Car Review: 2018 Genesis G80 | Driving


Redesigned vast sporty sedan

Smooth, comfortable, roomy, well-priced

Heavy as hell, Genesis code has minimal cachet

Value for money
Very good

What would we change?
Put it on a diet

How we would spec it?
As is

With a introduction of a Lexus LS 400 in 1989, Toyota valid that a Japanese automobile association could build a world-class oppulance sedan. Almost 20 years later, Hyundai debuted a Genesis sedan and, given all a awards a automobile won, valid a same could be achieved by a South Korean automaker.

And following Lexus, that has spin a reputable member of a oppulance village with a full line of models to contest with European and American brands, Hyundai has designs to grow a Genesis name, including an assertive enlargement of a denote lineup. Having put a new G90 and G80 sedans on sale late final year, Genesis Motors Canada has only debuted a G70 foe sedan for a 2018 denote year, and a line of upscale crossovers is also in a works.

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The other thing Genesis Motors Canada (GMC? Nope, that’s taken!) has finished is overhauled a sales and pricing structure for a cars, announcing a industry’s initial all-inclusive, pure pricing. This proceed includes smoothness and end charges, scheduled maintenance, satellite radio subscriptions and navigation map updates. The pricing denote also incorporates “Genesis during Home” concierge-style use by that business can ask a deputy and automobile come to them for a exam expostulate and interpretation their squeeze agreement in a comfort of their home or office. This also includes owners carrying their automobile picked adult for service, left a pleasantness vehicle, and returned when complete.

Yet, all this means subsequent to zero if a cars are not competitive. Fortunately, if going by a G80 is an indication, this many emphatically is not a case. The denote in doubt is a new-for-2018 Sport, featuring a absolute new 3.3-litre turbocharged V6, as good as certain foe opening upgrades. Unique 19-inch wheels, genuine carbon-fibre interior trim, leather sport seats and a singular steering circle are only some of a disdainful pattern facilities that set it detached from a other G80s.

The smooth-running, 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 is a good in-between element to a routinely aspirated, 3.8L V6 with 311 horsepower, found in a G80 Luxury and Technology, and a G80 Ultimate’s 420-HP, 5.0L V8. The increased V6 is interconnected with a sport-tuned eight-speed involuntary delivery and feeds energy to all 4 wheels pleasantness of Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system.

If all that has a ring of laxity to it, it’s given a Sport’s primary foe — journey German, as in a Audi A6, BMW 540i xDrive and Mercedes E 400 4Matic — some-more or reduction follow a same formula. Now journey this: a $62,000 Sport is anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 reduction costly than a Teutonic contingent and puts out during slightest 25 some-more horsepower. Bookending a Germans are such rivals as a Lexus GS 350 AWD and a Jaguar XF S — a GS is reduction costly yet reduction absolute than a G80 Sport, and a XF is some-more costly and some-more powerful.

Still, a aforementioned are timeless players in a mid-sized reward sedan shred — one could also chuck cars from Volvo, Cadillac, Lincoln and Maserati into a brew — and a Genesis (as a brand, not a model) is an interloper. What else is a G80 Sport bringing to a fight?

Continuing on a opening theme, there’s an upgraded adaptive cessation complement for softened pushing dynamics and improved physique suit control, and incomparable brakes — 14.2-inch ventilated discs and four-piston monoblock stop calipers adult front, and 13-inch ventilated discs with single-piston floating stop calipers during a rear. And there’s a driver-selectable Intelligent Drive Mode that allows a choice of 3 graphic modes — Eco, Normal or Sport. Personally, we found Eco took too most out of a G80; Normal was excusable for only noodling around town, with Sport a elite mode for acceleration or rebellious curvier stretches of road.

First Drive: 2018 Genesis G70First Drive: 2018 Genesis G70

Although a sedan displays sufficient animation to live adult to a Sport appellation, it would be even improved if it were not so damn heavy. The Sport weighs a porky 2,120 kilograms – roughly 300 kilograms some-more than a BMW 540i xDrive and some 250 kilos to a and side of a Mercedes E 400 4Matic; a heftiness felt in each dilemma with each spin of a steering wheel. While a G80 Sport is a good long-distance cruiser, a automobile needs a some-more aluminum-intensive plan if it wants to contest with a large boys as a correct foe sedan.

Yet, on a oppulance side, a G80 takes a behind chair to no automobile in a class. Speaking of which, legroom front and behind is inexhaustible — a full-sized family of 4 have copiousness of stretch-out room within a proportions of a 107-cubic-foot cabin (the EPA in a U.S. classifies a G80 as a “large” car). Amenities everywhere — all complicated conveniences customary of a reward shred are in place — and a several buttons and controls are intuitively laid out.

The same relates to a centre smoke-stack touchscreen, yet a graphics for a navigation complement could be some-more detailed. The motorist and front newcomer foe seats are both exhilarated and ventilated, supplemented with additional torso and thigh bolstering for long-distance comfort.

Safety is equally good lonesome — all 2018 G80s come customary with motorist aids such as involuntary puncture braking with walking detection, motorist courtesy warning and a multi-view camera system. All models also accept LED headlights with adaptive cornering, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

I’ve left a Sport’s looks to a last. Certainly a altogether pattern of a sedan is large and well-proportioned. Yet there’s a certain general “European-ness” to a figure — we see elements of Jaguar, Volvo and BMW within a form and impression lines. Not bad company, admittedly, yet as a Genesis code matures, we would like to see some-more graphic elements celebrating a Asian roots.

Notwithstanding a weight issue, a G80 Sport is a higher bid from Hyundai — and that’s but a assertive all-included pricing and a combined services. Will it be adequate to examine Mercedes an BMW owners from their seats? Probably not, given a Genesis name still lacks cachet. Those looking to pierce adult from some-more mainstream Asian and domestic brands, though, now have another name to supplement to their selling list.

  • Type of vehicle

    All-wheel-drive mid-sized foe sedan

  • Engine

    Twin-turbo 3.3L DOHC V6

  • Power

    365 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm; 376 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,300 rpm

  • Transmission

    Eight-speed automatic

  • Brakes

    Four-wheel front with ABS

  • Tires

    P245/40R19 front, P275/35R19 rear

  • Price: Base / As Tested


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  • Natural Resources Canada Fuel Economy

    (L/100km) 3.8 city, 9.7 highway

  • Standard Features

    Dual-zone involuntary meridian control, breathtaking sunroof, energy windows and doorway locks, vicinity keyless entry, push-button start, expostulate mode select, hands-free case opening, auto-dimming rear-view counterpart with integrated HomeLink and compass, rear-view camera, multi-function outing computer, exhilarated and ventilated front seats, exhilarated behind seats, sport-type 16-way power-adjustable driver’s chair with side accelerate and thigh support adjustments, four-way lumbar adjustment, 12-way power-adjustable passenger’s chair with four-way lumbar adjustment, head-up display, driver’s integrated memory complement for seat, mirror, steering wheel, and head-up arrangement positions, adaptive journey control with stop-and-go capability, behind side window object shades, front and behind parking assistance sensors, energy case lid, wireless charging pad, multi-view camera, seven-inch TFT LCD instrument row display, LED headlights with adaptive cornering system, high-beam support and more

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