Published on January 5th, 2019 | by Bibhuranjan0
Genesis G80: Understated opulence in an affordable package
The Genesis Brand
Chances are that you haven’t even seen a car from this brand or probably even haven’t heard the name of this brand. But now that you’ve started reading this article you certainly understood that Genesis is a brand and the G80 is one of their offerings. But before get to the G80 you might have a question in your mind, where does Genesis come from? What is its background? Well, Genesis is the luxury brand of Hyundai. Hyundai initially launched a car back in 2004 called the Hyundai Genesis but later Hyundai changed its mind and set up an entirely different brand called Genesis in 2015 for its luxury line up. So all the upscale cars of Hyundai are badged as Genesis and not Hyundai just so that you can have an upscale identity and not be associated with the same ordinary peasants who drive the i30 or the Kona. With that being said let’s dig into the Genesis G80.
This Genesis G80 review comprises of all technical aspects of the luxury sedan. With prices starting at $43935 for the base spec trim, the G80 competes against the likes of BMW 5 Series, Mercedes Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS and Lexus ES which already have a firm grip on the market. So does the Genesis G80 have the oomph to unsettle its German, American and Japanese rivals? We’ll find that out as we go through the specs and features of the G80.
Engine and Drive specifications
The G80 comes with two engine options. First up we have a 3.8 liter V6 that makes a decent 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. The other power unit is a mighty 5 liter V8 that pumps out 420 horses and makes 383 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and power is directed to the rear wheels only.
Since this car is a luxury vehicle it isn’t just about the power and torque figures. What matters the most is the experience on the inside as most of the owners of the G80 will be seated on the rear seat and will prefer to be chauffeured around. The G80 comes with a standard 9.2 touchscreen infotainment screen, it also gets a multi-view camera, wireless device charging and a Lexicon Premium sound system with 17 speakers with QuantumLogic Surround Sound and ClariFi music restoration technology just to offer you the greatest in-ride entertainment experience. The car gets heated and ventilated seats at the front and the rear with reclining rear seats. The G80 is also equipped with continuous damping control suspension just so that you can glide over the worst of the road surfaces and never feel a bump through your spine. One of the interesting features of this car is that it can be controlled with Amazon Alexa. Yes, you can ask Alexa to lock and unlock your car or preset the climate control with an ambient temperature of your choice before you enter. That’s pretty coll. Isn’t it? All-in-all, opulent is the one word to describe the feel of the inside of the Genesis.
Genesis knows that important people will be driven or be driving this car and so it has equipped the G80 with some advanced safety tech. The list of safety features includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention alert, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, haptic steering wheel, and pre-active seatbelts. Additionally, the G80 also comes with a 3years/36000 miles complimentary normally scheduled maintenance, valet service, Genesis connected services, Sirius XM Travel Link and Map care.
The Genesis G80 is all out, feature-packed luxury sedan. It is a large car and looks beautiful from the outside. The large front grill, the intricately crafted led headlamps, and the lines and the curves on the body give make the car a great eyeball grabber and also give it an excellent street presence. Moreover, on the inside, its just feels like you’re riding in the lap of luxury. The finely crafted leather seats, use of high-quality materials and attention to minute details just up the luxury quotient of the car. A CEO’s car that the G80 is, it commands respects all the time whether it is while driving on the roads or just while sitting in the parking lot.