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2020 Genesis G80 Performance Review


Performance: 7.5

The 2020 Genesis G80 offers a comfortable ride, solid handling and cornering, and satisfying power, though the base engine might not be muscular enough for some. Shoppers looking for stronger engine options will want to focus on the G80's two higher trims.

  • "While the base engine is better off avoided, both its twin-turbo V-6 and V-8 make great sounds and provide great acceleration." -- Car and Driver
  • "This G80's focus isn't performance, but it offers enough of it for most owners. Most European competitors will be quicker and more engaging to drive, but the G80 is no slouch either." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "This is a hushed, comfortable, refined driving environment. Just don't expect excitement." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The G80 has three engine options, each powering a different trim level. The base G80 3.8 trim comes with a 311-horsepower V6 engine. While this engine is no weakling, the other two are zippier from a stop. The G80 3.3T Sport has a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine. Within this lineup, this engine offers the best combination of satisfying power and fuel efficiency. The G80 5.0 is the most powerful of the bunch with a robust 420-horsepower V8 engine.

The G80’s fuel economy estimates are among the worst in our luxury midsize car rankings: 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the base engine. That’s partly because most compeitors have turbocharged four-cylinder engines, which are typically more fuel-efficient than a V6.

  • "The base model features an underwhelming naturally aspirated V-6 engine. The Sport model's speedy twin-turbo V-6 is the sweetheart of the engine lineup, whereas the G80 Ultimate's V-8 is refined and more powerful. However, it's less fuel efficient and thousands of dollars more expensive." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 3.8-liter V6 may be the base engine, but that doesn't make it a lump. There's a healthy amount of midrange and top-end punch, complemented by a surprisingly pleasant soundtrack. Put the pedal to the floor, and the G80 accelerates to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, a decently quick time but on the slow side for the segment. The Sport manages a livelier 5.2-second sprint time." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Upon a stab of the accelerator pedal, the G80 Sport doesn't really feel 4,500 pounds, but it also doesn't feel as light on its feet as the Lexus GS 350 F Sport, a competitor I've also driven." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Genesis G80 has OK handling around corners, but there isn't much steering feedback. Road imperfections are nearly imperceptible, thanks to the G80’s compliant suspension. G80 Sport models, which come with an adaptive suspension, have the most engaging handling in the lineup. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.

  • "The standard G80 is poised and tuned for comfort. The suspension is well damped and, while not overly soft, provides a relaxed ride that soaks up road imperfections quite well. Body motions are nicely controlled, and the whole package feels balanced and harmonious. As is today's luxury-car norm, the steering wheel transmits only a small amount of feedback from the road to the driver's hands. The G80 Sport features an exclusive adaptive suspension that increases damping force during aggressive driving without sacrificing cruising comfort." -- Car and Driver
  • "The G80 rides quite nicely. It's free of the floatiness that soft suspensions can sometimes deliver, yet it has plenty of compliance to soak up road undulations. It may not erase some bigger bumps quite as well as the best in class, but most people wouldn't notice the distinction." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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." -- Motor Trend (2018)
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