By Veeno Dewan
Upstart luxury premium brand Genesis offers a second generation revamp for the 2021 G80 Sports sedan. The G80 sits between the smaller G70 and bigger G90 sedan. The significant makeover sees the G80 with some exterior updates, two new engines choices and a slew of upgrades. The new look gives the G80 a distinctive visage with its The impressive shield grille, narrow headlights and cool looking chrome accents on the front fenders that incorporate turn signals. , The G80 also adds cameras in the corners of the front bumper that add to the driver’s field of vison when taking corners. The new G80 is longer, lower and wider than the previous G80. It is also 125 kg lighter, with aluminum used in the doors, hood, and trunk lid. The sleek profile cuts back in to a dramatic looking rear fascia. This really is a great looking car!
Two trims are available, both with all-wheel drive, starting with the 2.5T Advanced with its 300 hp/ 311 lb ft torque turbocharged four-cylinder for $66,000. The 3.5T Prestige, as tested offers the 375 horsepower turbocharged V6 with 391 lb-ft of torque and a MRSP OF $76,000. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines,
Both models arrive fully loaded and there are no available options. The price also includes delivery. Genesis has always blown away the competition when it comes to offering equipment and luxury way, and the G80 doesn’t disappoint. Our 3.6T Prestige arrived with such goodies as: heated and ventilated seats in Nappa leather with an automatic massage seats. heated power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel a head-up display, panoramic sunroof, auto-defogging windshield, rain-sensing wipers, sift close doors, Premium 21-speaker stereo, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, , and wireless charging.
The Genesis buying experience is unique- you can buy on line, order a direct to door test drive and the ownership is enhance by a full concierge system. Also included are five years of “Genesis at home” service. The company will pick your car up at your house or office for scheduled maintenance, and give you a loaner.
Interior wise, F80 buyer are in for a treat. In common with other luxury brands Genesis also has a fancy slogan that sum up its ethos – in this case it is phrase is “Beauty of Openness. And you get featuring it with an awesome looking cabin, featuring real open-pore wood trim (unique to each car) gorgeous quilted diamond pattern Nappa leather seats, with a massage feature for the drivers, a powerful audiophile quality 21 speaker sound system by Lexicon and much more.
The G80’s comfortable seats offer 12-way adjustment, and offer heat and cooling functions. The dash has a neat hi-tech look to it the centre touchscreen’s functions can be operated by the console-mounted controller, too. Generally ergonomics are good meanwhile the well -padded rear seats offer a heating function. Back room is good with, a just a little compromise in the head room department for tall passengers due to the low roofline. Cargo volume is rated at 371 litres
On the road, the G80 feels nimble and light on its wheels, thanks in part to the 125 kg weight loss thanks to aluminum used in the doors, hood, and trunk lid. The willing 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 offers a full 375 horsepower at 5,800 rpm. But is happy to supply most of its usable torque in the mid -range. The v6 is very smooth with a turbine like power delivery. It is not a particular raucous power unit and is very refined, even when called to deliver some rapid acceleration. The G80’s AWD is biased to the rear-wheels and sends torque to the front axle as needed via the AWD system which continually monitors traction, and driving style. The eight- speed transmission is also a thing of beauty with its glitch free, effortless up and down shifts. The ride is very smooth due to the finely tuned electronically controlled suspension with a road-reading camera (On the 3.5T) that can scan for upcoming bump and adjust suspension on the fly to compensate.
The 3.5T is officially rated by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) at 12.9 L/100 km in the city, 9.0 on the highway, and 11.2 L/100 km in combined driving. To sum up, the G80 compares as an equal player to the very good competitors in this sector- the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E Class. Where the G80 has the advantage is the better as standard equipment levels that are thousands of dollars extra in its rivals. This new G80 id a wonderful car to drive and own- Gets better with every generation and comes highly recommended.
2021 Genesis G80 3.5t Prestige price $76,000, excl. taxes.
More info at www.genesis.ca