The all-new 2021 Genesis GV80 is making a big splash with its boundary-pushing performance, premium speed, and sleek modern style.
What is the 2021 Genesis GV80?
The GV80 is the first luxury SUV from Genesis, which has developed a reputation for putting a reasonable price on its world-class luxury sedans. Like those sedans, the GV80 gives you lots of luxury for your money.
What’s under the hood?
The Genesis GV80 offers two engine options, both of which are available to every trim model. The entry-level engine is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but don’t let its size fool you. This four-cylinder is ready for action, with 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque.
For an even quicker start, upgrade to the turbocharged 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine. Its 375 horses and 391 pound-feet of torque come in handy when you’re passing slow-moving traffic or zooming into a crowded highway.
Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, shoppers can choose between rear and all-wheel drive. GV80 models with the six-cylinder engine come standard with rear-wheel drive.
Which 2021 Genesis GV80 trim model should I buy?
Each of the GV80 trim levels — Standard, Advanced, and Prestige — adds a little more luxury at a slightly steeper price. The one that’s right for you will balance luxury features with a price tag that suits your desire to spend.
The trim models are grouped by engine and drivetrain. For example, 2.5T RWD models feature the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. Predictably, AWD models include all-wheel drive. Choose one of the 3.5T trim models for the 3.5-liter V6. (And remember that GV80 models with the V6 come standard with all-wheel drive.)
The entry-level 2.5T Standard RWD model rolls out the red carpet. Its standard features include faux leather upholstery, heated front seats, a navigation system, and the aforementioned 14.5-inch infotainment touch screen. This base model also keeps you connected with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Also standard are a number of helpful safety aids. For example, the forward collision mitigation system is there to both warn you of a potential crash and hit the brakes to help you avoid one. Lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are also standard.
The 2.5T Standard AWD model adds to the base lineup with a panoramic roof, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Its wireless smartphone charging pad is bound to come in handy, too.
The 2.5T Advanced RWD model adds to the Standard AWD features lineup with a Lexicon premium audio system.
The 2.5T Advanced AWD model has all of the above features, plus flashy 20-inch wheels and leather upholstery. Extra safety features, including an automated parking system and surround-view camera, help you keep the GV80 scratch-free.
Upgrade to the 2.5T Prestige RWD to add extra comfort with tri-zone climate control and upgraded 16-way power front seats. This model also treats backseat passengers to heated seats.
With the 2.5T Prestige AWD, you get 22-inch wheels and a head-up display. This model makes cruising more luxurious, with active noise cancellation and adaptive suspension.
Switch over to the 3.5T Standard, and you get the same features as the 2.5T Standard AWD, plus 20-inch wheels and adaptive suspension.
Move up to the 3.5T Advanced model for upgraded 16-way power front seats.
Next up is the 3.5T Advanced+, which adds to the 3.5T Advanced lineup with power-folding third-row seats.
Finally, there’s the top-of-the-line 3.5T Prestige. It adds to the 2.5T Prestige AWD lineup with quite a long list of luxury features. These include 22-inch wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, and microfiber suede headliner. There’s also a 12.3-inch 3D digital cluster, whose graphics actually appear to jump out at you.
How much will the 2021 Genesis GV80 cost?
Like other Genesis luxury cars, the GV80 puts a friendly price on high-end cruising. Its MSRP starts at $48,900 and ranges upwards of $65,550.