Beverly Braga
June 26, 2017

2018 Genesis G80 OVERVIEW

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.

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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:


With the Genesis G80, there are no specific trim level designations other than by engine selection. There also are a limited number of optional packages due to the plentiful amount of already standard features.

Starting at $42,725 (including $975 destination charge) for rear-wheel drive or $45,225 when equipped with all-wheel drive, the G80’s long list of equipment includes the items listed above, plus a hands-free trunk with auto open, power-folding heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators and auto dimming, rain-sensing wipers, and LED daytime running lights and taillights. A refreshed exterior for 2018 features new styling to the bi-xenon HID auto-leveling headlights, lower front grille, and front and rear fascias.

The interior includes updated designs to the instrument cluster, shift knob, rearview mirror, analog clock, and speakers. A heated steering wheel is standard with all-wheel-drive models, regardless of engine.

A Premium Package ($5,000) adds LED fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Lexicon sound system, wireless device charging, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, window sunshades, a seven-inch display in the instrument cluster, and parking sensors in the front and back.

For $10,100 more, the Ultimate Package includes the Premium Package plus items like upgraded leather upholstery, new-for-2018 genuine wood finishes, a head-up display, a 9.2-inch touchscreen navigation system, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, an electric shift lever, a power trunk lid, and a surround-view camera system.

3.3T Sport

The new twin-turbo V6 engine is the middle child in the G80 line and starts at $56,225 for rear-wheel drive and $58,725 for all-wheel drive. 19-inch dark alloy wheels are standard, as are a number of smaller aesthetic exterior details. Genesis equips all G80 Sports with the same features as a non-turbocharged, V6 equipped with the Ultimate Package. No optional packages are available.

However, a sport suspension and a number of interior and exterior cosmetic changes, such as copper contrast stitching, a black microfiber suede headliner, carbon fiber trim, alloy pedals, dark tint taillight covers, a front lower bumper cover, rocker moldings, a rear lower bumper diffuser, and dark chrome exterior accents are standard. Genesis also sprinkled copper accents across the G80 Sport, and graced the new model with unique 19-inch wheels.

5.0 Ultimate

The G80’s top-of-the-line trim level starts at $57,975 for rear-drive and $60,475 for all-wheel drive. Like the 3.3T Sport, the 5.0 Ultimate is equipped with all the features of a 3.8 model with an Ultimate package. Exclusive to the 5.0 Ultimate, besides the V8 engine, are 19-inch alloy wheels and a microfiber suede headliner. Front LED fog lights and genuine wood finishes are added as standard equipment – neither of which are available on the 3.3T Sport. But, like the 3.3T Sport, there are no additional packages available.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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