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Genesis Electrified G80 Review

The Genesis Electrified G80 is excellent to drive, with responsive performance, rewarding handling and good ride quality, and it has a useful 323-mile range.

  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
  • Genesis Electrified G80
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Genesis Electrified G80 136kW + 136kW dual-motor AWD
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 323 miles
  • Maximum ultra-rapid charging rate:   233 kW

Summary

  • Excellent driving experience overall
  • Responsive performance
  • Rewarding handling and good ride quality
  • 323-mile range

Background

Genesis, the ‘luxury’ arm of Hyundai/Kia, is still likely to be a new brand name to many car buyers in the UK. Hyundai/Kia are making some excellent cars, so luxury versions of these cars should be very interesting. We’ve already tested the Genesis GV60 and GV70, both of which are very good, so what’s the Genesis Electrified G80 like?

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Design & Engineering

The Genesis Electrified G80 is based on a petrol saloon but instead has an 87.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and dual electric motors developing a total power output of 370 PS and delivering all-wheel drive.

Design is a subjective thing, so we’ll let you decide what you think about the G80’s styling, but one thing that isn’t subjective is that the G80 has a boot rather than a hatchback, and the boot is only 354 litres in size, so it’s not as practical as the GV70 SUV.

The interior certainly feels luxurious, with lots of equipment.

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Genesis Electrified G80 Driving Experience

Unlike an SUV, the G80 saloon sits close to the road, with a low centre of gravity, which is even lower than the petrol model due to the battery being in the floor. When combined with a power output of 370 PS, and torque of 350 Nm from the front electric motor and 350 Nm from the rear electric motor, this means that the G80 can feel like a genuine performance car to drive. But a performance car with very comfortable ride quality as well as rewarding handling. Even the steering is enjoyable. However you can’t escape the fact that the G80 is pretty big and heavy, weighing 2,325 kg.

Thanks to the all-wheel drive system, there’s also lots of grip, although if you switch off the traction control system, you can end up in a situation with more power than grip.

The G80 was tested on a variety of roads, including motorways and some of the best driving roads in Wales (the few that remain without a 50 mph limit and speed cameras), with the car performing very well, and with excellent refinement, on all roads.

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There’s a choice of drive modes: Comfort, Sport and Eco (and hold for snow), and you can adjust the level of regenerative braking using steering wheel-mounted paddles. The gear selector is a rotary dial, which is positioned very close to a similar rotary dial for the touchscreen.

There’s a large 14.5-inch touchscreen, with helpful separate, physical shortcut buttons, including a button for home, map, nav, radio and media (although the writing on the silver shortcut buttons under the screen can be hard to read in certain light conditions). There are also separate heating and ventilation controls, and even two screens for rear seat passengers. The G80 even offers the options of playing meditation/oriental/nature music.

An excellent feature, shared with Kia, is the ability to switch off the lane departure warning system with one press of a button on the steering wheel.

The only annoying feature of the G80 is something forced upon it by recent EU legislation: lots of beeping if you drive 1 mph over a speed limit.

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Genesis Electrified G80 Electric Range and Charging

The Genesis Electrified G80’s WLTP combined electric driving range is 323 miles. In the real-world we averaged 265 miles on a full charge.

The G80 has a maximum ultra-rapid DC charging rate of 233 kW, which is good, and this means it should take just 21 minutes for a 10% to 80% charge.

There’s also an on-board charger for 7 kW (single phase) or 11 kW (three-phase) AC charging. An 11 kW 10% to 80% charge should take 7 hours 33 minutes.

How to charge an electric car

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Price And Model Range

The Genesis Electrified G80 is available from £69,805. Options on our test car included Matira blue exterior colour (£1,130), Havana brown interior colour (£2,310), Comfort Seat Pack + Executive Pack (£4,960), Nappa Leather Seat Pack (£2,310), Innovation Pack (£3,560), Convenience Pack (£1,170), Solar Roof (£1,360), and Vehicle to Load (£250), taking the total price of our test car to a substantial £85,545.

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Conclusion

We were due to review the Genesis Electrified G80 a few months earlier, but the car was damaged and so Genesis kindly sent us a petrol model instead. Although we’ve reviewed at least one different car every week for 17 years, including petrol and diesel models, over recent years we’ve only reviewed plug-in models. So we were shocked to experience the lack of immediate response from standstill of the petrol G80. In contrast, the Electrified G80 had instant reactions to inputs on the accelerator, and was excellent to drive overall, with good performance, enjoyable handling, all-wheel drive traction, and comfortable ride quality.

We reviewed the Mercedes EQE almost back-to-back with the Genesis Electrified G80, and although the EQE has very few faults, the G80 is more fun and rewarding to drive.

The Genesis Electrified G80 is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10. So it’s a shame that the G80, with its saloon body style, small boot and big price tag, is likely to be a very niche choice for UK car buyers.

Car facts and figures Genesis Electrified G80 Review

  • Test electric driving range: 265 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 19.1 Kw/100km
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2022/23): 2%
  • Price:   £69,805
  • Insurance group:   TBC
  • Power:   185/185 PS front/rear, 370 PS combined
  • Torque:   350/350 Nm front/rear
  • Max speed:   139 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   4.9 seconds
  • Weight:   2,325 kg
  • Towing capacity: TBC
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor