GENESIS

GENESIS G80 SALOON 2.5T Luxury Line 4dr Auto RWD

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2189 g/km

The Genesis G80 is the large luxury saloon you probably haven't considered in your perusal of models in the class for cars like BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the Mercedes E-Class. Those contenders are difficult to take on directly, but someone seeking something a little more left-field in this segment - say a Jaguar XF, a Lexus ES or a Volvo S90 - ought to consider this G80 too. It might well surprise you.

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Luxury brand Genesis aims to break into the premium part of the large saloon market with this G80 model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Genesis G80 is the large luxury saloon you probably haven't considered in your perusal of models in the class for cars like BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the Mercedes E-Class. Those contenders are difficult to take on directly, but someone seeking something a little more left-field in this segment - say a Jaguar XF, a Lexus ES or a Volvo S90 - ought to consider this G80 too. It might well surprise you.

Background

Just over three decades ago, Toyota's Lexus brand arrived in the luxury saloon sector with a car badged the LS400 - and shook things up considerably. It would perhaps be asking too much for this Genesis G80 saloon to have quite as much of an industry impact as that, but there's no doubt that this car has enough about it to make customers in the luxury segment take a second look; if they can be persuaded to try it. Getting to that point could be problematic for Genesis, Hyundai's premium brand, but owners seeking something just that bit different could well be attracted by this G80's Bentley-esque looks, lavish cabin and superb customer service back-up. Let's take a closer look.

Driving Experience

The G80 launched with a four cylinder 2.2-litre 210PS diesel, with the alternative of a 304PS 2.5-litre four cylinder turbo petrol unit if you prefer to fuel from the green pump. Both are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Genesis has developed a 365hp all-electric version too, which gets an e-AWD system, can go up to 323 miles on a single change of its 87.2kWh battery and has solar roof panels to boost range. The EV model's pretty silent, but even if you stick with combustion power we tried, you can expect exceptional levels of drive refinement, aided by special noise cancelling technology, along with acoustic-muffling side glass. And though this is no sports saloon, it's not slow, even the four cylinder diesel managing 62mph in 8.0s; you can trim two seconds off that time if you go for the 2.5-litre petrol variant. It's just 4.9s for the electrified model, which uses a powerful 272kW drive motor. To replicate those figures, you'll need to have selected the most urgent of the three provided drive modes - 'Sport'; the other two are 'Eco' and 'Comfort', the latter best of course for experiencing the best that the standard Electronic Control Suspension system has to offer. Its adaptive damping effect is aided by a camera that monitors the road surface and adjusts the suspension to suit the tarmac tears and pot holes you're about to pass over. You expect this car to be something of a luxury wafter and, sure enough, there's the rather light and woolly steering that tends to characterise this type of big saloon. Once we got this G80 to a few secondary roads though, we found that it actually handles better than we'd expected, though it's a pity that you can't have the e-LSD electronic limited slip differential that's available on the GV80 SUV model.

Design and Build

Like its GV80 SUV stablemate, this G80 saloon certainly has plenty of road presence - primarily due to its huge front grille and bisected LED headlamps. Some will see shades of Bentley Flying Spur here, encouraged perhaps by the rather similar winged Genesis bonnet badge. Size-wise, this car competes against full-Executive models like BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the Mercedes E-Class. Inside, there's a very high quality feel and an almost Bentley-like knurled finish to some items of switchgear. And of course there's the usual huge centre touchscreen, accompanied by a digital instrument cluster. The seats are superb and the quality of leather upholstery impeccable, especially with top 'Luxury Line'-spec, where it's quilted and accompanied by tasteful natural wood inlays. Genesis also includes standard double glazing for the front side windows. Textured two-tone indicator tips, a faux-ivory circular control pad and arcing door panels complete the high-end ambiance. There's very comfortable space for two adults in the second row, where you can really stretch out, though headroom isn't especially generous. The top 'Luxury'-spec model also adds independently-operated rear screens and a fold-down centre armrest laden with controls. Out back, there's 424-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £38,000 for the 210PS 2.2-litre diesel version. You can also talk to Genesis about a 304PS 2.5-litre petrol variant, priced from around £43,000. Both of those figures are for base 'Premium' spec; you can upgrade to plusher 'Luxury' trim in either case for just under £5,000 more. Obviously, you'll need more still for the fully-electrified model. These prices are comparable with the entry-level figures for cars like Audi's A6, BMW's 5 Series or the Mercedes E-Class, but with those models, you'll need to spend a lot more to get a comparable level of equipment that fitted with the G80. Just about everything you can imagine is fitted as standard. Genesis doesn't have a network of UK dealerships. Instead, everything is done via so-called Genesis 'Studios' - which will be shopfronts in upmarket shopping centres. One has already been opened in London and others will follow. But you don't have to go to one of those. You simply connect with Genesis online, then you'll be allocated your own Genesis Personal Assistant who'll take you through the sales process, from test drive to delivery - and they'll deal with after-care as well. This Assistant isn't won't be salaried on commission as an ordinary car salesperson would be, so you won't get any hard sell.

Cost of Ownership

In 2.2-litre diesel form, this G80 is reasonably economic - quoted at 43.7-45.0mpg on the combined cycle, with up to 164g/km of CO2. With the 2.5-litre petrol engine, those readings fall to 30.5-31.2mpg, with up to 205g/km of CO2. If you want to do better, then you'll need to ask your Genesis Personal assistant about the alternative all-electric version. That electrified G80 can go 323 miles on each charge. And it has a quick charging system can charge the battery from 10% up to 80% within 22 minutes. The Electrified G80 also has a V2L (Vehicle to Load) feature that makes it possible to conveniently charge other electric devices. And to increase energy efficiency, a solar panel is built into the roof to generate electricity using sunlight. Every Genesis is covered by a 5 year Care Plan which includes scheduled servicing for 5 years or 50,000 miles. With each service visit, Genesis will collect and return the car to your door. This also applies to any necessary work required, including warranty work. You simply contact your Genesis Personal Assistant to make it happen. Who can also arrange a courtesy car. The 5 year Care Plan also includes updates to in-car navigational maps. And there's complimentary subscription to Genesis Connected Services, which will allow you to access information services from your 'phone to digitally enhance your ownership experience.

Summary

If you want a full-sized luxury saloon not defined by its badge but by the way it looks, feels and drives, then this G80 might appeal. Particularly if you're fed up with the dismissive level of customer service that characterises some premium brand dealerships. This big Genesis sedan won't get the attention garnered upon its GV80 SUV stablemate, but in its own way, it's just as appealing a proposition - and one that starts from a considerably lower price starting point. The looks are individual, the cabin is sumptuous and this G80 can rival the best of its competitors when it comes to ride and refinement. Those alternatives would surely shade it in terms of handling, but that kind of capability is rarely important to customers in this segment. If this is a sign of things to come from Genesis, then the prospects for this ambitious Korean marque seem strong.

  • Rain sensor
  • Laminated front side glass
  • Auto defog and rain sensing wipers
  • Power front and rear windows with auto down/up
  • Windshield acoustic film

  • ABS + ESC + HAC + MCB (Multi Collision Brake)
  • Brake calipers in silver
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold

  • Preview electronically controlled suspension

  • Bluetooth with voice recognition
  • E-call
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Driver attention warning
  • Reversing camera with dynamic guide lines
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Electric power steering wheel with variable gear ratio steering
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist Junction Turning (FCAJX)
  • Intelligent speed limit assist (ISLA)
  • Blind spot collision avoidance assist rear (BCA-R)
  • Rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist (RCCA)
  • Drive mode select
  • Proximity sensor for front doors
  • Lane keeping assist (LKA) - road edge
  • Smart cruise control (NSCC-R) with stop and start
  • Telematics system (Genesis connected services)
  • Manual speed limit assist (MSLA)
  • Lighting backup guidelines

  • Electric rear tailgate opening
  • Hands free smart trunk with auto open
  • Power trunk/tailgate
  • Wireless phone charger front

  • 8" Color LCD cluster display + analog gauge
  • Trip computer

  • Electrochromic inside rear view mirror
  • Outside rear mirrors electrical folding
  • Outside rear mirrors electrical adjustment + heated

  • Leatherette dashboard real stitching, CTR trim in PU leather
  • Real wood trim

  • 2 USB front (1 data + 1 charge)/1 USB rear (charge only)
  • 14.5" AV + navigation
  • Steering wheel audio remote control
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Outside door handles chrome coating
  • Black painted dual rear muffler and chrome coating
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear boot

  • LED side fender lamp
  • Dual front LED low and high projection headlamps with high beam
  • LED rear stop lamp
  • LED rear fog lamps
  • Puddle lamps with logo
  • Full LED rear combination lamps
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • LED daytime running lights

  • 3 zone auto air conditioning in rear
  • Front air condition with dual zone adjustment
  • Premium air filter

  • Leatherette console box
  • Power outlet for rear lower centre console
  • Drink holder at centre armrest
  • 12v power outlets - 1 front open tray
  • Heated leather steering wheel
  • Console storage box with dual pop
  • Lever type paddle shifter
  • Real wood interior garnish
  • Central armrest with box

  • Adjustable interior ambient lighting

  • Convenience pack - G80

  • Front thorax and pelvis + rear thorax + side curtain (ff/rr) airbag
  • 10 airbags - Driver knee, front, enhanced front side and rollover-sensing side curtain, rear seat-mounted side, front center
  • ISOFIX rear child anchor with upper and lower
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Power child locks
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts

  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • 4 way electrically adjustable drivers seat
  • 2 way electric height adjustable driver's seat
  • 4 way electrically adjustable passenger seat
  • 2nd row heating floor output
  • 40:20:40 2nd row folding seats
  • Front passenger seat
  • Quilting for seats
  • 2 way electric height adjust front passenger seat
  • Fixed rear bench for 3 passengers with ski through
  • 2 way electric cushion tilt up for driver and passenger
  • 4 way manual headrest adjust for front seats

  • Smart key/button start
  • Central door lock driver's and passenger's control
  • Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

  • Michelin tyres
  • Summer tyre pilot sports 4

  • 20" Alloy wheels A type

  • Tyre mobility kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 193
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 303
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 307
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 193
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 195
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 189

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 88.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 101.5
  • CC: 2497

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 21.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 20.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 33.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 40.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 39.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 36.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 35.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 33.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 32.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 13.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 13.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 8.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 43D
  • Service Interval Mileage: 6500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 77
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 91
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 304
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Luxury Line
  • Coin Description: T
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 5

  • Engine Power - KW: 224
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 311
  • Engine Torque - NM: 422
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1650
  • Engine Power - BHP: 304
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 43

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R20

  • Width (including mirrors): 2115
  • Height: 1465
  • Length: 4995
  • Width: 1925
  • Wheelbase: 3010

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1860
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2380
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 424
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 520
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Tweeter + external AMP and front centre speaker: Included
  • Front door speakers: Included
  • Rear door low speakers: Included

  • Metallic paint: £750
  • Mica paint: £750
  • Pearlescent paint: £750
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Two tone Pearl/metallic paint: £750
  • Matt paint: £1,130

  • Leather seat covering: Included
  • Standard a/b/c pillars: Included
  • Standard headlining: Included
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel: Included
  • Leather upholstery with quilting stitching: Included

  • Sunroof pack - G80/GV80: £1,460
  • Lexicon audio system pack - G80: £790
  • Comfort seat + Executive Pack - G80: £6,270
  • Comfort seat pack - G80: £2,070
  • Nappa leather seat pack - G80: £2,350

  • Metallic - Savile silver: £750

  • Mica - Makalu grey: £750
  • Mica - Valencia gold: £750

  • Pearl - Uyuni white: £750
  • Pearl - Capri blue: £750
  • Pearl - Havana red: £750
  • Pearl - Bariloche brown: £750
  • Pearl - Tasman blue: £750

  • Solid - Alta white: £0

  • Matt - Makalu grey matte: £1,130
  • Matt - Bond silver: £1,130

  • Two tone pearl/metallic paint - Vik black: £750
  • Two tone pearl/metallic paint - Hallasan green: £750

  • Leather with quilting - Obsidian black: £0
  • Leather with quilting - Havana brown: £0
  • Leather with quilting - Forest blue: £0
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Forest blue, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Havana brown, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Obsidian black/Obsidian black, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Anthracite/Vanilla beige, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Anthracite/Dune, suede headlining: £2,350

  • Driver and passenger standard sunvisor: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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