In the beginning, Karl Benz created the Patent-Motorwagen, and the car was born—at least that’s the first verse in the Good Book according to Mercedes-Benz. Two years ago, Hyundai announced its own creation story, assigning the Genesis name to a new line of luxury cars that would be sold by Hyundai dealers. Rid of both the Hyundai nameplate and that brand’s everyday-affordablity emphasis, Genesis aims to be a fresh alternative to the 100-year-old premium labels.
Born in 2009 as the Hyundai Genesis and refurbished for the 2015 model year, the G80 sedan reviewed here is the first shot in the Genesis brand’s salvo. Add to that a larger and all-new G90 flagship sedan and at least four more models to arrive by 2020. The Genesis mission is invading the money zone where Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo earn lucrative returns on their parent companies’ investments.
The Genesis G80 3.8-liter sedan starts at $42,350, rising to $53,800 when equipped with three of the four available upgrades, as was our test vehicle. An all-wheel-drive system called HTRAC cost $2500. A Premium package containing a two-panel sunroof, upgraded audio, front-seat ventilation, an LCD instrument cluster, parking sensors, a rearview camera, fog lamps, and rear-window shades hiked the price by $4750. Finally, the Ultimate package bringing leather seats, extra driver’s-seat adjustments, wood and metal trim, a color head-up display, a 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, yet another sound-system upgrade, a power-operated trunk lid, and dual-mode front-vent controls added another $4200 to our total.
While many luxury-brand incumbents built their reputations on strong performance credentials, the G80 takes a more cordial path. Every G80 rolls on all-season tires. While there is a potent 5.0-liter V-8 alternative to the 311-hp 3.8-liter V-6, this Genesis doesn’t have an aggressive bone in its attractively sculpted body. Ride motions are smooth and settled, as if every pavement fissure is filled with whipped cream. Respecting the hushed conversations anticipated in this luxury setting, cabin noise is a low 72 decibels during full-bore acceleration and 66 decibels during 70-mph cruising. Control efforts are low to guarantee that commuting is never a chore. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Chris Doane Automotive
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