Genesis GV80 information and reviews
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Car and Driver came away extremely impresed with the GV80, awarding it an Editors' Choice award. When you read all of the positive reviews of the GV80 on this page that may not surprise you. What may surprise you, however, is the fact that they also call it best in class - that class consisting of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5 & X6, Audi RS Q8, and Volvo XC90, How could Genesis' first attempt at a crossover possibly have beaten these stalwarts? Read the article and find out.
Here, in this GV80 drive, Car and Driver gets a little more into the how and why of the design of the GV80. Their comments all very positive, save for the fact that the 3rd row option is a kids-only place to be.
After reading these articles from Car and Driver, you can see why they named the GV80 among their 10 Best list for 2021.
I don't even know how to introduce or comment on this article from Road & Track. While this is an article about the GV80, it is also about Genesis in general. Click here to read why they say "Every decade or so, an automaker assembles a team so brilliant and motivated that everything they touch becomes magic. Right now, that team works for Genesis." The author does a great job describing why the GV80 is a truly special car.
JD Power has a study that they call the APEAL study. It stands for Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout and is meant to measure "owners' emotional attachment and level of excitement with their new vehicle". The GV80 placed second in its class, ahead of Upper Midsize Premium SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne, competition from Mercedes and Audi, and others. A remarkable feat for its second year in existence.
Kelly Blue Book reviews the GV80 and loved it! They are impressed by how opulent the cabin is, the distinct styling, how easy the voluminous technology is to use, the refined ride character, and generous power from either engine.
AutoGuide sums up its review of the GV80 with "Genesis has knocked it out of the park..." They point out that it isn't perfect (no car is): it could be sportier (though they mention that ride comfort and quietness is outstanding), and it has a tight third row when so equipped. Things they love? It has a beautiful exterior more than matched by a stunning interior design, with beautiful leather color options. The drivetrains are smooth and it has a class-leading array of technology which is easy to use after a short learning curve.
In this review I think Cars.com took a more consumer-oriented view of the GV80. They point out that it has a comfortable yet planted ride but spent more time on amenities, which trim levels offer the best mix of value and amenities, and how the tech is easy to use and the interior a comfortable place to be. If you are considering getting one of these, and you are less about the handling and performance of a vehicle, then this review may be a great one for you to read.
Car and Driver isn't the only one that feel that the GV80 is tops in its class. Kelley Blue Book also feels that way (well, actually tied with the Genesis GV70 for Best Luxury Midsize SUV 2022). While they break down the midsize luxury SUV segment into 3 subsegments, the GV80 outscores them all. Competition includes the Mercedes GLE, BMW X5, Audi Q7/Q8, Porsche Cayenne, Maserati, Range Rover, and more. High marks are given for being on the leading edge of safety and technology, and they praise its athletic and powerful driving characteristics.
So I hate that I feel like I have to introduce the Savage Geese reviews with "listen carefully" and "they tend to focus on the negatives", but just be aware. In the video they even admit that they were having a hard time finding fault with the GV80. Their biggest downside, they claim, would be the dealer experience. Understand that one of them had a bad experience at a Genesis dealership. As for the GV80, they really like it, and they list several ways in which the GV80 is better than its Japanese and German competitors. They refer a few times to the interior isolation, claiming it is better than an X5. (Plus they love the Lexicon audio, calling it better than most anything the competition offers.) Their very few minor nits to pick with the ride they even admitted that few people would ever notice.
Already named to the Car and Driver 10 Best list, they had a chance to do instrumented testing for the 2.5T 4-cylinder turbo version of the GV80. The particular one they tested was the top-level Prestige but they do mention a few things about the other trim levels as well (like tire and wheel size, since this article is about performance). Much to their surprise, the 2.5T GV80 outruns the V6 Mercedes GLE350 0-60 and the quarter mile, and ties the V6 Volvo XC90 T6. They were also "shocked" that the GV80 has a "way closer" tp 50/50 weight distribution (for handling) than the BMW 4-series coupe. See all the comments here.
Car and Driver specifically tests and reviews the 3.5T Advanced+ in this article. They have a chart near the bottom of the page that shows where the GV80 3.5T comes in when comparing the numbers to its competition (like cargo space, towing capacity, acceleration, braking, etc. Especially of note here is how this article once again compares the GV80 in style to the Bentley, and claims that the comparison still holds up after scrutiny - no, it doesn't have some of the performance numbers, but the GV80 was clearly going after comfort and not sport. Another comparison is how they mention that the opulence in interior and quietness and ride comfort is similar to that of the G80 speaks highly of the GV80.
AutoGuide reviewed the 3.5T Prestige and called it a "game changer in the luxury segment...the midsize SUV equivalnt of the original Lexus LS." They site the beautiful interior and exterior design, the calm of the "beauty of white space" interior, and a phenomenal infotainment system that works quickly and easily and offers nicely detailed graphics. Every surface is pleasing to the touch and a very comforable driver's seat with seven air bladders that can gently inflate and deflate to reduce fatigue. The drive quick, graceful, calmly comfortable. The fact that it is also a value is almost an afterthought.