The Genesis brand of cars is Hyundai’s upmarket division, designed to complement the brand’s main lineup. This is similar to what Lexus does to the Toyota brand. One vehicle worth a look in the Genesis lineup is the 2018 Genesis G80. This is a vehicle which has seen numerous upgrades from its previous self, the Hyundai Genesis.
The 2018 Genesis G80 V-6 model comes in 3 trims: the G80 3.8, G80 3.8 Premium, and G80 3.8 Ultimate. There’s also a 5.0-liter model that is known as the G80 5.0 Ultimate. Furthermore, there is the G80 Sport, which is a 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged offshoot of the V-6 Ultimate. All these trims emphasize the quality of the G80 as a luxury sedan.
When it comes to design, the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport has some interesting upgrades to the Hyundai Genesis. For example, there are new front and rear fascias, modified headlights and other interior changes. The LED projectors now sport beautiful copper accents in the new headlights. There’s also copper in the grille surround, the center caps on the wheels, and throughout the cabin.
The instrument cluster and the infotainment system have been restyled. The new unit is intuitive, with the new command system requiring the driver to press backward to drive and forward to reverse. There’s also a Park button that is quite easy to reach. Coupled with the leather top and aluminum surround, the whole system looks quite nice.
All in all, the 2018 Genesis G80 does not deviate from its mission as a luxury sedan, as it retains its plush, safe and well equipped characteristics, even as rival vehicles become sportier by the year. The designers of the 2018 Genesis G80 mainly focused their attention on the surface, with significant design and equipment changes that will surely satisfy the car buyer.
The 2918 Genesis G80 sells for $42,745 for the rear-drive version, and $60,475 for a V-8, all-wheel drive Ultimate. The G80 Sport is available for $56,225.