2023 Genesis G80 EV First Drive: efficient long-range luxury

Except for the distinctive EV buzz, there’s little to say that the latest addition to the well-received Genesis G80 midsize luxury sedan range is an all-electric version. Genesis

Genesis is one of the few automakers dedicated to keeping the passenger sedan alive. The 2023 “Electrified” G80, its new all-electric mid-size sports four-door, makes a compelling argument in favor of the cause.

A quick warning: As with its first electric vehicle, the newly introduced GV60 crossover, Genesis is launching the G80 EV in just four states, with a slow nationwide launch to follow throughout 2023.

Shoppers in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, all of which are EV-compatible, will be the first to get their hands on the battery-powered G80 when it hits dealerships later this summer or early fall. Meanwhile, everyone else has to wait, gather information, and arrange test drives via Genesis’ online concierge program.

It is still unclear whether Genesis will adopt the same strategy with its upcoming third EV, the electrified version of its popular GV70 compact SUV when it launches towards the end of the year.

Why electric?

There are already three Genesis G80 finishes, so why add an electric version, especially since there is nothing in the newer model, aside from the absence of tailpipes and the addition of a charging port neatly hidden in the grille, who says it’s an EV?

Genesis, however, has promised to be fully electric by 2030. Additionally, it is signaling that intent by making the South Korean-made G80 EV an extension of the existing line rather than creating a new line of autonomous electric sedans.

The badge on the tail of the electric G80 simply reads “G80”. The message is that this is where the brand is heading and all models will soon be electric vehicles, so get used to it. John O’Dell

It goes hand in hand with Genesis’ mission to be an innovator, proving that Hyundai Motor Group’s halo brand can make world-class luxury cars, introduce industry-leading electrification technologies in the segment, and do it all at reasonable prices.

The message seems to have caught on: Genesis sold just over 10,000 vehicles in 2018, its first full year as a standalone license plate, and impressed buyers enough to drive it to nearly 50,000 US sales last year.

It’s too early to keep track of how well Genesis’ first EV, the GV60, is doing. However, Hyundai Motor Group’s other brands, Hyundai and Kia, now sell more battery electric vehicles in the United States than any other automaker, with the exception of Tesla-only EV. The Genesis EVs utilize much of the same advanced electrification technology as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 crossovers, which should prove appealing to car buyers looking for a more traditional and luxury electric vehicle. machine.

Does the G80 gain or lose from electrification?

The all-wheel drive G80 EV, known internally as the “electrified G80,” is built on the same performance-oriented platform introduced with the redesigned 2021 G80 Sport but modified to accommodate an EV.

A lot of aluminum is used in the body, which is 11% lighter than the steel body of the internal combustion G80. But the G80 EV’s battery weighs 1,204 pounds, so the car’s curb weight is a whopping 5,038 pounds. That’s nearly 600 pounds heavier than the heavier Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) version. Weight-saving measures for the EV include replacing a tire inflation kit with a spare and dropping the panoramic glass roof that is standard on the G80 Sport Prestige, its closest ICE counterpart.

The exterior design is a classic sports sedan, but the electric G80 sports a unique ‘Matira Blue’ metallic paint named after a Bora Bora bay. Familiar Genesis touches include the two-bar lighting design and the winged badge at the center of its 19-inch alloys. John O’Dell

The 82.7 kilowatt-hour battery pack resides under the floor, not wedged in the trunk and under the seats, as has been the case with other ICEs converted to electric, so the Electrified G80 has a lower center of gravity and more balanced front weight distribution. rear.

The EV also does away with the G80 Sport’s bulky V6 turbo engine and 8-speed automatic transmission in favor of a pair of electric motors, one for each axle. Additional hardware and software includes a single speed gearbox and the electronic control units needed to keep current flowing properly and operate the electric all-wheel drive system, which can send nearly 100% torque to the rear axle for acceleration. faster.

Unfortunately, the rear-mounted electric motor peeps into the trunk, cutting the total trunk space from 13 cubes for the gas burner trims to just 10.8 cubic feet for the G80 EV. That’s not much for a midsize sedan. The segment average is about 15 cubic feet.

Genesis G80 EV performance

The twin engines of the G80 EV are equally sized; when they work together, they can produce a total of 365 horsepower, less than ten ponies than the ICE G80 Sport. But the EV also boasts strong 516 lb-ft of torque versus 391 lb-ft in the ICE. And the grunt of the EV is available, as in all electric vehicles, since the engines start spinning.

The extra weight of the electric G80, however, tends to equalize things. In a head-to-head sprint from zero to 60, the G80 would likely end in a draw with the G80 Sport.

On the road, the G80 EV is well grounded, exhibits little roll, and while it lacks the rear-wheel steering configuration of the G80 Sport, it is quite agile on its standard 19-inch and all-season rubber alloys.

Genesis organized the launch program in the Ozark Hill Region of northwest Arkansas (home to Walton’s Walmart family) and southwestern Missouri (the Ozarks without HBO’s Byrd family). I found the G80 EV responsive when pushed hard through hairpin bends, but more suited to a comfortable highway pace than a high-speed road ride.

The powertrain and performance of the all-new G80 are decidedly electric. Genesis

The steering was responsive and somewhat stiff, especially in Sport mode, one of three driver-selectable performance modes alongside Eco, for maximum efficiency and comfort for everyday driving.

The electronically adjustable suspension stiffens slightly in Sport mode but never offers an uncomfortable ride. A “look-ahead” feature should spot impending bumps and dips and adjust the suspension accordingly, but I’ve never noticed a difference, though maybe that’s its intention.

The G80 EV is equipped with a full suite of advanced driver assistance technologies, including lane keeping and centering and full range adaptive cruise control, which can make long driving easier and reduce tension and fatigue when dealing with stop-and-go congestion.

G80 EV efficiency and charging

Official EPA numbers haven’t been released, but Genesis says the Electrified G80 will travel up to 282 miles on a full charge, and real-time driving appears to support that.

My vehicle showed 242 miles of range when I started driving. After 187 miles, including some decent aggressive driving, it showed 58 miles of range remaining which means I technically added 3 miles to the car’s computer pre-drive estimate.

It was probably because I was driving most of the time with the G80’s regenerative braking set to i-Pedal mode, the strongest of its four levels.

In that mode, also called one-pedal drive, the regeneration is so robust that at city driving speeds, it will bring the car to a complete stop without the use of the brake pedal, adding precious electrons to the battery as it slows down. Engaged while plunging into tight turns at fun speeds, i-Pedal acts like manual downshifting, or track braking, to slow things down just enough to help maintain proper control.

The designers hid the G80 EV’s charging port behind its distinctive diamond-patterned Genesis grille. Genesis

I didn’t need to recharge the battery, but the G80 EV uses a super fast 800 volt charging architecture. When connected to a 350-kilowatt DC fast charger, it takes 22 minutes to add nearly 200 miles of range, returning a depleted G80 EV battery at 90% to 80% capacity.

For home charging on 240-volt Tier 2 equipment, a 90% discharged battery can be recharged to 100% in less than 7.5 hours.

The fast-charging capability of the electric G80 is unique among luxury-grade electric vehicles. So far, the only other electric vehicles with 800-volt capacity are the Hyundai Group’s GV60, EV6 and Ioniq 5, along with Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT. The latter two are high-performance models that cost tens of thousands of dollars more than the electric G80

G80 EV Content, Comfort and Convenience

Like its G80 ICE siblings, the electric G80 is exceptionally well equipped with an elegantly refined interior design. The driver’s seat features Genesis’ ergo-motion feature which, less vigorously than a traditional massage seat, periodically inflates and deflates strategically placed cushions to keep the driver’s back muscles loose and flexible.

The electric G80 is equipped with features such as heated and ventilated front seats, a 14.5-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a dual-zone climate control system, a head-up display and a Lexicon audio system. to 21 speakers. Genesis

All seats are upholstered in soft Nappa leather tanned and dyed with sustainable and organic products. A wrought wood composite is used for the trim of the leather-wrapped aerodynamic dashboard.

The center console supports the EV rotary shifter and the redesigned rotary controller for the touchscreen, now raised to provide an adequate gripping surface on the edges compared to the flush mount of the old design. Voice commands, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard, as is a quartet of USB ports. In addition, there is a covered compartment for double cup holders, a compartment for charging the cordless phone and a spacious storage compartment with padded armrest.

Genesis GV80 EV price

The G80 EV is only available in one trim level with no packages or options. Pricing has not yet been fixed, but we would expect it to start around or perhaps even slightly below the G80 Sport Prestige’s starting price of $ 70,795.

As a spacious midsize EV sedan, the G80 has no direct competition, although the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQE, based on the midsize E-Class and slated for late fall, could get it running despite being less powerful and does not offer travel all-wheel drive. BMW’s compact i4 electric sedan is sportier but smaller.

Genesis has provided accommodation, meals and travel to allow us to bring this report to you firsthand. Although Forbes wheels Sometimes attending manufacturer-hosted events, our coverage is independent, unbiased and aimed at giving consumers an objective view of every vehicle we test.