2021 Genesis GV80 First Test Review: Cool, Not Hot

2021 Genesis GV80 First Test Review: Cool, Not Hot

The SUV market has been hot for most of a decade, so plenty of confused cat emojis ensued as Genesis pushed its fledgling brand by launching a trio of sedans. Is there no SUV, guys?

Well the wait is over. The Korean luxury brand, a high-end subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co., has finally brought a crossover to the market. While the 2021 Genesis GV80 has all the touches you would expect from a luxury brand vehicle and will likely serve many high-end families well with its lavish interior, it can leave those looking for a feeling of enthusiasm behind the wheel or proper luxury vehicle driving.

On paper, the GV80 seems ready for action. Like most mid-size luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5, Mercedes GLE-Class and Lincoln Nautilus, the GV80 offers a choice of two powertrains: a 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder delivering 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft. or a 375- HP, 383 lb-ft twin-turbo V6. Both engines mate with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Is the 2021 Genesis GV80 fast?

Both engines provide adequate thrust. The four-banger zips to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, while the quarter mile comes in 14.9 seconds at 94.3 mph. The V-6 hits 60 mph in six seconds flat, with the quarterfinal arriving in 14.4 seconds at 98.8 mph.

That doesn’t seem like much of a difference, and with a starting price differential of around $ 10,000 between a base turbo-four and the entry-level V-6, you might think of saving a few bucks if a half a second is not. a deal-breaker. You’ll also save a few dollars at the pump. According to EPA figures, the four-cylinder threads 21/25/22 mpg city / highway / combined, while the twin-turbo-six gets you 18/23/20 mpg. That said, feature editor Christian Seabaugh noted, “This 2.5-liter engine doesn’t produce a lot of low-end power, and it gets coarse and grainy in its power band.”

In contrast, the all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4Matic is about a second slower at 60 mph and over a quarter mile, and the GLE 450 4Matic is a shade faster. The same kind of differentiated results apply to the entry-level and high-end grades of the Lincoln Nautilus.

But the raw acceleration numbers don’t tell the whole story. Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh said: “There is a bit of lag in the throttle tilt and downshifts. The 3.5 sounds great and definitely stands up, but the powertrain response is delayed and makes the whole package feel a bit disjointed and not as tight as it could be.

When it comes to handling, the four-cylinder GV80 can haul 0.79g on the skidpad and cross our figure eight in 27.4 seconds at 0.63g, while the six-cylinder GV80 carried 0.82g on the skidpad and needed 26.9 seconds at 0.65g in figure eight.

Again, compared to the Mercedes, the base GLE 350 was slower around the figure eight at 28.2 seconds, and the GLE 450 4Matic was also a bit slower, although its total average figure was 0.69. vector g on the course is impressive.

Braking from 60 mph was 117 feet for the entry GV80, and the top-of-the-line V-6 reduced the count by five feet – impressive considering it weighs 270 pounds more. In this case, the Genesis crushes the Mercedes: the GLE 350 takes 130 feet and the GLE 450 takes 115 feet to stop. The two Nautiluses needed 117 feet to stop.

How does the 2021 Genesis GV80 ride and behave?

But again, it’s not so much the numbers you get from Genesis, but how it provides them.

In our SUV of the Year tests, the judges commented on the lack of steering response and the difficulty in matching the turns and precision of European SUVs.


“There is no feeling, and thanks to the very quiet luxury-oriented tires, no grip,” Seabaugh said. “On a winding road, the driver works overtime just to keep the GV80 centered on the lane. I’m not asking for a sporty driving experience because Genesis, like Lincoln, avoided that as a brand value. But the GV80 should still give you confidence when driving on a narrow, winding road. “

Perhaps a bigger problem is the rough ride of the GV80 over unexpected bumps and jolts.

“Even in Comfort mode, it rolls like the Sport mode of other cars,” said publisher Scott Evans. “I don’t know why it’s so stiff and cushioned. The body is just constantly in motion. You are constantly being pushed around by all possible imperfections in the road. You can be athletic and still ride well. “

What does the interior of the 2021 Genesis GV80 look like?

If you can look past these issues and settle into the cabin, the GV80 rewards you handsomely. From the diamond-stitched seats (with a ridiculous number of adjustments, including posture changes) to crisp Lexicon stereo, from the three-dimensional dashboard to the “sounds of nature” chillout feature, the Genesis delivers a luxury experience.

“The interior of the GV80 shows that Genesis is seriously a luxury automaker,” said features editor Jonny Lieberman.

But to channel Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for a moment, “God is in the details,” and here Genesis has some more to learn.

After complaints that the infotainment display and user interface of its first-generation sedans looked too much like a simple Hyundai, the Genesis system swung wildly the other way around. A recessed, beveled scroll wheel controls all functions, and the icon displays and interaction convey a distinct Mercedes MBUX vibe – and not necessarily in a good way.

“It’s hard to use, hard to get used to, and its screen saver turns on after a few seconds of trying to use the infotainment”, MotorTrend in Españolsaid Miguel Cortina. “Everything seems to be buried in the menus.”

Overall, however, “The interior is a knockout,” Loh said. “The exterior is crisp, perfectly tailored, and the whole thing is quite convincing. The car is very pleasant to be inside and outside. It’s calm and pleasant to cruise out of your brain. I would be very worried if I was Lexus, Acura or Infiniti. “

CHARACTERISTICS2021 Genesis GV80 AWD2021 Genesis GV80 3,5T AWD
STARTING PRICE$ 55,675$ 60,175
PRICE TESTED$ 56,075$ 72,375
VEHICLE LAYOUTFront-engine 4-door SUV, all-wheel drive, 5 passengersFront-engine 4-door SUV, all-wheel drive, 5 passengers
ENGINE2.5L / 300 hp / 311 lb-ft DOHC 16-valve inline turbo engine375 hp / 383 lb-ft / 3.5L twin-turbo V6 DOHC 24-valve
TRANSMISSION8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
WEIGHT ON BOARD (F / R DIST)4710 lbs (51/49%)4980 lbs (52/48%)
WHEELBASE116.3 in116.3 in
Length x Width x Height195.0 x 77.8 x 67.5 inches194.7 x 77.8 x 67.5 inches
0 to 60 mph6.4 seconds6.0 seconds
QUARTER MILE14.9 s at 150 km / h14.4 s at 160 km / h
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH117 ft112 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION0.79 g (average)0.82g (average)
MT FIGURE EIGHT27.4 s at 0.63 g (average)26.9 s at 0.65 g (average)
EPA CITY / HWY / COMB FUEL ECON21/25/22 mpg18/23/20 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / ROAD160/135 kW-h / 100 miles187/147 kW-h / 100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB0.86 lbs / mile0.97 lbs / mile

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