Genesis G80 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
If you want to waft along in complete comfort, then the G80 could be for you. Just don’t pack too much in the way of luggage.
The G80’s cabin is a quality affair and full of luxurious touches; the seats are extremely comfortable and there is the option of specifying Nappa leather upholstery and upgraded interior trim for an extra £2,350. Passengers in the rear seats benefit from extra air conditioning vents, while those up front get heated seats as standard.
On-board storage isn’t a problem and there are plenty of places to store your phone or other oddments. Other practical features include auto headlights and wipers, a height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors to help with tricky parking manoeuvres.
If you’re prioritising comfort and expect to be ferrying around passengers you might want to specify the optional Executive Pack. Only available on Luxury Line models, it costs a further £3,920 and adds electrically-adjustable rear seats, heating and ventilation functions for the front and rear seats, soft-close doors and curtains for the rear screen and rear side windows.
The G80 is a little larger overall than a Mercedes E-Class. At 4,995mm long, 1,925mm wide and 1,465mm tall, the G80’s dimensions are 60mm, 73mm and 5mm bigger than the German exec, respectively. The posh Korean saloon even takes up more space on the road than the sizeable Volvo S90.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Interior space is an area where the G80 really shines. It offers tremendous interior space for the driver and passengers, with even taller occupants easily able to get comfortable. During our own test, we found the G80 does not have as much headroom as a Mercedes E-Class, but it’s really only an issue in the rear if you’re particularly tall and sit in an upright position.
At 424 litres, the G80’s boot isn’t close to rivalling the best in class. Again, the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class show their all-round quality with 540 litres and 530 litres respectively. The G80’s battery is stored under the boot floor, so there is no underfloor storage or even the option of a space saver spare wheel.
In this review
- 1Genesis G80 reviewIf you’re looking for a capable and luxurious executive saloon that runs the class leaders close, then the Genesis G80 is a worthy alternative
- 2Engines, performance and driveIf you can forgive the slightly firm ride, the G80 offers up decent pace and performance
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsWith average fuel economy and poor CO2 emissions from the fossil-fuelled G80 models, the smart move might be to wait for the all-electric version
- 4Interior, design and technologyYou’ll struggle to find a better interior in the exec saloon class - the G80’s cabin is right up there with Mercedes for quality
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingIf you want to waft along in complete comfort, then the G80 could be for you. Just don’t pack too much in the way of luggage.
- 6Reliability and safetyExcellent safety kit and an outstanding warranty and servicing package help the G80 stand out as a premium executive saloon choice