Genesis has been on an absolute roll in recent years and the 2021 GV80 could very well be the vehicle the South Korean automaker needs to establish itself as a serious rival to Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW.
Tested here in 3.5T AWD Prestige form, the GV80’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 is good for 375 hp and 391 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque. In the U.S., the 3.5T AWD Prestige sits at the top of the range and starts at $70,950. Other variants include the AWD Standard, AWD Advanced and AWD Advanced+, with prices starting at $59,150 for the entry-level AWD Standard.
The reviewers are immediately impressed with the technology of the GV80, as it includes features like a 3D digital instrument cluster and a widescreen infotainment display sitting atop the dashboard. This screen is touch-sensitive and can also be controlled with a rotary wheel in the center console.
Another standout feature of the GV80 is the Highway Driving Assist II system that both reviewers think is a better lane-keeping assist system than those offered by Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. It also has a driver monitoring system, unlike current Tesla models. All told, the reviewers are very impressed with the interior.
As for the driving experience, it seems to be equally as impressive as the cabin. The SUV includes a noise cancellation system that means the cabin is almost silent when you’re cruising, while the GV80 also handles very well and has surprisingly little body roll.