Entering its second year as a stand-alone brand, the Genesis expanded its luxury sedan lineup with the latest G80 Sport model. If you are wondering whether Hyundai, Genesis parent company, intends to compete seriously in the luxury sedan segment, the answer is yes.
For 2018, the new 3.3T Sport model is powered by turbocharged V6 and performance-oriented adaptive suspension. 3.3T Sport is promised to strengthen the lineup with a performance level equivalent to its European competitors.
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Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Genesis G80 is a five-passenger midsize luxury sedan available in three trim levels: 3.8, 3.3T Sport and 5.0. The number match to the size of engine underhood.
The 2018 Genesis G80 3.8 is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine rated at 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet. Rear-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, LED daytime running lights, xenon headlights, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, heated auto-dimming side mirrors, a rearview camera, traffic adapting cruise control, a hands-free auto-opening trunk lid, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver-seat memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable steering wheel, eight-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, the Genesis Connected Services telematics system, two USB ports, and a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player and satellite radio.
A lane departure warning and intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection also standard. If you choose all-wheel-drive models, it adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seat and headlight washers.
The 2018 Genesis G80 3.8 also offers two optional packages. The Premium package adds LED foglight, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, side and rear window shades, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, an upgraded driver information display, a wireless device charging pad and a Lexicon 14-speaker audio system.
The Ultimate package includes the Premium package plus turn-swiveling LED headlights, carbon-dioxide sensor for the climate control system, a power trunklid, driver seat adjustments, upgraded leather upholstery and matte wood and aluminum trim, a head-up display, a multiview rearview/parking camera, a 9.2-inch touchscreen, and a Lexicon 17-speaker audio system.
The new model G80 3.3T Sport includes the Ultimate package features (except LED foglights) plus dark chrome exterior trim, an adaptive suspension, 19-inch wheels, sport front seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, and simulated suede headliner. It’s also powered by a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive also standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
The 2018 Genesis G80 5.0 Ultimate is similar to the 3.3T Sport, but instead, it uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine good for 420 hp and 383 lb-ft. It’s also include a heated steering wheel when equipped with optional all-wheel drive.
With a longer wheelbase than most other luxury sedans, the 2018 Genesis G80 offers spacious cabins and passenger space. Rear leg room is comparable to competitors, although the rear headroom is a bit tighter in this prominent cabin. Materials visible on doors, dashboards and seats are as good as those in the class, and no interior parts or panels look like cost cutting. Excellent assembly levels are almost equivalent to German or Japanese premium sedans.
The front seats are highly customizable, though uncomfortable in the long run as found in some competitors. The cabin is very quiet, and you will be hard of hearing the winds, the sound of whining tires or engines. The ride quality is decent, but the G80 does not absorb bumps and imperfections like the standard benchmark in the class.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport goes on sale in may, with the rest of the line arriving at Genesis dealerships this summer. Pricing for the base 2018 Genesis G80 sedan starts at $42,725 including $975 destination fee. The new G80 3.3T Sport is priced starting at $56,225, while the G80 5.0 Ultimate is priced at $57,975.