2017 Genesis G80 Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

Genesis G80 Overview

Gingerly guiding the 2017 Genesis G80 5.0 into a semi-tight parking space, I surveyed the surrounding vehicles and quickly determined the spot wasn’t worthy of the upscale sedan. So I whipped that ride into reverse and parked it in the area with some of the other elite cars that have long dominated this premium class—until now. The four-door, five-passenger G80 sedan rates the extra consideration because it is luxury personified.

In other words, Hyundai has struck automotive gold with Genesis. The Korean carmaker made a smart business move when it decided to give the premium automotive segment a run for its money back in 2015. That was when Hyundai announced Genesis would become a luxury brand unto itself.  Any doubts people may have had about whether Hyundai could pull this off have faded fast. The Genesis G80 has proven itself to be luxuriously legit.

Wonderfully suited to the nature of the car, power comes from a buttery smooth 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Offering more than enough power to move the big sedan with confidence, its fuel economy is rated at 15 mpg in the city, 23 on the highway and 18 combined. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels. Other engine choices include a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 and a normally aspirated 3.8-liter V6. All-wheel drive is available as well.

With a name that sounds like a corporate jet, the 2017 Genesis G80 is well suited for busy entrepreneurs who are constantly on the road and want the mobile flexibility of working deals from the comfort of their car.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the best places to do that in the G80 is in the generously proportioned rear seating area, which is punctuated by a panoramic sunroof. This king-size space in a full-size sedan offers more than sufficient space to manipulate papers, packages and purses without enduring clutter, or feeling cramped.

The car’s adaptability is also quite remarkable. One minute you feel as if you’re seated in a mobile boardroom; the next, its cool ambiance has transported you into a high-end lounge. I took full advantage of the infotainment system, which is a no-brainer to operate. The large 9.2-inch touchscreen makes navigation, entertainment and other information easy to read.

Stuck in traffic, the Lexicon 17-speaker audio system made the snail’s pace over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge almost enjoyable. The stylish interior accoutrements of the Genesis were another high point for me. Matte wood and aluminum trim elevated the design and I couldn't wait to sit in the soft leather ventilated front seats outlined with elegant piping. Driving home in traffic seemed much less stressful in the sleek G80 after a long day of work.

This first offering from Hyundai’s new luxury brand has what it takes to earn solid respect.

Genesis G80 pricing starts at $41,750.