2017 Genesis G80 is a rebadged Hyundai

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For those that don’t know, Genesis is the new luxury brand from Hyundai, although to be more specific, the 2017 Genesis G80 is basically a reworked Hyundai Genesis without any Hyundai badging. As such, they are cheaper than the competition from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, despite being better equipped; it’s the same old story – it is all in the name.
But if you aren’t a badge chaser, you could do much worse than consider this mid-size sedan for your next luxury vehicle.
And here’s why:

2017 Genesis G80 Release date

The new Genesis brand of vehicles are already in the showroom, having been launched very recently.

2017 Genesis G80 release date: already available

2017 Genesis G80 Price

Although the base model is a little more expensive than the Hyundai Genesis, it does come with more (and updated) equipment as standard. The 2017 Genesis G80 starts at $42,350 for the base model, but the fully loaded V8 version sells for $55,500.

2017 Genesis G80 Redesign and changes

Don’t expect much in the way of updates to the style or look of the Genesis, this is more about taking a good sedan and making it better and higher specced.
With regards to the styling, the new Genesis has lost the Hyundai badging and that’s about it.

2017 Genesis G80 Video

2017 Genesis G80 Specs

Even under the hood, nothing has really changed; it still uses the 3.8 liter V6 311 BHP motor that was fitted in the Genesis and there’s an option for powerful 5.0 liter V8 (420 BHP). All power is sent to the wheels (an all-wheel drive option is available for $2,500 on the V6 model, whereas the V8 is rear wheel drive only) via a slick auto transmission.

2017 Genesis G80 Equipment

Standard equipment and tech is good; the base model is fitted with auto emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Further options (and higher trim levels) can include: panoramic sunroof, Lexicon surround sound system, ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, upgraded leather, matte wood trim, Head’s Up Display, powered trunk lid and a 9.2” touchscreen.

As we’ve already said, the 5.0 V8 comes with all those boxes ticked, but for an extra $13,000 (or thereabouts).

As regards the rest of the tech, we’d also expect to see the usual things like USB ports, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, LED headlamps, keyless entry and start / stop driving – exactly the sort of equipment you’d find in the nearest competitors rival vehicles. If the Genesis is to succeed against them and the lack of a ‘badge’, they’ll need to make the sedan pretty special.

2017 Genesis G80 Images

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Editor's rating
4.6 overall
  • Safety4.7
  • Performance4.6
  • Design4.6
  • Features4.7
  • Fuel economy4.4
Summary

Genesis G80 is an excellent choice if you want the maximum level of comfort without wasting money.

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