A minor refresh to the G80 this year brings with it new front and rear designs along with modified headlights to this classically styled, luxury sedan. While changes to base and V8 models are relatively minor, Sport models receive a more deeply sculpted front fascia, along with a dark chrome grille with copper grille surround, and copper-colored headlight and wheel accent trim. In back, the differences are more subtle, with changes limited to the lower rear valance and the placement of reflectors.
HID headlights are standard on the base 3.8, with LED headlights optional, although LED's are standard on all other models. Additionally, all models receive auto-dimming outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and LED taillights.
The handsome exterior is wrapped around a serene interior packed with plush leather and real wood, where front seat occupants have it best with substantial, comfortable, widely-adjustable seats, with heating standard and ventilation and adjustable lumbar and bolsters optional. Even base models have nearly everything, including a full suite of advanced safety features including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a haptic steering wheel, and driver attention alert.
In addition, keyless push-button start, dual automatic climate control, memory for the driver seat, outside mirrors, and steering column, as well as electroluminescent gauges, Bluetooth, navigation, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay are also standard.
But perfection is eluded as the rear seat doesn't fold, a feature that's standard even on the lowly Hyundai Accent, which limits the G80's versatility – especially considering the mediocre 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space. In addition, 37 inches of rear leg room is sufficient for taller passengers, but trails rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, while cabin switchgear brings a Hyundai – rather than German rivals – to mind.