2022 Genesis G80 Sport Review | Road tests

2022 Genesis G80 Sport, profile

Auto123 updatesreview the 2022 Genesis G80 Sport.

The Genesis G80 is the mid-size luxury sedan from the Korean manufacturer belonging to the Hyundai group. This car is positioned just above the G70, which is currently the smallest sedan in the Genesis range, and the big G90, whose new generation has just been launched.

Since its debut for the 2017 model year, the Genesis G80 has garnered generally good reviews from automotive journalists, even winning a few awards. Now in its second year, this generation of the G80 continues to turn heads, even if sales are slow to follow. That’s the challenge of being a sedan in the modern era. In 2022, quality is no longer a guarantee of success if you are not an SUV.

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2022 Genesis G80 Sport, front

2022 Genesis G80 Sport, front

The appearance
The overall curvature of the rounded car contrasts with the horizontal front and rear lights. The 20-inch wheels on our Sport Plus model with diamond-sculpted elements add a touch of prestige to the model.

The interior
The G80 offers a level of finish that impresses with the quality of assembly and the materials chosen. The ergonomics of the refined steering wheel jumps out at us, but our attention is quickly drawn to the impressive center console, where there are two buttons that are hard to miss. The first is to select the gear selector, the second to control the multimedia system. Above is a 14.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Screen and system are very easy to use at your fingertips.

On the other hand, using the wheel can lead to frustration because it is difficult to select the desired icon without having to take your eyes off the road. Fortunately, there are still a few physical buttons to direct us directly to the desired section.

2022 Genesis G80 Sport interior

2022 Genesis G80 Sport interior

Since the current G80 remains unchanged since launch, we wanted to test the 3.5T engine, which develops 375 horsepower (at 5,800 rpm) and 391 lb-ft of torque (at 1,300 rpm). We know that in the city this model uses a lot and can easily exceed 15 liters / 100 km. So we wanted to test it on the highway to see how much fuel it could consume during more relaxed driving.

According to the manufacturer, the official figures are 9.9 litres/100 km. During our test and almost 900 km traveled, the achieved consumption stopped at 8.7 liters / 100 km; on a freeway trip between Montreal and Quebec, we even got down to 7.6L/100km, which is still impressive for a big V6-powered car. The mill rotates at a regulated speed of less than 1500 rpm and its instantaneous consumption is about 5 liters per hour. 100 km.

Otherwise, it’s clear that as soon as we left the highway to attack the twistier roads of the Charlevoix region, everything changed. Under such circumstances, the 375 horses land immediately with the consumption that follows. The power doesn’t let you wait, and the car jumps over steep roads without even a minute’s hesitation, but the 7.6-liter is just a fond memory.

To help us control all that power, and like all Genesis sold in the country, our car is equipped with an all-wheel drive that allows all the torque to be transferred to the rear wheels when needed. Our Sport Plus model has adaptive suspension and steerable rear wheels that allow the wheels to turn parallel to the front wheels at speeds above 50 km/h and in the opposite direction by 2 degrees below 50 km/h.

2022 Genesis G80 Sport, headlight, grill

2022 Genesis G80 Sport, headlight, grill

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