2018 G80 AWD 3.3T Genesis Sport By JOHN and LAURIE WILES

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The confident front end of the 2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3 Turbo Sport features a redesigned hexagonal grille and new front fascia.

 

Driving Me Crazy automotive review Columnists Laurie and John Wiles.

JOHN: Every now and then you get a car that looks great but isn’t. Every now and then you get one that has a lot of bells and whistles but lacks style. And then, once in a proverbial ‘blue moon’, you get a car that looks like class, rides like class, has all the bells and whistle, and is everything a person might want in a luxury sedan, but not for a luxury price. That would be the Genesis G80 we drove this past week.
LAURIE: What a chariot! With its 3.3-liter GDI, 365-horsepower twin turbo V-8 engine and CDC sport suspension, you have power, and with its Sport CDC suspension, you have an incredibly smooth ride. Yes, I couldn’t agree with you more about, honey!

JOHN: So many of our cars these days are four cylinders and I understand why, but this baby moved in a hurry when you needed; moved well; moved quietly; and really was a lot of car.
LAURIE: As far as stopping ability goes, the high-performance sport brakes with “Genesis” calipers respond efficiently and smoothly—the operative word being “smoothly.” There’s no jerking, no sudden stopping, no feeling that you’re losing control of the car when braking.

2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3 Turbo Sport boasts a strikingly redesigned gauge cluster, premium speaker grille and new analog clock, the stylish, remarkably quiet cabin surrounds you with another level of luxury.

JOHN: Our Genesis had an 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, which means you can switch from automatic to manual shift. You know, paddle shifters, but I don’t see the use for paddle shifters in a car like this. I am sure they appeal to some, but I like simple drive and go. I still remember the days when you wore your leg out pushing in a stiff clutch and that grating sound when you missed a smooth gear change.
LAURIE: This car competes with some mid-size, four-door luxury sedans—and when I say luxury, I mean L-U-X-U-R-Y that are significantly more expensive.

JOHN: Another thing about the 2018 Genesis G80 was that there were no ‘added features’. Everything was on the car and part of the price. Under the category “Advanced Safety Technology” were so many of the things I like – Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection. Yes, people do walk into the street still without looking. They sometimes forget too that it takes a moment to stop a 2,000-pound car, and while the pedestrian has the right of way, the damage is always to the person much more than the car. It’s important for both drivers and pedestrians to be careful these days.
LAURIE: Colors? Polar Ice, Sevilla Red, Himalayan Gray, Caspian Black, Casablanca White. In short, blue, white, red, gray, and black. Ours was gray with a black interior. Johnny would have had red, if he had a choice—wouldn’t you, hon?

The 2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3 Turbo Sport is driver centric.

JOHN: You know I would.
LAURIE: But it was those elegant touches, like the copper accents and dark chrome sport trim, LED lighting and in the roomy, luxurious, comfortable, classy leather-upholstered inside. One of the best features was the square analog clock. Reminds me of the good old days…and the front “crest” grille? Handsomely designed and understated, like a bespoke Saville row suit.

JOHN: I agree with you on the safety features. I really like are Driver Attention Alert, which is designed to detect drowsy or inattentive driving – Wow! And Lane Keep Assist that keeps you in the lane if you start to drift right or left. You know I am big on the Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start that monitors traffic in front of you and detects stoppages you might not see or react to quickly enough. How can you have too much safety?
LAURIE: You can’t have enough.  Automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection—a feature that’s so important when you’re at the grocery store or mall; smart cruise control with stop/start, where the front-mounted radar sensor monitors the distance between you and the car ahead and maintains the proper distance and speed. Once you’re clear, the car will reengage your cruise speed. Lane departure warning/lane keep assist, which prevents you from drifting out of the road’s boundary lines—so important if you aren’t focused on the road as you should be. These, and air bags galore to cushion you in the event, God forbid, of a crash.

2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3 Turbo Sport Three-quarter rear exterior perspective.

JOHN: As you would expect on a big car, the ride was great too, and considering that it has HTRAC All Wheel Drive, a great consideration when the weather turns wet or snowy, you feel safer while you are still very comfortable. However, HTRAC allows for Normal and Sport Mode, where Normal Mode using mostly the AWD function, while Sport Mode puts more of the power to the rear wheels for better performance. Hyundai is really working hard to compete on the American market front.
LAURIE: You surrender a little gas mileage with a V6 AWD—the Genesis Sport gets 24 mpg highway and averages 20 city/highway—but consider all you get with such an impressive drive. The instrument panel was comfortably positioned and easy to reach, the multimedia driver information system with high-definition touchscreen was easy to program. The Lexicon® 7.1 audio system with quantum logic surround sound was symphonic.

JOHN: One more thing about safety – I noticed the seat belt was adjusting when I started to drive. It also adjusts on the passenger side as well. This is part of the Pre-Active Seatbelt/Anti Whiplash Front Head Restraint system. No wonder the G80 gets a five in so many of the Government 5-Star Safety Ratings.
LAURIE: The SiriusXM all access with 175 channels is complimentary for three years with the Genesis Sport—I don’t think I know of any car that offers more than one year—and traffic and travel link, which provides you with up-to-date traffic information and road conditions. With 24/7 enhanced roadside assistance and a three-year complimentary roadside assistance package, you can immediately call for tire changes, transportation to the nearest Genesis dealership for services, and most important, you get peace of mind. What’s more, if you’re inconvenienced while waiting for a repair, you’re reimbursed the cost of an overnight hotel!

JOHN: I loved the Heads-up Display and 9.2” Touchscreen. GPS was a breeze too. Almost too much to talk about in one column. And I didn’t even talk about the 3-year, 36,000-mile Complimentary Maintenance and Service Valet. Wow, again!
LAURIE: And the connected services, which also are complimentary for three years, include safety, guidance and remote features such as Destination Search powered by Google™ and Remote Start with climate control. And smart connectivity, with USB, auxiliary and power portals, and a wireless docking station that recharges your cellphone.

JOHN: Beautiful car, lots of luxury and at an affordable price, the Genesis G80 hits the bullseye for Hyundai again in my book, kiddo.
LAURIE: I’m sorry, honey. Did you just ask me, “What do you want for Christmas, darling?”

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GENESIS OF WHITE PLAINS
Located at Genesis Of White Plains Hyundai
111 South Central Avenue
Hartsdale , NY 10530
914-220-0360

NEW ROCHELLE GENESIS
Located at New Rochelle Hyundai
125 East Main Street
New Rochelle , NY 10801
914-654-8300

POTAMKIN HYUNDAI
2495 2nd Avenue
New York , NY 10035
212-603-7200

LEE GENESIS
Located at Lee Hyundai
1960 Skibo Road
Fayetteville , NC 28314
910-864-7100

 

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Driving Me Crazy is written by John and Laurie Wiles who are ably assisted by Bugsy “NPR’s Car Talk” Lawlor, and Winston Morrow. They each contribute their expertise every Thursday, from 10 – 11am Eastern over the BlogTalk Radio platform on the Westchester On the Level broadcast program “live” and or “on demand”. Reviews are published by The Pilot of Southern Pines, NC, and by the Yonkers Tribune, virtually published in Yonkers, NY, serving the New York Metropolitan area.

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Driving Me Crazy automotive review Columnists Laurie and John Wiles.

John and Laurie are a married couple in their “sensational sixties” who talk about today’s hottest, newest cars—and still manage to go to bed without getting angry at one another at night.

John and Laurie Wiles have a combined driving history of ninety-five years. Laurie is one of only thirty-six journalists who are members of the prestigious New England Automotive Press Association (Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio’s “Car Talk” among them.) Since 1998, Laurie has test-driven and reviewed over eight-hundred new model cars, trucks, and SUVs. John, a lifelong car enthusiast, has owned more than forty vehicles (so far.)

John and Laurie recently got the idea of combining their experience on a weekly car review. Laurie explains. “One day, a gorgeous blue Porsche Cayman pulled in the drive. Johnny slides behind the wheel, cocks an eyebrow, and says, ‘The name’s Bond. James Bond,’ like he’s Sean Connery or something. The next week, a Chevy Camaro rolls in. Johnny gets one glimpse of that muscle car and shouts out, ‘Can you say N-A-S-C-A-R?’ Once I realized he wasn’t speaking in tongues, I realized his voice, together with mine, might be fun. After all, ‘sixty is the new forty.’”

John adds, “Men and women have very different opinions about cars and I think it’s good for people to get an understanding of what a couple think about a car, and what they like and don’t like. Of course, that doesn’t mean they have to agree on everything—you know, like the way it is in a marriage.”

Laurie, whose professional name is Laurie Bogart Morrow, is the author of a dozen books, including The Hardscrabble Chronicles (Penguin Putnam) and The Giant Book of Dog Names (Simon and Schuster).

John is a retired program manager in the National Defense contracting industry and a teacher in the public school system. They live happily in Pinehurst, NC.

John and Laurie Wiles have a combined driving history of ninety-five years. Laurie is one of only thirty-six journalists who are members of the prestigious New England Automotive Press Association (Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio’s “Car Talk” among them.) Since 1998, Laurie has test-driven and reviewed over eight-hundred new model cars, trucks, and SUVs. John, a lifelong car enthusiast, has owned more than forty vehicles (so far.)

John and Laurie recently got the idea of combining their experience on a weekly car review. Laurie explains. “One day, a gorgeous blue Porsche Cayman pulled in the drive. Johnny slides behind the wheel, cocks an eyebrow, and says, ‘The name’s Bond. James Bond,’ like he’s Sean Connery or something. The next week, a Chevy Camaro rolls in. Johnny gets one glimpse of that muscle car and shouts out, ‘Can you say N-A-S-C-A-R?’ Once I realized he wasn’t speaking in tongues, I realized his voice, together with mine, might be fun. After all, ‘sixty is the new forty.’”

John adds, “Men and women have very different opinions about cars and I think it’s good for people to get an understanding of what a couple think about a car, and what they like and don’t like. Of course, that doesn’t mean they have to agree on everything—you know, like the way it is in a marriage.”

John is a retired program manager in the National Defense contracting industry and a teacher in the public school system. They live happily in Pinehurst, NC.

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