When Hyundai first introduced the luxury-oriented Genesis sedan back in 2009, some people wondered why the company didn't just go whole hog and create a separate luxury brand as Toyota did with Lexus, or Honda with Acura. Well, it took a while, but now it's happened. The brand is called Genesis, and the car that used to bear that name is now known as the G80.
The name may be different, but the things we like about the old Genesis haven't changed. The G80 entices potential buyers into showrooms with a low price, a long warranty and a lengthy list of standard equipment. But there's more to the G80 than value. This car exhibits the kind of design, craftsmanship and refinement we've come to expect from established Japanese and European luxury brands. The Genesis G80 isn't just a good luxury car for the money; it's a good luxury car, period.
Current Genesis G80
The Genesis G80 is offered in three models — 3.8, 3.3T Sport and 5.0 Ultimate — with the trim level corresponding to the engine. The G80 3.8 has most of the basics we expect in a luxury car, including leather upholstery, power-adjustable seats, keyless ignition and entry, auto-dimming mirrors, and automatic lights and wipers. An 8-inch touchscreen interface and many advanced driver safety aids are also standard. Additional features — such as a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats and an upgraded stereo — are optional. The 3.3T Sport and 5.0 Ultimate models come with most of these extras as standard.
The G80 3.8 is powered by a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 and, like other G80 models, is offered with rear- or all-wheel drive. The G80 5.0 Ultimate gets a 420-hp 5.0-liter V8. The 3.3T Sport, meanwhile, gets a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 365 hp and adds a sport-tuned suspension with an adjustable suspension.
Sit inside and it becomes harder and harder to think of the Genesis G80 as a cut-rate luxury car. The cabin is roomy and faultlessly appointed. With the possible exception of the plastic shift paddles on the 3.3T Sport, there isn't a single part inside the car that belies Hyundai's deep-discount roots. The ride isn't quite as refined as those of some of the big German and Japanese luxury cars, but let's not forget that the G80 sells for considerably less. The G80 is quiet, comfortable and quick, and it feels every inch a proper luxury car.
As a sport sedan, the 3.3T Sport model is only slightly less convincing. The G80 is more of a cruiser than a true sport sedan since it lacks the handling precision one probably expects. Still, it's a satisfying car to drive and, like other members of the G80 family, an unbeatable bargain.
Used Genesis G80 models
The Genesis G80 made its debut for the 2017 model year in 3.8 and 5.0 Ultimate trim levels. The car itself was little changed from the Hyundai Genesis it replaced, though several features that were optional during the Hyundai years were made standard. There have been no major changes since, but note that the 3.3T Sport model wasn't offered for the the G80's initial year.
Read the most recent 2018 Genesis G80 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Genesis G80 page.