2018 Genesis G80 First Drive

Not too long ago, the Hyundai has finally unveiled its latest 2018 Genesis G80, which looks like a car definitely worth waiting for. The G80 is a 5-door, luxury sedan, aimed at the customers who are looking for class and luxury at an affordable price.

While the Genesis is somewhat below its European counterparts in terms of luxury and sheer opulence, it makes it up with strong pricing, performance, and reliability. However, thanks to a new engine, and a substantial number of updates, the latest 2018 Genesis G80 will surely challenge even the best models from Audi, BMW or Lexus.

2018 Genesis G80 front

2018 Genesis G80 – Elegance and Clean Look

Outside, the 2018 Genesis G80 impresses with its elegance and clean looks. As opposed to the previous models, the new one features even more clean lines, as well as a more flowing feel. In the front, the latest sedan from Hyundai sports a redesigned, more imposing treatment.

Some of the most notable features include a bigger, sportier grille, sleeker headlights, and a smooth-looking bumper. From there, we can see attractive, long lines, which bring about a sense of class and quality. These lines smoothly reach the rear end of the vehicle, where we can see an aerodynamic sloping design.

If we had to compare that look, we’d say it is quite similar to the look of the Audi A7. Overall, the G80 is a very beautiful vehicle, one that expertly combines subtle athleticism and refinement.

Interior and Equipment

Just like its exterior, the interior design of the 2018 Genesis G80 closely resembles that of the older Hyundai Genesis. Fortunately, there wasn’t much that needed changing or fixing. As opposed to some of the most luxurious sedans on the market, the G80 features a fairly simple interior design, one that values convenience and comfort, not unnecessary extravagances.

The Genesis’ cabin is fairly roomy, capable of accommodating 5 adult passengers and a decent amount of cargo space. Thanks to the implementation of quality materials, such as leather, and adjustable seats, this cabin is capable of offering plenty of comfort to all the passengers. In the front, we can also see a very simple-looking dashboard, with easy-to-use controls and a very good driving position.

In the tech department, the G80 keeps pace with its competition. There will be a 9.2-inch touchscreen display, a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system, USB ports, Bluetooth, an HD radio and also a bevy of advanced safety measures.

2018 Genesis G80 interior

Engine Specs and Performance

Under the hood, the 2018 Genesis G80 will sport 3 engine variants. Starting from the basic one, we will see a 3.8-liter V6, with 311 hp, 295 lb-ft, an EPA of 19/27 mpg and a top speed of 138 mph. Next up, there will be a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which outputs 365 hp and 376 lb-ft, along with an EPA rating of 17/25 mpg.

The most powerful, performance variant comes in the form of a 5.0-liter V8, which is capable of producing 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque and reaching an EPA rating of 18 mpg combined. All three of the engines will come coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission and either an RWD or an AWD.

2018 Genesis G80 rear

Debut Time and Cost of the 2018 Genesis G80

The latest 2018 Genesis G80 is expected to hit the car stores by the end of 2017 or during the first months of 2018. Its base price will start at $43.000 and reach almost $58.000 for the premium, V8 variant.

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