasing sales for this model... unfortunate as it really is a great product

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
23 City / 32 Hwy / 26 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 311 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Length: 196.7 in. / Height: 57.7 in. / Width: 75.8 in.
Curb Weight: 4156 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.1 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite G80 safety features:

Rear Occupant Alert
Uses sensors to detect the presence of rear passengers and can alert the driver both before and after he or she exits the vehicle.
Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keeping Assist
Issues audible warning if the driver drifts from the lane without signaling. Introduces subtle steering input to keep the car in the lane.
Driver Attention Alert
Monitors and analyzes driver steering, lane position and drive time, and alerts the driver if it detects erratic driving patterns.

Genesis G80 vs. the competition

2021 Genesis G80

2021 Genesis G80

2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 BMW 5 Series

Genesis G80 vs. BMW 5 Series

BMW's 5 Series offers polished comfort and lots of the latest technology and safety features. It's also a little bit sportier than the G80 and offers additional engines such as a turbocharged V8 and a plug-in hybrid. The Genesis counters with a more generous warranty and more features for the money. Overall, these two sedans are pretty evenly matched.

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Genesis G80 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The E-Class is our top-ranked midsize luxury sedan. It combines a well-built, luxurious interior with the latest in infotainment technology. It's also pleasant to drive no matter which trim or powertrain you choose. The G80 offers similar levels of comfort and tech as well as a stronger warranty, but it lacks the panache and the personalization options of the Benz.

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Genesis G80 vs. Volvo S90

The Volvo S90 definitely deserves a look if you're interested in something outside of the mainstream German offerings. Stylish, comfortable and equipped with standard all-wheel drive, the Volvo also undercuts the price of a similarly equipped G80. But the ride can be a bit stiff in the Volvo, and the touchscreen interface can take some getting used to.

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Is the Genesis G80 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 G80 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. You probably care about Genesis G80 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the G80 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 26 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the G80 has 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Genesis G80. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Genesis G80?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Genesis G80:

  • Redesigned for 2021
  • More powerful engines
  • New technology features
  • Launches the second G80 generation for 2021
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Is the Genesis G80 reliable?

To determine whether the Genesis G80 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the G80. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the G80's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Genesis G80 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Genesis G80 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 G80 and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 G80 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Genesis G80?

The least-expensive 2021 Genesis G80 is the 2021 Genesis G80 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $47,700.

Other versions include:

  • 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $47,700
  • 3.5T 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $59,100
  • 3.5T 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $62,250
  • 2.5T 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $50,850
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What are the different models of Genesis G80?

If you're interested in the Genesis G80, the next question is, which G80 model is right for you? G80 variants include 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 3.5T 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 3.5T 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 2.5T 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of G80 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Genesis G80

2021 Genesis G80 Overview

The 2021 Genesis G80 is offered in the following submodels: G80 Sedan. Available styles include 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 3.5T 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 3.5T 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 2.5T 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Genesis G80?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Genesis G80 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 G80 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 G80.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Genesis G80 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 G80 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Genesis G80?

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Genesis G80 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,745. The average price paid for a new 2021 Genesis G80 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,048 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,048 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,697.

The average savings for the 2021 Genesis G80 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 4.2% below the MSRP.

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2021 Genesis G80 3.5T 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Genesis G80 3.5T 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60,145. The average price paid for a new 2021 Genesis G80 3.5T 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,538 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,538 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $57,607.

The average savings for the 2021 Genesis G80 3.5T 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 4.2% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Genesis G80?

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