The Genesis Electrified G80 is a large electric sedan that’s managed to slide in under the radar compared to its competition; the Audi e-tron GT, BMW i5 and Mercedes-Benz EQE.
In fact, on first glance, many people assumed I was driving some sort of Bentley (it’s the winged badge!) and some were surprised that Genesis was even a brand. Genesis – take note here! Which is unfortunate because this stately-looking beast gives it’s rivals a run for their luxury and handling money.
I’ve been driving it for the last week with my family of three to find out how competitive this sedan is.
Being the only model available and having luxury in its name should indicate how well-specified the G80 is.
The ‘Luxury’ G80 wears a price tag of $145,675, before on-road costs. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
For appointments, you’ll enjoy heated and ventilated front seats, electric front seats with memory function for the driver, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel and even a massage function on the driver’s seat (which I was very sad to part with at the end of my week).
It also features soft-close doors, which is a nice touch.
Upfront of the G80 is a massive 14.5-inch multimedia system. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Back seat passengers also enjoy two 9.2-inch digital touchscreens on the backs of the front seats. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
There are some great practical features as well, like a powered tailgate with proximity opening function, laminated front windows that muffle external noise and insulate the interior, solar panels (genius!) and retractable sunblinds on the rear doors and back window.
Design – Is there anything interesting about its design?
With its rounded nose and solid body, this four-door leans more towards the ‘luxury saloon’ aesthetic than a sports car vibe.
However, some elements hint at this car's powerful prowess, such as the turbine-like 19-inch alloys, quad LED lights at the front and rear and the swoopy roofline.
The interior is handsome and the quilted tan Nappa-leather seats are naturally dyed, which is a cool feature. The suede-look headliner and two-tone door trims are all various shades of brown, which I’m not usually a fan of, but it creates an aura of old-world glamour inside.
The G80 features a rounded nose and solid body. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
The G80 features quad LED lights at the front and rear. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
However, while the chrome accents enhance that effect, the forged wood panels look out of place. They don’t look like wood, more like that rainbow pattern you can get when you mix oil on water.
While it might not be as sexy as the Audi or Beemer, I’d argue it looks statelier and more refined. It drew looks wherever I went and I especially adore the 'Matira Blue' paintwork.
It’s designed to resemble the colour variations found at Matira Beach on Bora-Bora, French Polynesia, and it’s just gorgeous.
The G80's interior is handsome and the quilted tan Nappa-leather seats are naturally dyed. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Practicality – How practical is its space and tech inside?
It’s a low car to get in and out of, so I really like the comfort access function, where the seat slides back for easier access.
Once you’re in, you have plenty of head, leg and elbow room in both rows. Although, I did notice the sun visor felt very close to my head from my driving position. And if you sit closer to the wheel, you’ll be ducking your head to even pull it down.
The comfort factors up front cannot be downplayed – this has a sense of luxury from every angle. The seats are beautiful to sit in on a long trip and I especially like the massage function on the driver’s side. You also enjoy heat and ventilation functions plus a heated steering wheel.
Once you’re in, you have plenty of head, leg and elbow room in both rows. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Individual storage options are good up front with two cupholders, a drink bottle holder in each door, glove box and a middle console.
There is also a narrow utility tray that has the wireless phone charging pad, two USB-A ports and a 12-volt socket but I was hoping for the faster USB-C ports at this price point.
The rear seats are also well-cushioned but the space is narrower than at the front. The curved C-pillar makes you feel like you’re being tucked in and that makes it more like a four-seater than a five-seater for passenger comfort. This is further highlighted by the cockpit-like controls in the fold-down middle armrest.
The rear seats are well-cushioned but the space is narrower than at the front. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
These controls are a similar set up to the front multimedia system and are connected to two 9.2-inch touchscreens on the backs of the seats.
Annoyingly, back seaters can also access (and control) the front audio and climate controls. I didn’t find a way to disconnect this access and my six-year old was pleased as punch.
They also control the heat function on the outboard seats and the retractable rear window sun-blind. In the armrest’s middle console, you get a single USB-A port and two 'aux' inputs to hook up a couple of headphone sets.
There are ISOFIX child seat mounts on the outboard seats and three top-tethers. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
I loved being able to entertain my son on our road trip but you can’t just hook up a phone and play Netflix or Disney. It has to be a video file on some sort of hard drive.
The multimedia system is simple enough and it uses a combination of touch and a rotary dial to operate.
The 12.0-inch coloured head-up display is clear and the 3D 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is cool but it did take my eyes a bit to get used to it as it can look like a hologram at times.
The G80 has a boot capacity of 354L. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Surprisingly, this car only features wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The built-in satellite navigation is probably the fiddliest to use out of all of the systems because it flips between three functions – rotary dial, press-buttons and a touchpad but the option of ‘writing’ your address is cool.
The boot is an interesting one as it’s small for this class at 354L. To accommodate the electrics, the shape is stepped and it makes for an awkward space for bigger items like luggage.
I had plenty of room for my bits and groceries, though, and I enjoyed the powered tailgate with proximity opening feature.
Under the bonnet – What are the key stats for its engine and transmission?
The Electrified G80 has a fully electric powertrain and a big lithium-ion battery with an 87.2kWh capacity. There are two electric motors – one on each axle. It’s an all-wheel-drive with a combined power output of 272kW and 700Nm.
Yep, this baby has the goods and it delivers them beautifully on the road. It can go from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds.
The Electrified G80 has a big lithium-ion battery with an 87.2kWh capacity. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Efficiency – What is its fuel consumption? What is its driving range?
The G80 has a great driving range of up to 520km, although the top km range I saw was 510km. The official combined cycle power consumption figure is 19.1kWh/100km but my average usage was around 17.2kWh.
That's pretty good considering how much open-road driving I did this week.
The regen braking has four levels, with the highest enabling one-pedal driving. The regen braking feels on the right side of firm and you’ll gain battery percentage going down a mountain.
The G80 has a great driving range of up to 520km. (International model shown)
This has a Type 2 charging port with a CCS DC connector, meaning you can hook it up to a fast charger. It can also accept the speeds from an ultra-fast 350kW charger and you can get from 10 to 80 per cent in just 22 minutes!
If you get on an 11kW charger, you’d expect that time to creep up closer to eight hours.
The Electrified G80 also has a vehicle to load function, so you can charge up devices using the car’s power while on the road.
Another cool feature is a solar panel in the roof for passive battery charging while parked and on the go!
The Electrified G80 has a Type 2 charging port with a CCS DC connector. (International model shown)
Safety – What safety equipment is fitted? What is its safety rating?
The G80 comes filled to the brim with safety features and like its stablemates, I like the blind-spot view monitor that pops a video feed of your blind spot onto the instrument panel.
I also like the 'Safe Exit Assist' feature (when a passenger opens a door to exit the car and an approaching vehicle is detected arriving from behind the system sounds a warning). Great for the city.
The G80 has a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating from testing done in 2021. It also has a whopping 10 airbags, including a front centre airbag and side-chest airbags on both rows (not just the front).
The G80 scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2021. (International model shown)
The Genesis Electrified G80 Luxury is feature-laden and comes with fantastic ongoing costs. This thing handles superbly, has enough power to satisfy and the cabin space feels luxurious. It’s a bit smaller in the cabin and boot than its size suggests, so will suit a small family best, but it's a damn fine example of what a luxury EV sedan can be.
My kid didn't want to give this one back and there was a risk of tears with the loss of the screens in the back and the power he had (mwah ha ha).
Beautiful to drive and handle
Ongoing costs are stellar
Smaller boot space than it should be
Multiple media systems can get convoluted for parents
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