2021 Genesis G80 Review: Know and Grow with Korea’s Premiere Auto Brand

Let's go for a spin together as we take a look and review the 2021 Genesis G80 luxury sedan from South Korea.

The new 2021 Genesis G80 is one of the latest creations from the Genesis brand. The new G80 is grander, bolder, and more advanced than ever; a signal of a brand moving onwards and upwards in its own automotive evolution. It wasn’t even that long ago that people never even equated South Korea with luxury cars. This new Genesis G80 sedan is set to change all of that.

Same Genesis Soul, New Design Features

One of the first things to leap out at you with the new G80 is the front “Monumental Crest” grille design. That more contained pentagonal grille design has exploded in a burst of confidence as if to say, “here I am, can you see me?” Some have said the grille is polarizing, but to me, it is symbolic of a brand gaining momentum and making its mark in a competitive automotive space.

The general profile of the new G80 is a beautiful balance of athleticism and executive chic. The proportions of every component, from the LED quad headlamps to the sleek build, the G-Matrix 20” wheels, choice of 18 exterior colors, and more are all placed in a pleasing harmony that speaks to the need for a calming, measuring effect in our hectic modern lives.

Interior: Sumptuous is the Word

To say that the interiors of the new G80 are stylish, attractive, or comfortable is to do them an utter disservice. These are exquisite with Nappa leather, beautifully paired wood trims of your choice, as well as sleek high-tech features like a 3D instrument cluster, large central touchscreen, and sleek LED backlight rotary dial drive controls.

The entire interior is interwoven with the traditional Korean sense of what they call the “Beauty of White Space,” which is a principle found in traditional Korean architecture. It’s all about achieving a balance between comfort and personal space and the presence of an adequate and pleasing amount of technology and features without becoming overwhelming.

Technology Galore

One thing people do know South Korea for is their high-tech wizardry. Genesis has been very generous in delivering a car to people who want that balance in every aspect, not just in exterior appearance and interior comfort. The added technology features add a sense of function and power to the already harmonious symphony of looks and passenger comfort.

Besides the 3D instrument clusters and large crystal-clear infotainment screen, there is an ultra-impressive premium Lexicon audio system with 18 speakers, augmented-reality assisted navigation, and advanced lane-keep assist with stop and go.

The driver also gets to feel the Genesis G80’s protective and assisting power, too, with the host of available ADAS features. These include automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with auto-braking, and remote Smart Park. The latter allows you to pull up, exit the car, and then watch it park itself at the push of a button on your key fob.

Genesis: Growing, Evolving

It’s not all picture perfect with the G80, let’s be clear. Despite the range-topping 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 producing 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque at just 1,300 rpm, on-road dynamics are somewhat “vanilla.” In other words, it’s quick with a 0-60 time of just 5.7 seconds but it's not the car that you will buy for an agile and thrilling driving experience. What it needs to compete with others at the top of the segment in terms of dynamics would be a quicker-shifting gearbox and a more dynamic suspension with better cornering and body control characteristics.

All of this, however, could come in future evolutions. The 2021 Genesis G80 is clearly a car that reflects a brand on the move. This luxury marque is telling us the latest chapter in their story, and frankly, it’s a compelling read. Tell us more, Genesis.

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Comments (1)

  • 0-60 in 5.7 with the 3.5t? Did you leave the parking brake on or something?

    I actually found quite the opposite to be true about the car's on-road dynamics, discovering that while it was a privileged waft-machine when wanted, it was rather keen on my favorite back-roads. I even discovered that the RWD model had a delicious appetite for power-on oversteer that was so balanced and easy to control, it seemed like it was happening in slow motion. Even with the gratuitous body roll that comes courtesy of the cushy ride quality, control was rather excellent.

    Just my two cents at least

      18 days ago