Pricing for the Genesis Electrified G80 starts at $79,825 in the US, and $105,150 in Canada.
The G80 EV is indiscernible from the petrol-powered variant
A bad ride for a premium luxury sedan that is.
The biggest issue with this new 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 is that the audio in my video is terrible… the G80 EV, as we’ll call it, is the EV for EV buyers that want an EV for EV technology, EV efficiency, and EV convenience.
At this point in history, most electric vehicle buyers want neighbours and onlookers to recognize the fact that they are driving an EV. It’s a status thing as, let’s face it, EVs are damned expensive. This is not to take away from the plethora of advantages associated with EVs, it’s more an opinion than fact. And that’s fine. I call it (someone probably called it this before I did) the Prius effect where people seen driving the Toyota hybrid were perceived as being different, or sanctimonious. Again, not a fact, just an opinion.
There exists only a handful of semi-normal-looking EVs on the road today and they are basically limited to the Soul EV, the BMW i4, and the Genesis G80 EV. And this is one reason why I really like the car.
Alongside a “regular” G80 sedan, the Electrified version is indiscernible to put it plainly. Squinting and studying the car will eventually reveal that the wheels are unique to the EV, and that the front grille is in fact a closed shield through which air does not travel. But it’s here where we find the charge port. It’s a pop-out door that is superbly hidden but this will become a major problem for all that live and travel above the Snowbelt.
If you own a late-model car with a slew of front-mounted sensors and cameras, you’ll have no doubt been notified by the car that some or many driving assist functions are no longer operational. This is almost always due to snow, ice, slush, or any combination of these caking over the sensors. The same thing will happen to the charge port door. Succinctly put, this is a terrible location for it.
Gorgeous and luxurious cabin
That said, we’ve concluded on the number of visual issues with the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 sedan. Moving indoors, and once more, there are no tell-tale signs that indicate that this is an EV. In fact, other than the EV menu accessible via the 14.5-inch touchscreen display, everything else is again “regular” G80 sedan.
But, there’s nothing really regular about the Genesis’ midsize luxury sedan’s interior. As I said in my G80 review last year, the cabin demonstrates the automaker’s impeccable tastes and approach to luxury, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Every surface is lathered in supple leather, real wood, and various metals. Strangely, I could not find a comfortable driving position or even get cozy in the Nappa leather-covered 16-way power adjustable seat. In retrospect, I think this has much to do with my greatest deception with the car.
As a 2023 Genesis Electrified G80, I expect nothing less than to be coddled in the absolute lap of luxury and comfort. Fitted with the electronically controlled suspension with road preview, the G80 EV should have delivered a cosseting and comfortable ride like its petrol-powered cohort, but it does not. The adjustable dampers fail to level out the road’s surface. In fact, the G80’s body rocks and rolls far too, as though the suspension and chassis cannot compensate for the EV’s weight. The difference is of only about 500 lbs between the V6 AWD and the EV so this should not be the reason. Interestingly, I’d found that the 500-lb heavier GV80 rode poorly as well…
About the EV, the G80 electrified features an 87.2 kWh battery which, when fully charged, is rated to deliver 454 km. Based on my week with the Genesis, I’ve no reason to believe that the number is exaggerated. Charging the unit on a Level 2 home charger will require about seven hours, which is the norm for a battery this size. As this EV is capable of Level 3 (350kW (800V)) rapid charging, it’ll go from 10%-80% in just shy of 22 minutes when on the go. Regenerative braking features a number of modes that will eventually bring the car to a full stop without using the mechanical brakes.
Power-wise, the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 includes a pair of electric motors that produce a combined 365hp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite tipping the scales at 5,100 lbs, the G80 EV launches to 100km/h in only 4.9 seconds. Certainly, it’s quick as a premium EV should be, and it is delivered with a number of drive modes to fit your mood. Rounding out the driving experience are brakes that work well and steering that responds to driver inputs.
It’s a bargain
At a solid $105,150, the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 comes with everything including soft-close doors, heated everything, and massaging front seats, but the poorly controlled ride ruins it. Same for the charge port door. These aspects are deal breakers in my opinion.
Although there are few premium EVs still, cars that is, it’s difficult to argue against a $125,000 Porsche Taycan 4S despite its lower level of equipment and shorter range (on paper.) To be certain, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is not a suitable replacement given it cost almost $45,000 and is no more luxurious. We’ll have to wait and see about EQE pricing.
Finally, it still presents a rare occasion to drive an EV that looks normal.