The upscale Genesis brand, known for selling luxury sedans with relative affordability, has expanded its vehicle lineup with a sharp and well-equipped SUV called the GV80. It’s a beautiful vehicle that has been thoughtfully and meticulously designed with cues from Korean architecture that emphasize a balance of “function and tranquility,” with just enough simplicity to avoid overcomplication. The 2021 GV80 has a confident fascia with a dominating grill, and its low center of gravity delivers better stability and increased headroom. It was formally revealed in early 2020 and is slated for an autumn release, when it will go head to head against premium SUVs from Europe, Japan, and the U.S.
The five- or seven-passenger 2021 Genesis GV80 offers something unique in the crossover/SUV market: affordable luxury. While Genesis began as a maker of upscale sedans with a streamlined stable of three models, the GV80 debuted in 2020 as a 2021 model after much anticipation. It’s made in 2.5T and 3.5T versions, with those names referring to the engine size: a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (300 hp and 311 lb.-ft. of torque) or a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (375 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque).
Regardless of which trim you choose, each powerplant is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5T has a standard rear-wheel drivetrain, with all-wheel drive is available; the 3.5T has standard AWD. Buyers can choose from several levels of equipment packages for each trim to equip their vehicle the way they prefer. The 2.5T offers Standard, Advanced, and Prestige, and the 3.5T offers Standard, Advanced, Advanced+, and Prestige.
The base 3.5T starts with the features from the AWD 2.5T Standard Package and adds 20-inch wheels and an adaptive suspension.
As with all Genesis vehicles, some valuable benefits will be included with each GV80. Each buyer or lessee will get three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, three years of Connected Services (for remote functions, safety services, and destination guidance), SiriusXM All Access, 24/7 roadside assistance, and Genesis Service Valet, which provides free remote diagnostic checks along with complimentary courtesy car delivery and return. These perks are in addition to the generous warranty coverage provided by Genesis, which is highlighted by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.