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Genesis Electrified G80 evaluate: an unconventional cruise missile

Genesis is on a roll of late. With an growing share of its upcoming portfolio pushed by electrical powertrains, the quirky Korean luxurious model appears to be like set to only preserve increasing its presence in a luxurious section that’s too lengthy been dominated by too few decisions. 

Now, Genesis has electrified one among its earliest hallmark fashions —the Electrified G80, an aptly named, battery-powered taste of the G80 sedan that helped set up the Genesis model as a real contender and never a mere curiosity. However does this emissions-free model stand by itself?

Genesis managed to stuff 87.2 kWh value of batteries within the automobile.
Picture: Tim Stevens

Brute drive electrification

What does electrification imply for the G80? Nicely, some thorough transforming on the present automobile’s platform, for one factor. Genesis managed to stuff 87.2 kWh value of batteries within the automobile, a lot of it going beneath and behind the luxurious rear seats.

Compromises needed to be made, sadly and a large share of that pack protrudes up into the trunk. Cargo house is essentially down, then, from 13.1 cubic toes within the common G80 to 10.7 right here. That’s an enormous lower within the type of a big hump, however except you’re hauling baggage for a month-long European trip it shouldn’t be a difficulty.

Compromises needed to be made, sadly and a large share of that pack protrudes up into the trunk.

Underneath the hood, the place as soon as an both 2.5- or 3.5-liter engine sat, it’s all inverters and chargers plus all of the requisite, bright-orange cabling to attach the lot. Genesis apparently selected to cowl all that with a plastic self-importance shroud, giving every thing a well-recognized, inside combustion look. Regardless, there’s no token storage to be discovered up right here. Sorry, frunk lovers.

So what’s powering the automobile, then? Two 136-kilowatt electrical motors, offering the equal of 182 horsepower every. With one motor per axle, all-wheel-drive is normal. Genesis charges the Electrified G80 at 365 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That’s comparable energy and about 25 p.c extra torque than the quickest of the non-electrified G80s, and also you’ll really feel it as quickly as you dip into the accelerator. 

Nicely, assuming you’re not in Eco mode, anyway, which flattens the throttle curve dramatically in pursuit of most vary. Go for Consolation mode and the G80 surges ahead with each dab on the throttle. In Sport, it’s positively raring to go, charging out of tight corners tougher than its 245/45 RE19 Michelin Primacy Tour A/S tires can grip. 

That is no sports activities automobile, however it accelerates like one in that pleasant EV means. Torque and throttle response are greatest at low velocity, precisely the place you need them to zip away from lights or round slower site visitors on a two-lane highway. It’s solely at larger speeds, on the freeway, the place acceleration feels much less instant. Nonetheless, there’s loads of energy for freeway overtakes and all of the high-speed motoring you can ever need. 

Genesis Electrified G80

There’s loads of energy for freeway overtakes and all of the high-speed motoring you can ever need.
Picture: Tim Stevens

Silent operating

The traditional, non-electrified G80’s suspension is smooth to start with, however the additional 500 kilos of mass on the Electrified means dealing with is essentially compromised. The automobile wallows by means of corners and is definitely upset on giant bumps, the rear finish specifically taking an extended whereas to settle. Rougher surfaces ship an unlucky quantity of highway noise by means of the suspension, however on the freeway, when cruising, the G80 is a delight. 

And that’s actually how you have to be driving this automobile. Pushing onerous simply compromises vary, which is EPA-rated at 282 miles. In my testing, a lot of which was spent at freeway velocity, I averaged consumption of three.4 mi/kWh. Multiply that by the 87.2-kWh battery pack and you’ve got a theoretical vary of 296 miles. That’s inline with the 290-odd miles of estimated vary the automobile would present me on a touch after a full cost. 

On the freeway, when cruising, the G80 is a delight.

All of the extra cause, then, to set the cruise management (which additionally helps maximize EV vary) and let the Highway Driving Assist do its factor. HDA does a wonderful job of holding the G80 centered within the lane at an acceptable distance from site visitors forward. That is the sooner taste of HDA, not able to dealing with automated lane adjustments or the like, however it’s nonetheless fairly good at trying forward and easily sustaining velocity even in tight site visitors. It does, nevertheless, go away a beneficiant hole between the automobile forward, which can imply getting minimize off a bit greater than you would possibly like. 

In my time caught in site visitors I wasn’t terribly bothered by that, particularly when the automobile’s Ergo Movement seats kicked in. This isn’t a full-featured therapeutic massage as such, however drive lengthy sufficient and the G80 will determine it’s time so that you can get a little bit of adjustment. The automobile will inflate and deflate the lumbar help to most whereas additionally elevating and reducing the seat cushion beneath. It’s nothing in comparison with the invigorating massages you may get in one thing like a Mercedes-Benz EQS, however then this automobile prices $20,000 much less. 

Rear seats are reasonably extra primary, unadjustable however comfy, with separate HVAC controls and sunglasses on the perimeters and the again glass. Rear-seat headroom is somewhat restricted, however tolerable, a vital compromise to facilitate that sloping roofline. 

Genesis Electrified G80 interior

The general inside design is clear and vivid and works very properly.
Picture: Tim Stevens

Distinctive design

When speaking concerning the exterior design, it’s not onerous to know the place to start out. That large, chromed crosshatch of the G80’s schnoz is completely unimaginable to overlook from clear throughout the most important of parking tons. It makes one hell of a press release and albeit I believe it’s a great one – a robust one at the very least.

Lighting is sandwiched in a pair of slits that appear too slender for the duty at hand, a design cue echoed within the fender vents simply aft of the entrance wheels and once more on the again, the place the brake lights are equally bisected. The rear of the Electrified G80 is positively tame in comparison with the nostril, and in reality the whole lot of the remainder of the outside is equally delicate, excepting the huge, 19-inch wheels which might be so vivid they blew out the publicity on my Sony A7 III at any time when the solar poked by means of the clouds. 

Again on the within, my check automobile had the white inside, paired with the recycled, “solid wooden” sprint inserts that promise to be good for the atmosphere whereas offering an fascinating visible deal with. The general inside design is clear and vivid and works very properly. From the driving force’s seat, supplies are usually good, with carpet extending up the perimeters of the transmission tunnel. Even the material headliner is nice to the contact, however poke round and also you’ll discover loads of onerous plastics inside attain, together with the door lowers and the ceiling-mounted handles.

Genesis’ distinct steering wheel, 4 spokes creating two horizontal bars, appears to be like odd however feels good and all the required controls are proper below your thumbs. Cruise and driver help settings are on the fitting whereas the left handles quantity, voice, and media toggles. Paddles on the again alter the speed of regenerative braking. Sadly there’s no one-pedal mode as such, however maintain down the left paddle and the automobile will robotically deliver itself to a cease. 

Genesis Electrified G80 interior

The infotainment expertise leaves rather a lot to be desired.
Picture: Tim Stevens

BYO infotainment

The inside design total is nice, however I’m much less eager on the Genesis infotainment expertise. A shiny, chrome and white rotary knob sits within the middle console, which spins left or proper and angles in 4 instructions to navigate by means of the numerous, many menus.

That’s all wonderful. The issue is the automobile’s rotary shifter, which sits all of two inches away, is roughly the identical dimension and equally lined in shiny chrome. Regardless of spending loads of time in numerous Genesis vehicles through the years, I inevitably spin the infotainment knob once I’m making an attempt to shift into D. 

Forward of that lies a Qi wi-fi charging pad, which additionally options NFC pairing in case your telephone is suitably geared up. Two USB-A ports are there too for charging the wired means. There’s a 12-volt charger located within the middle armrest, with two USB-A ports for rear passengers hidden of their armrest. 

The infotainment expertise is similar primary Hyundai expertise we’ve been seeing for years, right here with a smooth, Genesis-specific pores and skin on it. That doesn’t change the performance, although. Mapping is primary however useful, whereas voice-recognition is borderline unusable for something however the simplest of duties. Fortunately, you’ve gotten your selection of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, however don’t overlook your cable. It’s not wi-fi. 

General tools is complete; choices are successfully nil.

General tools is complete; choices are successfully nil. The automobile you see right here had a single choice, the Capri Blue paint for $575. The truth is, past inside shade, paint is the one choice, with the most costly selection being the matte Verbier White, which appears to be like gorgeous and is properly well worth the $1,500 value.

Which means the Genesis Electrified G80’s MSRP of $79,825 isn’t far off from what you’ll seemingly spend. This automobile, with the paint and a $1,095 vacation spot cost, stickered at $81,495 whole.

It is a lot of automobile for that sum of money. Positive, it lacks some premium niceties you’ll discover on a Mercedes-Benz EQS and has not one of the engagement of a Porsche Taycan, however once more, you’re going to spend far more to get into both of these with this degree of kit. 

Extra disappointingly, the Electrified G80 lacks a number of the extra superior tech options discovered on the Genesis GV60, like biometric safety and Freeway Drive Help 2, which provides automated lane-changing. However, there’s nonetheless loads of quirkiness about this automobile to verify it stands out in any crowd. Most significantly, once you get sick of the gang, the G80 will easily and comfortably waft you away to wherever you need to go.

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