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The 2021 Genesis GV80 is the premium luxury brand’s first mid-size sport-utility. Available with 5- or 7-passenger capacity, the new GV80 showcases the brand’s distinctive look. Starting with big pentagonal shield grille, the GV80 sports all-LED exterior lighting and the striking horizontal slit headlights that wrap around the corners and complement the distinctive turn signals and marker lights. It is a remarkably attractive, most definitely un-boxy shape. The midsize GV80’s lineup includes 4-cylinder turbo 2.5T models with rear- or optional all-wheel drive in base, midlevel Advanced and the range-topping Prestige trim with the twin-turbo V6 3.5T engine as tested. All models arrive with all-wheel drive for Canada.
The Genesis Gv80s interior is awesome, on par and beyond a Lexus OR Audi and less severe than a Mercedes or BMW. A twin-pane panoramic sunroof promotes an airy light filled cabin. Power operated soft close doors on the top Prestige 3.5T trim invite you into a fabulous looking premium interior with raided stitched faux leather draped on the dash and door trim. Materials are top-notch. The 2.5T Prestige adds beautifully luxurious Nappa quilted leather seats with a massage feature up front memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, adjustable ambient lighting, aluminum trim and heated leather-wrapped power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters. Exquisite matte wood, knurled metal dials, and knob details all add to the ambience
The 3.5T models are powered by a willing 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with output rated at 375 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. The 8-speed automatic transmission is controlled by a rotary dial gear selector on the console. A pair of steering-wheel paddle shifters enables manual shift control for sporty driving. And marginally better response
On 3.5T Prestige trim, there is a segment-first 12.3-inch 3D instrument panel, and situated atop the dashboard, is a super bright 14.5-inch high-definition touchscreen comes with embedded, voice-activated navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto cellphone mirroring. A Digital Key which allows the owner and designated friends and family to lock and unlock doors and perform other functions using a cellphone is another stand out feature
The primary infotainment system controller for the infotainment system is a cool, console-mounted knurled rotary knob that you swipe, toggle or rotate. At the center of the infotainment controller is a small touchpad that includes a hand-writing recognition. Looks great! Upgrading to Advanced or Prestige trim gains an audiophile quality 1,050-watt 21-speaker Lexicon Quantum Logic surround-sound system
Advanced driver-assistive and safety technology are all standard fare in 2021 Genesis GV80. The Spec includes: front and rear park distance warning, driver attention warning, adaptive cruise control with full stop and go capability as well as AI learning, forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist coverage, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, rear safe-exit assist and semi-autonomous (Hands On)) Highway Driving Assist.
The Prestige trim add a 360-degree surround-view monitor that replaces the standard back-up camera, a blind-spot view monitor (In the driver’s gauge panel), remote smart parking assist and rear parking collision avoidance assist. The blind-spot view monitor displays an image down the left or right side of the GV80 in a double duty instrument gauge when the turn signal lever is activated.
All -round space is good up front and the second-row seats that split 40/20/40 for cargo versatility. There’s a fold-down rear center armrest with cup holders and rear climate controls. The outboard rear seats in all Advanced AWD models as well as Prestige trim are heated.
The V6-powered GV89 model comes standard with driver-adjustable adaptive dampers. These have a Road Preview function which reads the road ahead and can firm up for sporty driving or adjust for rough
Driving Impressions are very good. The engine is very powerful and provide lot of torque off the line. I love that urgent exhaust note! Multiple drive modes which when used offers slightly tightened handling and more steering feel. The GV80 is equipped with electric-boosted variable-ratio steering that’s precise, well-weighted and quick to respond. The electronically controlled suspension provide agile responses and a balanced ride and handling. Performance drivers can also choose from a variety of drive modes according to their personal preference or driving situation. The brakes are strong and have nice modulation. The V6 takes premium-grade gas and Genesis quote fuel economy figures of: 12.9 L/100 km in the city, 10.4 on the highway, and 11.8 combined
The well-equipped Genesis GV80 undercuts competing premium mid-size SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7 and BMW X5 by bog margins when comparison shopping. Let’s not forget that work of an art GV80 cabin. This Genesis gets my vote for best value. Highly recommended.
2021 Genesis GV80; Priced from 3.5T Prestige ($85,000),
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