Genesis is beginning to expand their lineup of premium vehicles past sedans, and the 2021 GV80 is the first entry in their new crossover class. Despite its youth, the GV80 is attractive to shoppers because of its relatively inexpensive starting price, sophisticated slate of amenities, and masterful handling. The GV80 still competes with a number of top-notch crossovers, however, one of which is the 2021 Kia Telluride. Even though the two are both desirable in their own right, the GV80’s various attributes give it a serious leg up over Kia’s stalwart road warrior in a number of key areas.
Power and Performance
If power is a concern for you, then you’ll want to take a closer look at the GV80. Its standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 300 hp and 311 lb.-ft. of torque. The Telluride only offers a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 291 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Now, if you’re really into punchy output then the GV80’s available 3.5-liter V6 will more than suit your needs since it creates 375 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. Both model’s engines are joined to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is optional. The GV80 can also tow a bit more than the Telluride (6,000 lb. vs. 5,000 lb.)
Warranty and Maintenance
The GV80 and Telluride are both protected by similar warranties. These include a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Unlike the Telluride, though, the GV80 has complimentary maintenance for 3 years/36,000 miles. This covers routine services like oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.
Competitive Features, Safety and Technology
The GV80 is considered a luxury vehicle, so it’s interior is more upscale than the Telluride’s. Some of its standout features include an infotainment system with a 14.5-inch touchscreen, a 21-speaker Lexicon audio system, Digital Key (lets your smartphone take over as the vehicle’s key fob), tri-zone automatic climate control, a back-supporting Ergo Motion driver’s seat, and a 12.3-inch 3D digital gauge cluster. The Telluride certainly qualifies for some top-shelf features, but they’re not nearly as sophisticated as the GV80’s. For example, its largest touchscreen is only 10.25 in. and its top-end audio system only comes with 10 speakers. What’s more, the Telluride only receives dual-zone automatic climate control and doesn’t qualify for anything similar to Digital Key, a 3D gauge cluster, or an Ergo Motion driver’s seat.
The GV80 and Telluride are two incredibly safe vehicles. For most drivers, this will be a top concern when choosing their next model, and the GV80 is arguably one of the safest available. Both receive the most common active driver aids, like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert; however, only the GV80 offers remote smart park assist, which is capable of parking the vehicle autonomously even when you aren’t inside. The Telluride is not eligible for remote smart park assist.