Hyundai has been working really hard on the new Hyundai Genesis G80. Hyundai’s luxury vehicle segment Genesis recently became its own brand, like Honda and Acura. Now, the new Genesis turns out to be a fantastic car in terms of engine power and tech equipment. The exterior of the car is very good as well, though unfortunately it’s not as wonderfully aggressive as the concept car was. However, watching this car with a blank slate won’t amount to a negative reaction. The simplicity of the exterior’s design works and has made this fair priced 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80 a top notch vehicle.
When driving this car it’s like the experience of driving at top speed in the 2017 BMW 7 series sedan or relishing in the luxury and high tech interior of the 2017 Volvo S90, but without the additional price tag. Read on to find out why exactly we are so excited for the 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80.
The first thing you may notice about the front of the 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80 is the similarities with the Genesis G90. For example, the front grille has the same shape, size, chrome strips running horizontally over the grille and chrome outline as the G90. Moreover, the fog lights are the same LED lights and are positioned in the same place as on the G90, above the air vents in the corners.
Luckily, Hyundai has not retreated to the copy/paste vision of many other premium car manufacturers with this supreme luxury vehicle. Although some items are borrowed, the G80 has its own individual appearance. The headlights and lower fascia are completely different from the G90. The lower air vent is a small strip and the foglights don’t merge into these air vents, but have a small piece of body metal outlining them. Also, the hood is curvier than the G90 and the two creases that run over it are more exclamated.
Moving on to the side, a remarkable feature is the almost perfectly straight body line that runs from the hood until the rear fender. There it runs diagonally down, along with the curve of the taillight, which is a nice detail. On the lower side of the car there is a small crease with a chrome line as finishing touch.
The back of the car is striking because of the sharply designed taillights and the total of four exhausts, two on each side. The rear window is very steep and flows very smoothly into the trunk lid.
The exterior colour is one of eight possibilities.
The interior design is possibly even more outstanding than the premium exterior. Genesis has been watching the moves of Mercedes and BMW and took inspiration from their designing skills. The result is a wonderfully luxurious and classy interior, that looks cool and comfortable. It is clear the upscale and posh interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury sedan was the vision Genesis went for.
The 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80 will become available with a beige two tone type of leather. The inserts on the dash and door panels are a lovely matte finished dark brown type of wood. This combination definitely passes the “premium” test that Genesis set for their first individual brand released car.
The standard infotainment screen is an 8 inch TFT-screen. This comes combined with a Lexicon sound system with 14 speakers, a 12 channel amplifier and Discrete Logic 7 Surround. Multiple USB ports come with it as well. The optional infotainment system comes with the same audio system, but is replaced with a 9.2 inch TFT-screen and a 64 GB hard drive.
The standard digital gauge cluster is a 4.3 inch TFT screen, but can be upgraded to a seven inch screen. Standard are heated seats, optional is additional ventilation.
For passengers on the back seat there is no infotainment available. The cargo space however, is very big.
The 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80 is starting out with a choice of two engines. One is a 3.8 liter V6 engine that uses a variable intake system, a triangular fuel injector pattern and a two stage oil pump. All these elements make this engine capable of hitting 311 horsepower, which is a great achievement.
The other engine is a 5.0 liter V8 engine, that Genesis named Tau. The engine is tweaked with high pressure direct injection, upgraded multiple injection mapping and increased compression. The V8 Tau engine can make a stunning 420 horsepower.
Both engines come standard with an eight speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive. Four wheel drive is optional. The G80 is also equipped with various driving modes, such as: Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow.
In April 2017, Europe will receive the option of a 2.2 liter diesel engine with 205 horsepower.
The infotainment system can be operated with either Apple Car Play or Android Auto. The system comes standard with app based navigation, audio streaming, smartphone app compatibility and voice control. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM and HD radio.
Handy standard tech features are Intelligent cruise control with stop/start, a rear view camera with optional parking guidelines. Other standard safety features are Lane keeping Assist, Blind Spot detection, Automatic Emergency Braking and High beam Assist. This range of safety and other tech features make the 2017 Genesis G80 one of the best equipped cars out there today. It even beats the 2017 Volvo S90, a car that is significantly more expensive.
Price and sale date
An entry level rear wheel driven 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80 costs $41,100. The highest trim, which is the only one that features the 5.0 liter V8 engine, costs $54,550. Current sale date stands at the end of September for US markets.