Review: 2018 Genesis G80

Review: 2018 Genesis G80

It may be time to re-think luxury, now that Hyundai's Genesis is its own brand. It's not made for the sake of labels and surface-level features. Instead, it embodies the essence of true luxury: opulence, craftsmanship, and power.

The 2018 Genesis G80 is the first vehicle in the new luxury division of Hyundai, and it’s already making a big impression in Richmond. Check out our full review of this next generation luxury sedan, then come in and take one for a test drive:

Comfort and Convenience

The all-new G80 comes equipped with everything you need in a luxury car, and available options for all you want. Be sure to take a look at the full range of options for all three trims: 3.8, 5.0 Ultimate, and 3.3T Sport.

Each model has a standard Proximity Key with push-button start, leather seating, 12-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar support, heated front seats, and an Integrated Memory System for the driver’s seat, steering column, and mirrors. Additionally, the 2018 G80 comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone temperature control, auto-dimming mirrors, HomeLink universal transmitter, heated exterior mirrors, and a Hands-free smart trunk with auto open.

Available options on the Genesis G80 include a power tilting and sliding sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, and a power trunk lid. You can also opt for premium leather seating and matte-finish wood trim.

Safety and Tech

Some European brands will charge extra for driver assistance technology, but because luxury means putting people first, Genesis equipped all models of the G80 with a full system of active safety features. All models have a rearview camera with distance indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Smart Cruise Control, and Driver Attention Alert.

The 2018 G80 earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, getting five stars in each category. 

For your entertainment, the G80 is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM Radio, Genesis Connected Services, and Bluetooth wireless capability. It also comes with the option for a Lexicon 17-speaker Quantum Logic Surround Sound audio system with Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology.


The G80 3.8 is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and paddle shifters. It makes 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. All models come standard with rear-wheel drive, and the option for all-wheel drive.

The G80 3.3T Sport has a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with the same 8-speed automatic transmission, making 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. If you choose to upgrade to the 5.0 Ultimate trim, you’ll get a 5.0-liter V8 engine with quad exhaust tips that makes 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.


Starting at $42,725 MSRP

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