Genesis has done a beautiful job with the cabin of the G80 sedan. We are fans of the minimalist layout and clean lines, but the choice of obviously expensive materials gives the space an inviting atmosphere. There are a few oddities like the rotary shift knob, but anyone buying the car will soon adjust to using it. There are no complaints regarding space utilization, but what really impresses is the generous standard specification. As standard, the G80 comes with 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a large 14.5-inch HD navigation screen. Higher-end models add wireless device charging, a surround-view monitor, remote parking assistance, and much more.
The G80 is a five-seater, but with the usual caveat of a cramped space for whoever ends up in the center of the rear bench seat. For four people, the interior is generous with its space and comfortable for tall adults in the back. There are 38.7 inches of legroom in the back, and the coupe-like roofline gives 39.1 inches of headroom compared to the more generous 41.1 inches for driver and front passenger.
The G80 has an "Ergo Motion" feature, which is disorientating if you're not expecting it, but once you know what's happening, the three stretching modes and smart posture assist are great for avoiding a sore back on a long drive.
|Genesis G80 Trims||2.5T||3.5T Sport|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.4 in.||39.4 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.1 in.||37.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.5 in.||42.5 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||38.7 in.||38.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||58.3 in.||58.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||57.1 in.||57.1 in.|
The base 2.5L G80 comes with a leatherette cabin in either Black, Anthracite/Beige, or Maroon Brown/Havana Brown. However, availability of each interior color will vary based on the chosen exterior color. With the Advanced package, the leatherette is available in the same colors but with a color gradation adding a more premium effect. The 2.5L model with the Prestige package comes with genuine leather upholstery in the following color choices: Maroon Brown/Dark Blue with Eucalyptus, Black with ash color gradation, Anthracite/Beige with ash color gradation, or Maroon Brown/Havana Brown with Olive ash. Once again, not every interior color scheme is compatible with every exterior color.
The V6 Sport model comes with leather as standard in Anthracite Beige, Black with Red stitching, Black/Sevilla Red, Black with Gray stitching, or Anthracite/Beige. Moving up to the Sport Prestige introduces Nappa leather upholstery in the same colors.
The base model comes with Piano Black gloss trim, making way for matte finish wood with one of the available packages. For the V6 Sport, there are alloy pedals and sport aluminum trim. This trim, together with the Sport Prestige package, adds carbon fiber trim and a microfiber suede headliner.
At 13.1 cubic feet, the G80's trunk is adequate rather than massive. Ultimately, the Audi A6 has a little more space in its trunk, but it's a close call and the Genesis won't struggle with either a week's worth of shopping or two golf bags. Disappointingly, the G80's rear seat can't be folded flat to accommodate longer or more awkwardly shaped items.
The cabin provides a number of useful storage areas for smaller items. There are the usual door pockets, cupholders front and rear, a center console storage space, front seatback map pockets, and a covered storage space for your phone.
|Genesis G80 Trims||2.5T||3.5T Sport|
|Trunk Volume||13.1 cu. ft.||13.1 cu. ft.|
Even the base model without any options feels like a well-specified sedan. It comes with 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, dual-zone automatic climate control, adjustable ambient lighting, and an eight-inch LCD cluster display. All models have a generous safety specification with forward collision avoidance assist, lane following assist, front/rear parking sensors, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, smart cruise control, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, and Highway Driving Assist II.
Higher up in the range, the G80 gets even more opulent. The front seats gain ventilation and 16-way power adjustment, and the rear seats receive heating too. Other features on upper models include a panoramic sunroof, power-closing doors, three-zone climate control, power rear and manual side rear window shades, wireless device charging, and a heated steering wheel. The best safety gear includes a surround-view camera system, a blind-spot view monitor, and a digital key.
On V6 models, a head-up display becomes available.
It's a bit of a stretch to reach the 14.5-inch touchscreen, but the rotary dial input control is a much more satisfactory way of controlling the system. The voice command system is competent, but not particularly encompassing yet. The infotainment system is full of the usual features but you can opt for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto instead. Surprisingly, neither of the smartphone systems are wireless yet in the G80 considering they're a regular feature on the lower-end Hyundai models. The base 12-speaker sound system sounds great, but the best way to appreciate music is with the excellent 21-speaker Lexicon system.