Genesis G80

Model Overview

Hyundai introduced the Genesis sedan as an affordable alternative to high-priced midsize luxury sedans. Now that Genesis has become a separate luxury brand, the four-door has been renamed G80 and continues its attempt to make a solid name for itself in the luxury world.


The Hyundai Genesis sedan was introduced for the 2009 model year as the automaker’s first entry into the U.S.’ premium large sedan market. This rear-drive sedan came standard with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine producing 290 hp or a 4.6-liter V-8 churning out 375 hp, both mated to six-speed automatic transmissions. In a First Test review, we were impressed with the Hyundai’s powerful and efficient V-8, handsome and conservative design, comfortable Lexus-like driving dynamics, and loads of standard equipment all at a low starting price.

Hyundai also offered a sportier and less expensive rear-drive car called the Genesis Coupe, initially with a standard 2.0-liter turbo-four and an optional 3.8-liter V-6. Now discontinued, we expect the Genesis brand to introduce a rear-drive, premium coupe over the next few years.

The Latest Generation

The second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan debuted for the 2015 model year with an improved design, more powerful engines, and a host of infotainment technology and safety aids. In our First Drive review, we commended the Genesis for its sportier ride, spacious and quiet interior, safety aids, and low starting price. In our First Test review of the 2015 Genesis we said, “It doesn’t match the cachet of a Mercedes-Benz or BMW (yet), but the Genesis has evolved into a more competent competitor.”

Now called the Genesis G80 for 2016 and beyond, the car is mostly a carryover from the outgoing 2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan with the exception of an array of safety aids now standard on all trims, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and high beam assist. The Genesis lineup also includes the new full-size G90 model, which was formerly known as the Hyundai Equus.

Why You’d Consider One

Midsize luxury sedan shoppers who don’t want to pay the premium price of a Mercedes-Benz or BMW should consider the new Genesis G80.

Why You’d Look Elsewhere

Some might prefer the greater fuel efficiency of more expensive competitors, or the status that comes with having a Mercedes-Benz star on your grille instead.

Body Types: Sedan
Overall Rating:
4 of 5

Rating based on 2020 Model

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