Hello there, wanna hear a story? It's from way back in time, as far back as Genesis. In the beginning, there was Hyundai. Hyundai created Genesis, who begot several other Genesis brands. As the other cars came around, the 2016 Genesis was renamed G80, but it received nothing more than a few more features. The story changes in 2018, with the new Genesis G80receiving a significant amount of updates. The new G80 boasts of freshened styling, a longer and more generous list of standard features and a new sport trim. So what does all this bring forth? Simply put, it's a car that gives you a feeling of luxury in quite a legitimate way. Has it got the wings to fly? Well, let's find out.
What's new in the G80?
The new [search label="G80" items="Genesis G80|Jaguar XF|Audi A6|Cadillac CTS"]is brimming with updates, the new Sport trim being the most attractive one. This trim features distinctive steering, suspension and steering tweaking, superior brakes, special styling and a turbocharged V6 powerhouse. The other G80 models also enjoy a moderately refreshed styling, ABS with pedestrian detection, driver inattention monitor, wireless Smartphone charging, and a multiview parking camera. Additionally, the 5.0 liter is now available with all-wheel drive.
What trim levels are available for the G80?
The firstborn in the G80 family is the base 3.8 trim level which costs $42,700. It sports a 3.8 liter V6 and has 18-inch wheels and forward collision warning. For $47,700, you get the 3.8 premium package which adds a panoramic sunroof and LED fog lights among other features. The 3.8 Ultimate package goes for $52,800, and it gets improved leather upholstery, matte finish wood trim, and an electronic shifter. Next is the 80 5.0 which comes with a V8 engine. It is available at $58,000. Finally, we have the G80 Sport trim which includes the 3.8 package, plus a turbocharged V6, adaptive suspension and a carbon-fiber interior.
What is it like behind the wheel?
The G80 is a pleasant car to drive both in the 3.8 and the 5.0 models. The cabin is tranquil, and the driving experience is utterly relaxing. The engine charges the vehicle forward with ease, and the smoothly-tuned steering is responsive in a unique way. Despite being a giant in the delivery of power and handling, the body structure of the G80 renders it a dwarf upon mention of road bumps and ruts. It lacks the robust body that competitors offer in this section, but this does not change the fact that it is a crash-safe car.
How safe is the new G80?
Very safe. It comes standard with [search label="ABS" items="Anti-lock Braking System|Car Safety|Car Brakes|Best Car Tires"], forward-collision warning; lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and a driver-inattention monitor. As for the airbags, there are front and side airbags both in the front and rear, side curtain airbags and a driver-knee airbag. The G80 scored exceptionally well in crash tests, with the government giving it a stunning 5-star score in all crash categories. Not an easy feat this one!
How is the fuel economy?
The new G80 comes with three different engines that have one common denominator, the 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear wheel drive is standard, and an all-wheel drive with H-Trac is optional. The 8 liter V6 that pumps out 311 ponies returns 19 Mpg city, 27 on the highway and 22 combined with rear wheel drive. Bring in the H-Trac, and these figures drop to 18, 25 and 20 in the same order. The turbocharged 3.3 liter V6 that powers the G80 Sport pumps out 365 hp and returns 17 mpg city, 25 highway and 20 combined which does not vary significantly with RWD and H-Trac. The 5.0 liter V8 that churns out 420 hp gives 16 mpg highway, 24 city and 19 combined when running on RWD. The H-Trac system lowers each of these figures by 1.