The brand reached out on its own and became genesis with different names for its models. So there was the genesis g80, which was the vehicle that preceded this one, which is the all new genesis g80, and by all new i mean it ground up. This is a brand new car, so the genesis of the genesis brand has essentially come full circle, but with people moving away from large sedans like this into high end high riding suvs there's a question of relevance around this vehicle there's, also how it competes with the Likes of the audi a6 bmw, 5 series and mercedes e class in this review, i'm going to tell you all the info that you'll probably want to know about, but if you're impatient or if there's, something in particular that you're focusing on if you're looking at a G80, you can find the time codes here on your screen or, if you're watching on youtube you'll find chapter markers in the timeline below. So you can jump through this review and find what interests you most. You can find a link to the full, detailed review in the description below if you're, watching on youtube and also don't forget if you are watching on youtube, make sure you hit like subscribe and that bell notification icon. So you can stay up to date with all of our latest videos. Genesis says design is the brand and the g80 has been designed to be boldly korean, progressive and audacious and to me it lives up to that promise.
Tell us what you think about the look in the comments section below the twin blade headlights and bold shield shaped grille. Give it plenty of presence at the front, and it looks long and sleek in profile, with the choice of either 19 or 20 inch rims filling the guards depending on the model you choose, that twin lamp look is mirrored at the rear end with the graphic elements Giving the new g80 a distinct appearance, it's, really, unlike any of its rivals, it's a looker that's for sure and the interior has a lot going for it in terms of design and sophistication. You can jump ahead to that section if you want, but next we're, looking at what the genesis g80 costs in australia, there are just two variants to choose from in the genesis: g80 model range and the names are really simple too. Opening the range is the 2.5 t which gets a smaller four cylinder engine and a slightly shorter standard equipment list than the 3.5 t, which tops the range with a 6 cylinder engine, all wheel, drive and a bunch of additional kit there's. Also, a luxury package which adds 13 grand in case the regular level of luxury in the g80 isn't. Quite enough for you, if you want to know more, you can always read our full detailed pricing and specs story at the cars guide site. Honestly, i would love to run you through the entire pricing and specs breakdown, but it's, basically too long to run through in a video.
So you can read the full detailed pricing and specs story. You'Ll find the link to it in the description below if you're watching on youtube, but i will tell you some of the notable inclusions as standard when we jump in the car which we're going to do right now. The interior of the genesis g80 is plush and premium and really well presented, and if those are things that matter to you, then you're gon na love it in here. It might not feel as high tech, maybe as an e class. But it does have quite a lot of tech and the way it's presented is beautiful, including this 14 and a half inch touchscreen media system up the top. It is a bit of a reach to get to when you're driving, but it is also easy to see over the top of when you are driving. So it doesn't impede your view out onto the road too much there's. Also, a standard head up display for the driver and in front of the driver, there's a part, digital dash on the lower grade models, or if you option the luxury pack like this car, has you get a full digital dashboard with a 3d effect which you can Well, i'll, take it or leave it it's, not really a thing for me, but i also love the finishes in here there's, a bunch of different color choices you can make in terms of what trim you elect and also different wood that you can choose, and it Just looks and feels really really plush i'm, not a huge fan of the design of the steering wheel, but it does have the controls where they should be, and speaking of controls down here, you'll find your gear selector, which is a rotary dial, but in front of It is the rotary dial controller, which also works for the media system.
To me, that is a little bit of an annoying placement because you might confuse them while you're driving and also the way the rotary dial reacts. It doesn't quite pop up high enough, so it can be easy to bump or easy to make a mistake when you're trying to jump through the menu, so i've been finding myself just using the touch screen in terms of storage. You'Ve got a pair of cup holders here. You'Ve got a wireless phone charger and two usb ports here and that closes beautifully. It'S very well damped in here there's a center console bin, as well and in the doors you'll find bottle holders that aren't big enough for a large bottle, which is a little annoying, but generally in here this presentation, the quality, the feel of the materials all the Switch gear it's gorgeous it's, very likeable and it's very comfortable now, should we check out the back row? The backseat space in the genesis g80 is luxurious comfortable. I mean it's living up to the same standards as the front there's enough space back here. For me to sit behind my own driving position: i'm 182 centimeters that's six foot in the old money i've got plenty of knee room enough toe room and enough headroom. Although this sunroof does eat into the headspace just a little bit, if you're extremely tall, you might find it a touch too low in terms of roof space, but otherwise it's pretty well sorted back here now this car has the luxury package fitted, which is why it's Got these screens for the back passengers and it's pretty interesting what you can call up here? You can look at the camera for the surround view system.
You can have a look at the climate control there's. Also different sounds: you can play like sounds of nature, which i'll just try and get up here Music. So if you want to hear a waterfall and some lovely birds, then you can do that. You can control the entire media system for the car that might annoy if you are maybe a kid annoying their mum or dad driving, but so be it there's ventilation, controls and vents back. Here you get nice storage in terms of these expandable pockets. You'Ve got minimal. Storage in the doors and in here there's a little bit of more storage, so there's a storage section with usb and headphone jack. So you can actually privatize your rear seat, experience and there's all these controls for the luxury pack, which are quite nice. But i will say this it's very much designed to be a two people in the back operation. That seat is not going to be comfortable for anyone and if you have kids, there are iso fix points and three top tethers as well. Now let's check out the boot. The boot capacity in the genesis g80 is not as generous as some of its competitors, but it's got 424 litres, which means there is enough space to fit three suitcases in here with a little bit of room left over. So that should be capable of the airport run if you've got a pram and some other stuff that goes with kids.
It might not be the best option for you, but there's a gv80 for that get ready for a long run down of safety specs, because all genesis, g80 models are extensively equipped. All grades have high and low speed, auto emergency, braking or aeb, with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning and lane keeping assistance a system called junction. Turning assist to stop you diving, through unsafe gaps in traffic, blind spot monitoring with the brand's clever blind spot view, monitor, which shows up in the digital instrument. Cluster rear cross traffic alert driver attention, warning adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane following auto high beam lights and a surround view camera with a 3d display. There are also 10 airbags, including a front center airbag next up engine specs, when choosing your genesis. G80, it might come down to your budget or it might come down to your preferences if you are playing on the budget. End you're going to get the 4 cylinder version of the g80, the 2.5 t, which is rear, wheel drive. But if you can spend a little more you're going to get the 3.5 t, which has all wheel, drive and a twin turbo, v6 engine and it's a thumper i'll tell you more about how each of them drive in the driving section. But next we're going to look at fuel use when it comes to the g80 range. You might be disappointed to learn that at launch.
There is only petrol engines available, there's, no hybrid, no plug in hybrid, no electric and no diesel, and that could rule it out for you initially but i'm, going to tell you now what the fuel consumption figures are for the 2.5 t and also the 3.5 t. Obviously, the bigger engine does use a little bit more fuel, but it also gets a bigger fuel tank next up we're going to see what i used in this test run. Now i didn't get to take a fuel figure at the pump. This is simply off the display in each of the cars now let's have a look at the ownership prospects of the genesis. G80 genesis seems to understand that time is luxury, and so the brand will collect and return your car when service is required, every 12 months or 10 000 kilometers and it won't cost you a cent for the first five years or 50 000 k's of maintenance either The warranty is five years and unlimited kilometers, which is better than audi, bmw and lexus, and equal to mercedes next let's see how it drives Music driving the entry level version of the genesis g80. The 2.5 t certainly doesn't feel like an entry level luxury car experience with so many brands moving down market to smaller and smaller segments, it's kind of refreshing to jump into a large sedan and go wow. This is this is really plush and that's. What luxury brands should really be about, for instance, the 2.
5 t has a really nice supple suspension tune, which is very comfortable and while it's a passive system, there's, no adaptive, dampers or airbag suspension here, it's just really well suited to australian roads. So obviously, you're going to have some shortfall when you're riding on 19 inch or 20 inch wheels with those very thin tires, but generally the ride. Compliance is really good and it coasts along very comfortably, and, i think, that's. What a lot of large luxury sedan buyers will appreciate. The steering tune is also unique to australia and it's great as well very easy to judge and quite easy to drive. The four cylinder engine is well perky peppy. It offers enough grunt for a vehicle of this size and weight, which is good. I mean it needs to offer good power and torque it's a pretty large vehicle, but it isn't well overly theatrical it's kind of a little bit dull in terms of the sound that it's emanating through the cabin it just isn't that sporty now having a sporty sounding Four cylinder engine may not matter to you and i wouldn't blame you if it doesn't, but the thing is, it operates really well, there's plenty of linear power delivery and also the eight speed automatic does a really good job of harnessing the power and choosing what gear You need when you need it. I haven't caught it out once so far so that's, the 2.5 t now let's jump into the 3.
5 t because there's a bit more going on there i've now jumped into the 3.5 t, which has one of the cleverest suspension setups. You can get it has a camera system that reads the road ahead of you and when you encounter things like i'm encountering right now, a set of speed humps. It actually adjusts the suspension damping to suit so rather than feel them smack through. Underneath the tires you sort of just coast over the top of them – and i can say that with confidence, because i drove the 2.5 t over the same suspension – testing, speed, humps – and this did a lot better. So the suspension between the 3.5 and 2.5 there's a noticeable difference, even though in sport mode in the 3.5 there's still a level of loping over undulations and and longer bumps, and it isn't quite what you'd consider a sports sedan, but maybe there's something coming that might Fix that for some buyers, that said, does it matter it's a luxury sedan part of the luxury experience in a car like this is effortless power and torque and that's. Certainly the case for this twin turbo v6. It is really really good. It pulls hard when you want it to you've, got ample pulling power at your disposal, no matter what gear you're in or drive mode you're in all you need to do is put your foot down and it goes plus being a six. You do get a more enjoyable soundtrack from the engine and it is just for me a more fitting engine for this car.
It just feels like this is what you should be buying if you're buying a g80 it's, a no brainer. For me, i mean, if you can afford the extra 15 grand then do it. So is the genesis g80, a worthy rebirth of the brand in australia? Well, the answer is yes, but the real question is who's buying a large luxury sedan these days. That might be the biggest challenge for this model. Aside from the fact that there are no alternative power trains just yet, but it is a really impressive, large sedan and if you are shopping in that market, you should definitely check it out.