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2017 Genesis G80 Performance Review

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


Performance: 9.0

The 2017 Genesis G80 enters the market as a debonair sedan: gracious, composed, and sophisticated. The same can be said for its performance, starting with a set of refined engines that will leave few wishing for more power. The automatic transmission is equally polished and handling is smooth. The G80's poor fuel economy makes for the rare black mark.

  • "With a ride more oriented toward comfort than performance -- think Lexus GS vs. BMW 5 Series -- the G80 is an excellent highway companion. But with its rear-drive layout and potent V6 or V8 engines, it never feels lacking in power." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Over hundreds of miles down the freeway, the G80 proved as comfortable as I could want. Its V8 engine, good for 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, hummed along, the eight-speed automatic transmission giving it the gearing to keep the tachometer needle low. When I needed a boost for passing, the transmission downshifted quickly enough, letting me tap into peak power." -- CNET
  • "This is a hushed, comfortable, refined driving environment. Just don't expect excitement." -- Automobile Magazine

Acceleration and Power

Under the hood of a 2017 G80 is a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 that never feels like it's lacking power. Drivers who prefer a little more spice have the option of stepping up to a 5.0-liter V8 with a 420-horsepower rating and an extra dose of snarl from the exhaust. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission – the only gearbox available – that comes with four driving modes and paddle shifters. Test drivers say that no matter the engine, the G80 delivers refined power without hesitation. Its only notable drawback is at the gas station: The G80 3.8's fuel rating of 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (15/23 mpg city/highway with the V8) is one of the lowest in this class. 

  • "And finally, after recording fuel economy on the freeway maxing out at 28 mpg in the G80 with a 5-liter V8, only dropping to about 19 mpg in the city, Genesis' EPA numbers blew me away. The spec sheet gives a very conservative 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. I got about 5 mpg better than the posted fuel economy." -- CNET
  • "As noted, my test car sported the optional V-8; it mates with an 8-speed automatic. The engine accelerates the G80 briskly and smoothly, delivering a far more luxurious driving experience than, say, the 2.0-liter turbo four in the Mercedes E300. It's not particularly burly off the line (peak torque only comes on tap at 5000 rpm), but it revs sweetly enough that winding it out is a pleasure." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "A Sport mode and paddle shifters are standard and offer drivers more engagement, but we admit to most often leaving the Genesis in Standard mode and letting it do its thing. A Snow mode is also on the drive-select roster, and all-wheel drive is available in V6 versions, appealing for those living in cold-weather states." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The 2017 G80 is a rear-wheel-drive sedan; all-wheel drive is available in the 3.8 model. Its comfort-biased suspension excels when it comes to smoothing out broken pavement, and the precise steering allows for nimble navigation through a cityscape. Test drivers caution against driving the G80 like a sports sedan (even if you switch into Sport mode), noting that the soft suspension leads to body roll if you take a corner too aggressively.

  • "Although lacking an adaptive suspension, the G80's fixed suspension delivered a smooth, comfortable ride. Adequate sound damping for the cabin further added to the luxury experience. Genesis tunes the G80's electric power steering with ample heft, for solid driving feel. In city driving, the steering proved responsive enough to let me cut quickly between traffic. In those situations, the suspension also contributed to relatively nimble handling." -- CNET
  • "Genesis has plans to unveil sporty models in the near future, but the G80 is nothing of the kind. It wasn't built to hustle, it doesn't like to hustle, and if you tried to push it really hard through a curvy road, and (sic) some point a robotic hand would likely pop out of the dash and smack you on the cheek. This is not a failure of the G80, though; it wasn't designed to be a sporting sedan. Instead, it delivers fully on its luxury-transport mission, the suspension deftly erasing road imperfections, the ride cushy and relaxed, the control inputs – from steering to braking feel – all smooth and solid." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Genesis's firm steering is attentive on-center and weights up progressively in corners. The wheel is neither heavy nor light, but perfectly matched to the character of the car and the speed of the variable-ratio rack. Over cracked asphalt and sweeping bends outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, the Genesis flaunted graceful damping and convincing body control." -- Car and Driver (2015)

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