Of the three EVs launched by Genesis this month, the Electrified G80 sedan is probably essentially the most area of interest.
It’s a big sedan that, in petrol guise, competes with the likes of the BMW 5 Sequence and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
In totally electrical guise, it has fewer rivals and sits in a declining market section of huge sedans. At a tick underneath $150K, it’s additionally the priciest Genesis mannequin cash should buy.
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However may the Electrified G80 even be a shock bundle among the many rising variety of premium electrical autos?
Does it symbolize good worth for the worth? What options does it include? 8/10
The G80 vary has expanded to 3 variants now that the Electrified mannequin has arrived. Following the demise of the short-lived diesel, there are two petrol grades – a four-cylinder 2.5T from $85,191, earlier than on-road prices, and a V6 3.5T at $101,191.
If you’re after the electrical model – referred to as the Electrified G80 – you’re up for a major quantity extra, as a result of it prices $145,000 earlier than on-roads. That’s a close to $45K soar from G80 V6 to electrical.
In the mean time, there are few direct rivals for the G80 EV. In the identical section, the Porsche Taycan begins from $158,100 for the rear-wheel drive entry grade.
BMW is but to supply an electrical sedan of that measurement, though the three Sequence-sized i4 ranges from $99,900-$129,900.
Mercedes-Benz will quickly have the EQE to compete with G80, however pricing is but to be confirmed. Our greatest guess is north of $200,000 for the sporty AMG-fettled model. And naturally there’s the Tesla Mannequin S, however that’s on maintain till the up to date model finally goes on sale.
Whereas the G80 is now the most costly Korean automotive obtainable in Australia, the excellent news is that it’s filled with normal gear.
In addition to a protracted checklist of security options (see under), the Electrified G80 comes with three-zone local weather management, soft-closing doorways, hands-free energy boot opening, heated and power-folding exterior mirrors, heated and ventilated entrance seats, 18-way adjustable driver’s seat with therapeutic massage perform, 12-way energy adjustable entrance passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
It additionally will get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 12.0-inch head-up show, 14.5-inch capacitive multimedia touchscreen with augmented actuality sat-nav, digital radio, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a wi-fi gadget charger and a 20-speaker Lexicon audio system.
As with the GV60, the one choice is matt paint at $2000.
Is there something fascinating about its design? 9/10
The present Genesis exterior design course discovered on all of its fashions has confirmed to be a winner for the model. It’s distinctive, placing and instantly identifies a mannequin as a Genesis.
The second-generation G80 may nicely be essentially the most visually arresting of all of the Genesis fashions. It’s a protracted automotive however the proportions are good and the cut up head and tail-light remedy is spot on.
The automotive I drove was bathed within the ‘Matira Blue’ hue that’s unique to the Electrified G80. It is a phenomenal color that has a inexperienced tinge to it.
The important thing distinction between the design of the petrol G80 and electrical model is the closed off grille that hides a charging port, and the shortage of tailpipes.
Inside, the cabin design is greatest described as restrained, with horizontal strains hiding the air vents, high-end supplies all through, and a minimal use of buttons. It’s a way more conservative method than the edgy GV60 cabin, with heavy use of wooden grain panels and brushed chrome parts.
The extra conventional vibe works for a big sedan and it feels undeniably premium.
How sensible is the area inside? 7/10
Given the G80’s five-metre size, it’s no shock there’s loads of area inside the large sedan.
Up entrance the controls are clearly laid out and the buttons really feel top quality.
The gear shifting dial is turning into extra frequent today and whereas I desire a standard shifter, it really works right here.
The Genesis quilted Nappa leather-based seats are plush they usually have an acceptable quantity of bolstering. In addition they have a therapeutic massage perform that comes on whereas driving to maintain you refreshed.
When it comes to storage, tall bottles won’t match within the doorways however there’s a beneficiant central bin and different nooks and cupholders with covers.
The adjustable digital instrument cluster does nicely to supply clear info with out overwhelming the driving force with an excessive amount of info.
Likewise, the multimedia system within the present crop of Genesis fashions is straightforward to make use of, fashionable and filled with helpful options and data.
Lots of people will spend at the very least a few of their time within the rear, being ferried round. And within the Electrified G80, that’s a beautiful place to be.
It lacks toe room due to all of the electrics within the entrance seats, however I discovered acres of legroom behind my 183cm (six foot) driving place, in addition to respectable headroom.
The plush bucket outboard seats present distinctive consolation ranges, however the centre seat is an afterthought – greatest to think about this as a four-seater.
The centre backrest folds right down to reveal various controls for the audio and twin 9.2-inch digital screens housed on the rear of the entrance seats, a big storage compartment, cupholders and an armrest.
Air conditioning is managed again there through a digital panel on the rear of the console and it has knee-level vents. Storage within the doorways is for smaller bottles. The G80 has ISOFIX factors on the outboard seats and high tethers for all rear seats.
For extra rear-seat privateness you’ll discover handbook blinds and an influence rear windscreen sunshade, whereas the outboard seats are heated.
The rear seats don’t fold down in any respect however there’s a central ski port.
Open the power-operated hands-free boot and there’s simply 354 litres (VDA) of area obtainable, which is down on the 424 litres of the G80 petrol fashions. The electrical structure has clearly eaten into the boot area.
It’s additionally not as huge because the boot within the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQE (430L).
The charging cables are hidden underneath the boot flooring and as an alternative of a spare wheel, there’s a tyre restore package.
What are the important thing stats for the motor and transmission? 9/10
The Electrified G80 has a pure electrical drivetrain consisting of two motors – one on the entrance and one other on the rear axle – making for a mixed output of 272kW of energy and 700Nm of torque. The dual motors makes for all-wheel drive traction.
The capability of the lithium-ion battery is 87.2kWh and the G80 can full the 0-100km/h sprint in a relatively fast 4.9 seconds.
It has regenerative braking and ‘i-Pedal’ mode permitting for one-pedal driving. Different drive modes embody ‘Eco’, ‘Consolation’, ‘Sport’ and ‘My’ customized mode.
How a lot vitality does it eat? 8/10
The G80 has a driving vary on the WLTP cycle of a wholesome 520km. It’s far off the Mercedes-Benz EQE’s claimed 660km vary, nevertheless it’s greater than the Porsche Taycan’s (with Efficiency Battery Plus optioned) 434km.
Genesis claims the G80’s vitality consumption is rated at 19.1kHh/100km which is precisely the identical because the GV60 Efficiency AWD.
It has a charging capability of 350kW and a Sort 2 port housed within the entrance grille.
Charging with a daily family socket will take a prolonged 39 hours, however plugged into an ultra-rapid charger it’ll cost from 10-80 per cent in 22 minutes.
Just like the GV60, the Electrified G80 has vehicle-to-load charging, which means you should utilize the included adapter to cost some home goods, or you possibly can even give cost to a different EV that’s run out of juice. Very cool tech.
What security gear is fitted? What security score? 8/10
The G80 is but to be crash examined by ANCAP, nevertheless it features a lengthy checklist of normal security gear.
Options embody blind spot monitor and rear and aspect collision avoidance, driver consideration warning, auto emergency braking with automotive, pedestrian and bicycle owner detection, a junction turning/crossing perform and lane change oncoming and aspect help, lane preserving help, rear cross-traffic alert, rear occupant alert, secure exit help, a tyre strain monitor, adaptive cruise management with cease and go and a entrance centre airbag (amongst a set of 10).
Guarantee & Security Ranking
5 years / limitless km
What does it price to personal? What guarantee is obtainable? 9/10
Genesis just isn’t taking part in round in the case of luring consumers with possession perks, and it begins with servicing.
Just like the GV60, the Electrified G80 is roofed by five-year/limitless kilometre guarantee, whereas the EV battery is roofed for eight years/limitless kilometres.
You’ll must deliver the electrical sedan in for a service each 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first. The most effective half is that servicing is complimentary for the primary 5 years of possession.
After that point is up, the servicing ranges in worth from $280 within the seventh 12 months as much as a most of $1556 within the eighth 12 months.
Somebody from Genesis will accumulate your automotive for a service, in case you stay shut sufficient, and also you get a free courtesy automotive when your G80 is being serviced, if it’s your first Genesis mannequin.
What’s it wish to drive? 8/10
I’ve not had an opportunity to drive the petrol-powered G80 so this was my first time behind the wheel of the second-gen giant sedan.
I had a sense efficiency from the EV could be spectacular, primarily based purely on the powertrain specs and figures, nevertheless it’s fairly one thing else to expertise on the street.
The G80 is an enormous automotive. It weighs in at a hefty 2325kg (tare weight) and it measures a tick over 5 metres lengthy. However in some way, it looks like a a lot smaller, lighter automotive on the street – particularly on the twisty stuff.
In a straight line the G80’s acceleration is spectacular, and whereas it doesn’t have the ‘Increase’ mode of the GV60, it does not want it. Once more, 0-100km/h is completed and dusted in underneath 5 seconds.
Nevertheless it was on some tight, winding mountain roads of our launch drive the place the G80 revealed its get together trick. These roads may be difficult, even in a small hatch, however this huge electrical barge carved by way of the tightest of bends with ease.
It has a wafty high quality to it, however nonetheless manages to stay planted to the street.
The steering is razor sharp and the chassis stays flat in corners, making certain no noticeable physique roll and a street holding capability that’s sudden. The street was moist, too, so the extent of grip from the tyres was spectacular.
Who would have thought the extra dynamically partaking mannequin at this Genesis EV launch could be the G80, not the GV60? Not me. However it’s.
It’s whisper quiet within the cabin, with solely coarse chip roads noticeable, making for a hushed city cruiser.
The experience high quality is a little bit complicated, in the same solution to the GV60. The G80 handles pot holes with out fuss, however at different instances the experience feels busy.
The G80 comes normal with the Genesis ‘Street-Preview Digital Management Suspension’ system, which makes use of cameras to detect potholes and velocity bumps to then alter the damping pressure of every wheel and average the experience.
My take out is that it does this nicely with extra seen parts on the street like potholes, however misses much less apparent corrugations that may unsettle the experience. It’s a superb set-up, however clearly wants work. Apart from that, it’s arduous to fault the G80 from behind the wheel.
There’s no denying the Genesis G80, at $145,000, is costly. With no Tesla Mannequin S on sale, and with out pricing for the Mercedes EQE, it’s arduous to match. However there’s nothing lacking from the G80’s normal options checklist, so there’s a stage of worth on this premium area that’s arduous to beat.
The G80 is sort of a wolf in sheep’s clothes. It’s a placing giant electrical government sedan, good for city duties, however discover a twisty little bit of street and it’s an undercover sports activities automotive.
Genesis is likely to be a brand new, and nonetheless small model, however fashions just like the Electrified G80 ought to give all of its premium rivals just a few causes to be apprehensive.
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