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2017 Genesis G80 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Genesis G80 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.8

The interior of the 2017 Genesis G80 not only meets the benchmarks required for luxury vehicles, but its list of standard inclusions is more generous than most. With an extensive amount of driver assistance features, clever tech like a hands-free trunk, and an expansive cabin, the G80 proves just how far your money can go.

  • "The first thing you notice after climbing behind the G80's wheel is the pervasive air of quality. The cabin is airy and spacious; it's roomier than such competitors as the Cadillac CTS, the Lexus GS, and the Mercedes E-Class. Fit and finish are top notch. The seats are covered in first-rate perforated leather with attractive contrasting piping. Handsome matte-finish grained wood adorns the dash." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Genesis G80's leather-lined, 5-passenger interior is among the roomiest in its class, making it a pleasurable place for all occupants. In addition to its sheer space, we appreciate the Genesis' layout." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On a trip down the California coast, I appreciated driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and, most of all, the blind spot monitor. The surprise came when I saw that these features come standard, at least in the V8 model. After fiddling around with the navigation system, I found it had integrated Google destination search. A dedicated data connection into the car? Yet another pleasant surprise." -- CNET

Seating

Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard in the 2017 G80, which offers seating for five. The standard steering wheel features audio, cruise, and phone controls, and it vibrates to alert you to safety warnings. Available options include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The G80 is incredibly spacious and pleasant to ride in. It offers more room in the front seat than most rivals, along with a commodious back seat. Reviewers also call out how quiet the cabin is, reporting that engine and road noise are kept at bay even with the larger V8. 

You'll have no problems finding and using the three tether anchors in the back seat. However, it's a little trickier to clip child-safety seats into the lower anchors. The seat behind the driver is easiest to clip into; the hardware in the other outboard seat is more difficult to maneuver around.

  • "The front seats get our kudos for their overall comfort, and the driving position offers a good view out." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Thankfully, even with all the options checked the cabin isn't a mess of buttons, knobs and switches. This Genesis is still a car you can get in and drive with no orientation. Better yet, it's a comfortable car, with plenty of seat adjustments and a generous amount of room. The stretched wheelbase opens up enough space for adult-size rear seats, with lots of legroom to stretch out, although headroom is still not exactly abundant." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "… that backseat wrapped in leather is pretty comfortable. All of the seats are pretty comfortable for that matter. There's certainly a lot of space with an interior volume of 123 cubic feet. That beats the Cadillac CTS (110.7 cubic feet), the Lexus GS (113.3 cubic feet) and the Mercedes E Class (113.1 cubic feet). More importantly, it feels spacious and open and the ride is insanely quiet, even quieting the big V-8." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Interior Features

The G80 is outfitted with more standard features than similarly priced rivals. All the essentials expected from a luxury model – Bluetooth, a USB port, a proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and HD Radio – are here. Some unexpected items are also standard, starting with a comprehensive safety package that includes adaptive cruise control with start/stop capabilities, automatic emergency braking, lane change assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera. The G80 also comes with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Its infotainment interface – which features a standard 8-inch touch screen – is easy to use, as are the accompanying knobs and buttons and most other tech features in the G80.

If all of that doesn't fulfill your wish list, Genesis also offers a 14- or 17-speaker Lexicon surround sound audio system, a panoramic sunroof, power sunshades for the back seat, a head-up display, a carbon dioxide sensor, and front and rear parking sensors for the G80.

But not everything is rosy, though the imperfections are small. The G80 has only one USB port – which will undoubtedly lead to squabbles on road trips. And if you have the larger 9.2-inch touch screen (an addition in the 3.8 model's Ultimate Package and standard in the 5.0 model), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are no longer part of the infotainment system.

See 2017 Genesis G80 specs and trims »

  • "Though it offers all the trappings of a luxury car -- climate-controlled seats, power-rear window shade, and center-mounted touch-screen display that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphones -- controls are remarkably easy to use. The G80 also offers buttons and knobs that are a snap to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  •  "Satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming and iOS integration made up the typical group of digital audio sources, augmented by Aha and Pandora in the G80. And I enjoyed listening to music over an impressive 17-speaker Lexicon stereo. The only negatives I can point out about the G80's electronics are that there is only one USB port, and that the audio source automatically reverted to radio whenever I restarted the car. That meant an uncouth blast of AM while I waited for its Bluetooth to reconnect with my phone. Oh, and this G80 lacked Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, although the V6 versions apparently have it. Shouldn't take long for Genesis to add both to the G80 V8." -- CNET
  • "It only takes a few minutes to adjust to everything inside this car, from connecting your phone to turning on your seat heater and turning off the Lane Keep Assist.”-- Motor Trend (2015)

Cargo

The G80 has a 15.3-cubic-foot trunk. It ranks above the average capacity of this class, but it's more than just the size that makes the G80 cargo-friendly. Test drivers appreciate the trunk's broad opening, which allows for easier loading. One of the most convenient standard features in the G80 is also one of the coolest: When the hands-free trunk senses that the proximity key is in the immediate vicinity for a few seconds, it opens automatically. This allows you to keep the keys in your pocket or purse, walk up to the G80 with arms full of bags, and place them directly into the trunk – without a juggling act.

  • "Need to open the trunk but you've got two arms full of grocery bags? No worries. Just approach the Genesis' rear end and after three seconds (with the key fob on your person) the Smart Trunk system senses your presence and automatically opens the trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The 15.3-cubic-foot trunk, though slightly smaller than before, is plenty big enough to swallow several suitcases and has an appreciably wide opening. And speaking of cargo utility, one of the most useful standard features is the hands-free Smart Trunk opener. If you walk up to the rear of the car with the key fob in your pocket, hands full of groceries, wait 3 seconds and the trunk will automatically open for you, whether with the standard manual lid or the power version." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The car is laid out in a very driver-friendly manner with no surprises or disappointment. All of the boxes have been checked. Perhaps the most intriguing feature is the automatic trunk opening. It sounds more like a gimmick than anything else but it's certainly something your neighbor is going to show you if he buys a Genesis. Just walk up to the back of the car, wait to hear four beeps and the trunk opens. No foot waving or button pushing, it just opens like it is reading your mind. Very cool." -- Motor Trend (2015)

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