Genesis G80 Holds its Own Against Top Tier Rivals

If you’re comparing luxury mid-size sedans, the G80 delivers a value option that is worthy of consideration, even if comparing it against the German luxe leaders which would include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. 

The second-generation G80 brings an improved driving experience, and Genesis continues to garner global attention for design inside and out.  Genesis was named the top premium brand in the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study, improving three rank positions overall from the prior year. G80 was also donned Best Upper Midsize Premium Car for the second consecutive year.

Genesis’ warranty coverage has further helped it gain market share–five years/60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain. Three years of complimentary maintenance and unlimited miles for three years of roadside assistance are also compelling. 

The best value for G80 would be on the lower end of the trim ladder, where MSRP starts at $51,125. MSRP on our 2022 G80 3.5T Sports model was $63,700. After adding a $6,800 Prestige package and delivery it topped out at $71,595.  Compared to the base 2.5T, it sported the more powerful 380 hp V6, all-wheel drive and adaptive suspension to firm it up in Sport Mode, reducing body roll around turns. 

The Genesis value proposition also begins to wane on the Electrified G80.  The first EV sedan in the Genesis lineup and its second all-electric model, it is touted for being capable of quick charging times and range of 300 miles on a full charge.  The 87.2-kWh battery pack and an electric motor mounted at each axle (365 hp, 516 lb-ft), provide all-wheel drive on the all-electric G80.  The Electrified G80 that we drove at the 2023 Texas Auto Writers Association’s Auto Roundup had an $81,495 price tag with standard equipment nearly mirroring the 3.5T Sport and including some of the features of its Prestige package. 

Inside, our G80 was a true beauty with comfortable seating, panoramic sunroof, and all the latest in tech features.  The 21-speaker Lexicon audio system was particularly remarkable, in fact Edmunds even noted some inferior sound systems in Bentleys!

Genesis has done a good job at differentiating itself from its Hyundai roots as well as any others in the segments it competes in.
G80 is a prime example of how the brand forges its own distinct identity.

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