The Benefits of Going Electric with the 2023 Genesis G80
The 2023 Genesis G80 delivers lots of refinement—from its finely designed exterior to its effortlessly sleek cabin—which is the name of the game in the luxury-sedan class. It sits in the middle of the lineup, below the new G90 cruise ship and above the sporty, small G70, and prioritizes smooth cruising over fast driving. Even with the standard 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine churning away beneath the hood, the G80 is a honey-flavored treat as long as you aren’t expecting corner-carving power.
Even with the 3.5T Sport trim’s sharper handling and the more potent twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 turning up the heat, it can’t be considered a serious BMW M3 competitor. Instead, and at a slightly lower entry price, the Genesis competes with vehicles like the Audi A6, BMW 5-series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The 2.5T Sports Prestige variant will take the place of the 2.5T Prestige model for 2023. It includes enhanced front brakes with monoblock calipers, exclusive 19-inch wheels, a sport aesthetic package for the exterior trim, aluminum pedal covers, and more. On the center console of each model is a newly updated infotainment controller.
Among the many trim levels, the 2.5T Advanced seems to offer the best value because it adds a number of high-end features that more than make up for the price premium above the base model. The Advance trim includes a motorized trunk lid, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, three-zone automatic temperature control, 19-inch alloys, and a 21-speaker Lexicon sound system as standard equipment. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all four-cylinder G80 models, although all-wheel drive is also available for an additional cost.
Performance and Transmission
With rear- or all-wheel drive, the base G80’s basic turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four engine produces 300 horsepower. Customers looking for more acceleration can choose the Sport trim, which has an all-wheel-drive system and a 375-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with both engines. At our test track, the V-6 reached 60 mph in 4.9 seconds while the turbocharged four-cylinder did so in a cheery 5.7 seconds.
The G80 has a smooth ride, effortless handling, and reliable brakes, but it lacks some of the athleticism of certain competitors. The 2022 Sport model, which adds more agility, should make driving more enjoyable for passionate drivers. The G80 Sport has the same 375-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine, but thanks to a launch control technology, it was able to accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in 0.2 seconds less at our test track.
The G80’s base four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive are predicted by the EPA to achieve up to 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The more potent twin-turbo V-6 offers ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the interstate. The G80 2.5T with all-wheel drive achieved a 29 mpg score on our 75 mph highway fuel-economy test route, while the V-6-powered variant achieved 28 mpg. Visit the EPA website for additional details about the G80’s fuel efficiency.
Interior and Comfort
The G80 provides a suitably sophisticated cabin given its primary purpose as a premium vehicle. Its cabin exudes an exquisite style with a streamlined dashboard, soft-touch materials, and materials that look expensive. The interior of the G80 is rather attractive overall, with the exception of the oddly designed steering wheel and the rotary shift knob, which is never as intuitive as automakers believe. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, ambient interior lighting, a head-up display, heated and ventilated front and back seats, and other desirable options are available in the sedan. The G80 is roomier than the previous model, which was already roomy, in terms of both headroom and legroom.
The center of the G80’s infotainment system protrudes from the top of the dashboard as a massive 14.5-inch touchscreen. A circular controller in the center console, buttons on the steering wheel, and voice commands are all available for controlling the display. Additionally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on every G80. The infotainment system includes a potent Lexicon audio system with different sound modes.
Along with a tonne of driver-assistance technology, the G80 sedan also has a neat feature dubbed Smart Park. The feature, which is also offered on a few Hyundai models, enables the driver to maneuver the vehicle into and out of confined parking spaces without actually being at the wheel. Visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for more details regarding the G80’s crash test results.
The best-limited warranty in the industry is offered by Genesis, as is the industry’s longest powertrain coverage. Aside from Jaguar’s outstanding five years or 60,000-mile warranty, it also supplements those notable benefits with one of the greatest complimentary maintenance programs available.