Genesis G80 3.8 Sunroof Review
The Understated State of Divine

clifford chow
15 Dec 2017
 

Pull up beside the BMW 5-Series, and you will find a car which simply is visually grander, despite the assurance of the latter’s twin kidney grilles in the front

There is a special word known as… Value.

What do you value most in an Executive Sedan? The features? Or how about the performance?

The Genesis G80 presents a circumstantial question mark, in a market where cars this size, and in this market segment would cost an arm and a leg more.

Putting all that aside for a while, we take a closer look at what Korea’s answer to the 5 Series and E Class is as a car built with the quality of those qualities in-mind.

The brand is the result of Hyundai’s efforts to basically “pull off a Lexus”, and with the size and feel of the G80, it is quite evident that they are aiming at one of the world’s largest automotive pies… an American one…

Previously badged as a Hyundai, Genesis is now a stand-alone brand, and while there are the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW in its sights, closer to home (as in Asia), the Korean brand will also need to win over the hearts of Lexus and Infiniti buyers.

Pull up beside the BMW 5-Series, and you will find a car which simply is visually grander, despite the assurance of the latter’s twin kidney grilles in the front.

The G80’s daytime running LEDs which run along the base of the HID headlamp lenses adds to a more grounded, yet aggressive feel, flanking a large horizontal grille with a large chrome surround.

The large almost 5 metre length allows for plenty of sculpting, with well-chiselled shoulders, and a slight coupe-like stance from the side, thanks to the rear quarter glass running parallel to the C pillar. Pity though that the (of Audi fame) Peter Schreyer-led team, could have departed a little more from the Hyundai Sonata-like hints at the rear tail lamps and boot lid… Still pretty, no doubt.

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Engine

Engine Capacity 3778cc
Engine Type V 6
Power 311bhp
Torque 397Nm
Power to Weight 157.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 240 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4990 x 1890 x 1480) mm
Wheelbase 3010 mm
Turning Circle 11 metres
Kerb Weight 1970 kg
Boot Capacity 493 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 77 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs