By Veeno Dewan
Left- field Korean luxury premium brand Genesis offers a second-generation revamp for the G80 Sports sedan. The G80 sits between the smaller G70 and bigger G90 sedan. There are no major changes for 2022, apart from a new Sport trim level with new 20-inch wheels, while the top trim (As tested.) is renamed Sport Plus in place of last year’s Prestige. It gains rear-wheel steering, a 12.3-inch gauge display, a power front passenger seat, Nappa leather trim, and remote park assist.
The full range of G80 trims comprises Advanced, Sport, and Sport Plus. Advanced uses a 2.5L turbo four-cylinder engine, while Sport and Sport Plus upgrade to a 3.5L turbo V6. Both motors are matched with an eight-speed transmission and AWD. 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, passive keyless entry, heated steering wheel with power tilt/telescope, an 8.0-inch digital gauge display, three-zone A/C, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Are all as standard. Among the G80’s high-tech features are a 14.5-inch touchscreen, a 21-speaker audiophile quality Lexicon audio system, wireless phone charging, and a head-up display.
The G80’s safety suite comprises, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, lane depart warning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian/cyclist detection, driver attention warning, rear occupant alert, adaptive cruise, highway driving assist, surround-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, and a blind spot view monitor and more.
As Genesis’s mid-range sedan model, the G80 faces off against such players as the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and A7, Mercedes-Benz E- and the CLS-Class. Pricing for the G80 ranges from: 2.5T Advanced AWD, ($66,500), 3.5T Sport AWD, (73,500), 3.5T Sport Plus AWD (80,000).
The G80’s cabin is lavishly equipped, with a quality look and feel. Some of the car’s cooler available features include: a Remote Smart Parking Assistant that can be controlled within the car or outside, remotely, via the key fob, a 12.3-inch 3D cluster that recognizes the driver’s eyes and provides various driving information. An integrated controller that allows users to set destinations or enter phone numbers by simply writing on the main control center and a 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Sport Plus’s driver’s seat is equipped with an ergo motion seat function featuring seven air cells, which enables optimum seating for each driving mode and reduces fatigue via a stretching mode and automatic posture correction functions.
All models arrive fully loaded and there are no available options. The price also includes delivery
Interior wise, G80 buyers are in for a treat. featuring real open-pore wood trim (unique to each car) gorgeous, quilted diamond pattern Nappa leather seats, and premium metal accents are all present. Back room is fine with 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 use of 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. Genesis’s fuel consumption estimates for the G80 are 10.8/7.9 L/100 km (city/highway) for Advanced trim and its 2.5L engine, and 14.8/9.9 L/100 km for the V6-powered Sport and Sport Plus trims. To sum up, the G80 compares as an equal player to the very good, mostly German competitors in this sector Where the G80 has the advantage is the better as standard equipment levels that are thousands of dollars extra in its rivals. Another plus point is the Genesis buying experience – 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.
This G80 is a wonderful car to drive and own- Gets better with every generation and comes highly recommended.
2022 Genesis G80 3.5t Sport Plus: price $80,000, excl. taxes.
More info at www.genesis.ca