2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T review: A well-rounded luxury SUV

The GV80 is a sharp-searching SUV.

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The 2021 GV80 is arguably the most vital auto in Genesis’ lineup, specifically specified America’s seemingly insatiable appetite for SUVs. It’s a model that faces a good deal of strong competition — from European automakers in unique. But the excellent news for Genesis is that the GV80 is, in a word, brilliant.


  • Clean and strong turbo-four motor
  • Terrific interior craftsmanship
  • Great infotainment and protection tech

Really don’t Like

  • Electronic instrument cluster should really be conventional
  • I4 motor does not seem that excellent

My examination GV80 has the base motor: a turbocharged 2.five-liter inline-four, which places out a wholesome three hundred horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The GV80 employs an 8-speed automated transmission and although rear-wheel travel is conventional, this one has all-wheel travel. In the US sector, this AWD method incorporates an digital minimal-slip rear differential, which can help with ability supply and dealing with. The all-wheel-travel GV80 2.5T is EPA-believed to return 21 miles for each gallon in the city, twenty five mpg on the freeway and 22 mpg mixed. Around a week of tests, I saw 21.eight mpg.

The GV80’s ride is nicely controlled, and there is certainly a noticeable variance in between the distinctive suspension settings. In its conventional setting, the GV80 nicely coddles passengers although driving above broken pavement or freeway growth joints. Nonetheless, nice as it is, the GV80 lacks the driving-on-a-cloud feeling you get from the complex air suspensions in German SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLE.

The 2.5T is so excellent it makes me question why you would at any time want the optional V6. The turbocharged engine’s acceleration is brisk and smooth, while it does not seem all that excellent in motion. Thankfully, the 2.5T is properly quiet at cruising speeds, and many thanks to the GV80’s exceptional seem deadening, it is a good deal hushed about city, as well.

A highlight of the GV80 is its interior. The materials are all major-notch the matters you touch feel significant and high-priced. The finishes are all beautifully in depth and the complete cabin reminds you the Genesis GV80 is just not just a different cookie-cutter SUV. My tester’s heated and cooled entrance seats offer you lots of adjustability and guidance, the two of which are excellent on longer drives.

This interior is all-about excellent.

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As considerably as ergonomics are involved, it is simple to get snug in the GV80. Even at 6 feet, four inches tall, I have no challenges with headroom or legroom, and I can sit in the second-row seats powering my individual driving placement without having any stress. There’s more than enough home in the again for an common SUV’s worth of groceries and luggage, and the third- and second-row seats fold down for enhanced storage room.

When it arrives to infotainment and protection tech, Genesis does not skimp in the GV80. The fourteen.five-inch central infotainment screen is tremendous large, but it is not terribly tall, meaning it does not impede outward visibility. The show is sharp and shiny, as well, and it is a touchscreen, earning it simple to use. There’s also a clicky-wheel redundant management on the center console if you would somewhat go that route. It will work well more than enough, but I typically just uncover myself touching the screen or making use of voice instructions by means of Apple CarPlay. Speaking of which, the two CarPlay and Android Car are conventional, while Genesis’ indigenous infotainment method will work properly well.

Better-spec GV80s have a absolutely electronic instrument cluster, but my tester has an analog speedometer and gas gauge on the still left with a electronic tachometer on the proper. This set up is properly fantastic, but this half-electronic situation would seem like a bizarre spot to cut value.

You do not want the V6 to love the Genesis GV80.

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The GV80 arrives with a ton of neat protection tech. The adaptive cruise management method employs equipment finding out to adapt to your individual driving design and style. You can also get the GV80 with Genesis’ Highway Driving Aid II tech, which pairs the adaptive cruise with lane-centering and lane-adjust operation. It’s an simple-to-use, unobtrusive bit of technological know-how that never receives in the way. Genesis also presents remote wise parking support, exactly where you hold a button on the crucial fob, and the auto will park by itself. I use this all the time to aid ease acquiring in and out of my limited underground parking room.

My mid-grade GV80 2.5T Innovative tester with all-wheel travel arrives in at a fair $60,425 like a $1,025 destination payment. A equally outfitted Mercedes-Benz GLE350 4Matic would appear in about $65,000, although a BMW X5 — with an inline-6 motor — would crest $70,000. Any way you slice it, the GV80 is a excellent value.

But value is just not the only rationale to take into account the GV80. This SUV is a significantly remarkable initial exertion for Genesis, and it presents me higher hopes for the forthcoming compact GV70. If Genesis proceeds on this remarkable tear, European automakers should really be really concerned certainly.