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2017 Genesis G80 Overview
Along with the G90, the 2017 Genesis G80 marks not just the debut of a new car but of an entirely new brand. Genesis is now Hyundai’s premium brand, building on the success of the Hyundai Genesis sedan (which is now no more). Think Honda and Acura or Nissan and Infiniti. Genesis is calling the G80 a mid-luxury sedan, which means it’s more expensive than the average sedan but still something mere mortals can still afford. It has a sleek design with a bold, geometric front grille to attract plenty of attention. There are Bi-Xenon HID headlights and LED daytime running lights standard, with LED fog lights as an available option.
Inside, the story is all about luxury, with lots of storage space for your gadgets and an ergonomic seat design to make sure you feel like you’re riding in a luxury car. Front seats are heated (with ventilation optional) and 12-way adjustable with 4-way lumbar. Heated rear seats are also available on rear-wheel-drive trims. Special attention was paid to making sure dashboard surfaces don’t reflect harsh light, and materials like real aluminum and matte-finish wood add to the luxury vibe. The G80 also has more passenger space and cargo volume than comparable cars like the Cadillac CTS or Lexus GS.
Luxury cars have to be smooth, and the Genesis G80 accomplishes this through laser welding, reinforced body and chassis mounting points, and lots of high-strength steel in the chassis. It also has front shock towers designed to improve rigidity and provide more precise steering. A multi-link rear suspension system provides increased suspension travel for better ride comfort and a 52/48 front-to-rear weight distribution further improves ride and handling.
There will be a choice of two engines and either rear- or all-wheel drive (RWD or AWD). The base engine is a 3.8-liter V6 with 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The more powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine delivers 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, paired to the same transmission, and is only available in RWD. Both powertrains have selectable drive modes, so drivers can opt for Eco, Normal, Sport, or Snow depending on road conditions and driving preferences. There’s also an Emergency Steering Support Mode, which will automatically change the electronic stability control settings to help avoid frontal crashes.
The G80 includes a large number of safety technologies as standard features. Automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control with start/stop, blind-spot detection, lane-keep assist, lane-change assist, high-beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rear-view camera are found on every G80. There’s also a CO2 sensor that monitors the cabin and adjusts air circulation to improve the flow of fresh air and reduce the potential for drowsiness during long trips.
A 14-speaker Lexicon system with 12-channel amplifier and 900 watts is standard, along with an 8-inch navigation touchscreen that includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and hands-free support. SiriusXM, Bluetooth, and iPod/USB auxiliary jacks are also standard. If that isn’t enough, upgrade to the Lexicon Discrete Logic 7 surround audio system with 17 speakers. There’s also a navigation system with a 9.2-inch high-definition display that includes Gracenote album cover art, advanced voice recognition, and 30GB of storage for music, images, or video.
All Genesis vehicles will feature Genesis Connected Services, including remote start with climate control, destination search, remote door lock and unlock, car finder, roadside assistance, and stolen-vehicle recovery. You can even schedule service appointments from your smartphone through a mobile app.
The base Genesis G80 with the 3.8-liter V6 engine and RWD is priced from $41,400, while the AWD variant comes in at $43,900. You can go with the larger 5.0-liter V8 for $54,550, but you can only get that one in RWD, meaning snow-belt folks are out of luck.
Nicole Wakelin's passion for cars started on the day she went for a ride in a bright red Ferrari as a teenager. She writes reviews and covers everything cars for CarGurus, The Boston Globe, BestRide, and Be Car Chic and blogs all things geek over at TotalFanGirl.
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