There are 4 Reasons to Skip the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 According to Cars.com
Electric vehicle (EV) sales continue to increase in the U.S. in 2022. Per Cox Automotive data, the second quarter of 2022 saw a 66% increase in sales compared to the second quarter of 2021. The luxury EV segment is growing with more brands, like Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis, producing fully-electric versions of their luxury models. As a matter of fact, the Genesis Electrified G80 just made its debut for the 2023 model year. Cars.com gave its take on the new Genesis EV, including four reasons to skip on buying the new model:
1. Stop and go driving
Cars.com gives the Genesis EV high marks for being smooth off the line when you’re flooring it to get up to speed. But there’s a marked difference when you’re stuck in traffic. That power off the line can manifest in an abrupt way that makes it rough to endure. Reviewers also note a lag in throttle response regardless of driving mode.
Those problems also come up when braking in one-pedal mode. Reviewers say, “there’s a disturbing hesitation before braking kicks in” when you lift the throttle, and coming to a complete stop can include a jerky, uncomfortable motion.
2. Finding EV charging stations
Luxury EV staple Tesla includes a feature in navigation systems to help you find EV charging stations along a route and adjust accordingly. Unfortunately, the Genesis Electrified G80 does not include such a feature. You can see where charging stations are along a route and projected range, but you won’t be automatically routed to a charging station when you need more battery, reports Cars.com.
Though it’s not as nicely equipped as the Tesla when it comes to finding places to charge, it’s great once you get there. It can go from 10% to 80% charge in 22 minutes at a 350kW fast-charging station.
3. Cargo space
Space in the trunk is one of the areas where the difference between the electrified G80 and gasoline-powered model is noticeable. Trunk capacity is down to 12.9 cubic feet compared to 16.1 in the gasoline-powered G80. That’s also a lot less than competitors like the Mercedes-Benz EQS. The EQS’s 21.5 cubic feet of trunk space, per Driving Electric, is far more than what you get in the electrified G80.
Between the small trunk and the smaller front found in most luxury EV models, there’s not much space for storage in the midsize sedan.
4. Limited availability
Depending on where you live in the U.S., this Genesis EV may not even be available. Seven states representing less than a third of the U.S. population have limited numbers of models: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Utah, and Washington.
Getting a Genesis Electrified G80 may mean going to another state where it’s offered. Even then, there may not be enough to satisfy demand.
Is it worth it to buy a 2023 Genesis Electrified G80?
The four reasons from Cars.com to skip this Genesis EV are important. The EV can be frustrating while you’re driving, both when it comes to finding EV charging stations and driving in stop-and-go traffic. Lack of cargo space and availability also play a role in what’s become a more crowded segment of luxury EVs.
But if you’re willing to look past those flaws, the Electrified G80 is a great luxury EV for a price that is much lower than many of its competitors. It gives you plenty of power (365 horsepower, 516 lb-ft of torque) and recharges quickly. It can even power your home during an outage with a standard extension cord.