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2021 Genesis G80 First Look


  • All-new styling
  • Retains rear-drive bias
  • All-wheel drive available
  • Full suite of driver assists


  • No V8 offered
  • 4-cylinder replaces base V6
  • No hybrid alternative

What’s New this Year?

  • All-new sheet metal
  • New interior design
  • Camera-based adaptive suspension

People Also Ask

Is the 2021 Genesis G80 a good luxury car?

While Genesis is relatively new to the scene and doesn’t have the brand cachet of more established European makes, it does have a proven track record of delivering solid products. The G80 offers technology and comfort on par with its rivals at a low cost. Throw in a longer warranty and you have a compelling case for adding the G80 to your shopping list.

What makes the 2021 Genesis G80 unique in its class?

The Genesis G80 checks all the boxes of cars in this class by offering a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive and a full suite of driver assists. The 2021 G80 has much more dramatic styling than the understated model it replaces. Also, there are leading-edge technologies, like camera-based adaptive suspension that will give the G80 an edge in its class.

Does the Genesis G80 offer good resale value?

Thanks to its class-leading warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/100,000 miles on its powertrain, the Genesis G80 performs well in holding its value.

Where is the 2021 Genesis G80 built?

The Genesis G80 is imported from South Korea, where it’s built at a plant in Ulsan by the division’s parent company, Hyundai.

 KBB Editors’ Overview

Genesis is an upstart among luxury brands having launched as a separate division from Hyundai in the past three years. Its beginnings are analogous to Lexus, which was created three decades ago by Toyota. The G80, formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis, has established itself as a 5-passenger luxury sedan by offering plenty of features, good build quality and value.

Renamed the G80, it’s been an anchor in the lineup and continues in that critical role through its first complete overhaul since the division’s start. The new model embodies the bold styling introduced on the facelift of the G90 and in the debut of the GV80 SUV. In addition to giving it an all-new look, Genesis says the all-new platform will also provide the same driving thrills we’ve come to expect from the G70.

Beneath that sheet metal is a rear-drive-biased platform that offers available all-wheel drive. Perhaps the biggest change is the elimination of the 420-horsepower V8 as an option. Also, the previous normally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 base-engine has given way to a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4. The step-up engine is a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. It replaces the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that previously slotted between the base V6 and the V8.

Genesis has both technology and value on offer here in the 2021 G80. In addition to all the latest safety and driver assists, this midsize sedan is also equipped with the latest in infotainment and connectivity. Base prices start below $50,000, which is a relative bargain among its rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6. In addition to its class-leading warranty, Genesis also offers a wide range of concierge services and 3-years’ complimentary maintenance as part of the ownership experience.

Favorite Features

This available feature uses a camera to read to the road surface ahead and adjusts the suspension in real-time to provide both a comfortable ride and precise handling.

Using your key fob outside the vehicle, you can remotely move the G80 forward or backward to position it in tight parking spaces. The car is also equipped with a self-parking feature that will parallel or perpendicular park the vehicle with the driver behind the wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 Interior

With its minimalist interior design, the new Genesis G80 promises a sense of serenity. That clean look extends to the 2-spoke steering wheel that has minimal switchgear. Other controls on the dash are also grouped on the lower half allowing for an uncluttered upper surface. The only major element is a prominent 14.5-inch infotainment screen controlled by a console-mounted dial that incorporates a handwriting-recognition surface. The G80 also employs a second large console-mounted dial as the gear selector. In front of the driver is an available 12.3-inch instrument display that includes a 3D appearance for the gauges.

The luxuriously appointed interior includes heated/ventilated seats, front and rear. Active bolsters in the front seats use air bladders to provide varying levels of support depending on the selected drive mode. The all-new architecture of the 2021 G80 provides improved visibility thanks to thinner A-pillars, a low cowl, and a frameless rear-view mirror.

2021 Genesis G80 Exterior

The new G80 has a bolder look thanks to its massive shield-shaped diamond-pattern grille. The execution is in line with the larger G90 sedan and GV80 SUV, which includes thin, twin-bar lighting elements that wrap into the front fenders. While the G80 rides on the same 118.5-inch wheelbase as its predecessor, the new model is about an inch and a half wider and a touch lower, giving it greater presence. The twin-bar light theme is carried through the fender vents aft of the front wheels and through the rear LED taillights. The rear lights start on the rear haunches and run side-to-side across the rear.

In profile, the G80 has a long hood and low, sleek fastback roofline that sweeps down into the rear deck. A crisp character line flows from the top of the fenders, through the side and above the rear wheel arches, giving the car the tapered, aerodynamic look of a 4-door coupe.

2021 Genesis G80 Standard Features

Standard equipment on the new Genesis G80 includes 18-inch wheels, LED lighting, leatherette upholstery, 12-way power heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone climate control with microfilter, a 14.5-inch infotainment screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Compatibility, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping and follow assist, rear-cross traffic collision avoidance, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

2021 Genesis G80 Options

Among the available features on the G80 are camera-based adaptive suspension, surround-view monitor, 19- and 20-inch wheels, all-wheel drive, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, automatic adjusting seat bolsters, 3-zone climate control, Nappa leather upholstery, remote smart-parking assist, wireless device charging, a panoramic sunroof, power trunk, power door-close, a digital key, and a power rear sunshade.

2021 Genesis G80 Engines

There are two engines offered in the 2021 Genesis G80, a base turbocharged inline 4-cylinder, and a twin-turbo V6. Both mate to 8-speed automatic transmissions. In standard form, the G80 comes as rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available.

2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
300 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
311 lb-ft of torque @ 1,650-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
375 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
391 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

How Much Does the 2021 Genesis G80 Cost?

The MSRP for the 2021 Genesis G80 starts at $47,700 for the base 2.5-liter turbo rear-drive model. The 4-cylinder Advanced trim retails for $52,300 and the Prestige model goes for $56,600. AWD adds $3,150 to Standard and Advanced, while the Prestige AWD is $2,550 more. The 3.5T standard V6 rear-drive model starts at $59,100 and tops out at $65,100. AWD is $3,150 extra. All prices exclude $1,025 delivery.

The 2021 Genesis G80’s base price is thousands less than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which starts at just over $54,000, the BMW 5 Series which begins at $53,900 and the Audi A6 which costs $54,900.

Which Model is Right for Me?

G80 2.5T RWD Standard
2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
8-speed automatic transmission
18-inch alloy wheels (245/50R18)
LED lighting
High-beam assist
5-passenger seating (2 + 3)
Leatherette upholstery
12-way power front seats (with 4-way power lumbar)
Heated front seats
Dual-zone climate control
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Adaptive cruise control
Proximity key with push-button start
Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist
Hands-free decklid release
Power tilt & telescoping steering column
Power windows with auto down/up
Premium navigation with 14.5-inch screen
Premium 12-speaker audio
8-inch color LCD instrument display
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Genesis Connected Services
AM/FM/HD and satellite radio
Over-the-air updates

G80 2.5T RWD Advanced
19-inch alloy wheels
Lexicon premium audio with 21 speakers
Panoramic roof
Matte-finish wood trim
Ventilated front seats
Power rear shade
3-zone climate control
Power trunk

G80 2.5T RWD Prestige
Leather seating
Power door-close
Wireless device charger (front)
Digital key (NFC)
Rear-occupant alert
Front-passenger-seat walk-in device
Ergo Motion driver’s seat
Surround-view monitor
Blind-spot view monitor
Remote smart-parking assist
Parking collision-avoidance assist (rear)
Power driver seat bolster & cushion extension
Heated rear seats
Heated steering wheel

 G80 3.5T RWD Standard
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
19-inch alloy wheels
Electronically controlled suspension with road preview
Monobloc front brakes
Panoramic roof
Power trunk
Power door close
Digital key (NFC)
Matte-finish wood trim
Power rear sunshade
Leather seating
Wireless device charger (front)
Ventilated front seats
3-zone climate control
Rear occupant alert
Lexicon premium audio w/21 speakers

G80 3.5T RWD Prestige
20-inch alloy wheels
Nappa leather seating
Microfiber suede headliner
Front-passenger-seat walk-in device
Power bolster & cushion extension (driver)
Ergo Motion driver’s seat
Blind-spot view monitor
Remote smart-parking assist
Parking collision-avoidance assist (rear)
Heated rear seats
Heated steering wheel
Head-up display
3-inch 3D digital instrument cluster
Forward-attention warning
Surround-view monitor

2021 Genesis G80 Safety Technology

Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian/Cyclist Recognition and automatic emergency braking
Evasive Steering Torque Assist
Highway Driving Assist II
Driver Attention Warning
Lane-keeping assist
Lane Following Assist
Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist
Safe Exit Assist w/Power Child Lock
Parking Distance Warning

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