The EV segment gains a praiseworthy newcomer with the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80, the Korean luxury brand’s first electric sedan. You may already be familiar with the gasoline-powered G80, which raised the bar among deluxe sedans when the nameplate debuted for model year 2017. While the Electrified version of this midsized luxury sedan has the same level of luxury and convenience, its get-up-and-go comes from a fully electric, zero-emissions powertrain that will help its drivers lower their carbon footprint as they say goodbye to stops at the gas station.
Like the rest of the Genesis lineup of stunning and sophisticated vehicles, the Electrified G80 exemplifies the brand’s Athletic Elegance design philosophy, which places a premium on first-class refinement and daringly aerodynamic body lines. As the first electric model in the Genesis stable, the ‘23 Electrified G80 is ushering in a new era of plug-in elegance, which the automotive world should be excited to witness.
Powertrain, Range, and Charging
The 2023 Electrified G80 is a midsized luxury sedan that’s equal parts refined and athletic. It receives an 87.2-kWh battery pack and dual 136-kW electric motors (one on each axle) that combine to produce a total system output of 365 hp. The Electrified G80’s total driving range is estimated at 282 miles, and when it’s plugged in to a DC fast charger, it can go from 10 to 80 percent capacity in just 22 minutes. Buyers will enjoy three years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions through the Electrify America initiative.
Genesis is known for exceeding expectations at a more approachable price point than its rivals, and the ‘23 Electrified G80 is no different. On the outside, it displays power-closing doors, a hands-free smart trunk, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and rear combination taillights, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, and Digital Key, which turns your smartphone into the vehicle’s key fob. The Electrified G80’s cabin is similarly deluxe, getting Nappa leather seating surfaces, matte wood trim, a leatherette-wrapped upper instrument panel, a microfiber suede headliner and interior pillars, a 16-way power-adjustable Ergo Motion driver’s seat and 12-way power front passenger’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated and power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, and rear window sunshades.
The G80 Electrified’s technology roster includes a 12.3-inch 3D digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, active noise control, a wireless phone charger, and V2L (Vehicle to Load), which is a powerful onboard charger that can juice miscellaneous devices outside of the vehicle. This loaded EV also comes with a modern multimedia system consisting of an expansive 14.5-inch touchscreen, integrated navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a premium 21-speaker Lexicon sound system with QuantumLogic surround.
Safety and Driver-Assist Technologies
Genesis’s first EV is chock full of advanced safety features. In addition to its 10-airbag system and rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, the Electrified G80 has forward collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, a live-feed blind-spot view monitor, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, reverse automatic braking, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, highway driving assist, smart cruise control with stop-and-go, intelligent speed limit assist, driver attention warning, high beam assist, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, Remote Smart Parking Assist, safe exit assist, and rear occupant alert.