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  • 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport

    Posted on August 15th, 2017 ninarussin

    Mid-size luxury sedan gets a power boost

    By Nina Russin

    Genesis G80 Sport

    Genesis G80 Sport

    The G80 is the smaller of two luxury sedans Genesis produces. Now in its second year, the automaker has sweetened the deal with a Sport version powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged engine: the same V-6 available in the larger G90. The G80 Sport comes with an eight-speed shift-by-wire transmission and continuously damping control suspension that makes real-time adjustments based on road surface and driving style.

    Priced at $56,225 including destination the model features unique exterior trim, 19-inch alloy rims and quad dark chrome exhaust tips.

    A spacious interior features leather upholstery, micro-suede headliner, aluminum and carbon-fiber trim, plus all the accouterments one might expect from a mid-luxury sedan: premium audio system, heated and ventilated power front seats, heads-up display, wireless charging port, color LCD information display, large center stack touchscreen, automatic climate control and more.

    The automaker’s 10 year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is its ace-in-the-hole.

    Test drive in Phoenix, Arizona

    Genesis G80 Sport

    Genesis G80 Sport

    Having been favorably impressed with the larger G90 sedan, I was curious to see how the smaller G80 would compare. As with its bigger sibling, the G80 is a solid car, with a well-engineered drivetrain that produces an abundance of power, well-tuned electric power steering system and responsive suspension.

    The G80 is by no means a light car: curb weight is 4519 pounds for the rear-wheel drive model tested. By comparison, curb weight for the base Audi A6 is 3,858 pounds, the Volvo S60 is 3,959 and the BMW 5-Series is 3,746. A fully-loaded Mercedes-Benz E-Class tops out at 4,299 pounds. While the Genesis G80 has more than enough power to handle its mass, the car feels heavy to drive: less nimble on its feet than some competitors.

    Genesis G80 Sport

    Genesis G80 Sport

    The extremely quiet interior will appeal to some drivers who like that sort of isolation, while others might long for a bit more tire sound and exhaust note. For those planning-long road trips, the G80 is a great option, with plenty of interior seating for both rows of passengers, a host of active safety features including blind spot monitoring, rearview and overhead camera, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, enabling the driver to enjoy the scenery along with his passengers.

    Visibility around the perimeter is good. I had no problems merging into freeway traffic, and the standard blind spot monitoring makes it easy to monitor vehicles in adjacent lanes. At night, standard LED headlamps project long beams close in intensity to daylight to illuminate the road. Dynamic bending lights swivel according-to steering input, making it easier to see pedestrians who might be waiting to cross in poorly lit suburban areas. Rain sensing wipers are also standard, so the driver doesn’t have to fiddle with a wand as drizzle turns into a steady downpour.

    Upscale interior

    2018 Genesis G80 Sport

    2018 Genesis G80 Sport

    The Genesis G80’s plush interior bathes both rows of passengers in luxury, with stylish, multi-adjustment seating, 17-speaker audio system with satellite and high definition radio, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and power sunshades to protect second-row passengers from the summer heat.

    I found the power driver’s seat easy to adjust with ample lower lumbar support. Push-button transmission controls free up space in the center console for additional storage. A rotary device controls many of the infotainment functions: it’s easy to reach and intuitive to operate. Radio tuning and volume have separate knobs so the driver doesn’t have to worry about multiple clicks for programming.

    A hands-free trunk lid makes it easy to load large cargo inside. The G80 has plenty of room for luggage, golf bags and moderate size camping equipment.

    Standard safety

    The Genesis G80 sport comes with nine airbags, antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, multi-view camera, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, electronic parking brake, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers and whiplash resistant front seats.

    Genesis builds the G80 sport at its Ulsan, Korea assembly plant.

    Like: A stylish, well-equipped sport sedan with extensive active safety technology and a large roster of comfort and convenience features. With its powerful twin-turbo V-6 engine, the G80 has plenty of get-up-and-go.

    Dislike: Its curb weight makes the G80 Sport feel less nimble than some competitors.

    Quick facts:

    Make: Genesis
    Model: G80 Sport
    Year: 2018
    Base price: $55,250
    As tested: $56,225
    Horsepower: 365 HP @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 376 lbs.-ft. @ 1300 rpm
    Zero-to-sixty: Low five second range
    Antilock brakes: Standard
    Side curtain airbags: Standard
    First aid kit: N/A
    Bicycle friendly: No
    Off-road: No
    Towing: No
    Fuel economy: 17/25 mpg city/highway
    Comment: The manufacturer recommends premium unleaded gasoline for best performance.

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