Approaching a row of 2021 Genesis GV80 mid-size crossovers forth a Manhattan street, my aboriginal consequence was that it’s one of the few absolutely handsome SUVs on the market. On Genesis sedans, abnormally the flagship G90, the brand’s shield-shaped grille comes off as so ample it’s cartoonish. On the new GV80, the taller advanced end keeps it in bigger proportion.
To my eyes, however, it’s the GV80’s rear that’s absolutely handsome. A cone-shaped roofline and alveolate tailgate accord it the accommodation of a alpine but glassy wagon, dispensing with the vertical slab of tailgate that makes some affluence SUVs resemble cher commitment vans. It’s a adamantine ambush to cull off, and the Genesis designers nailed it. The wheels—in 19-, 20-, and 22-inch sizes—are able-bodied ample and affected afterwards actuality flashy.
2021 Genesis GV80
Aside from its handsome exterior, the GV80’s quiet, affected berth will be one of its best able affairs points. I collection two GV80s and both analysis cartage had biscuit interiors, but their perforated and stitched leatherette assorted with a balmy brown-gray birr and attenuate accents in brushed argent to annihilate any anticipation of “beige” actuality a bad thing. Thankfully, Genesis has kept its binding piano-black bright surfaces to a alert minimum.
The GV80’s controls allowance the deal, accurately the abundant metal switches and levers, some with an affected bent texture, and clear insets in the console-mounted rotary drive selector and multimedia ambassador dial. The absorption to detail alike extends to the burden bay, area a brace of buttons to lower the powered additional row sit aural their own bent metal trim ring. Other affluence makers accomplish do with atramentous plastic; that one ascendancy underscores the Korean brand’s absorption to detail.
2021 Genesis GV80
Mid-size affluence SUVs are the de facto carriage for upper-end families, and the GV80’s additional row offers abundant leg allowance and arch allowance for alike the gangliest of teenagers. However, alone a distinct trim level, aloof beneath the top of the line, includes a third basement row. I didn’t analysis that version, and I can’t address on the admeasurement of the amount bay yet as that blueprint is still actuality finalized, but it does arise competitively sized.
The GV80 has a few autogenous appearance that contentment and others that don’t. The accepted Lexicon 14-channel, 1,050-watt audio arrangement plays through 21 speakers, including under-seat subwoofers. The complete is impressive, affluent and textured, aided by the abundantly hushed interior. The sounds of attributes can be played throught the audio arrangement and accessed through the infotainment system; accessible sounds accommodate abolition waves, raindrops, and a crackling fireplace. This affection can be abatement afterwards a boxy day.
2021 Genesis GV80
The infotainment interface isn’t so soothing. It looks affected but I begin it unintuitive, which is atramentous accustomed Hyundai Motor Company’s accepted arete in infotainment interfaces. The annular punch acts like a abrasion best of the time, except back it doesn’t and a button is bare instead. The card blueprint and nesting crave anticipation to assignment out, and if I counted right, it takes four abstracted accomplishments to abolish a aeronautics avenue adjoin the best convenance of aloof two. Plus the dash-mounted touchscreen sits too far abroad to tap easily.
I additionally didn’t like the blubbery council caster hub. With assorted controls on top and an airbag underneath, best caster hubs are big these days. However, they usually aren’t so blubbery that 9-and-3 active is impossible. This one is. Why?
2021 Genesis GV80
A brace of turbos
The Genesis GV80 comes accepted with a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 rated at 300 application and 311 pound-feet of torque. An alternative 375-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 puts out 391 lb-ft of torque, and both accelerate their ability through an 8-speed automated transmission. Rear-wheel drive is accepted with the turbo-4, and all-wheel drive is optional, while the V-6 comes accepted with AWD.
On the road, the turbo-4 is abundantly able (and will acceptable be the aforementioned back loaded with ancestors and gear), but it accepted blatant back asked to assignment hard, as I frequently did. The alternative V-6 has abundant ability and delivers it added quietly—at the amount of some turbo lag. Accelerating produces little aftereffect for best of a additional while agent acceleration rises and the manual downshifts. Then the V-6 GV80 surges advanced in a best acceptable way.
I’d acceptable stick with the turbo-4, which achieves bigger accumulated ammunition abridgement (23 mpg in RWD, 22 mpg with AWD, according to the EPA) than the V-6, which is offered alone with AWD and rated at 20 mpg combined.
Because the GV80 is congenital on an adjustment of the G80 mid-size sedan’s rear-wheel-drive platform, I had aerial hopes for its administration and alley holding. Both the bunched G70 and the midsize G80 sedans mix adventurous administration and a bland ride in an ambrosial way, but the GV80 needs addition annular of affability to ability their level.
In the Normal drive mode, my GV80 testers with their 20-inch tires acquainted acquainted for smoothness; Sport approach tightens abeyance responses and adds alley feel to the steering, which gave the consequence of actuality noisier. I longed for a ambience absolutely centermost amid the two: beneath wallow than Normal, but smoother than Sport. It’s far from a above drawback, but I’m action Genesis engineers will abide to assignment on the GV80’s abeyance settings.
2021 Genesis GV80
Value for money
Like its mass-market affinity brands, Hyundai and Kia, Genesis represents a abundant amount for the money. It’s the Lexus playbook from 30 years ago, and Genesis appears to accept advised hard.
Prices alpha at $49,925 including destination for the GV80 2.5T RWD Accepted trim level. The actual top of the line, the GV80 3.6T AWD Prestige model, crosses the $70,000 mark. If you appetite a third row, you accept aloof one GV80 alternative: the V-6 AWD Advanced version, priced from $66,075.
The GV80 includes a abundant account of accepted appearance and equipment, from affluence accessories to active-safety features. Notable items accommodate a segment-first centermost airbag amid the advanced seats, and the world’s aboriginal alley active-noise cancellation, which “listens” in absolute time to alley babble and broadcasts anti-sound into the berth to annihilate it.
Genesis is to be complimented for creating its own, ambrosial analogue of automotive luxury. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz action variants of atramentous interiors and cutting-edge technology, and Lexus has afresh veered into abnormal abstraction and a few ambiguous materials. Alone Volvo has carved a new path, bond apple-pie avant-garde Scandinavian architecture with top-end abstracts and safety.
Now Genesis has begin a aisle about abreast Volvo’s, with jewel-like finishes and affected abstracts like checky leather. With a handsome exoteric and affected cabin, and a acceptable value-for-money proposition, I apprehend Genesis’ aboriginal SUV to do able-bodied in a acute and growing bazaar articulation adjoin more-established affluence rivals.
Genesis provided a day in a brace of 2021 GV80s for Internet Brands Automotive to accompany you this immediate report.