Traditional limousines are an endangered species these days, but fledgling luxury brand Genesis isn’t discouraged by their waning popularity.
The brand has released an electric version of the G80 sedan that has gained the attention of rental car operators.
The gasoline engine has been replaced by two electric motors and a battery pack arranged in an under-floor skateboard configuration, but the new car is more of an adaptation of the original platform than a unique EV design.
This means there are leftovers from the original, including a large hump in the middle of the floor, less space in the rear seats and smaller boots to accommodate the electric motor.
You’ll pay more for the EV privilege, too.
The Electrified G80 is priced at approximately $156,000 for the single-engine twin-engine model. That makes it about $62,000 more than you’d pay for the same car with a gasoline engine. Even when compared to the turbocharged 3.5-liter, high-powered all-wheel drive model, there’s a whopping $45,000 premium for electric drive.
This price also puts the G80 Electrified into a rarefied luxury air. There are all kinds of German luxury electric SUVs for similar money (an electric Porsche costs about 20 thousand dollars).
But few have such an extensive equipment list as the Electrified G80. It includes three-zone ventilation, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, electrically heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 360-degree camera, and dual rear entertainment screens with controls integrated into the armrest.
Hyundai also covers the G80 for the first five years and offers a choice of a home-installed charger or five years of free charging on the Chargefox network. There’s also a car loading function which provides a mobile power point for everything from camping gear to computers.
Instead of a digital kit, there’s a 3D effect system that looks like a sophisticated way to add spice to an analog display.
There is no shortage of active safety equipment. Standard automatic emergency braking, lane keeping and blind spot warning are linked through adaptive cruise control, which uses artificial intelligence to learn your driving style.
There are also solar panels on the roof to charge the 12 volt battery that powers the likes of the air conditioners.
While most limousines offer countless opportunities to spend more, the G80 only allows you to choose colors and interiors, with more than $2,000 you can add to the price.
It looks essentially like a conventional gasoline-powered G80, though there are a few EV styling cues, including a closed grille, 19-inch wheels and fenders that have been designed to improve aerodynamics and increase range.
Genesis also uses more aluminum in the body to offset the weight of the battery pack but it still weighs around 2.3 tons.
As with the exterior, the cabin design is more traditional than modern, although some materials were chosen for their sustainability as much as their style. The roof liner and floor mats are made from recycled plastic and the Nappa leather is tinted with natural dyes.
While the Genesis GV60 has a futuristic cabin full of technology, the G80 sticks to tradition. There’s a rotating gear selector and an infotainment control unit, while the steering wheel pedals adjust the level of regenerative braking rather than shifting gears.
Despite this, the electrified G80 makes an exciting statement on the road.
The engines produce 272 kW and 700 Nm, providing straight-line thrust and easy starting. Full power comes in quickly, making the G80 one of the quickest big sedans on the road.
Sports mode provides more immediate responses.
The G80 is smooth and quiet too, with a quietness that befits short limousines.
The suspension is tuned toward the softer side, especially in the Comfort mode, which plays with the G80’s sitting and relaxing posture.
The body is better attached in sports.
A front camera reads the road and adjusts the adjustable dampers for bumps. You’ll still feel it, but the initial shock is less.
The flashes of excitement are not enough to justify the huge charge of electric power.
Genesis G80 Electric
price From about $156,000 by car
Warranty / Service 5 years / unlimited km, free for 5 years
Energy Dual electric motors, 272 kW and 700 Nm
safety 10 Airbags, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping and Blind Spot Assist, 360° Camera, Driver Monitor, Safe Exit Assist
additional repair kit
long shoes 354 liters
Originally Posted as 2022 Genesis G80 Electrified Electrified New Car Review