It’s a Hyundai. And a nice one at that. The Genesis G80 makes a strong first impression with its size and massive grille. A relatively low roofline and steeply raked windshield give the big sedan a somewhat sportier look without compromising outward visibility for the driver too much. A crease running across the body through the door handles hides a bit of the car’s bulk as well.
The V6 produces 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifted both smoothly and quickly.
The G80 design is simple, and free of unnecessary extravagances. The dashboard nicely incorporates the 9.2-inch touchscreen display without any strange bulges or shapes. The wood trim actually looks real, and even the plastic pieces appear to be of high quality.
The infotainment system responds quickly to prods of the touchscreen, twists of the rotary controller, or button pushes. The G80 is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though, so drivers can always use those systems to access phone-based functions and features instead. And a Genesis skill is also available for Amazon Alexa.
If you’re looking for a comfortable luxury sedan with lots of convenience features, then take a test drive. The 2017 Genesis G80 compares fairly well to cars from established luxury brands. The G80 is a solid choice in its price range with a start of $41,400.