Genesis G80 EV: What can an EQS competitor do?

Hardly any other manufacturer is allowing new models to move to market in quick succession like Hyundai Noble’s Genesis. Now G80 Electrified is another step towards full electrification of the brand. We’ve already driven the luxury Stromer car.

In some cars, they find their true purpose only through a certain type of engine. The Mini Cooper SE is a case in point. And now Genesis G80 is electrified. The big Genesis used to be a little weird with its four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, but now it has finally arrived with two electric motors plus a large high-voltage battery. But first things first.

Genesis has announced that it will become a zero-emissions mark by 2030, i.e. offering only vehicles with electric motors. And after the GV60, the G80 Electrified is the next counter on this track. Unlike the GV60, the G80 electric motor is based on the combustion engine platform. At first glance, it is not much different from its traditional sedans brethren. For example, the beautiful, compact-looking 19-inch wheels.

Quiet interior design

This also applies to the interior, but only as long as the G80 is stationary. Quiet as a whisper, walk around and stay that way. The chassis or wind noise penetrates the interior only very carefully, even if the speedometer on the motorway shows a speed of more than 100 km / h and the Frankfurt motorway is rushing under the wheels, it remains that way. The lack of background noise is a convenience feature in itself, and the G80 doesn’t skimp on more than that. The chassis is restorative, with some basic grip, but the Preview ECS, already known from other Genesis models, does the hard work and clears most obstructions fairly flat. One-sided suggestions such as manhole covers do not seem to fit the system, they come off as noticeable. Of course we can live with that.


Only a few noises penetrate the interior of the Genesis G80 EV while driving.

The seat position behind the wheel seems unusual for the uninitiated in the G80. The steering wheel seems to be in a lower position than in other sedans, it looks a little strange at first. Of course, soon the advantages of the arrangement appear: a good view of the instruments and, above all, on the hood and the road in front of the car.

Power up to 370 HP

Speaking of the hood: the name is correct for this electric car, like the GV60, it also has two motors. Each axle has its own electric motor, so the front axle can be separated mechanically when not needed. The two electronic machines deliver a total of 272 kW or 370 hp – performance that’s not prolific but more than enough. The G80 sprints through traffic smoothly and spontaneously, and can reach speeds of 225 km/h on the highway because the two electric motors can handle up to 19,000 revolutions. You can omit the consumption or battery display. The high-voltage energy storage capacity is 82.7 kW. This is enough for a range of more than 500 km, the Genesis promises 520 km. More exact values ​​are not available yet.

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The power of the Genesis G80 EV reaches 370 horsepower.

After a few kilometers on a busy highway and winding country road, the consumption width fluctuates around 23 kWh / 100 km, which is impressive for a car in this class. That should be enough for that first checkout. And even if the power supply is alarmingly diminished: the Genesis promises to recharge from ten to 80 percent in about 22 minutes if the car is connected to a 350 kW charger – thanks to 800-volt charging technology, also known from other Hyundai group products. On the other hand, the home’s 11 kW charging box takes more than seven hours to fill the energy storage device.

The solar roof produces 0.7 kWh per day

Additionally, Genesis offers some obvious but not intuitive add-ons. A solar roof is available as an option that produces up to 0.7 kWh of energy per day if the vehicle is parked and driven in the sun frequently (daylight duration of six hours). According to the manufacturer, over a year, this can provide enough power for about 1,500 kilometers. Practical as well: Vehicle charging function, with which the G80 can be used as a mobile power source, for example to charge e-bikes, laptops or music sources. The charging power is up to 3.68 kW.

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The cockpit of the Genesis G80 EV.

Another short race on the highway, then comes the first exit destination with the G80 Electrified. On the right, Rhein-Main Airport passes near the airlift monument and the narrow exit between construction site bulkheads and off-road patches. The Genesis masters all this with a certain nobility and detachment that goes well with the base price of 69,200 euros. There could be a few thousand more due to the tech and convenience packages, but the price in general doesn’t seem excessive. When the G80 Electrified is tangentially swayed backwards into the parking bay thanks to the RSPA automatic park assist, the on-board computer shows the remaining range in excess of 200 km. We would like to go again.

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Exquisite interior design, high driving comfort and long range, the Genesis G80 Electrified demonstrate the efficiency of the e-car at a high level. That could be the case with full electrification from 2030.

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