2021 Genesis GV80

MSRP $48,900 - $70,950

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2021 Genesis GV80 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The luxury SUV trend is growing like anything. With the presence of German brands, this segment is not everyone's cup of tea. That's why Hyundai's Genesis made a big move by introducing its very own high-end SUV in the North American market. With its first-ever SUV, Genesis is all set to take over the segment by offering a 'Great Value'.

Being the youngest luxury brand, Genesis is unique in every way. With the GV80, Genesis has set the bar too high, even for the top brands in the market. A distinguished styling, unmatchable performance, ultra-luxury cabin, advanced safety, and tech make the GV80 the most desirable luxury SUV. Moreover, it might be the cheapest luxury SUV in the segment.

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Pros

Distinctive design

Powerful engine options

Lavish interiors with tons of luxury amenities

Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

Value for money.

Cons

Bumpy ride with bigger wheels

Complicated infotainment interface

Optional third-row seats are cramped.

What's New?

It is a brand new SUV from every angle.

Genesis has taken a new road with its one-of-a-kind design and features.

The striking exterior of the GV80 stands out from the crowd with its quad-LED headlamps and tail lamps.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$59000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

transmission

8 speed automatic manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2/14.2 in.

capacity

cargo volume

84 cu ft.

towing capacity

7700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/22/25 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$48,900 onwards

Advance$52,800 onwards

Prestige$57,050 onwards

Advance Plus$65,050 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Genesis GV80 in Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic color
Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.1

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.9

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.7

Overall Rating


The 2021 Genesis GV80 will be available at a starting price of $48,900 for the base 2.5T trim. The price reaches its highest point with the top-of-the-line 3.5T Advanced Plus trim that costs $65,550. You have two engine options with a base 4 cylinder and a turbocharged V-6. It will rival the Lincoln Nautilus, Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, and the BMW X5.

2021 Genesis GV80 SUV Front Angle View
2021 Genesis GV80 SUV Rear Angle View

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.1/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

8.9/10
Competition


2021 Genesis GV80 Features

The 2021 Genesis GV80 is available in 3 trim levels and four configurations. The base 2.5T with its RWD drivetrain costs $48,900. With the AWD system, the 2.5T touches $54,650. The second trim in the lineup is a 3.5T trim powered by a V-6 engine and a standard AWD system which is priced at $59,650. The range-topping 3.5T Advanced Plus trim gets the maximum standard features including the AWD system will cost you $65,550

Trims

2.5T 4×2

3.5T AWD

3.5T Advanced Plus AWD 

MSRP (RWD)

$48,900

-

-

MSRP (AWD

$54,650

$59,650

$65,550

Key Features

19-inch wheels

20-inch wheels

22-inch wheels

 

Chrome exterior accents

Adaptive suspension

3rd-row seats 

 

Quad-LED headlamps

Panoramic sunroof

Nappa leather upholstery

 

Touchscreen HVAC controls

Genuine wood accents 

Heated steering wheel, heated front, and rear seats

 

Navigation system

Heads-up display

Lexicon premium speakers

 

Advanced package 03

Advanced package 06

12.3-inch 3D digital cluster

 

Prestige package 05

Prestige package 07

Standard advanced safety

Which trim should you buy?

The 2.5T AWD is the best-valued trim at $54,650. With its standard features, you get decent optional features to complete your luxury SUV package. Other than styling, you can avail better comfort, technology, and safety with the Advanced and Prestige packages. If we talk about performance, the base engine is good enough as compared to other SUVs in this price range. 

2021 Genesis GV80 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The base 2.5T trim of the Genesis GV80 is powered by a 2.5L 4 cylinder motor. With its massive 5,800 RPM, the engine delivers 300 horses to the rear wheels. Decent torque output of 311lb-ft can be achieved at just 1,650 RPM that boosts both acceleration and towing capacity of the GV80. The optional AWD system adds off-road capabilities to the SUV.

The 3.5T trim gets a much better power output with its 3.5L V-6 engine. You get 375hp of maximum power and revs similar to the 4 cylinder engine. The V-6 outputs 391 lb-ft of torque at a mere 1,300 RPM. Both the engines are mated to an ultra-fast 8-Speed automatic transmission that delivers seamless shifting with the steering-mounted paddle shifters.

2021 Genesis GV80 SUV Engine Bay

The AWD system is standard with the 3.5T trim. It is paired with a limited-slip differential that adjusts power between the left and right rear wheels to provide proper grip and traction on the off-roads. With the intelligent driving mode, you have up to five driving modes that adjust the throttle, suspension, and transmission according to the mode chosen.

With the base 4 cylinder, the GV80 can reach 0-60 MPH in just 6.4 seconds where the quarter-mile takes 14.6 seconds. The more athletic V-6 engine is capable of doing the same 0-60 MPH run in just 5.5 seconds with a quarter-mile timing of 13.9 seconds. A fully loaded Genesis GV80 is capable of towing up to 6,000lbs of impressive trailer weight.

Models

Genesis GV80

Lincoln Nautilus

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

BMW X5

MSRP

$48,900

$42,500

$54,750

$59,400

Engine 

2.5L I-4 Premium

2.0L I-4 Premium

2.0L I-4 Premium

3.0L I-6 Premium

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic w/od

8-Speed automatic w/od

9-Speed automatic w/od

8-Speed automatic w/od

Power (hp @RPM)

300hp @5,800RPM

250hp @5,500RM

255hp @5,800RPM

335hp @5,500RPM

Torque (lb-ft @RPM)

311lb-ft @1,650RPM

280lb-ft @3,000RPM

273lb-ft @1,800RPM

330lb-ft @3,000RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.4 

6.8

7.1

5.3 

Quarter-mile (seconds)

14.6

15.2

14.9

13.7

Top Speed (MPH)

143 MPH

NA

130 MPH

151 MPH

The Genesis GV80 is the best-valued luxury SUV in its segment with its less than $50K price tag. Rivals like Lincoln Nautilus and the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 offer similar 4 cylinder engines but less power output. On the other hand, the performance-oriented rival, the BMW X5 offers better power output with its 6 cylinder engine but costs almost $10,000 more than GV80.

When equipped with the V-6 engine, the GV80 3.5T is the most powerful SUV of the lot. In terms of performance figures, the BMW X5 is the fastest SUV. However, the 3.5T gives a tough competition to the X5. The base GV80 is the fastest among the 4 cylinder rivals. With its 14.6 second quarter-mile run, it can do a top speed of 143 MPH, still behind the BMW X5.

How well does the 2021 Genesis GV80 handle?

For a midsize SUV, the GV80 handles well as it shares its underpinnings with its G80 sedan sibling. The front and rear independent multi-link suspension are accompanied by gas-pressurized shocks to keep the ride stable and comfortable both at the same time. The adaptive dampers are paired with a road preview function that prepares the SUV for the road ahead.

The variable gear ratio power steering helps you to keep the vehicle under control at different speeds. The wheel size matters a lot as with the 19 and 20-inch wheels, the GV80 has a nimble ride behavior with decent cornering and lower pothole impact. However with the 22-inch wheels, the ride quality gets slightly bumpy but with the adaptive suspension, it ain't that bad.

Braking Performance

To keep the massive SUV right on track at high speeds, the Genesis GV80 has 4 wheels ventilated ABS brakes. The brake assistance works with forward collision avoidance assist to detect obstacles on the road via cameras and sensors. 

2021 Genesis GV80 SUV Brakes

At the front, you have 14.2-inch brake rotors. Likewise, we have 14.2-inch rotors at the back. The massive brakes ensure proper braking at the time of need. The 4,707lbs weighing GV80 can come to a standstill from 60 MPH in just 117 feet of distance.

Models

Genesis GV80

Lincoln Nautilus

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

BMW X5

Brake rotors: Front (inches)

14.2

NA

13.0

14.2

Brake rotors: Rear (inches)

14.2

NA

13.0

13.5

Curb weight (lbs)

4,707

4,142

4,608

4,828

60-0 (Feet)

117 

NA

119

117

As compared with the rivals, the Genesis GV80 isn't that hefty as it seems. The bulky BMW X5 is the heaviest SUV whereas the GLE 350 takes the third spot. The Lincoln Nautilus barely crossed 4,000lbs. In terms of braking performance, the GV80 evens it out with the X5 with the biggest brakes in its class.

2021 Genesis GV80 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Despite their power output, the 4 cylinder engines deliver satisfactory mileage. With the premium fuel, the 2.5L I-4 of the GV80 base offers 21 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and 23 MPG of combined economy. The sleek powertrain and lower RPM torque ensure that the SUV fetches 527.5 highway miles in a full tank.

With the 3.5T trim, the fuel management of the V-6 isn't great. You get 18 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway, and 20 MPG of combined range. Yet with the massive 21.1-gallon tank, you have a maximum highway range of 485.5 miles. As the weight varies between 2.5T and 3.5T trim, it also affects the SUV's mileage.

Models

Genesis GV80

Lincoln Nautilus

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

BMW X5

MPG (City)

21

21

19

21

MPG (Highway)

25

26

26

26

MPG (Combined)

23

23

22

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

18.4

22.5

21.9

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) in miles

443.1/527.5/ 485.3

386.4/478.4/ 423.3

427.5/585/495

459.9/569.4/ 503.7

All the rivals of the Genesis GV80 offer similar fuel mileage. Only the Mercedes GLE 350 has lower city MPG ratings. Also, the GV80 has 25 MPG on the highway where the rivals have 26 MPG. In terms of mile range, all the SUVs have decent mileage with their massive tank sizes. The X5 takes over the GV80 to deliver best-in-class mileage.

2021 Genesis GV80 Interior

8.0/10

The center of attraction in the Genesis GV80 is its luxurious cabin. Finished in dual tone colors, the spacious cabin has 108.7 cubic feet of passenger volume which is a decent space for 5 people. The cabin is mostly wrapped in leather upholstery with metal-look accents. It looks plush with the optional genuine wood trim.

The elegant dashboard of the GV80 is wrapped in leather as well. A massive infotainment system is placed at the exact center. The center console has a touchscreen HVAC, gear shift knob, and mode selector. The clean dash layout has full-length air vents on the right side. The unique 2 spoke leather steering blends in with the gauge cluster's design.

2021 Genesis GV80 SUV Front Seats

Available ventilated bucket seats at the front offer up to 12-way power adjustments with power bolster support, 4-way lumbar support, and heating function. At the rear, there's a 40-20-40 split-bench seat with a pass-thru armrest and foldable seatback. There's an optional third-row seat with the top trim. Moreover, you can avail a ton of optional comfort.

The cabin is equipped with lots of convenience features such as tri-zone automatic temperature control, steering assist cruise control, a voice-activated navigation system, 2 driver-seat memory settings, and 4 USB ports at different places inside the cabin. A dual-pane panoramic sunroof and the heated steering wheel are optional.

Models

Genesis GV80

Lincoln Nautilus

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

BMW X5

Seating capacity

5

5

5-7

5-7

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

40.2/60.2/41.6

38.9/59.9/42.8

40.5/59.5/40.3

40.8/60.0/39.8

Second row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

38.4/58.2/38.7

39.2/59.0/39.6

39.6/58.40.9

38.7/58.1/37.4

Trunk Capacity (Cubic feet)

33.9

37.2

33.3

33.9

On the base trim, the seating capacity is limited to 5 passengers. The front row seats on the GV80 have proper space for comfortable driving with an upright seating position, amazing road visibility, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. The second-row seating on the GV80 is spacious as well as practical. 

The top-end 3.5T advanced plus trim offers a third-row bench seat. However, the cramped seat isn't that spacious and it won't seat the adults properly. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is the closest one to offer similar comfort as the Genesis GV80. Both Nautilus and X5 settle with their limited space and above-average comfort.

Behind the second-row seat of the GV80, you have a cargo capacity of 33.9 cubic feet. The practical cabin space provides up to 84.0 cubic feet of cargo room with the foldable second-row seat. This cargo capacity is much better than the rivals. Even the spacious cabin of the GLE 350 is small and seems small in front of the GV80.

Highlight Interior features of the 2021 Genesis GV80:

  • Dual-tone leather upholstery
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Unique two-spoke steering wheel
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Tri-zone automatic air-conditioning
  • Voice-activated navigation
  • Touchscreen HVAC
  • Tons of optional features

What's there to keep you entertained?

Genesis entertains in the best way possible. A floating 14.5-inch infotainment touchscreen sits like a throne at the center of the dash. Its placement makes it easily accessible for the driver and the passenger. You can activate the touchscreen with voice control or with your handwriting. The infotainment offers wide-angle visibility for your ease.

The infotainment comes alive with Genesis-connected services that include internet connectivity and a turn by turn navigation. More connectivity options include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. With an AM/FM radio, you have a three months SiriusXM AM/FM/HD subscription with a radio data system.

2021 Genesis GV80 SUV Infotainment Display

For your music, there's a 12 speaker setup as standard. To get the surround sound experience, there's a Lexicon premium music system with 21 speakers and a premium amplifier. For assistive driving, you can avail the 12.3-inch 3D digital cluster that displays gauges, safety systems, location of surrounding cars, and activates driver attention.

Highlight Infotainment features of the 2020 Genesis GV80- 

  • 14.5-inch infotainment display
  • Genesis connected services
  • Internet access
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD radio.
  • Lexicon premium speakers

2021 Genesis GV80 Exterior

8.1/10

When the Korean brand lifted curtains from the GV80, the whole segment went numb. The eye-popping design of the GV80 is no less than a 100,000 dollar SUV. With its attractive exterior design, the GV80 sits atop the Hyundai-Kia M3 platform. In terms of size, the GV80 is the biggest offering Genesis in its span of existence.

What makes the GV80 special is its classic design that is a middle ground between boxy and aerodynamic. The 2021 GV80 has a massive chrome-trimmed grille at the front with quad LED headlamps. There are quad-LED tail lamps as well with twin chrome tip exhausts at the rear. The design is detailed with premium chrome accents.

2021 Genesis GV80 SUV Side View

The luxury design of the GV80 becomes sport with aggressive front and rear bumpers and sporty side skirts with optional running boards. The receding roofline ends with a rear window spoiler. From the side, you can see how the headlamps, air ducts, and taillamps are aligned smartly with the design.

You have standard 19-inch wheels with the base 2.5T trim, 20-inch wheels with the 3.5T trim and massive 22-inch wheels with the top-of-the-line 3.5T advanced plus trim. The 5-spoke wheels vary with the trim level. Genesis has truly nailed the design in terms of styling, practicality, and uniqueness.

Models

Genesis GV80

Lincoln Nautilus

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

BMW X5

Curb weight (lbs)

4,707

4,142

4,608

4,828

Length (inches)

194.7

190.0

194.3

194.3

Width (inches)

77.8

76.1

76.7

78.9

Height (inches)

67.5

66.2

70.7

68.7

Ground clearance (inches)

8.1

7.9

7.1

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

116.3

112.2

117.9

117.1

The hefty X5 has gained a lot of weight over the years that even the GV80 seems lighter. Genesis went all out to make the GV80 the best-looking midsize luxury SUV. With its massive 194.7 inch length, it is the longest SUV in its segment. The is kept clean of unnecessary curves and body lines, hence the average width. 

To keep the center of gravity on the lower side, the GV80 isn't very tall. However, it does have an 8.1-inch ground clearance which comes in handy with the AWD system. The massive GV80 might be the longest, but it has a smaller wheelbase than the GLE 350 and the X5. With its design and stance, it can put German brands to shame.

Highlight Exterior features of the 2021 Genesis GV80:

  • Quad-LED headlamps
  • Massive chrome grille
  • Chrome exterior accents
  • Aerodynamic bumpers
  • Up to 22-inch alloy wheels
  • Simple and clear design

2021 Genesis GV80 Safety

9.9/10

Hyundai is innovating its cars with advanced safety and technology. The use of high-strength steel is common in high-end cars. Being a luxury vehicle brand, Genesis ensures proper safety inside the car. The same is the case with the GV80. For its advanced safety and structural integrity, it has been picked as the Top safety pick plus in its segment for the 2021 MY.

The standard safety features of the Genesis GV80 consist of 10 Advanced airbags, four-wheel ventilated ABS brakes, break-resistant glass, forward collision avoidance, driver attention warning, rear cross-traffic avoidance. The optional safety features include highway driver assist II with lane departure warning and lane-keep assist.

Standout safety features of the 2021 Genesis GV80:

  • Four wheels ventilated ABS brakes
  • Forward collision avoidance
  • Driver attention warning
  • Rear cross-traffic avoidance
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Break-resistant glass 

2021 Genesis GV80 Competition

8.9/10

Genesis GV80 vs Lincoln Nautilus- 

In terms of exterior styling and design, the Lincoln Nautilus is the closest contender to the GV80. It also offers decent value for money with its luxurious features and offerings.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus

However, the Nautilus fell back in the race when the powerful base engine on the GV80 kicks in Also, you get better options and packages with the GV80.

Genesis GV80 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE 350-

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is known for its comfortable ride, spacious cabin, and top-notch luxury features. The Genesis GV80 is a new entry in the midsize luxury SUV segment.

2021  Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

With its refined 4 cylinders, the GLE 350 feels underpowered in front of the GV80. Also, it cost a lot more than the base Genesis GV80.

Genesis GV80 vs BMW X5:

The BMW X5 is the toughest rival to the Genesis GV80. As the X5 is a sports-oriented luxury SUV, it offers a much powerful base engine.

2021  BMW X5

Still, the GV80 takes over when it comes to comfort, entertainment, and practicality. At the cost of an X5, Genesis offers the better valued 3.5T trim with more power and options.

2021 Genesis GV80 Final Verdict

Genesis has started a new era by stepping into the luxury SUV segment. As midsize SUVs have huge demand, it can turn out to be a huge success for the Korean brand. The GV80 is a live example of true value for money. Who knew that someday Hyundai will step up against the luxury brands from Europe.

The Genesis GV80 is being appreciated for its unique design, performance figures, lavish cabin, and luxury comfort features. Safety and technology go hand in hand with the 2021 GV80. No compromises have been made to set the bar as high as possible for the rivals. With the smart pricing strategy, Genesis is ready to roll.

The available trim levels offer countless standard and optional features. Getting a GV80 will be a whole new experience as it is unmatchable. Like every other car, the GV80 has minor setbacks, still, that won't harm its newly earned reputation. For a starting price of $48,900, the 2021 Genesis GV80 is worth every penny.

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