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

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The GV80 is a sharp-on the lookout SUV.

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The 2021 GV80 is arguably the most vital automobile in Genesis’ lineup, primarily offered America’s seemingly insatiable urge for food for SUVs. It is a model that faces a large amount of robust opposition — from European automakers in specific. But the good news for Genesis is that the GV80 is, in a term, fantastic.


  • Sleek and impressive turbo-4 engine
  • Good inside craftsmanship
  • Superb infotainment and basic safety tech

Don’t Like

  • Digital instrument cluster should be conventional
  • I4 engine isn’t going to sound that terrific

My test GV80 has the foundation engine: a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4, which places out a healthy three hundred horsepower and 311 pound-ft of torque. The GV80 works by using an 8-velocity automated transmission and though rear-wheel drive is conventional, this just one has all-wheel drive. In the US marketplace, this AWD procedure consists of an electronic restricted-slip rear differential, which will help with ability shipping and delivery and managing. The all-wheel-drive GV80 2.5T is EPA-estimated to return 21 miles for each gallon in the metropolis, twenty five mpg on the highway and 22 mpg mixed. Around a week of screening, I observed 21.8 mpg.

The GV80’s ride is properly managed, and you will find a apparent big difference in between the distinctive suspension options. In its conventional setting, the GV80 properly coddles travellers though driving around damaged pavement or highway growth joints. Still, great as it is, the GV80 lacks the driving-on-a-cloud sensation you get from the subtle air suspensions in German SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLE.

The 2.5T is so good it helps make me marvel why you would at any time will need the optional V6. The turbocharged engine’s acceleration is brisk and clean, however it isn’t going to sound all that terrific in motion. Thankfully, the 2.5T is properly peaceful at cruising speeds, and many thanks to the GV80’s excellent sound deadening, it really is a good deal hushed all around town, as well.

A emphasize of the GV80 is its inside. The supplies are all top rated-notch the matters you contact experience significant and costly. The finishes are all superbly in depth and the entire cabin reminds you the Genesis GV80 is not just yet another cookie-cutter SUV. My tester’s heated and cooled entrance seats give plenty of adjustability and help, both equally of which are terrific on for a longer time drives.

This inside is all-all around terrific.

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As much as ergonomics are involved, it really is straightforward to get relaxed in the GV80. Even at 6 ft, four inches tall, I have no difficulties with headroom or legroom, and I can sit in the 2nd-row seats at the rear of my individual driving placement with no any trouble. There’s ample home in the back for an ordinary SUV’s worth of groceries and luggage, and the 3rd- and 2nd-row seats fold down for elevated storage space.

When it will come to infotainment and basic safety tech, Genesis isn’t going to skimp in the GV80. The fourteen.5-inch central infotainment monitor is super extensive, but it really is not terribly tall, indicating it isn’t going to impede outward visibility. The display screen is sharp and vivid, as well, and it really is a touchscreen, building it straightforward to use. There’s also a clicky-wheel redundant regulate on the heart console if you would somewhat go that route. It performs well ample, but I normally just uncover myself touching the monitor or applying voice instructions via Apple CarPlay. Speaking of which, both equally CarPlay and Android Auto are conventional, however Genesis’ native infotainment procedure performs properly well.

Better-spec GV80s have a totally digital instrument cluster, but my tester has an analog speedometer and gas gauge on the remaining with a digital tachometer on the proper. This setup is properly good, but this half-digital predicament seems like a weird area to slice expense.

You will not will need the V6 to get pleasure from the Genesis GV80.

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The GV80 will come with a ton of amazing basic safety tech. The adaptive cruise regulate procedure works by using device understanding to adapt to your individual driving type. You can also get the GV80 with Genesis’ Freeway Driving Support II tech, which pairs the adaptive cruise with lane-centering and lane-change performance. It is an straightforward-to-use, unobtrusive bit of technological innovation that hardly ever will get in the way. Genesis also gives remote sensible parking aid, in which you hold a button on the essential fob, and the automobile will park alone. I use this all the time to support simplicity acquiring in and out of my limited underground parking space.

My mid-quality GV80 2.5T Superior tester with all-wheel drive will come in at a sensible $60,425 which includes a $1,025 desired destination payment. A likewise outfitted Mercedes-Benz GLE350 4Matic would occur in all around $65,000, though a BMW X5 — with an inline-6 engine — would crest $70,000. Any way you slice it, the GV80 is a terrific benefit.

But benefit is not the only rationale to take into consideration the GV80. This SUV is a seriously extraordinary first energy for Genesis, and it gives me high hopes for the forthcoming compact GV70. If Genesis continues on this extraordinary tear, European automakers should be extremely apprehensive certainly.