With a bold and elegant design, the recently launched GV80 is the flagship SUV for Genesis, offering a lot of luxury and features at a competitive price. While there are no major changes for the 2022 model, the GV80 remains one of the best luxury SUVs from an interior and comfort standpoint. While the bold and elegant exterior design will attract a lot of attention, the best feature of the GV80 is its interior. From real wood trims and plush leather seats to a massive 14.5-inch infotainment system, the GV80 offers everything you can think of in a modern luxury SUV and more. Its focus on luxury and comfort compromises performance to a certain extent, especially with the base 2.5 engine. Fortunately, the bigger 3.5 V-6 solves most of these issues and is paired to an equally potent transmission, offering enjoyable performance. Ride quality is also impressive for the segment.
The usual rivals in the three-row luxury SUV segment include the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and the Volvo XC90. Unlike some of its rivals, the 2022 Genesis GV80 is limited to just two rows in the lower trim levels, which might put off some buyers. However, its excellent pricing which starts at just over $50,000 will reel them back in, making the GV80 one of the most affordable luxury SUVs on the market. Even the range-topping 3.5T Prestige model is worth the extra when you consider the extra features on offer and the upgraded powertrain.
2022 Genesis GV80 Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort
Step inside the cabin and you'll be surprised by the quality and features on offer. Combining wood trims, quilted leather, and glossy plastic, the GV80 punches above its weight in terms of build quality and design. Being their flagship SUV, the GV80 gets all the modern features like other models in the line-up. However, the third row is only available with the 3.5T Advanced+ trim levels, while the base models get the standard two-row configuration. Features like configurable ambient lighting and aluminum accents give the cabin a modern look and feel.
The dashboard design follows a similar approach to the rest of the lineup with a simple and modern design. The layered dashboard is covered with soft-touch plastics, leather, and wood trims, while the center console looks unique with glossy black trims. The familiar two-spoke steering wheel might look polarising but it's easy to use and gets several controls for easy access. The centerpiece of the whole dashboard and interior continues to be the 14.5-inch touchscreen display that looks like it's floating above the surface. The climate vents are also neatly hidden behind a vent that runs across the dashboard.
Taking a minimalist approach, the GV80 only gets a few knobs around the gear lever and a climate control interface that's almost hidden from view. Genesis has also gone the extra mile with an illuminated glass dual for the infotainment system that looks spectacular at night. While the infotainment system is placed far away from the driver for touch inputs, the center knob can easily access all the functions without much effort.
Like all mid-size SUVs, the front passengers get plenty of space with plush seats that offer good support and bolstering. Legroom and headroom are generous and you won't mind spending long hours on the saddle. Adding to the comfort levels are the standard 12-way power-adjustable seats with heating. Regardless of your size or shape, the seats are supportive and offer a good range of adjustments. The ergonomics are also impressive and the high seating position offers plenty of visibility. Higher trims get even better front seats with 16-way adjustability and also add seat ventilation.
The rear seats are just as spacious as the front with enough space to seat three adults. The cushioning is impressive and there are separate headrests and seat belts for all three passengers. A foldable center armrest is also included with cupholders. Higher trim levels get manual rear sunshades and seat heating.
However, the same can't be said of the third-row seats which feel like an afterthought. Even if you squeeze your way to the back, going for longer journeys will feel uncomfortable and cramped. The third row can seat two children in comfort. Fortunately, folding them is easier with the press of a button, and since the third row is limited to the 3.5T Advance+ trim, it will only make up a fraction of overall sales.
Both the front and rear passengers can relax with a center armrest that also gets integrated cupholders. Dual-zone automatic climate control is included right from the base trim, while the higher trims get a tri-zone unit with separate temperature controls for the rear passengers. A panoramic sunroof is also included with the standard AWD and higher trims along with configurable ambient lighting.
2022 Genesis GV80
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Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)
First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Surprisingly, the Genesis GV80 manages to carve out more interior space than even the Audi Q7, which is no small feat. Both the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90 also offer less space in all three rows, although the XC90 does come close if we compare rear-seat space. Genesis has also managed to match its rivals in terms of build quality and features, making the GV80 feel a lot more expensive than it is.
2022 Genesis GV80 Infotainment
As expected from one of the most recent entrants into the segment, the Genesis GV80 gets a large 14.5-inch infotainment screen that almost floats above the minimalist dashboard. Because of its distant placement, the system is controlled through an attractive glass dial in the center. The screen is also touch-sensitive if you want to go that route. The interface is fluid and smooth, befitting a modern SUV, and works surprisingly well without getting complicated.
Features like built-in navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, HD radio, a 12-speaker audio system, and an array of connected car features are included as standard. Higher trims also get a premium 21-speaker audio system which is among the best in class, a head-up display, and a 12.3-inch 3D digital cluster.
Key infotainment features
14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display
12-speaker audio system
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
12.3-inch configurable 3D digital gauge cluster and head-up display
21-speaker Lexicon premium audio system
2022 Genesis GV80 Cargo Capacity
Depending on the trim, the GV80 is a two-row SUV in the lower trim levels, offering up 34.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row. However, the 3.5T model with three rows only gets 11.6 cubic feet.
Folding both rows will liberate up to 84 cubic feet of storage, a feat made easier by power-folding third-row seats and a power liftgate. The trunk opens wide with a low loading floor for easier access.
2022 Genesis GV80
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Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)
With clever engineering and space management, the Genesis GV80 manages to carve out significantly more space than its rivals, offering up more than 80 cubic feet with all the rows down, a far cry from the 69.6 and 65.5 cubic feet offered by the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. The GV80 also trumps the BMW X5 as the most practical luxury SUV in its class. However, if you plan on carrying a full load of passengers, the storage behind the third row is adequate at best on the GV80.
Additional Interior Storage Spaces
Being a family SUV, the GV80 gets a practical and well-designed interior filled with storage areas and clever cubby holes. The center console storage runs deep and the small storage area near the gear lever neatly hides away a pair of cupholders. The glovebox is also large and accommodating. All four doors get integrated bottle holders and small map pockets, although accessing them is trickier than usual because of the armrest placement. The rear passengers also get a foldable center armrest with cupholders.
2022 Genesis GV80 Creature Comforts
The 2022 Genesis GV80 lives up to its luxury tag with a long and extensive list of creature comforts including leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustability, manual rear seat sunshades, a panoramic roof, wireless device charging, three-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free liftgate, adjustable ambient lighting, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a lot more. Higher trims also get soft-close doors, power-adjustable second-row seats with ventilation, active noise cancellation, and even a digital key system that lets your phone double-up as the key.
Genesis has done their homework with the GV80, offering one of the best interiors in the segment. It can easily stand up to segment leaders like the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, which is impressive in itself. However, the cherry on top is still the affordable pricing. From the quality of materials to the interior design filled with wood, leather, and soft-touch plastics, the 2022 Genesis GV80 is certainly one of the best choices in the three-row luxury SUV segment even if the three-row configuration is limited to just a single trim level.