2023 Genesis Electrified G80 Review:Driving Impressions

Ron Sessions, Independent Expert | Sep 23, 2022

Introduction

The Genesis G80 is the middle offering in the South Korean luxury brand’s three-car lineup of 4-door sedans, including the compact premium G70, the upper midsize premium G80, and the large premium flagship G90. For 2023, Genesis adds an all-electric version of the G80 to its roster. Officially dubbed the Electrified G80, Genesis will sell it alongside the gas-powered G80 in select states.

What makes the 2023 Electrified G80 different from most new electric vehicles (EVs) is it shares the same exterior sheet metal, cabin fitments, and major features as the gas version. Genesis simply removed the engine, transmission, fuel system, engine cooling system, and exhaust system from the fossil-fueled G80 and replaced it with a pair of electric traction motors, a large lithium-ion polymer propulsion battery, and related battery-electric control hardware in the Electrified one.

The plan is for Genesis to transition to a fully electric model lineup by 2030. The Electrified G80 is the first step on the sedan side of things. The 2023 model has an EPA-estimated driving range of 282 miles on a full charge, courtesy of its 87.2-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery.

2023 Genesis Electrified G80 Price and Release Date

Genesis will offer the Electrified G80 in a single, all-boxes-checked trim equivalent to the top-of-the-line G80 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige gas-powered version, priced at $79,825, not including the $1,095 destination fee. The automaker currently sells it in California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. By the end of September 2022, Genesis will also offer it in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Washington.

Genesis Motor America is teaming up with Electrify America to offer Electrified G80 owners three years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions over its nationwide fast-charging network.

Independent Expert Opinion: Design, Comfort, and Utility

2023 Genesis Electrified G80 Front Quarter View

Photo: Ron Sessions

The 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 doesn’t project its alternative-propulsion status like most other new EVs. There’s no “Electrified G80” badging anywhere on its flanks. A sharp eye may note the lack of exhaust outlets or that the crest-shaped inverted G-Matrix patterned face of the G80 has no air inlets for radiator cooling.

There’s no visible charging port door, either. Whereas most automakers locate one in a front fender or rear quarter panel, Genesis has craftily hidden it in the nose. Not unlike the spooky haunted house that opens a secret passageway after moving a book on a fake bookcase, pressing on just the right one of the G-Matrix blocks on the driver’s side of the “grille” pops an access door open and grants access to the charging port.

Inside the luxurious, well-kitted cabin, there are scant clues that one is in anything but a gas-powered G80. However, fitting the large 87.2-kWh propulsion battery under the floor without raising the G80’s svelte roofline steals about an inch of headroom. And fitting a rear electric motor for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Electrified G80 subtracts nearly 3 inches of rear-seat legroom and a couple of cubic feet of luggage space. At 10.8 cubic feet, the Electrified G80’s trunk is on the small side for a midsize luxury sedan. Also, although there is a center pass-through for skis and such, the Electrified G80’s rear seats do not fold down.

Because there’s no engine or transmission up front, many new electric vehicles carve out a few cubic feet of cargo/luggage space under the hood in a front trunk or “frunk.” This isn’t possible in the Electrified G80 because engineers needed the space for the front motor and related electric propulsion hardware.

Nevertheless, the gas-powered G80 is a roomy midsize sedan, so snipping some space for the electrified components doesn’t impact the comfort or utility of the Electrified version substantially.

Independent Expert Opinion: Infotainment, Technology, and Safety

2023 Genesis Electrified G80 Interior Dashboard

Photo: Ron Sessions

As with the gas-powered G80, Genesis loaded the electrified version with its latest infotainment and driver-assistive tech. The infotainment system includes:

  • A landscape-format, 14.5-inch high-definition touchscreen
  • Embedded navigation
  • Console-mounted remote controller
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Rich-sounding Lexicon premium AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD Radio audio system
  • Front wireless device charger
  • Genesis Connected Services
  • Four USB ports

The wide-ratio infotainment screen can simultaneously display as many as four different functions, such as audio, navigation, phone, and vehicle settings.

The advanced voice control responded quickly and accurately to such voice requests as point-of-interest searches, changing audio sources, and climate control adjustments.

One fun feature accessed by pushing the Media button on the dash above the climate controls is “Sounds of Nature.” One can select from a variety of soothing background sounds, such as waves on a tropical beach, coffee shop banter, gentle rainfall, a crackling fireplace, birds singing in the forest, and more.

The Electrified G80 brings the full measure of the Genesis brand’s safety-related advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). These include:

Genesis has now integrated some of its ADAS technology, such as the blind-spot warning into the head-up display so that crucial decision-making information is displayed directly in the driver’s field of view.

Independent Expert Opinion: Driving the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80

2023 Genesis Electrified G80 Rear Quarter View

Photo: Ron Sessions

As with most premium electric vehicles, the Electrified G80 accelerates quickly. Its dual electric motors combine to produce 365 horsepower and a hefty 516 pound-feet of torque. While the gas-powered G80 3.5T V6 makes 375 hp, its 391 pound-feet of torque can’t begin to match the G80 Electrified’s low-end grunt. Indeed, Genesis says that in Sport mode, the battery-electric G80 sedan can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph, swiftly and silently, in just over 4 seconds. That’s even though the Electrified G80 carries around an extra 500-plus pounds, courtesy of its heavy lithium-ion propulsion battery.

The Electrified G80 carries its big battery low in the chassis, under the floor, which helps the car feel stable and settled on the road. The Electrified G80’s standard adaptive damping system helps take the edge off sharp impacts. It also does a decent job of maintaining vertical suspension control but occasionally experiences some bounding over big dips and whumps.

Keeping in mind that the Electrified G80 is a luxury sedan and not a sports car, it delivers a premium driving experience in serene comfort and quiet. The standard rear-wheel steering aids around-town maneuverability, although the steering effort feels a bit high for this type of car.

Brake response is adjustable, depending on the amount of regeneration the driver selects via steering wheel paddles. The blending of mechanical and regenerative braking could be a tad smoother but is easy to figure out after a few miles behind the wheel. In max regen mode, you can essentially drive the Electrified G80 solely with the accelerator pedal, the foot brake reserved only for unexpected driving situations where one has to stop in a hurry.

A significant advantage the Electrified G80 has over some competitors is that you can fast-charge it at an 800-volt (350-kilowatt) DC facility, where it can go from about 10- to 80-percent charge in as little as 22 minutes. Otherwise, drivers can completely top off the big 87.2-kWh battery overnight (or 7.5 hours anytime) at home using a 240-volt AC charger.

Independent Expert Opinion of the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80

Gorgeous inside and out, the Electrified G80 coddles drivers and passengers in supreme comfort, avails them of the latest connectivity and driver-assistive technology Genesis has to offer, and tops it off with an easy-to-live-with 282 miles of range and 800-volt fast-charge capability. This car has great curb appeal, serene ride quality, and whisper-quiet propulsion that puts a familiar face on the future of driving. Call it an undercover electric.

Ron Sessions is a seasoned vehicle evaluator with more than three decades of experience. He has penned hundreds of road tests for automotive and consumer websites, enthusiast magazines, newsletters, technical journals, and newspapers.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2022 J.D. Power

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