The Genesis is new to the luxury world in regards to its namesake but when it comes to its stylings, it puts itself fittingly amongst the pack and it’s ready to compete. Their 2017 G80 keeps a few recognizable details from its mainstream companion, Hyundai, but it should not be confused as the same but instead much different. The Genesis division is instantly more sharper, sleeker, and elevated.
The G80’s voluminous grille is captivating and the beaming Bi-Xenon HID headlights are well placed at its sides. There are well-sculpted lines that run down its sides and along the hood which gives off the feeling that the G80 constantly wants to move forward. As for its proportions, we appreciated the car’s wide stance, balanced height, and the look of the 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. It’s safe to say that these designs elements have paid dividends because on the road the G80’s curb appeal was quite noticeable. We caught a few bystanders doing double takes as we waited for the street light to turn green, and some even stopped us to chat about the G80 after we had parked.
It’s no secret that Genesis has performance aspirations and the upcoming G80 Sport acknowledges that with a 365-horsepower, 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. But for now, Genesis offers the G80 with either a 3.8-liter V6 with 311-horsepower or a 5-liter V8 with 420-horsepower – both feature direct injection.
The G80 we drove was equipped with a 311-horsepower engine and it felt sure-footed as we accelerated, but sometimes we found ourselves waiting for the car to catch up to our requests for more power. With that being said, if you have an appetite for speed, we recommend holding out for the new Sport-tuned G80. Although, if you are looking for a respectable amount of power, agility, and handling, any of the current G80 trims should be included on your wish list.
In terms of drivetrain, Genesis’ HTRAC All-Wheel drive system works to distribute the power to all four tires providing enhanced stability and reliable handling. The weight of the steering wheel may feel a tad heavy for some but we enjoyed the secure feedback that the G80 provides.
The interior of the G80 is unmistakably luxurious. Throughout the cabin, the choice of the Nappa leather, wood trimming, and brushed aluminum solidifies Genesis’ commitment to quality. One of the interior’s most defining features is the matte wood trim, which is a good step away from the glossy wood panelling we are used to seeing in other luxury and non-luxury cars. The finer details include heated and cooled front seats, heated seats for the passengers, rear sun shades, a massive panoramic moonroof, and a large, 9.2-inch LCD in the dashboard. The G80 also imbues a sense nostalgia of knobs and buttons, along with clean instrumentation dials used to navigate the infotainment system and temperature controls. But if you must know, the screen is also touch sensitive and it responds well. Another great detail is the expanded LED heads up display, which shows information like audio, navigation, speed, lane assist, and blind spot warnings.
One of the most disappointing things would have to be the lack of USB ports in the car. There’s only one located at the front and no other for the passengers. This may be a small, non bothersome detail for some but a luxury vehicle should cater to everyone, driver and passenger alike.
Genesis is the new kid on the block that is going up against luxury automakers that have years of experience and heritage behind them. Despite this, it will be interesting to see what stories Genesis will tell with their new vehicles and how it will cement its own heritage in this fast moving world.
Head over to Genesis to learn more about their 2017 G80.