2022 Genesis Electrified G80 review (inc. 0-100): The big Model S competitor from Korea!
There are sort of not really all that many options here in australia, but this is about to go on sale. It is the genesis electrified g80, so its basically an electric version of their g80 limousine. This competes with things like the tesla model, s, the mercedes, benz, eqe and, to some extent the porsche taikan as well. Today were going to do a quick review of this. So this is a pre production car, so were only getting a short time to drive it at a private facility, but i want to give you a little bit of an insight before it does arrive in australia later this year. This is going to be priced at around that 150 000 mark in one specification. If you do want to skip ahead to other parts of this quick review, you can use the time codes on the screen or, if youre on youtube, you can scroll down and use the chapters below and if you havent done so already, please subscribe to our channel And press the bell icon, so you can find out whenever we drive these pre production cars. Music lets talk about design now before i do jump into that uh. I just want to reiterate: this is a pre production car, so some of the bits and pieces you see on here wont be on the final car, but its close enough. So youve got eight external colors to pick from one unique color just for the electric vehicle, which is this one here and then two matte colors as well.
Then, on the design front, it kind of looks just the same as a g80 and thats, with the exception of the roof, and this part up the front so up the front here, theyve kind of closed off the grille that would typically call an internal combustion engine. So thats all closed over. You still have these little gaps here, but theyre not really sort of air gaps, and then you have a charger hidden behind this port as well. All of the battery cooling is down here so that sort of feeds in and cools the the battery system and the motors as required uh outside of that just looks fairly normal. So genesis badge up the top here over here you have a set of matrix, led headlights led daytime running lights, led indicators. It really is a fully featured setup with the g80. You can see this twin set of lines follows all the way down the side of the car, its kind of a theme they have across all of their products come around to the side down here, youve got a set of 19 inch. Alloy wheels love this design. Although i think it would be very painful to clean that is a lot of spokes in there, this sits on a 45 profile tire, so this should actually ride nicely out on the road. This car actually uses a camera system that interacts with the adaptive dampers to smooth out the ride based on whats coming up so im keen to see whether that actually works.
There are those side stripe things that i spoke about. They also act as an indicator too. I think this is a really elegant design. This car just stands out so much out on the road. I think it looks sensational now up here. You have your wing mirror that is body colored bit of piano black down the bottom, with a camera built into there. Chrome garnish here on the side, now have a look up the top here. Normally, you would see a panoramic glass roof, but these are actually solar panels, so one there and one there they take up that entire roof space. Now dont go thinking that this will give you enough charge to fill the battery in the car. This will only give you around 800 watt hours per day, so barely anything, but it is enough if you run auxiliary cooling systems or i just need to use any of the cars functions, because you would be chewing through the cars actual battery. If you didnt use these so clever use of roof space, the only thing that concerns me about these is hail damage. This looks like it would be very expensive to replace come around to the back of the car. How is this rear end? I think it looks sensational so more of that twin stripe design there with a full led set of tail lights, reflectors down the bottom and because of course this is a full ev, no exhaust pipes, but they have integrated that lower bar there quite nicely.
So it looks, looks like it suits the car. It doesnt look like its just been a retrofit of the internal combustion model, a little bit of chrome along the top. There genesis and g80 youll notice. There are no ev badges on this. So if you are driving this, no ones really going to know that its an ev, which i guess is a good thing. Let me know what you think of the comment section below. If you bought an ev, do you want everyone to know that its an ev, or do you just want to get along and enjoy your ev motoring all on your own, and let me know what you think about the design as well. Do you like this as much as i do? Let me know in the comments section below so were inside the electrified. G80. Well start with the key youve got lock unlock boot youve got the remote function for moving the remote start function on the back. There youve got genesis once youre inside you have a push button start just here now, im going to say this is one of the best looking luxury car interiors ive seen i havent gone to town on 10 million screens. Here everything is functional and just the materials and the fit and finish is excellent. So youve got this soft touch stuff along the dashboard. There exposed stitching here – and i love this sort of quasi wood grain material theyve used throughout the cabin this all just screams luxury to me.
Im really really impressed with it in terms of your touch points and build quality and stuff. I wont talk about that today, because this is a pre production cast lets move on to infotainment. Now this is another pretty impressive setup in this space simply because they havent had to go down the path of these ginormous screens to achieve what you need to achieve. So this is a 14.5 inch display its ultra wide screen high resolution, and you can see here that, in addition to inbuilt satellite navigation, they have touch screen available, and then you can also use this controller down here to manage everything ive mentioned previously in genesis. Reviews that i sometimes get these two confused, while im driving um im sure you get used to that. If you own the car, but just something worth keeping in mind um, the only real difference is the ev menus. So in the ev menu you can see how much range you have how much battery is available and where your nearest chargers are sound system. This uses a 21 speaker lexicon branded sound system. Its a great sound system am fm dab, plus digital radio on smartphone mirroring you have both apple carplay and android auto. They are both wired systems. No wireless available here, unfortunately, but outside of that this infotainment system is virtually the same as what you find in the standard g80 head of the driver, though you have the luxury level display, which includes 3d im, not a huge fan of this, because to me when I look at it.
It looks a little bit blurry and i prefer, when im driving in genesis to just switch all that stuff off and have a standard display, but horses for courses. I guess and ill run you through how this is different to a standard car. When we go for a drive, lets talk about safety tech, so you have autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, its got a junction assistant, evasive, steering assistant, you have a lane, departure warning and a lane keeping assistant plus a semi autonomous steering function. You do have blind spot monitoring built into the wing mirrors, but while youre driving and you use your indicator, the camera actually comes up on the side here as well and ill demo that when we do go for a drive on the parking front, you have rear Cross traffic, low front and rear parking, sensors and a 360 camera show you what that looks like there. It is so the quality of that is not too bad theres a bit of sun on that at the moment. But if i jump to one of these other views, it just gives you an idea of what it looks like yeah look. The quality is, okay could be tiny bit better. I reckon, but you do have this 3d function, to keep you busy as well. If you want moving on to practicality and well start off with your charging, where are you going to charge your phone so, behind this nook here, youve got two usb a chargers and a qi: wireless phone charger.
You have a 12 volt charger here in the center console. What about the rest of your storage? Well, you can pop your drinks in here theres teeth in there to hold them in place, adequate storage inside the door bins as well. This center console its pretty generous too. You can kind of creep under there a little bit. Youve got a glove box here as well. That is plenty spacious and finally, a sunglasses holder up the top and then for comfort. You have dual zone automatic climate control, heating and cooling here for the front row heated steering wheel. I like these seats because not only do they have a multitude of electric adjustment, they also have air pockets inside them that allow you to run a massage function. So while you are going on a long distance, quiet drive, you can have the air pockets, basically massaging your body. While you move along the seats themselves, are pretty cool, so napa leather youve got perforations for that cooling setup. They hug you in nicely with these adjustable electric side, bolsters and theyre just very comfortable for a long distance drive and then on the steering front, you have electric steering adjustment that gives you tilt and reach ability and on our reach test. All of this stuff is easy to reach while youre driving, but you really have to stretch up here if you want to use touchscreen functions on your infotainment system, so were in the second row.
Soft closed doors, uh whats, our room like so knee room, is excellent. Ive got this seat pretty far back. Toe room is terrible, though often with these evs, just because of the batteries in the floor. They kind of rob you of space, and you can see here. My knees are sitting really high up. Uh headroom is okay as well. I would like, maybe just a little bit more there, but outside of that it does feel like a spacious place to be seated. This is where youll find your additional air conditioning zone. Youve got air vents. There, map pockets over here, entertainment screens. For your second row. These are touch screens, so they work really well its kind of a mimic of what you see on the screen there ahead of the driver. You can adjust your ambient lighting and have a look at the camera view and all that sort of stuff, so thats, pretty cool center armrests have a look at this. Youve got even more control, so you can then control your screens using this. If you want, you can lower the shade at the back there using this seat heating for two outboard seats. I love that little setup in here youve got a storage bin with a usb outlet and then also two headphone jacks, all right, so fixed points for your two outboard seats, plus three top tether points. There is a seat here, but probably wouldnt want to be the one sitting in the center section there over on the passenger side, you can move that seat forwards and backwards from the rear.
Then youve also got some additional privacy here. Should it be required id love? It if this would be electric just like the back one as well and finally, our window test. Does it go all the way down almost. I do love that, though, look at it how it slows down as it tucks back in very luxury lets talk. Cargo space weve got some bad news and that is youre not going to have as much boot room as you do in the internal combustion version. So theres under 400 liters available – and it kind of has this awkward hump over here, where theres uh components for the electric system, so yeah a little bit disappointed with that. But for the most part, its not too bad youve got storage off to the sides. Beneath the cargo floor you have storage for the cable, the v2l plug and all that sort of thing, but yeah. I wish i could make that a flat floor in terms of what it looks like with our bags in here is our pelican going in flying into that space uh. You can see that sort of fits in okay thats about the size of a carry on suitcase for the plane and i think youd be able to fit some golf clubs in sideways because it is a pretty big boot aperture. But just not quite the depth that you need and in addition to that, you cant fold the second row to give you more room either.
So it is a little bit of a compromised space before we go for a spin lets talk about charging, so your charging infrastructure is located behind this little doodad here uh. I have mentioned previously that i love the fact that this is at the front of the car and not at the side. I prefer it either at the front of the back, instead of just being at the side, because then you have to drape your charging cables over the car. You damage your new paintwork, all that sort of stuff. Now you have both ac and dc charging here. On the ac front, you can charge up to three phase 11 kilowatts, which is pretty impressive and then on the dc front. This is one of the the segment leading charging options, because itll do 800 volts and up to 350 kilowatts – and we have seen previously with this hyundai technology, they can charge up to around that 250 kilowatt mark pretty comfortably over. Here you have a battery charge indicator and in addition to that, this also has vehicle to load ability. So using this plug just here, you can pump out 3.6 kilowatts out of this plug so youre, basically using your vehicles, electricity to power, something else whether you be out, camping or or perhaps youre at a conference, and you need to power the powerpoint presentation or something So uh yeah on the charging front. This is a pretty decent setup, so weve just hit the road in the electrified g80.
This is nice. It actually feels fantastic, just uh sort of cruising along here in absolute silence, im actually a fan of the g80 in general, but its just a weird feeling being in here when it is electrified. So this uses a twin motor setup, theyve taken out all of the internal combustion components and instead replaced them with an electric motor on the front axle and an electric motor on the rear axle. They produce a combined 272 kilowatts of power and theyre. Both 136 kilowatts apiece on the front and rear axle, and that provides you with 700 newton meters of torque, so it is a fairly hefty amount of torque to play with now. I know the question youre asking: will it do all the electric fun stuff lets? Pin it back yeah, it does its not sort of face melting acceleration, but it is a really nice progressive push in the back. I think what theyve tried to do with this is giving it a luxury feel in all elements, including the way that it accelerates. So, instead of just you know, belting you in the back, like a you know, rugby runner coming up and hitting you um thats what they do on the rugby field. This sort of just gently pushes you its like a chess player coming up and picking a fight with you, its just a much more steady variation of that, and i think it works really well in this chassis because its not making itself out to be a sports Car, this is very much being pinned as a luxury silent cruiser now big battery.
That means big range genesis is quoting around 500 kilometers, the exact numbers still yet to be confirmed for the australian market, but that kind of figures pretty healthy and its its. What you expect for a vehicle this size and then, when you look at the charging capacity and how quickly you can fill that battery its actually a really good sort of mixture of range and also charging ability, so theyve ticked all the right boxes there. In terms of this being a touring ev, i will also call out as well just on efficiency im, not really talking about it here, just because this car has only been driven at the track, so the numbers not really going to be all that realistic lets talk About regen mode, so using your paddle shifters, you can whip through a number of regen modes, all the way from off, which is just coasting level, one two three and then i pedal now ipedal is kind of like a a tesla or a nissan in terms of The way that it comes to a complete stop its one pedal driving this. Does it a little differently, though in the tesla it actuates the brake pedal. So when you do come to a stop, it holds the car entirely uh. Here in the genesis, though, it will come to a stop, but its sort of you can feel it sort of moving back and forward a little bit as it rocks. Uh rocks its way to a silent finish, so its a little bit different and not sure im.
A massive fan of the way that feels id prefer them to just actuate the brake and come to a complete stop. But i guess this is a mixture of both worlds. Now, ahead of the driver, its going to look a little different to a regular g80 and thats, because you have all of your ev components on the right hand, side when i roll out of the throttle, you can see, we go deep into that charge zone and Then, when i apply throttle, it then goes into the power zone, so that is very much focused on the way that you are delivering torque to the wheels. Then, on the left hand, side we have our battery capacity and that is simply low to high gives you an indication of how much battery you have left. You also have battery range as well. In addition to that now, in terms of your drive modes, youve got a little button here. You can switch between comfort, sport and eco. They all adjust the way that the car rides out on the road. The way the steering feels and also in eco mode itll. Actually, dull, the air conditioning a little bit too to preserve your battery while youre driving along now sport mode lets see what this feels like all right. That is ready for some action. It pins you right back in the seat, actually sits really nice and flat when youre stuck into the throttle there far out.
It is absolutely moving wow. You just hear the tyres squealing there a little bit pin that out of the corner, yeah damn that is good. I wasnt expecting a car this size to to hoof along the way that it is. That is impressive, so i did notice a couple of times when you come flying out of a corner and get onto the throttle its a little reluctant to give you full throttle. I can see the traction control light flashing. I think if you were to switch that off, it would probably sort of uh aid in that, but far out this is absolutely moving. Well, that is impressive. I was not expecting that from the big big sort of ev like this. How does it compare to something like a fast tesla? Look the teslas different. The tesla gives you that immediate punch in the back. It genuinely feels like it has almost unlimited amounts of power. This, on the other hand, is, i think, just a little bit more engaging you feel like you can play with it a little bit. A tesla is very much knifes edge stuff. This is um. This is on that sort of playful level. I think with the tesla. They do everything they can to make sure it sticks to the road, whereas this they give you just that little bit of fun around the edges, and i think that thats a far better tune and makes you more enjoyed as a driver to give it a crack.
In yeah, we dont have an official zero to 100 time from genesis for the electrified g80, but this is how it went up against our stopwatch and in terms of the ride. This is exactly what a luxury cruiser needs to feel like, despite the fact it is sitting on pretty big low profile wheels. This is a camera that sits up here to look at the road ahead and then it changes the suspension damping as it goes. So it is a very advanced adaptive, damping setup and thats pretty much what you want from this. It kind of feels very much like an s class more than it does a tesla model s, for example, and that follows through to the silence as well genesis. Cars are generally pretty well padded and very silent inside the cabin. This, on the other hand, really takes that to another level, and it ensures that you dont hear a thing while youre driving you can just cruise along nice and gently, and you really dont pick up any noise on the road. It is just a great place to be seated, especially for a long distance drive. What about your visibility now? This is a big vehicle im not going to lie about that, so you can see clearly down the front there. Thats, not a problem visibility out. The wing mirrors is good, its quite a decent sized wing mirror you have blind spot monitoring there, but also when you hit the indicator.
This turns into a camera too. Visibility out the rear is great, as well its a big envelope, so it means you get excellent visibility, regardless of what youre doing at low speeds as well. You have that camera front rear parking sensor, so it is pretty easy to place this when you do need to Music, so the electrified g80 ill. Tell you what i was pretty surprised by this. I wasnt expecting it to be as fun as it is to drive, but also if those range figures end up being sort of accurate when it is launched. This will be like a really good grand tourer and at 150 grand is actually really good value for money. When you have a look at everything else in this segment on the performance front, its more than adequate, its sort of really smile inducing stuff – and it handles nicely for a big sedan as well with all the luxury features. Youd expect so lets see how it goes. Im quietly hopeful that this will do well in australia. Now it is going to be launched in australia later this year. We will hopefully then be able to drive it properly on one of our circuits as well to see what its really like. But in the meantime, let me know in the comments section below what do you think of the electrified g80.