GV80

Genesis GV80 information and reviews

Here is the official Genesis webpage for the GV80.

The GV80 earned a Top Safety Pick+, their highest rating, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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 to 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.

MotorTrend points out that the interior of the new GV80 is absolutely beautiful. They point out that it is appreciably different than the competition yet retains an upscale appearance.

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 article The Car Connection states it well explaining how the styling of the GV80 makes it look like an SUV costing six figures. They say it isn't just the exterior styling, but the interior is best in class beautiful. Add to the beauty a car that rides in quiet comfort and they have the GV80 rated very highly.

In fact, The Car Connection liked it so much that they named it their Best Luxury Car to Buy 2021.

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.

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.

©2021 Tim Bergey

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