The all-new Genesis G80 lifts its presentation dramatically as the brand takes up the fight against traditional prestige rivals
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  • 2021 Genesis G80 offers a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder or V6 engines
  • Range trimmed down to a single specification, plus options
  • All-wheel drive available for the first time
  • Priced from $84,900 plus on-road costs to $99,900 plus on-road costs

The all-new 2021 Genesis G80 sedan is ready to roll into Australian showrooms with a pared back range, but a broader spread of options.

Where the outgoing G80 offered four distinct variants, the new range comes in just one trim level, however now features a choice of two powertrains from Genesis.

Opening the range, the G80 2.5T is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine rated at 224kW and 422Nm, making it a close match for the old 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated V6 and its 232kW/397Nm outputs.

The G80 2.5T sends power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Above that, the G80 3.5T AWD steps up to a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 279kW and 530Nm. An eight-speed automatic is standard, as is electronically controlled all-wheel drive.

Pricing for the 2.5T starts from $84,900 plus on-road costs, while the 3.5T asks for $99,900 before on-road costs.

Traditional segment rivals include the 140kW/320Nm Audi A6 40 TFSI from $84,889, and 135kW/290Nm BMW 520i from $95,900, while six-cylinder rivals like the 270kW/500Nm Mercedes-Benz E450 sedan starts at $149,335 (though a refreshed model is on the way), while the equally as uncommon Maserati Ghibli starts from $163,990 with a 257kW/500Nm petrol V6.

Genesis has taken the high road on standard equipment with genuine leather and wood trim, a 14.5-inch high definition infotainment system, 12-inch head-up display, panoramic sunroof, hands-free powered bootlid, 21-speaker Lexicon sound system with digital radio, and wireless smartphone charging fitted as standard.

Dual-zone climate control, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats with heating and cooling, smart cruise control with machine learning (to adapt to the drivers preferred driving style), and augmented reality navigation are also featured as standard equipment.

The list doesn't stop there however, with a powered steering column, remote start, rear door sunshades, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, included as part of the basic package.

The G80 2.5T rolls on 19-inch wheels, while the G80 3.5T AWD steps up to 20-inch alloys, both wrapped in Michelin tyres – Pilot Sport 4 on the 2.5T and Pilot Sport 4 S on the 3.5T. The six-cylinder model also adds Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension with Road Preview technology, which uses a camera to read the road surface and adjust the dampers to suit.

Safety and driver assist tech includes Forward collision avoidance assist with car, cyclist and pedestrian detection, junction turning and crossing monitoring, oncoming vehicle and lane-change assist, and evasive steering functions, 360-degree surround view monitor with 3D function, blind spot collision avoidance assist, driver attention warning, rear cross traffic avoidance, lane keep and lane follow assist, safe exit assist, high beam assist, preactive accident preparation, rear occupant alert, and 10 airbags, including a centre bag between front seat occupants.

The blind-spot view monitor system displays a live video image of the vehicle’s blind spot in the instrument display when the indicator is activated, for both left and right sides of the vehicle corresponding to the turn signal used.

An optional $13,000 Luxury Package available on both models steps equipment up further with a 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument cluster, three-zone climate control, nappa leather trim, suede-finished roof and pillar trims, intelligent front lighting system with matrix-style adaptive headlights, soft-close doors, and an 18-way adjustable driver’s seat with massage function.

Rear seat occupants in Luxury Package-equipped vehicles can enjoy two adjustable 9.2-inch HD monitors, able to run individual media sources to each screen with a 3.5mm headphone jack and operation via a touchscreen interface, or from the centre armrest control panel.

Electrical adjustable outboard rear seats, a power operated rear sun blind, heated steering wheel, and smart parking assist with remote parking via the keyfob complete the Luxury Package.

Across the range 11 exterior shades and five interior trim options will be offered, including four two-tone leather colour schemes, plus two open-pore wood options.

As with other Genesis and Hyundai models, Australian-delivered G80’s will come with a locally-developed chassis tune to match our road conditions.

Along with the engine and driveline difference, the G80 2.5T runs passive dampers, 345mm ventilated disc brakes up front and 325mm solid discs at the rear, and single piston calipers at both ends. The 3.5T AWD is upsized to 360mm front and 345mm rear ventilated calipers with four-piston monoblock from calipers and single piston rears.

Genesis knows that high specifications alone won’t win it attention from buyers in the prestige market, and includes five years or 50,000km of complimentary servicing, and a five year unlimited kilometre warranty (for private buyers).

Genesis To You concierge and courtesy vehicle access can pick up and return an owner's vehicle, with a loan vehicle in its place, up to 70km from a Genesis Studio. For now Sydney is the only city with a Studio, alongside a test drive centre in Parramatta, with Melbourne and Queensland earmarked as next-in-line.

The Genesis G80 range goes on sale in Australia from November 2020.

2021 Genesis G80 Australian pricing

  • G80 2.5T – $84,900
  • G80 3.5T AWD – $99,900

Manufacturer's list price, excluding on-road costs.