I recently took the 2017 Genesis G80 for a test drive and it was the most comfortable, smooth ride I’d experienced. The Genesis G80 is a rear-wheel-drive, mid-size luxury sedan. Hyundai recently spun off Genesis as a standalone luxury brand, and the 2017 Genesis G80 is one of the first models to come out under the new branding. The features and size coupled with the exceptional safety elements made it one of my favorite cars yet.
The G80 comes with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine, but there is a V-8 option as well. I can’t imagine needing more power than what comes in the V-6. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and they work together seamlessly to make sure you’re connected to the road. Around turns, it responds precisely to steering inputs, and the cabin is impressively quiet. Regardless if I was driving on the highway or the side roads, I never heard the wind or engine noise yet it accelerated effortlessly.
With blind spot warning, high beam assist, rear view camera, lane keep assist, Smart Cruise Control, and emergency braking all standard on all 2017 Genesis G80s, it doesn’t lack in features. It also comes standard with nine airbags (dual front airbags, driver’s knee airbag, seat-mounted side impact airbags for the rear passengers, and side curtain airbags).
The Genesis G80 is equipped with the Head’s-Up Display and the BSD system indicators project onto the windshield, nearer the driver’s view of the road. This was my favorite feature. The speed limit, my speed, and blind spot warning were all projected before my eyes without needing to turn my head.
The quality interior and overall refinement are a huge draw to the G80. The heated eight-way power front seats offer four-way power lumbar and the full-grain leather seats are plush and wrap nicely. I have a short upper body so I can certainly appreciate the eight-way power front seats and the full-grain leather is as comfortable as it is classy. There is a power-adjustable steering wheel and driver memory settings. Thanks to a long wheelbase, the 2017 G80 has a roomy cabin. There’s an abundance of rear seat legroom and plenty of leg and head room in the front. The only place where it lacks in space in the headroom in the rear. Outside and in, the G80 has been optimized for comfort and convenience.
Like the cabin, the trunk is expansive with a generous opening for easy loading.
The panoramic sunroof gives you an airy feel with plenty of light in both the front and rear seats.
I love the minimalist approach to the dashboard and center console. I particularly like the straightforward operation of the rotary-dial input for the navigation system and the ample storage space for tech, phones, and drinks.
Technology features include an 8-inch touchscreen interface, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, the Genesis Connected Services telematics system, and a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, HD radio and satellite radio. The center-console controls make it easy to reach and navigate the systems while keeping your focus on the road.
It’s rare that I drive a vehicle where I struggle to find a downside but the Genesis G80 is pretty close to perfect. The long front end took some time to get use to and without the front warning indicator, I may have struggled even more, but I love the style, comfort, and safety features. This is the type of car you want to be driving during long road trips and bucket list adventures.