Review

Here's Why BMW Needs To Fear The New 2017 Genesis G80

Full-size sedan luxury for nearly Ford Fusion Titanium price.

Back in 2009 Hyundai launched a full-size sedan called the Genesis, a rear-wheel-drive luxury car with optional V8 power. Yes, it came from Hyundai and the South Korean automaker followed it up with the even larger Equus. The Genesis in particular struck a chord with many buyers who appreciated the new segment Hyundai seemingly created: affordable luxury. Jump forward to today and Genesis is now a separate brand and the Genesis sedan is now the G80, the subject of today’s review.

Compared to its predecessor, the G80 has been completely redesigned inside and out and represents yet another leap forward for its parent company. Powered by a 3.8-liter V6 with 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque, power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Want all-wheel drive? Tack on $2,500 to the final price. There’s also an optional RWD only 5.0-liter V8 with 420 hp and 383 lb-ft paired to the same gearbox. We figure most buyers will opt for the V6 despite being kind of a sluggish to accelerate. But perhaps the G80’s strongest selling points are its long list of standard features, such as an eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Optional features are limited to two packages, Premium and Ultimate, both of which offer lots of goodies for a decent price. Not everyone needs or can pay for, say, a BMW, but with a $41,400 starting price, the 2017 Genesis G80 is an offer almost too good to refuse. Special thanks to DGDG.com for letting us film the car.

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