Take the handsome G80 sedan from Genesis, make it all-electric and you have the new 2023 Electrified G80. It boasts striking looks, nimble handling, elegant cabin, and a range of 282 miles. It’s one of few EV sedans and is very similar to its gas-powered sibling, which is a good thing since the G80 is a top contender among midsize luxury sedans.
Base Price: $79,825
As Tested: $81,495
Mileage: 105 MPGe city/89 MPGe highway/97 MPGe combined
Hyundai’s luxury brand says it will only produce electric models after 2025, and the Electrified G80 is one of its first two EVs, along with the GV60, an SUV. For now, though, the Electrified G80 is only available in a handful of states and at select retailers. It was first rolled out in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. In September, it went on sale in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Washington.
The Genesis Electrified G80 is offered in one fully loaded trim starting at $79,825. Some buyers may qualify for federal and state rebates. All-wheel-drive is standard, as are three years of 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America stations.
The Electrified G80 is powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 365 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and an 87.2-kWh battery pack.
The Electrified G80 has brisk acceleration, like other EVs. It can scoot from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. It’s also fun to carve corners as the Electrified G80 feels so balanced. There’s plenty of smooth power for merging, passing and cruising at freeway speeds. The ride is extremely smooth with bumps and rough roads barely noticeable. Steering is responsive. The braking system has a good feel, even when you use one-pedal driving.
The EPA-estimated range is 282 miles. I was able to get as much as 310 with a relaxed driving style and reduced or no use of climate controls.
Genesis says 350kW rapid charging enables the battery to charge from 10% to 80% in just 22 minutes. If you plug into a 240-volt Level 2 AC charging station, Genesis says the battery can go from 10% to 100% in seven hours and 22 minutes. There’s also V2L (vehicle-to-load) capacity which lets you run appliances or other devices.
The charging door is located in the upper right side of the front grille, making it easy to access at public charging stations. A solar roof can generate electricity using sunlight with a solar panel that increases energy efficiency.
The upscale interior rivals what you’ll find in the German brands. Materials are high-end, including standard Nappa leather seating, wood trim and metallic accents. Fit and finish are excellent with every stitch in place. Passengers in the front row enjoy good leg- and headroom. But the battery pack eats up some space in the second row and trunk. Still, two average size adults will be comfortable in the back seat. The cabin is quiet as a library.
Standard features include rearview camera, surround view monitor, head-up display, three-zone climate control, Nappa leather seating, matte wood trim, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, power front seats with four-way power lumbar, heated and ventilated front seats, heated power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, infotainment system with 14.5-inch touchscreen, rotary controller and trackpad, 21-speaker Lexicon audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, digital key (which lets you use your smartphone as your key fob), high beam assist, rain sensing wipers, HomeLink, and power rear and manual rear door sunshades.
Available features include some additional paint colors.
Standard driver assistance technologies include forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, highway driving assist, (which adds automated lane centering to adaptive cruise control), lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind spot warning, blind spot view monitor (which automatically turns on to show what’s in the blind spot when you use a turn signal), rear cross-traffic alert, remote smart parking assist, driver-attention monitor, safe exit assist, and a rear seat reminder.
The trunk has 10.8 cubic feet of space, about three cubes less than the gas-powered G80. Much of this is due to a hump from the battery pack. A small passthrough accommodates long items. A power hands-free smart trunk with automatic open is standard.
The Electrified G80 has Genesis’ excellent new vehicle warranty of five years, 60,000-miles, and 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Genesis adds a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty for EVs for the battery pack and other EV components.
Striking good looks
Great range of 282 miles
Quick acceleration, spry handling
Loaded with features and tech
Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
What’s not to like about the G80 Electrified?
My tester starts at $79,825. Uyuni White paint is $575. Freight and handling are $1,095 bringing the grand total to $81,495.
The Electrified G80 is an attractive option to anyone wanting a luxury EV with its eye-catching good looks, nimble performance, good range, and stylish, upscale cabin. While 80-grand is expensive, the price for the fully loaded Electrified G80 is less than other high-end EV competitors.