Launched in 2015 as a separate luxury unit from value-oriented Hyundai brand, Genesis is operating on an aggressive timeline to launch five new vehicles in the next five years. And with a seemingly deep cache of marketing and research/development dollars, its G80 midsize sedan sees more than a few updates in its second model year.
What's New for 2018
Although the all-new 2017 Genesis G80 was introduced just last September, the 2018 model will go on sale this summer with some significant enhancements, including packaging updates and new designs for both the exterior and interior. V8-powered models are now available with all-wheel drive while a 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged G80 Sport bridges the gap between the base V6 and optional V8. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels and smartphone integration are now standard. New features for the model year include added safety technology. Prices increased modestly – $350 – on V6 models, while the V8 saw a much larger $2,500 price increase.
Choosing Your Genesis G80
The 2018 Genesis G80 is available with one of three engines. The standard engine remains a 3.8-liter V6 with an output of 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. The EPA estimates fuel economy to be 19 city miles per gallon, 27 highway, and 22 combined for rear-drive models and 18/25/20 for all-wheel-drive versions.
A 5.0-liter V8 remains available and boasts 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque when its burning premium fuel. The numbers decrease to 407 hp and 372 lb-ft on regular fuel. Note that higher-octane gasoline is not a manufacturer requirement, so if you want to save some cash, don't feel bad using 87-octane fuel. EPA estimates are available only for premium fuel and they are 16 city mpg, 24 highway, and 19 combined for rear-wheel drive and 15/23/18 for all-wheel drive models.
The newest engine option, a 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged V6, offers 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque on premium gas. No figures are available for regular. The 3.3-liter should return an estimated 17 city mpg, 25 highway, and 20 combined. Adding all-wheel drive drops a point on the highway.
The lone transmission on all models is an eight-speed automatic with a manual shift mode.
All G80 models come extremely well equipped. Standard equipment includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, bi-xenon headlights, an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, leather upholstery, push-button start, and dual-zone climate control.
The 2018 Genesis G80 is available in three trim levels:
When the competition includes the Mercedes-Benz E-class, Audi A6, and BMW 5-Series, the Genesis G80 is still a comparable bargain that doesn’t skimp on luxury features. Opt for the 5.0 Ultimate, which gives you all the options of a fully-loaded 3.8 plus an extra 109 hp from the brawny V8 engine for a mere $5,000. However, if style is more important, the new 3.3T Sport is the best-dressed member of the G80 range.