2018 Genesis G80 Review


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2018 Genesis G80 Overview

Now in its second year as a standalone brand, Hyundai’s upscale Genesis marque returns with a few updates to its G80 luxury sedan. A mild exterior and interior refresh, a newly available turbocharged V6, updated (read: higher) pricing, and an all-new 3.3T Sport trim help differentiate the 2018 G80 from last year’s model.

Every 2018 G80 gets a reworked grille and lower bumper fascia up front, new accents and lighting at the rear, and an updated 18-inch wheel design. What’s still the same, however is Genesis’ Service Valet program—for the vehicle’s first three years or 36,000 miles, you’ll never have to step foot in a dealership. Instead, if you need scheduled maintenance or repairs, a service tech will pick up your car at your home or office and leave you a loaner vehicle.

The base G80 remains the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 3.8L trim, although the price has risen by $350 to $41,750. It’s still powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine good for 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque that’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Fuel economy stands at 19 mpg city, 27 highway, 22 combined. Adding Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive (AWD) raises the price to $44,250 and lowers fuel-economy figures to 18, 25, and 20.

Standard features for the G80 3.8L include leather seats, heated and 12-way power front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with haptic touch controls, and an 8-inch navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto—new additions for 2018. AWD variants also receive a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. In terms of active safety equipment, all models come equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, smart cruise control with stop/start, and a driver-attention alert.

Genesis offers just two options packages for the G80 3.8L trim. Springing for the $5,000 Premium package gets you LED fog lights, a power tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof, an upgraded 14-speaker Lexicon sound system, wireless phone charging, cooled front seats, parking sensors at the front and rear, and rear window shades. If you’ve already selected the Premium package, you can add the Ultimate package for another $5,100. It includes a shift-by-wire gear selector, full LED front headlights with dynamic light bending, a powered cushion extender and bolsters for the driver’s seat, a head-up display with improved exterior cameras, a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen, a 17-speaker sound system, and a power trunk lid.

New for 2018 is the G80 3.3T Sport trim with an MSRP of $55,250. It debuts an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine with an output of 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. Fuel economy on the RWD 3.3T Sport is 17, 25, and 20. For the AWD version, highway mileage drops to 24 and the price increases to $57,750.

With its dark chrome grille, copper accent, lower rocker panels, and larger front air intakes, the G80 3.3T Sport is visually distinguishable from the rest of the G80 lineup. The inside is unique as well, with copper-colored stitching, a thicker steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim, and a suede headliner. As for options, there are none—the Ultimate package is standard on all high-end G80 trims, including the 3.3T Sport.

Finally, the range-topping G80 5.0L trim keeps last year’s V8 engine, rated at 420 hp and 383 lb-ft. The only visual differences between the 5.0L and the entry-level 3.8L trim are 19-inch wheels and a quad exhaust. Pricing for the RWD model starts at $57,000—$2,450 more than last year—and when equipped with AWD, it costs $59,500, which is nearly $5,000 higher than the 2017 model. Fuel economy is 16, 24, and 19 with RWD and 15, 23, and 18 with AWD.


A member of the New England Motor Press Association who has owned everything from a Town Car to a Prius, Keith has contributed automotive coverage to outlets including Wired, Car & Driver, and USA Today.

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