Car Review: Genesis G80 – Gee, that’s impressive!

The G80 comes in two models, sharing the same trim but with the difference being under the hood.

“WOW! Cool car.’’

It’s a comment like that from a young shaggy-haired, grass-stained knees, school kid hanging over the fence at the kiss-n-drop when picking up my increasingly hard to impress daughter that may have considerable influence over this review of the Genesis G80 large luxury sedan.

And maybe also the “now that’s how to pick up your kid in style” from one of the school mums who, judging by her designer clothes worn for the school run, may be almost as hard to impress as my kid.

But before I had made a special trip to bump the soon to graduate primary school spawn of mine up the popularity food chain by rolling up in a brilliant blue $100,000 G80, I was already impressed with the machine.

The G80 comes in two models, sharing the same trim but with the difference being under the hood.

At $84,990, before on-roads, is the 2.5T which gets a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine making 224kW and 422Nm, The entry level platform is rear-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic.

The range-topper is the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, which makes a smooth 279kW and 530Nm. This platform gets an electronically controlled AWD system and the same eight-speed automatic transmission.

The top of the range comes with a price tag of $99,900.

There’s nothing “standard” about the standard you will get in the Genesis G80 which is designed to impress as a luxury car and delivers on that promise.

It includes a high-definition 14.5-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and there also is the drivers 12-inch head-up display, a panoramic sunroof, a 21-speaker Lexicon sound system, wireless smartphone charging and digital radio.

And if you really have to work to get the kid impressed when doing a winter pick up, turn the front heated seats on, they’re also 12-way electrically adjustable. The same trick can be worked in summer with the front seats also cooled. There’s smart cruise control and, naturally, a heated steering wheel to ensure the most luxurous ride is from the driver’s seat.

Need more luxury in your life? There is an optional $13,000 luxury package available.

But the 3.5T steps up the stakes as far as equipment goes itself. It ups the wheel size from 19-inch to 20-inch wearing Pilot Sport 4 S tyres against Pilot Sport 4 and adds Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension and Road Preview technology.

The ADR claim is 8.6L/100km for the four-cylinder and 10.7L/100km for the V6. I may have gone a touch over that in the V6 tested…. Also trying to impress the kid with some solid sessions in Sport mode.

I do think the kid was impressed, even if she couldn’t find the words to say so. But even if she was not, I am… and to seal the deal was reading up on the Genesis To You scheme which will have a driver collected your Genesis when it’s ready for a service, leaving you with a loan car for the day, provided you are within a 70km radius of the service centre…. Which I would qualify for if the switch was done at the primary school!

Now wouldn’t that be something to impress that grass-stained knee cap kid at my Princess’s school… two luxury sedans meeting up in the kiss-n-drop.

Only problem would be the kid knowing which one to jump into or, more to the point, not deliberately getting into the one without Dad in it!

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