Genesis G80 information and reviews
All G80 Trim Levels
Road and Track reviewed the G80, covering both the 2.5T and the 3.5TT engines. After heaping praise on the interior and exterior design and usability, they shifted to the drive-ability. They commented that the car has struck a perfect balance of comfort and driving dynamics, making a special point to say that the car has actual steering feel (which is lacking in most modern sedans). Summing it up, after mentioning BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Lexus among its competition, they say that the G80 is "far and away (the) best car in its class". No qualifier like "for the money" or the like. Just. the. best.
And if you want to hear it in podcast form, here AutoWeek interviews a Road and Track journalist about the G80. He states, just like the article, that he would choose the G80 over the competition. The fact that it is also less expensive is simply the icing on the cake.
Automobile Magazine tends to pay a little more attention to vehicle design, and offers an article in each edition that delves more deeply into a car's exterior design. So when they called the look of the new G80 "absolutely stunning" saying that Genesis is "killing it in terms of design lately", I'll tend to listen to their opinion on design.
Autoguide, on the other hand, pays more attention to the interior design as they are smitten with it. Yes, they mention the car looks great, drives comfortably and quietly, has lots of power delivered by a smooth transmission, and has a great looking infotainment screen that is easy to use, but it spends half the article on the interior. Once you see it, though, you will understand why. Even better, try out the interior from behind the wheel.
Car and Driver took the scenic route to their testing facility in the Mojave Desert while driving the 2.5T version of the Genesis G80. Given the coddling luxury, quiet interior, and fantastic Lexican audio system they were going to cruise the freeway to get there. But they decided to see if the G80 could provide any fun, too. They had some doubts as the car didn't seem designed for twisitn roads. Neveretheless, that's what they chose. And they're glad they did. Turns out the suspension, all-wheel-drive, and staggered tire sizes handle themselves nicely when the roads start twisting. As for the instrumented testing, the skid pad was unavailable but the 0-60 was a mere 5.5 seconds. Turns out that turbo 4-cylinder moves the big luxury sedan with no problems at all.
G80 vs the Competition
Uh oh. Car and Driver compared the G80 3.5TT to the Mercedes E450 stright-6 turbo. The E450 has a super smooth engine and a perfect balance of ride and hadling. It accelerated more quickly than the Genesis G80 as well. Then why did Car and Driver choose the G80 as the winner of this competition? The G80 has a larger and, yes, more upscale cabin than the E450. They comment that this interior belongs in a $100k+ car. The G80 corners better and stops better than the E450. The G80 interior was also quieter, despite the $1100 sound deadening package in the Mercedes. The lower sale price of the G80 is simply an added benefit.