2019 Genesis G80 3.8 AWD Test Drive And Review: Up Close And Personal

The Genesis code hasn’t nonetheless entirely prisoner a courtesy of US oppulance automobile buyers. Parent association Hyundai determined Genesis in 2017 with a unequivocally singular lineup, stretched for 2019 to embody 3 entries: G70, G80 and G90. All 3 are oppulance sedans – that might be a prejudiced reason for a brand’s deficiency from a spotlight, that is now being hogged by crossover SUVs. But how many censure can be placed on a cars themselves? we motionless to expostulate a Genesis G80 3.8 AWD to find out.

Genesis G80 3.8Photo (c) Genesis USA

G80 is a midsize sedan, right in a core of a lineup. At initial blush, it is attractive, with an suitable turn of oppulance fit and finish. Its many particular underline is a profile, interjection to a unequivocally inexhaustible front spindle to dashboard stretch – one of a measure that automobile designers try to extend in hunt of elegance. Engineers like it, too, as a ensuing prolonged hood and brief front overhang allows them to pierce a healthy commission of a engine’s mass behind a front axle, that helps centralize mass and urge altogether car balance. G80’s swooping roofline meets a brief case rug in a back. The spec piece shows that G80 has a fellow of drag of 0.27, that is unequivocally slippery, and positively contributes to fuel efficiency. G80 is tighten in dimension to several of a benchmarks in a midsize oppulance rear-wheel drive/all-wheel expostulate sedans, like BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS.

G80 3.8 profile.Photo (c) Genesis USA

G80 is almost heavier than those dual competitors. My exam vehicle, a G80 AWD 3.8, weighed in during 4,350 lbs. A BMW 530i xDrive checks in during 3,926 lbs, while a Lexus GS 350 AWD tips a beam during 3,891 lbs. Weight is a rivalry of performance, and it mostly shows adult when G80 goes around a curve.

G80 3.8 V6 engine.Photo (c) Genesis USA

In a true line, a 3.8-liter V6, a bottom engine that came in my G80 AWD 3.8 exam vehicle, delivers clever thrust, with 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque. It calls for unchanging (87-octane) unleaded gas, not reward like a BMW and Lexus, and uses approach injection to fist a many appetite it can out of any gallon, with EPA ratings of 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway/20 mpg total with all-wheel drive. Two additional engine choices are available: a 5.0-liter V8 and a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6. Whichever engine we choose, we get an eight-speed involuntary delivery with a primer change mode. The delivery is so well-spoken and able that we never felt a need to change manually.

G80 dash.Photo (c) Genesis USA

Before it spun Genesis off as a possess oppulance brand, primogenitor association Hyundai was make-up some-more and some-more reward facilities into a sedans. The Hyundai Equus and Genesis sedans were executive conveyances, and were a tip choice for Korean businessmen in their home country. It’s not surprising for a top-level Korean executive to have a driver, so a owners spends time during commutes in a second quarrel being chauffeured to work. The behind chair is a primary mark and control center, with an intensely gentle exhilarated seat, a chair behind pocket, accessible energy back sunshade, primer side window shades and other conveniences, make a G80 into an enviable mobile office. The driver’s chair is magnificently gentle as well, with heating and ventilation, accessible massage duty and Nappa leather seating surfaces. The interior element preference is excellent, with genuine timber and steel trim, high-quality soft-touch plastics, layered construction and hand-stitching. A breathtaking sunroof creates a large cabin feel open and airy. There’s a peculiarity feel via a G80, and good courtesy to detail.

G80 second row.Photo (c) Genesis USA

Similar courtesy has been paid to record facilities and options. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are customary on all G80 trim levels, and a unequivocally good Lexicon 14-speaker audio complement is accessible with Quantum Logic Surround Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology. So is a 9.2-inch touchscreen navigation system, full LED headlights and more. Safety systems embody customary motorist support record like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert, and more. Available tech includes front and back parking sensors, a full-color head-up display, and a multi-view camera.

G80 back 3/4.Photo (c) Genesis USA

Like Hyundai, Genesis includes a good guaranty with G80 – a five-year/60,000-mile simple guaranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Further, G80 comes with “the Genesis Experience,” that is 3 years/36,000 miles of nominal scheduled upkeep and use valet, 3 years of Genesis Connected Services, SiriusXM Travel Link, and Map Care (annual map updates). Pricing starts during $42,050 for G80 3.8 RWD; $44,550 for G80 3.8 AWD; $57,000 for G80 5.0 RWD; $59,500 for 5.0 AWD; $55,250 for G80 3.3T Sport RWD; and $57,750 for G80 3.3T Sport AWD. Packages and options brought a “as-tested” cost of my G80 3.8 AWD indication to $55,495.

G80 rear.Photo (c) Genesis USA

With all of these positives, there’s still something blank from G80. Genesis has finished a unequivocally good pursuit of benchmarking a competition. It’s apparent that they complicated a best executive sedans on a marketplace – a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, a BMW 5 Series, a Audi A6, with a hold of Jaguar XF, Lexus LS and others thrown in. G80 pulls together impulse from all of those sources, and nonetheless somehow, a whole is reduction than a sum of a parts. What’s blank is intangible, nonetheless essential and elusive. Character. Soul, if we will. G80 is so endangered with a foe that it is never unequivocally itself. we consider it will get there. You usually have to demeanour during a new G70 and a accolades that it is receiving to see that Genesis knows how to build a truly particular reward vehicle. But for now, G80 is close, though no cigar.

G80 detail.Photo (c) Genesis USA

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