We’ve become very familiar with the Genesis brand here at Limited Slip Blog, seeing as it’s the newest brand to make an appearance here in the US. We thought the then-Hyundai Genesis was so good that we put it up against a Lexus GS350 and it almost won that comparison. Now, the refreshed 2018 Genesis G80 Sport looks to take an even further dive into the sport sedan segment.
As a technicality, the G80 Sport is Genesis’ first foray into the sport sedan segment. Under the hood, the G80 shares its 3.3L V6 with the Kia Stinger and is rated at 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is brisk, but the engine is muted and fairly boring to listen to both inside and outside the car. The all-wheel-drive adds grip in the corners, but the steering feel is fairly numb, a complaint we’ve had about the Genesis from it’s inception. The feeling of numbness is somewhat of a juxtaposition since the Genesis handles brilliantly. The suspension is soft, but the whole package still feels buttoned down through the turns. It’s still rare to find a sporty car that has left it’s comfortable ride intact. Braking is strong, but still nothing to write home about. Overall the driving dynamics are a mixed bag, with nothing being truly degrading to its sporty intentions.
Genesis is known as a luxury brand as well as a value of sorts in the segment. Options are a thing of the past with the G80 Sport. You pick an exterior color, an interior color, and that’s it. Everything is standard equipment, including all driver assist systems and luxury items like heated and cooled seats. That’s certainly simpler than deciphering the options matrix of a modern BMW or Mercedes.
From a design perspective, it is fairly easy to spot a G80 Sport in comparison to the other trim levels. The front grille, side trim and even wheel accents are all done in copper finishes. Inside, along with the lengths of equipment is the overall feeling of quality. No cheap plastics here. Everything is high quality nappa leather, metal and carbon fiber inlays and high quality stitching. Even after several years, the interior continues to feel fresh and modern.
Genesis is an up-and-coming brand since its departure from the Hyundai nameplate a few years ago. Lexus succeeded with high levels of equipment and reliability in the early 1990s. Genesis seams to have the same playbook with the G80, G90 and all-new G70 on the horizon. Will they succeed? Our bet is yes, and we love watching them try.
|2018 Genesis G80 Sport
|As Tested MSRP||$57,750|