2022 Genesis G80 Review

Jack R. Nerad, Independent Expert | Apr 08, 2022

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Amid a vehicle category that includes such highly vaunted models as the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Genesis G80 midsize luxury sedan faces formidable competition. Its key competitors are not only excellent vehicles, but they also are products of automakers with very rich heritage and worldwide prestige. In the face of this, the G80 competes by offering extra value at virtually every turn.

For the 2022 model year, Genesis enhances the model's competitiveness by adding a new G80 3.5T AWD Sport trim level, and that is the centerpiece of this new-car review. The added trim adds a wealth of exterior distinction plus interior and mechanical innovation that makes the model a strong contender for the best value in the segment.

As an example, Genesis equips the G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige trim with high-tech features that include rear-wheel steering and an electronically controlled suspension. The interior design and execution are class-above in what is already a hotly competitive, high-luxe portion of the market.

For the 2022 model year, Genesis offers the G80 in two series: 2.5T and 3.5T. A turbocharged 2.5-liter engine rated at 300 horsepower powers the 2.5T models. Meanwhile, 3.5T models feature a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 375 hp. The 2.5T models are available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations in base, Advanced, and Prestige trims. The 3.5T models are available only with AWD in Sport and Sport Prestige trims.

The major change for the 2022 model year is adding the G80 3.5T AWD Sport trims. The new sub-models move the G80 in a more youthful, performance-oriented direction, which seems wise since the previous G80 models had a buyer base that skewed older than the segment average. The changes include exterior styling alterations like a new fascia and grille and leading-edge tech like rear-wheel steering.

What Owners Say About the 2022 Genesis G80 - Find the best Genesis deals!

2022 Genesis G80 Cavendish Red Front Quarter View

The Genesis G80 competes in the Upper Midsize Premium Car market segment. According to data collected from verified new-vehicle buyers for the J.D. Power 2021 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, 80 percent of new Genesis G80 buyers are male (vs. 78 percent for the segment), and the median age of a new Genesis buyer is 73 years (vs. 63).

As part of the APEAL Study, owners rated the Genesis G80 in 10 primary categories. Listed below in descending order, you'll find their preferences from their most favorite thing about the vehicle to their least favorite:

  • Exterior styling
  • Driving feel
  • Driving comfort
  • Feeling of safety
  • Interior design
  • Powertrain
  • Setting up and starting
  • Getting in and out
  • Infotainment system
  • Fuel economy

In the 2021 APEAL Study, the Genesis G80 ranks highest out of four Upper Midsize Premium Car models.

What Our Independent Expert Says About the Genesis G80 - Find the best Genesis deals!

In the sections that follow, our independent expert analyzes a G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige equipped with the following options:

  • Cavendish Red exterior paint
  • Prestige package (Nappa leather seats, remote parking assist, head-up display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, forward-collision warning, electronically controlled suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, rear-wheel steering)

The price of the test vehicle came to $71,670, including the $1,095 destination charge.

Getting In and Getting Comfortable

2022 Genesis G80 Red Front Seats

The Genesis G80 is a large sedan with large front and rear doors that allow easy access to the cabin. The doors have power door-close assist, so there is no need to slam them shut. Once settled in the driver's seat, it is impossible not to notice the luxurious quality of the materials in the cabin. Genesis covers the seats with rich, textured Nappa leather and carefully wraps the instrument panel in stitched leatherette that convincingly simulates genuine leather. The power-operated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel allows simple adjustment to just the proper position.

The front seats are 12-way power-adjustable and both heated and ventilated. The power bolster and cushion extension help make the driver's seat one of the most comfortable in the industry. But what is really impressive is that, after a long stint behind the wheel, the seat automatically began massaging the driver's back—a surprise-and-delight feature of the first order.

While the G80 does not treat rear-seat passengers to that unexpected delight, their accommodations are also first-class. The leather-covered rear bench that seats three adults comfortably is heated. The rear cabin also benefits from a power-operated rear sunshade and manual side sunshades. With controls for the tri-zone automatic climate control within easy reach of all passengers, the G80's cabin encloses all its occupants in limousine-like comfort.

2022 Genesis G80 Infotainment System Review

2022 Genesis G80 Interior Dashboard

The Genesis G80's infotainment system does not have a brand name like Ford Sync or Mercedes-Benz MBUX. Instead, the automaker concentrates on offering a full-featured and intuitive system. In that, it largely succeeds, but the system does have an issue or two.

The top-level Genesis infotainment system in the G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige includes:

  • 14.5-inch high-definition touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM satellite radio
  • HD Radio
  • Integrated navigation system
  • 4 USB ports (2 front/2 rear)
  • Lexicon premium audio system with 21 speakers

The Genesis G80 infotainment system is so full of features that new owners are well-advised to take an hour with the vehicle in their driveway to learn the system's intricacies—and there are intricacies. Of course, many buyers will never do that, and an infotainment system should be able to accommodate them as well as those who take the deep dive.

The 14.5-inch touchscreen is a key gateway into the infotainment system. It enables the user to select various functions ranging from information and entertainment to vehicle controls for things like the seats and climate controls. The system also offers at least three ways to choose and control vehicle functions. The user can touch the screen itself, employ voice-recognition technology, or use a console-mounted circular controller. Using the touchscreen and voice control are the most straightforward and direct methods.

The circular controller is a multi-function unit, and it is possible to be confused by its many functions. You can scroll from function to function by spinning the outer dial on the controller. You can move the highlighted area on the dashboard display by tilting the outer dial. You can click the center portion of the controller to select a function. You can use the center portion of the controller as a touchpad for mouse-like movements across the display. And finally, you can use the center portion as a writing pad to handwrite instructions. In practice, the last function has minimal benefit since it is much easier and more direct to touch the touchscreen or use voice recognition.

In testing the G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige, it was simple to call up audio from smartphone apps and the onboard system by touching the touchscreen or using a voice command. As with many systems, the Genesis voice command is overridden by Apple CarPlay's Siri when that app is in use. Accepting incoming and outgoing telephone calls—for those of us who still do that—was as simple as touching a big icon on the touchscreen or using a voice command.

Voice command or choosing from point-of-interest pre-sets by touch are the preferred methods of setting up navigation. While the integrated Genesis navigation works well, many will likely find it easier to use their preferred smartphone apps for navigation functions. The Genesis system benefits from over-the-air updates to navigation and other functions.

Genesis equips the G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige with a truly magnificent 21-speaker Lexicon audio system. The sound quality is rich and full-bodied, allowing plenty of volume without a hint of distortion. In essence, the G80 is a better place to listen to music than many audiophiles' "sound rooms."

One benefit of the exceptionally large infotainment system touchscreen is the ability to divide it into useful and legible sections. That way, you can monitor a map while also controlling audio. The system is also customizable, enabling enterprising users to set up their personal pages with their preferences built in.

Another valuable piece of tech is the Genesis Digital Key. It allows users to turn their smartphone into a vehicle key and even enables users to "lend" their G80 key to someone else.

By using Genesis Connected Services, G80 owners can keep tabs on their vehicle using the associated smartphone app.

Except for the circular console-mounted controller, which is an acquired taste, the G80's infotainment system can pull off the difficult task of providing a laundry list of useful features while at the same time being reasonably simple to operate.

What It's Like to Drive the 2022 Genesis G80

2022 Genesis G80 Cavendish Red Profile

Compared to its very sophisticated competitors from AudiBMW, and Mercedes-Benz, the Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Sport offers more horsepower and torque. The Sport Prestige trim also includes an electronically controlled all-independent suspension and 4-wheel-steering.

Perhaps the best way to describe its driving feel is "effortless." The G80 doesn't smack the driver in the back with stunning off-the-line acceleration, but the engine is tractable and flexible in its power delivery. Acceleration is more than adequate for any situation, and the 8-speed automatic transmission with Dual Shift mode provides quick, sure shifts. While you can shift the G80 yourself, letting the car pick its gear seems more in tune with its overall demeanor.

Even under hard throttle, the car's quietness enhances the effortless feel. If you must hear a lot of roar to know you are going rapidly, another model might be more in your wheelhouse. The G80 makes swift acceleration seem almost serene.

With their somewhat shorter wheelbases and shorter overall lengths, the Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz competitors might have some advantages in driving near the limit on curvy mountain roads. That's something vehicle testers do a lot, and owners of cars like this do seldom or never. In any case, the G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige's rear-wheel-steering comes in handy. And it is also handy in the city by offering a tighter turning circle than the sedan would otherwise have. Most owners will never "feel" rear-wheel-steer in action; they will simply benefit from it like a guardian angel from above.

While the new model has Sport in its name, it is equally a quiet, competent, stable luxury sedan. When you want to push it, you can. But if you are in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you can settle in and let it massage your back. Both are equally advantageous.

Genesis ADAS Suite Review

2022 Genesis G80 Infotainment Touchscreen

As with the infotainment system, Genesis doesn't give its collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) a fancy name. It just offers buyers a lot of tech. The advanced safety technology standard on the G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige includes:

Front and rear parking distance warnings, a surround-view camera, and a blind-spot warning system aid in parking the G80.

The highlight of the Genesis G80's ADAS is its Highway Driving Assist II system. Genesis engineers designed the SAE Level 2 system for use on limited-access highways. It does a good job of leveraging the G80's adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and lane-keeping assistance system to keep the G80 at the driver-set speed and interval from the vehicle in front. It also relies on Global Positioning System (GPS) and navigation map data to enable the G80 to stay in its lane, even around curves. As a hands-on-the-wheel system, it works well to help reduce driver fatigue. It is not an autonomous driving system.

Drivers can engage the Highway Driving Assist II system using steering-wheel-mounted controls. They can then monitor the system in the head-up display and the instrument cluster.

The Genesis G80's vast number of driver-assist systems, especially Highway Driving Assist II, contribute significantly to the luxury sedan's effortless nature.

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2022 Genesis G80 Cavendish Red Trunk

How much cargo space does the 2022 Genesis G80 have?

The Genesis G80 offers 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space, about average for its class. The trunk area is especially well-finished with luxurious carpeting. Owners can open the trunk lid automatically via a button on the dash, by pressing a button on the key fob, using the Digital Key, and by voice command.

Does the 2022 Genesis G80 get good gas mileage?

The test Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige is EPA-rated to deliver 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway/20 mpg combined. The EPA rates the rear-drive version of the 2.5T at 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. All-wheel drive diminishes each of those figures by about one mpg. Those numbers don't compare well to the European competitors, all of which are more fuel-efficient.

In the test drive that included a significant amount of fuel-draining stop-and-go driving, the G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige turned in an 18-mpg result. The G80's 19.3-gallon fuel tank gives it a useful cruising range of about 325 miles on a full tank of gas.

Is the 2022 Genesis G80 safe?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2022 Genesis G80 has a 5-star overall safety rating, the highest score possible. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2022 Genesis G80 a Top Safety Pick+, its highest honor.

How much is the 2022 Genesis G80?

The 2022 Genesis G80 has the following suggested list prices:

  • 2.5T RWD $48,000
  • 2.5T RWD Advanced $52,600
  • 2.5T RWD Prestige $56,900
  • 2.5T AWD $51,150
  • 2.5T AWD Advanced $55,750
  • 2.5T AWD Prestige $59,450
  • 3.5T AWD Sport $63,450
  • 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige w/ All-Season Tires $69,750
  • 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige w/ Summer Tires $70,250

These prices do not include the $1,095 destination charge.

What are the 2022 Genesis G80 competitors?

In the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), the Genesis G80 ranks highest in the Upper Midsize Premium Car segment. The BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class are the next highest-ranked models.

In the 2021 APEAL Study, the Genesis G80 ranks highest in the Upper Midsize Premium Car segment. The Audi A6 and the BMW 5 Series are the next highest-ranked models.

Other competitors to the 2022 G80 include the Audi A7Jaguar XF, and Volvo S90.

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2022 Genesis G80 Cavendish Red Rear Quarter View

The 2022 Genesis G80 was already a solid competitor in its highly elevated midsize luxury segment of the market. Adding the 3.5T AWD Sport models with additional technology like 4-wheel-steering enhances their desirability.

Hyundai Motor Company has given its Genesis luxury brand an arduous task: Competing with brands that don't simply offer excellent leading-edge technology but have more than a century of prestige and history. To succeed in this hotly competitive cauldron, Genesis continues to equip its models with excellent technology and finish them with the highest quality materials and workmanship. The G80's position at the top of the most recent J.D. Power IQS and APEAL studies demonstrates that the strategy is working.

While many in the luxury segment crave the aura of fabled brands, others will find the Genesis G80 a superior product at a very competitive price.

Jack R. Nerad has been reviewing cars, trucks, vans, and sport utilities for more than three decades. He managed the editorial efforts of Motor Trend magazine and Kelley Blue Book and currently is the host of the SportsMap Radio Network program America on the Road, which is available on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Stitcher, and other outlets.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2022 J.D. Power

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