These dual-slit headlights work wonders on absolutely anything.
No person’s actually nice at one thing the primary time they fight it, however Genesis is working to buck that development. The 2021 Genesis GV80 is the freshly spawned Korean automaker’s first SUV of its personal and, similar to the closely revised G80 earlier than it, this midsize luxurious SUV is able to make its mark in a busy section — and quick.
Sharp exteriorProperly luxurious interiorTop-notch infotainment graphics
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Experience could possibly be softerJust-OK gas economic system
A stunner, in and out
The 2021 Genesis GV80 actually instructions consideration. One driver rolled proper up subsequent to me on the highway and honked the horn of their sedan till I turned my head, at which level I used to be met with a automobile stuffed with thumbs up. The GV80’s exterior is exclusive; in reality, I might take into account it the prettiest ute within the section. The headlights are like no different and the best way the fastback-style roof line carries itself backwards results in a automobile that appears prefer it’s consistently in movement.
The GV80’s inside manages to impress much more than the outside does. This beautiful design is a component and parcel with the GV80 expertise, no matter trim. I won’t totally embrace the two-spoke steering wheel, which is somewhat fats for 9-and-3 hand positioning, however the format is uncluttered and the patterns baked into the leather-based ooze luxurious. The GV80 is correct up there with Mercedes-Benz by way of inside high quality and at its worth level, I might say it truly trounces the Merc on worth alone. My tester’s somewhat monotone with its beige getup, however there are some actually wild mixtures on the market, together with a two-tone motif with numerous blue leather-based.
Every thing I contact is product of both leather-based or metallic, with high-quality knurling on the stalks and infotainment controller; the GV80’s cabin feels ultra-premium. One in every of my favourite components is the local weather management, which has a small touchscreen that lets me configure airflow and fan velocity unbiased of the automated perform. Even the temperature dials feel and appear costly.
The GV80’s inside does not forego perform in favor of all that type, both. Certain, the door panels are somewhat mild on space for storing, however the flowing middle console has a decently sized cubby underneath the transmission dial and the armrest opens up for a bit extra storage. It is roomy as heck, too, with a second row that does not scrimp on headroom regardless of a barely lower roof line. Superior Plus trims have an non-compulsory third row as properly that, in response to my colleagues, is not acceptable for totally grown people, nevertheless it works for teenagers.
The 2021 GV80 isn’t a svelte fellow, clocking in at some 5,000 kilos with AWD and all of the bells and whistles, however my tester packs Genesis’ bigger engine possibility. The dual-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 produces 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, and whereas it won’t be essentially the most sonorous six-pot on the block, it’ll push the GV80 ahead with alacrity. Shoot no matter hole you need; there’s greater than sufficient torque on faucet and the eight-speed computerized transmission easily swaps cogs as crucial. There’s loads of throttle and brake modulation on provide for serene, dip-free begins and stops, taking part in into the proper-luxury angle very properly.
Most European midsize luxurious SUVs attempt to bake some sportiness into their existence, with relative success. The GV80 tries to take extra of a pure-luxury angle to its driving traits and it is principally profitable. The Superior-trim mannequin in my driveway comes with Genesis’ road-scanning adaptive suspension, which makes use of cameras to preload the suspension within the occasion it has to deal with some nastiness, which could be a relatively large deal on the automaker’s Korean dwelling turf. In Michigan, it does a commendable job consuming up gross roads, however the entire expertise feels a bit stiffer than I might desire, even with the whole lot dialed to its plushest setting. An non-compulsory air suspension would flip this factor right into a freakin’ cloud, so this is hoping Genesis finds a solution to shoehorn one thing like that in right here afterward. The GV80 is rarely actually thrilling to toss round, as a result of that is not what it is made for, nevertheless it’s lots assured in case your commute includes a number of twists and turns.
The GV80’s inside is fascinating, irrespective of the place you look or the place you contact. Leather-based, metallic, it is all right here.
Luxurious continues to be the precedence when different components of the driving expertise, too. The cabin is lots quiet, thanks partially to thick glass and an lively noise-cancellation system that works just like the headphones in your desk. It is a correctly placid time for each the motive force and the pushed.
Gas economic system is aggressive for the GV80’s class, however outdoors of that bubble, it is not likely all that and a bag of chips. 3.5-liter fashions, which come normal with all-wheel drive, are EPA-rated at 18 miles per gallon metropolis, 23 mpg freeway and 20 mpg mixed — with premium gasoline, no much less. 2.5-liter variants are rather less thirsty at 21 metropolis and 25 freeway, nevertheless it’s nonetheless sufficiently thirsty.
In my G80 overview, I spoke at size about how a lot I liked Genesis’ new infotainment system — and it is no completely different on the 2021 GV80, which is to say that it guidelines. The 14.5-inch show atop the dashboard instructions consideration with its delightfully calm dwelling display screen and simple navigation, whether or not I am reaching to the touch the display screen itself or (extra probably) manipulating the rotary dial on the middle console. Buttons above the local weather management present fast entry to the same old options just like the navigation, audio or settings menus. Each nook of the system is not simply engaging, it is intuitive and it does not take lengthy for me to determine my most popular means of doing issues. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be found, however not wirelessly, and as my boss Chris Paukert identified in his overview, there is no such thing as a possibility for a Wi-Fi hotspot or rear-seat leisure right here, which looks like a foolish omission when many of the GV80’s opponents have all that. It is not a deal-breaker, only a head-scratcher.
Solely Status trims get the wild gauge-cluster display screen that makes use of digital trickery to provide the impression of bodily depth, which implies my GV80 is caught with the tried-and-true bodily cluster that features a reasonably sized information show within the center. That is about the one nook of the car that jogs my memory of the automobile’s Hyundai-based provenance, because it appears and acts like the identical getup seen in vehicles just like the Sonata. It is nice; it does the job it is speculated to, it is simply the one a part of the cabin that I would not name particular.
The house display screen of Genesis’ new infotainment system is attractive and it adjustments based mostly on the climate.
Each GV80 comes with a powerful quantity of security tech, together with parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise management, lane-keeping help, blind-spot monitoring and computerized emergency braking that may detect each pedestrians and cyclists. The Superior trim throws a surround-view monitor, mirror-mounted cameras and rear computerized braking into the combination, in addition to Distant Sensible Parking Help (aka Smaht Pahk), which may roll the car ahead and backward whereas the motive force presses the distant from outdoors. It is some cool stuff, even when I solely ever use it to indicate off.
All GV80s additionally embody Genesis’ Freeway Driving Help, which mixes the lively and passive security aids to carry the car in its lane on the freeway whereas maintaining tempo with site visitors. It helps scale back a number of the tedium of a traffic-laden commute, nevertheless it’s a hands-on system so vigilance stays a requirement. It does a commendable job, however the GV80’s lane-centering tech could be a little aggressive at occasions and I am a fairly lively driver so I typically go away the system off.
All the way down to brass tacks
Regardless of embodying the full-on luxurious expertise higher than almost all its opponents, the 2021 Genesis G80 is not a bank-breaker. Beginning at $49,925 together with vacation spot, the GV80 3.5T AWD Superior earlier than me kicks off at $65,375, which is spectacular in context; a BMW X5 xDrive40i begins at about $62,000, whereas a Mercedes-Benz GLE450 is a couple of grand above that. After which there’s the Audi Q8, which instructions almost $70,000. All three of these automobiles are earlier than choices, too. Hoo boy.
It is a bizarre day when a automobile might be each a severe worth and an example-setter in its storied section, however that is the 2021 Genesis GV80 in a nutshell. It manages to offer a wonderful luxurious expertise in its truest type, eschewing the notion that each car wants some underlying sporty angle, whereas in some way beating its largest opponents on worth whereas sustaining high quality that rivals them. You’d suppose that the GV80 was Genesis’ third crack at a luxurious SUV, however nope; generally, you strike gold on the primary swing.