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2018 Genesis G80 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2018 Genesis G80 was new.


Performance: 8.7

The 2018 Genesis G80 has three engines to choose from, including a powerful V8. It has a comfortable ride, and the new Sport model increases its athleticism. However, fuel estimates are low for the class.

  • We haven't yet driven the new 3.3T Sport trim yet, but the regular G80 is decidedly not a sport sedan, whether the V6 or V8 is underhood or whether engine and transmission response is tailored to Sport mode. The G80 prioritizes cruising comfort over sharp handling bursts of thrill." -- Edmunds
  • This is a hushed, comfortable, refined driving environment. Just don't expect excitement." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The G80 comes standard with a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 and a 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 are available.

Each engine provides plenty of power for everyday driving and highway passing, but the V8 is the most dynamic. Acceleration off the line is strong, and the eight-speed automatic has smooth shifts.

The 2018 G80 gets below-average fuel economy estimates for the class: 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

  • "The regular V6 and V8 engines feel strong, with the V8 clearly having more low-end punch and smooth, linear power delivery. The V8 keeps the G80 competitive with other luxury sedans. The base V6 is strong enough, however, to satisfy most buyers." -- Edmunds
  • "Three engine choices are available in the Genesis G80 for 2018: a standard V6, twin-turbo V6 and a potent V8. All use direct-injection technology with a strong focus on drivability, low-end torque and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. Off-the-line response is impressive with all three engines, and fuel economy is decent, more so with the smaller V6s. A smooth and refined 8-speed automatic transmission backs all three engines, with a unique sport-tuned version fitted to the turbocharged Sport trim."-- Kelley Blue Book
  • Grab the thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel, toe into the accelerator, and the G80 Sport swooshes forward as if a hydraulic ram were doing the pushing. The cabin is so well insulated that it isolates the driver almost too much from the dynamic experience, and there's no discernible noise to announce the acceleration. Still, the scenery gets moving real quick." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

The G80 has a comfortable ride, though it's not as smooth as some competitors. The new Sport trim adds athleticism to the G80's drive. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the Genesis G80, and all-wheel drive is available in all trims.

  • Ride quality is decent enough, but the G80 doesn't soak up bumps and imperfections like the benchmark sedans in the class." -- Edmunds
  • And while the G90's ride might be a little more luxury-like, the G80's ain't bad. Push the sport button, throw it in a corner in either rear- or all-wheel-drive configuration and you'll find that it, for the most part, comes out the other side. It feels all of its 4,519 pounds (4,674 in AWD), meaning it has just a hint of plodding around corners. If pushed too hard, it'll understeer, but you're not going to feel compelled to push this very hard. It's lively enough for what it is, but the 535i, A6 and CTSs feel lighter and more sporty. Which is fine. There's nothing wrong with putting the emphasis on luxury over handling, and the G80 is indeed luxurious." -- Autoweek
  • "The G80 Sport's development effort paid off; the car is a well-executed cruiser that can be sporty when the mood strikes. There's actually some steering feel, and compared to the regular G80 3.8, the G80 Sport has a more buttoned-down suspension with less pitch and dive under hard acceleration and heavy braking. The G80 Sport is sportier than the G80 3.8 (as it should be), but drivers like my father who now want a car that feels smaller might appreciate the new trim level while they wait for the G70 to arrive." -- Motor Trend

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