GENESIS

GENESIS G80 ELECTRIC SALOON 272kW Luxury 87.2kWh 4dr Auto AWD

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.9s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range323 miles

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)
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold

  • Preview electronically controlled suspension

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

  • 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)
  • Driver attention warning
  • Reversing camera with dynamic guide lines
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 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)
  • Drive mode integrated control
  • Lighting backup guidelines

  • Active road noise cancelling
  • Hands free smart trunk with auto open

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

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

  • Black high glossy trim
  • Leatherette dashboard

  • Battery heating system
  • Battery HV extend

  • Steering wheel audio remote control
  • Tweeter + external AMP and front centre speaker
  • Front door speakers
  • Rear door low speakers
  • 2 USB front (1 data + 1 charge)/1 USB rear (charge only)
  • 14.5" AV + navigation
  • Lexicon audio system
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Outside door handles chrome coating
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear boot
  • Black painted dual rear muffler and chrome coating
  • Without rear muffler

  • Dual front LED low and high projection headlamps with high beam
  • LED side fender lamp
  • 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

  • Heat pump
  • Front air condition with dual zone adjustment

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

  • Adjustable interior ambient lighting

  • 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
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Manual rear child locks
  • Front thorax and pelvis + rear thorax + side curtain (ff/rr) airbag
  • Speakers rear package tray

  • 2 way electric height adjust front passenger seat
  • 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
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 4 way electrically adjustable drivers seat
  • 2 way electric height adjustable driver's seat
  • 4 way electrically adjustable passenger seat
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 2nd row heating floor output
  • 40:20:40 2nd row folding seats

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

  • 11 kW AC onboard charger
  • Domestic cable 230V / 12A / 3.6kW
  • Type 2 cable 480V / 32A

  • Michelin tyres
  • Summer tyre pilot sports 4

  • 19" Hyper silver design A alloy wheels

  • Tyre mobility kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 2220
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 453
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 67
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 10-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): 21
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: 240
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: 10-80
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 120000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 87.2
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 639
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 520
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City: 15.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 19.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City: 4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 397
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 323
  • Charging Port Location: Front

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: N

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Luxury
  • Coin Description: [Not Available]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50D
  • Service Interval Mileage: 6500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 370
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7
  • Engine Power - KW: 272
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Power - BHP: 370
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.9
  • Top Speed: 139

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R19
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 5005
  • Width: 1925
  • Wheelbase: 3010
  • Width (including mirrors): 2115
  • Height: 1470
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 354
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 520
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2250
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2770
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N

  • Manual rear tailgate opening: Included

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

  • Manual rear air conditioning: Included
  • Standard air filter: Included

  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel: Included
  • Leather steering wheel: Included
  • Leather upholstery: Included
  • Standard a/b/c pillars: Included
  • Standard headlining: Included
  • Central armrest with box: Included

  • Comfort seat pack - G80 EV: £1,580
  • Solar roof pack - G80: £1,140
  • Executive Pack - G80 EV: £3,020
  • Bio leather seat pack - G80: £2,310
  • Convenience pack - G80 EV: £1,170

  • Metallic - Savile silver: £750

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

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

  • Solid - Alta white: £0

  • Special solid - Siberian ice: £750
  • Matt - Makalu grey matte: £1,130

  • Two tone pearl/metallic paint - Vik black: £750
  • Two tone pearl/metallic paint - Hallasan green: £750
  • Special two tone pearl/metallic paint - Matira blue: £1,130

  • Heated front seats: Included

  • Leather - Havana brown: £0
  • Leather - Forest blue: £0
  • Leather - Glacier white: £0
  • Bio nappa leather seat pack with quilting and piping - Obsidian black with vanilla beige suede headlining: £2,310
  • Bio nappa leather seat pack with quilting and piping - Havana brown with maroon brown suede headlining: £2,310
  • Bio nappa leather seat pack with quilting and piping - Forest blue with maroon brown suede headlining: £2,310
  • Bio nappa leather seat pack with quilting and piping - Glacier white with dark green suede headlining: £2,310
  • Leather - Obsidian black: £0

  • Driver and passenger standard sunvisor: Included

  • Vehicle to load (7 Pin - E&F/J/J Type plug): £250

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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