2022 Genesis G80 adds sport to luxury

Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige: Genesis is targeting the sporty with its luxury sedan.

Price: $ 69,195 as tested, charging $ 500 for the blue paint and $ 5,495 for the Prestige package.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver loves the ‘beautiful, feature-rich interior design at great prices’, but not that’ the bold grille design isn’t for everyone, not as athletic as rival sedans, people will ask. if it’s a Hyundai ”.

The marketer’s pitch: “Create tomorrow, today.

Reality: Lots of luxury but just a little sporty.

What’s up: The redesigned Genesis G80 for 2021 adds the new AWD Sport to the lineup for ’22, but that doesn’t change the G80 much for the new year. It gets some visual touches and more agility than the previous sedan, thanks to changes in suspension and rear wheel steering.

The model still draws its visual cues from the latest Audi offerings, a great look to emulate. The gently sloping rear end gives an attractive profile; the front looks like a cross between an Audi and a Bentley.

Up to speed: The V-6 develops 375 horsepower and turns the sedan into a rocket. It develops 25% more power than the 2.5-liter four-cylinder of the lower G80s. Motor Trend coaxed the 2021 version of the G80 to 60 mph in 5 seconds.

Sly: I prefer the tradition in the form of a gear lever, although it is electronically controlled. Genesis offers a dial, but in a different pattern – turn hard clockwise for Drive, or counterclockwise for Reverse. And if you only know digital clocks, well, haha, find out, youngster.

The 8-speed transmission runs smoothly, however.

On the road: Speaking of smoothness, the AWD G80 is the automotive version of Barry White on limited access highways and country roads. It’s more fun than the average Hyundai or Kia, probably thanks to the suspension and the sedan’s low profile. It’s not a lot of excitement in the curves, but it goes where it is pointed; highway driving is comfortable.

Sport mode, like in other Korean vehicles, feels extremely heavy in the steering. Custom seems a better blend of smoothness and handling.

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Keep it safe: Beyond the usual lane keeping and driver attention warning, the G80 offers a whole host of features here, with front crash prevention that monitors pedestrians and cyclists, as well as turns and roads. Junction crossings, the side of the lane and evasive steering aids, as well as highway driving and lane keeping aids.

Driver’s seat: The Nappa leather covered seat is comfortable and supportive, with plenty of luxury touches and 12 directions to adjust.

The gauge housing – um, excuse me, the 12.3-inch 3-D digital instrument cluster – features a digitally created speedometer and tachometer, and these turn into side view cameras when the flashing is activated.

The instrument panel sports wood trim and silver accents, and the night colors are some of the chicest choices on the market. Heated and ventilated seats are standard on the trim level.

Friends and others: Rear seat occupants will enjoy excellent corner accommodations, with heating and ventilation as well. Legroom and foot space is generous, although headroom is a bit compromised by the aforementioned beautifully sloped rear.

Cargo space is 15.3 cubic feet. Only the armrest provides passage from the trunk, so large items won’t get through.

Play some tunes: The Lexicon Premium Audio system has a 14.5 inch touchscreen to make things easy to see. Several buttons on the outside take users from one place to another, and I have found that a few can be stubborn at times. But the touchscreen itself works fine.

This is good, because a weird touch ball control trick works less transparently. Owners may have time to find that the dial rotates from function to function and presses left to right on the chrome ring, but someone unfamiliar with it is going to struggle with it.

Chrome rollers also control volume and adjustment, and everything requires more force than traditional knobs and knobs.

The sound offers a variety of settings to the Volvo, with different locations in a concert hall to choose from, as well as bass, treble and mids beyond. The sound from the 21 speakers was pretty good, about an A-.

Keep warm and cool: The heated seats are also on an LED graphical interface. It’s pretty crisp, but it can be difficult to use on the fly, including heating or ventilating the seats. And it also requires more strength than you might think. The dials control the temperature.

The heat vents are a 1970s strip on the dashboard, without much adjustment capability.

Night watch: LED headlights are pitiful in low beam. The lights barely illuminate the cars parked in the street before I run into them; Automakers certainly rely on the world having more street lights than they have. The interior lights are nice and subtle.

Fuel economy: I averaged around 21 mpg during a rather relaxed week of driving around Philadelphia, the King of Prussia, and Delaware.

Where it is built: Ulsan, South Korea

How it’s built: Consumer Reports predicts that the reliability of the G80 is 2 out of 5.

At the end: It’s not a bad sedan, but if I could, I would probably go for the Audi A6.

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