Luxury comes in all forms and functions these days. There are examples of luxury in almost every car manufacturer’s portfolio.
When Hyundai decided to break off Genesis into a separate luxury brand, I had a good feeling. Hyundai vehicles are super-efficient and reliable, as well as easy to look at. Getting into the luxury market is a no-brainer.
Under the hood of the 2017 G80 RWD is a 5.0-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower mated to an 8-speed automatic and down to the tarmac via rear-wheel drive. Hopping on the throttle pushes you into your seat and makes a stately getaway, but it’s not the pomp and circumstance I was looking for. I want to hear the V8 under the hood, and I want to be able to adjust that noise as well. When you approach from the backside, you see four exhaust pipes but you never hear them.
Exterior styling is very well executed. There is a sense of length and fluid design when you look at the G80. The upright grill is angled slightly to give that feeling of power and windswept movement. The body lines sweep across the roof line to an all LED tail lamp housing and four exhaust tips. It’s a good looking shape and feels substantial.
Hop inside, and you’ll be surrounded by what I call “basic luxury.” The materials are good but not exclusive, the layout is efficient but not overly cluttered. It fits the mold of a luxury vehicle but doesn’t have the same elegance or execution. But with that said, it’s really close to being a serious problem for the German and American counterparts. Rear-seat legroom is plentiful and abounds for those fortunate enough to sit in the back. Front passengers have ample legroom with no need to move for rear folks. Trunk room is also spacious enough for two sets of golf clubs.
Driving the G80 is believing that Genesis is going to be OK. It’s a solid luxury sedan that has all the gizmos…