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Altair Club Cars 2022 Genesis Electrified G80 review (inc. 0-100): The big Model S competitor from Korea

2022 Genesis Electrified G80 review (inc. 0-100): The big Model S competitor from Korea

I reckon this is one of the best looking luxury sedans on the market! What do you think? This is the FULL ELECTRIC Genesis Electrified G80 – it’s basically the luxury full EV sedan competitor to the Tesla Model S. Is it any good? Paul Maric takes it for a quick spin to find out!

G’day i’m paul look if you’re in the market for an ev luxury barge as i like to call them there are sort of not really all that many options here in australia but this is about to go on sale it is the genesis electrified g80 so it’s basically an electric version of their g80 limousine this competes with things like the tesla model s the mercedes-benz eqe and to

Some extent the porsche taikan as well today we’re going to do a quick review of this so this is a pre-production car so we’re only getting a short time to drive it at a private facility but i want to give you a little bit of an insight before it does arrive in australia later this year this is going to be priced at around that 150 000 mark in one specification if

You do want to skip ahead to other parts of this quick review you can use the time codes on the screen or if you’re on youtube you can scroll down and use the chapters below and if you haven’t done so already please subscribe to our channel and press the bell icon so you can find out whenever we drive these pre-production cars let’s talk about design now before i

Do jump into that uh i just want to reiterate this is a pre-production car so some of the bits and pieces you see on here won’t be on the final car but it’s close enough so you’ve got eight external colors to pick from one unique color just for the electric vehicle which is this one here and then two matte colors as well then on the design front it kind of looks

Just the same as a g80 and that’s with the exception of the roof and this part up the front so up the front here they’ve kind of closed off the grille that would typically call an internal combustion engine so that’s all closed over you still have these little gaps here but they’re not really sort of air gaps and then you have a charger hidden behind this port

As well all of the battery cooling is down here so that sort of feeds in and cools the the battery system and the motors as required uh outside of that just looks fairly normal so genesis badge up the top here over here you have a set of matrix led headlights led daytime running lights led indicators it really is a fully featured setup with the g80 you can see

This twin set of lines follows all the way down the side of the car it’s kind of a theme they have across all of their products come around to the side down here you’ve got a set of 19-inch alloy wheels love this design although i think it would be very painful to clean that is a lot of spokes in there this sits on a 45 profile tire so this should actually ride

Nicely out on the road this car actually uses a camera system that interacts with the adaptive dampers to smooth out the ride based on what’s coming up so i’m keen to see whether that actually works there are those side stripe things that i spoke about they also act as an indicator too i think this is a really elegant design this car just stands out so much out

On the road i think it looks sensational now up here you have your wing mirror that is body colored bit of piano black down the bottom with a camera built into there chrome garnish here on the side now have a look up the top here normally you would see a panoramic glass roof but these are actually solar panels so one there and one there they take up that entire

Roof space now don’t go thinking that this will give you enough charge to fill the battery in the car this will only give you around 800 watt hours per day so barely anything but it is enough if you run auxiliary cooling systems or i just need to use any of the cars functions because you would be chewing through the car’s actual battery if you didn’t use these so

Clever use of roof space the only thing that concerns me about these is hail damage this looks like it would be very expensive to replace come around to the back of the car how is this rear end i think it looks sensational so more of that twin stripe design there with a full led set of tail lights reflectors down the bottom and because of course this is a full ev

No exhaust pipes but they have integrated that lower bar there quite nicely so it looks looks like it suits the car it doesn’t look like it’s just been a retrofit of the internal combustion model a little bit of chrome along the top there genesis and g80 you’ll notice there are no ev badges on this so if you are driving this no one’s really going to know that it’s

An ev which i guess is a good thing let me know what you think of the comment section below if you bought an ev do you want everyone to know that it’s an ev or do you just want to get along and enjoy your ev motoring all on your own and let me know what you think about the design as well do you like this as much as i do let me know in the comments section below

So we’re inside the electrified g80 we’ll start with the key you’ve got lock unlock boot you’ve got the remote function for moving the remote start function on the back there you’ve got genesis once you’re inside you have a push button start just here now i’m going to say this is one of the best looking luxury car interiors i’ve seen i haven’t gone to town on 10

Million screens here everything is functional and just the materials and the fit and finish is excellent so you’ve got this soft touch stuff along the dashboard there exposed stitching here and i love this sort of quasi-wood grain material they’ve used throughout the cabin this all just screams luxury to me i’m really really impressed with it in terms of your touch

Points and build quality and stuff i won’t talk about that today because this is a pre-production cast let’s move on to infotainment now this is another pretty impressive setup in this space simply because they haven’t had to go down the path of these ginormous screens to achieve what you need to achieve so this is a 14.5 inch display it’s ultra wide screen high

Resolution and you can see here that in addition to inbuilt satellite navigation they have touch screen available and then you can also use this controller down here to manage everything i’ve mentioned previously in genesis reviews that i sometimes get these two confused while i’m driving um i’m sure you get used to that if you own the car but just something worth

Keeping in mind um the only real difference is the ev menus so in the ev menu you can see how much range you have how much battery is available and where your nearest chargers are sound system this uses a 21 speaker lexicon branded sound system it’s a great sound system am fm dab plus digital radio on smartphone mirroring you have both apple carplay and android

Auto they are both wired systems no wireless available here unfortunately but outside of that this infotainment system is virtually the same as what you find in the standard g80 head of the driver though you have the luxury level display which includes 3d i’m not a huge fan of this because to me when i look at it it looks a little bit blurry and i prefer when i’m

Driving in genesis to just switch all that stuff off and have a standard display but horses for courses i guess and i’ll run you through how this is different to a standard car when we go for a drive let’s talk about safety tech so you have autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection it’s got a junction assistant evasive steering assistant

You have a lane departure warning and a lane keeping assistant plus a semi-autonomous steering function you do have blind spot monitoring built into the wing mirrors but while you’re driving and you use your indicator the camera actually comes up on the side here as well and i’ll demo that when we do go for a drive on the parking front you have rear cross traffic

Low front and rear parking sensors and a 360 camera show you what that looks like there it is so the quality of that is not too bad there’s a bit of sun on that at the moment but if i jump to one of these other views it just gives you an idea of what it looks like yeah look the quality is okay could be tiny bit better i reckon but you do have this 3d function

To keep you busy as well if you want moving on to practicality and we’ll start off with your charging where are you going to charge your phone so behind this nook here you’ve got two usb a chargers and a qi wireless phone charger you have a 12 volt charger here in the center console what about the rest of your storage well you can pop your drinks in here there’s

Teeth in there to hold them in place adequate storage inside the door bins as well this center console it’s pretty generous too you can kind of creep under there a little bit you’ve got a glove box here as well that is plenty spacious and finally a sunglasses holder up the top and then for comfort you have dual zone automatic climate control heating and cooling

Here for the front row heated steering wheel i like these seats because not only do they have a multitude of electric adjustment they also have air pockets inside them that allow you to run a massage function so while you are going on a long distance quiet drive you can have the air pockets basically massaging your body while you move along the seats themselves

Are pretty cool so napa leather you’ve got perforations for that cooling setup they hug you in nicely with these adjustable electric side bolsters and they’re just very comfortable for a long distance drive and then on the steering front you have electric steering adjustment that gives you tilt and reach ability and on our reach test all of this stuff is easy to

Reach while you’re driving but you really have to stretch up here if you want to use touchscreen functions on your infotainment system so we’re in the second row soft closed doors uh what’s our room like so knee room is excellent i’ve got this seat pretty far back toe room is terrible though often with these evs just because of the batteries in the floor they

Kind of rob you of space and you can see here my knees are sitting really high up uh headroom is okay as well i would like maybe just a little bit more there but outside of that it does feel like a spacious place to be seated this is where you’ll find your additional air conditioning zone you’ve got air vents there map pockets over here entertainment screens for

Your second row these are touch screens so they work really well it’s kind of a mimic of what you see on the screen there ahead of the driver you can adjust your ambient lighting and have a look at the camera view and all that sort of stuff so that’s pretty cool center armrests have a look at this you’ve got even more control so you can then control your screens

Using this if you want you can lower the shade at the back there using this seat heating for two outboard seats i love that little setup in here you’ve got a storage bin with a usb outlet and then also two headphone jacks all right so fixed points for your two outboard seats plus three top tether points there is a seat here but probably wouldn’t want to be the one

Sitting in the center section there over on the passenger side you can move that seat forwards and backwards from the rear then you’ve also got some additional privacy here should it be required i’d love it if this would be electric just like the back one as well and finally our window test does it go all the way down almost i do love that though look at it how

It slows down as it tucks back in very luxury let’s talk cargo space we’ve got some bad news and that is you’re not going to have as much boot room as you do in the internal combustion version so there’s under 400 liters available and it kind of has this awkward hump over here where there’s uh components for the electric system so yeah a little bit disappointed

With that but for the most part it’s not too bad you’ve got storage off to the sides beneath the cargo floor you have storage for the cable the v2l plug and all that sort of thing but yeah i wish i could make that a flat floor in terms of what it looks like with our bags in here is our pelican going in flying into that space uh you can see that sort of fits in

Okay that’s about the size of a carry-on suitcase for the plane and i think you’d be able to fit some golf clubs in sideways because it is a pretty big boot aperture but just not quite the depth that you need and in addition to that you can’t fold the second row to give you more room either so it is a little bit of a compromised space before we go for a spin let’s

Talk about charging so your charging infrastructure is located behind this little doodad here uh i have mentioned previously that i love the fact that this is at the front of the car and not at the side i prefer it either at the front of the back instead of just being at the side because then you have to drape your charging cables over the car you damage your

New paintwork all that sort of stuff now you have both ac and dc charging here on the ac front you can charge up to three phase 11 kilowatts which is pretty impressive and then on the dc front this is one of the the segment leading charging options because it’ll do 800 volts and up to 350 kilowatts and we have seen previously with this hyundai technology they can

Charge up to around that 250 kilowatt mark pretty comfortably over here you have a battery charge indicator and in addition to that this also has vehicle to load ability so using this plug just here you can pump out 3.6 kilowatts out of this plug so you’re basically using your vehicle’s electricity to power something else whether you be out camping or or perhaps

You’re at a conference and you need to power the powerpoint presentation or something so uh yeah on the charging front this is a pretty decent setup so we’ve just hit the road in the electrified g80 this is nice it actually feels fantastic just uh sort of cruising along here in absolute silence i’m actually a fan of the g80 in general but it’s just a weird feeling

Being in here when it is electrified so this uses a twin motor setup they’ve taken out all of the internal combustion components and instead replaced them with an electric motor on the front axle and an electric motor on the rear axle they produce a combined 272 kilowatts of power and they’re both 136 kilowatts apiece on the front and rear axle and that provides

You with 700 newton meters of torque so it is a fairly hefty amount of torque to play with now i know the question you’re asking will it do all the electric fun stuff let’s pin it back yeah it does it’s not sort of face melting acceleration but it is a really nice progressive push in the back i think what they’ve tried to do with this is giving it a luxury feel

In all elements including the way that it accelerates so instead of just you know belting you in the back like a you know rugby runner coming up and hitting you um that’s what they do on the rugby field this sort of just gently pushes you it’s like a chess player coming up and picking a fight with you it’s just a much more steady variation of that and i think it

Works really well in this chassis because it’s not making itself out to be a sports car this is very much being pinned as a luxury silent cruiser now big battery that means big range genesis is quoting around 500 kilometers the exact numbers still yet to be confirmed for the australian market but that kind of figures pretty healthy and it’s it’s what you expect for

A vehicle this size and then when you look at the charging capacity and how quickly you can fill that battery it’s actually a really good sort of mixture of range and also charging ability so they’ve ticked all the right boxes there in terms of this being a touring ev i will also call out as well just on efficiency i’m not really talking about it here just because

This car has only been driven at the track so the number’s not really going to be all that realistic let’s talk about regen mode so using your paddle shifters you can whip through a number of regen modes all the way from off which is just coasting level one two three and then i pedal now ipedal is kind of like a a tesla or a nissan in terms of the way that it comes

To a complete stop it’s one pedal driving this does it a little differently though in the tesla it actuates the brake pedal so when you do come to a stop it holds the car entirely uh here in the genesis though it will come to a stop but it’s sort of you can feel it sort of moving back and forward a little bit as it rocks uh rocks its way to a silent finish so it’s

A little bit different and not sure i’m a massive fan of the way that feels i’d prefer them to just actuate the brake and come to a complete stop but i guess this is a mixture of both worlds now ahead of the driver it’s going to look a little different to a regular g80 and that’s because you have all of your ev components on the right hand side when i roll out of

The throttle you can see we go deep into that charge zone and then when i apply throttle it then goes into the power zone so that is very much focused on the way that you are delivering torque to the wheels then on the left hand side we have our battery capacity and that is simply low to high gives you an indication of how much battery you have left you also have

Battery range as well in addition to that now in terms of your drive modes you’ve got a little button here you can switch between comfort sport and eco they all adjust the way that the car rides out on the road the way the steering feels and also in eco mode it’ll actually dull the air conditioning a little bit too to preserve your battery while you’re driving

Along now sport mode let’s see what this feels like all right that is ready for some action it pins you right back in the seat actually sits really nice and flat when you’re stuck into the throttle there far out it is absolutely moving wow you just hear the tyres squealing there a little bit pin that out of the corner yeah damn that is good i wasn’t expecting

A car this size to to hoof along the way that it is that is impressive so i did notice a couple of times when you come flying out of a corner and get onto the throttle it’s a little reluctant to give you full throttle i can see the traction control light flashing i think if you were to switch that off it would probably sort of uh aid in that but far out this is

Absolutely moving well that is impressive i was not expecting that from the big big sort of ev like this how does it compare to something like a fast tesla look the tesla’s different the tesla gives you that immediate punch in the back it genuinely feels like it has almost unlimited amounts of power this on the other hand is i think just a little bit more engaging

You feel like you can play with it a little bit a tesla is very much knife’s edge stuff this is um this is on that sort of playful level i think with the tesla they do everything they can to make sure it sticks to the road whereas this they give you just that little bit of fun around the edges and i think that that’s a far better tune and makes you more enjoyed

As a driver to give it a crack in yeah we don’t have an official zero to 100 time from genesis for the electrified g80 but this is how it went up against our stopwatch and in terms of the ride this is exactly what a luxury cruiser needs to feel like despite the fact it is sitting on pretty big low profile wheels this is a camera that sits up here to look at the

Road ahead and then it changes the suspension damping as it goes so it is a very advanced adaptive damping setup and that’s pretty much what you want from this it kind of feels very much like an s-class more than it does a tesla model s for example and that follows through to the silence as well genesis cars are generally pretty well padded and very silent inside

The cabin this on the other hand really takes that to another level and it ensures that you don’t hear a thing while you’re driving you can just cruise along nice and gently and you really don’t pick up any noise on the road it is just a great place to be seated especially for a long distance drive what about your visibility now this is a big vehicle i’m not going

To lie about that so you can see clearly down the front there that’s not a problem visibility out the wing mirrors is good it’s quite a decent sized wing mirror you have blind spot monitoring there but also when you hit the indicator this turns into a camera too visibility out the rear is great as well it’s a big envelope so it means you get excellent visibility

Regardless of what you’re doing at low speeds as well you have that camera front rear parking sensor so it is pretty easy to place this when you do need to so the electrified g80 i’ll tell you what i was pretty surprised by this i wasn’t expecting it to be as fun as it is to drive but also if those range figures end up being sort of accurate when it is launched

This will be like a really good grand tourer and at 150 grand is actually really good value for money when you have a look at everything else in this segment on the performance front it’s more than adequate it’s sort of really smile inducing stuff and it handles nicely for a big sedan as well with all the luxury features you’d expect so let’s see how it goes i’m

Quietly hopeful that this will do well in australia now it is going to be launched in australia later this year we will hopefully then be able to drive it properly on one of our circuits as well to see what it’s really like but in the meantime let me know in the comments section below what do you think of the electrified g80 do you think that genesis has done a

Good job with this is there anything you’d change would you get solar panels on your roof like this has let me know in the comment section if you did enjoy this video please make sure you like it and share it with your mates and if you haven’t done so subscribe to our channel and press the bell icon but until next time drive safely

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2022 Genesis Electrified G80 review (inc. 0-100): The big Model S competitor from Korea! By CarExpert

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