2021 Genesis GV80 Review- Trims, Price, Features, Performance, MPG And Rivals

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Content Writer August 11, 2020 at 09:55 AM
The 2021 Genesis GV80 is a brand-new vehicle and the first SUV from Hyundai’s luxury brand. Like the Genesis sedan lineup, GV80 brings a lot of features for affordable pricing, starting from $48,900. With standard seating for 5, Genesis GV80 can be equipped with an optional third row for seating seven. Slated to release in the fall of 2020, the brand-new 2021 GV80 comes with an option of 2.5L turbocharged and a 3.5L twin-turbocharged unit to power it through.

2021 Genesis GV80 Highlights:

The premium SUV game from Genesis has just begun with the 2021 GV80 taming the Germans and Japanese alike. Genesis's first crossover SUV gets a standard turbocharged four-cylinder or a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine under the hood. A rear-wheel-drive is standard while an all-wheel-drive is optional. With its split headlights and extensive grille, the three-row GV80 SUV has a striking exterior presence, all the more reason for its exceptional reception among ardent buyers so far.

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With cutting-edge technology and class-leading warranty, Genesis presents the 2021 GV80 as a combination of luxury and value with a starting price of $48,900. It also deserves attention for its slew of interesting safety technologies. Some of these are entirely new, and others are relatively uncommon. This makes the GV80 a valiant rival to midsize luxury SUVs such as BMW X5, Acura MDX, and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

What's the price and warranty coverage of the 2021 Genesis GV80?

The 2021 Genesis GV80 has an MSRP starting at $48,900, plus a $1,025 destination fee. Moving up the trim ladder from the 2.5L turbocharged version to the 3.5L twin-turbocharged Advanced Plus version, increases the price as the GV80 with a standard four-cylinder engine and RWD setup tops-out at $54,650. If you are interested in an AWD GV80, it's price ranges from $59,150 to $65,050. Genesis also offers two package options, Prestige and an Advanced package which can be included with the car, for an added price. 

Conclusively, the new Genesis GV80 starts below most midsize luxury SUVs, and also in direct line with SUVs such as the Volvo XC90, Acura MDX, and even Lexus RX-350. Compared with the rivals, the 2021 GV80 has one of the most comprehensive warranty packages with its extensive powertrain coverage. The rivals such as BMW X5 offers a similar amount of complimentary maintenance but the likes of Acura MDX or Mercedes-GLE have no such policy.

Genesis GV80 warranty includes:

  •  The limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  •  Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
  •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles

What are the 2021 Genesis GV80’s trims and features?

The 2021 Genesis GV80 is available in three package options- Standard, Advanced, and Prestige. The GV80 trims offer the utmost flexibility with choice between two engines with either RWD or AWD configuration along with a 5- and 7-seat interior arrangement. Genesis equips the 2021 GV80 with a plethora of features that include a 14.5-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, and a power liftgate, making even the base model suitably luxurious. 

The GV80 lineup is separated into two domains or trims- 2.5T and 3.5T. The GV80's entry-level engine is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder, standard across the range. The rear-wheel-drive is standard while the all-wheel-drive may cost an extra $5,000. The all-wheel-drive is standard on all six-cylinder 3.5T GV80s.

The GV80 Standard is the base package and has generous features including full-LED exterior lighting, a load-leveling rear suspension, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a hands-free power liftgate, proximity key entry, push-button ignition, power-adjustable steering column, 12-way power front seats, and automatic high-beam control. The safety features include adaptive cruise control, self-steering lane-keep assist, collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring. 

Move up to the 2.5T Standard with AWD, and you also get a heated steering wheel, a wireless charger, front-seat ventilation, wood trim, and a panoramic sunroof. This justifies the huge price gap between the rear-drive 2.5T Standard and the all-wheel-drive version. 

GV80 Advanced package models get a 21-speaker Lexicon audio system, leather seating surfaces, 20-inch wheels, remote Smart Parking Assist, a 360-degree parking camera, and a blind-spot monitoring video. The 3.5T Advanced adds to that a head-up display, heated second-row seats, three-zone climate controls, and an Active Motion seat with power-adjustable thigh bolstering. There is a GV80 Advanced+ trim level that is available with the 3.5T engine, and for $700 it adds a third-row seat with power-folding functionality.

The top-of-the-line Prestige package includes features like leather seats, 20-inch wheels, remote Smart Parking Assist, 360-degree parking camera, and a video blind-spot monitor. It also grabs the 3.5T Advanced model's heated rear seats, a head-up display, and an Active Motion seat.

What's the Engine under the hood of the all-new 2021 Genesis GV80?

Riding on the same rear-wheel-drive platform (all-wheel drive is optional) as G80 and G90, Genesis offers two turbocharged engine choices for the 2021 GV80 — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V-6. The official power ratings for GV80's engine is still currently unavailable, but a similar four-pot in the 2021 Kia Optima GT makes 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft. The bigger 3.5L V6 engine will be better than the Genesis G80's 365-hp engine, as we expect the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 in the 2021 GV80 to produce an estimated output of 375 hp and nearly 400 lb-ft of torque. Both will be paired with an expected eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new Genesis GV80's RWD platform allows athletic driving dynamics, similar to the German rivals like the BMW X5. The GV80’s all-wheel-drive system includes an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential. The 2021 GV80's underpinnings include electronically controlled suspension, can be tuned via various drive modes from relaxed and efficient to agile and sporty. The system also includes three mode settings: sand, mud, and snow. Moreover, the rumored 5.0L V8 is not a viable option for it, as it may not cater to the latest efficiency and emission regulations.


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3.5L twin-turbo V6

3.0L Turbo Inline-6

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8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed shiftable Automatic

9-Speed shiftable Automatic


375 hp @ 5800 RPM

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

290 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque (Expected)

400 lb-ft @1650 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

Also, the forward-facing camera in GV80 combines with the responsive adaptive suspension to read the road surface ahead of the car and automatically adjusts to deliver a superb ride quality. Moreover, when equipped with the larger 3.5L V6 engine, it is by far the most powerful SUV of the segment, whereas even with a potent V6 engine, the Acura MDX fails to match up with the rest of the segment solely due to its not so good power figures.

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What are the safety features to expect in the GV80?

What sort of MPG figures does the 2021 Genesis GV80 deliver?

The new 2021 Genesis GV80’s fuel economy ratings are yet to be released by the EPA. However, as the 2021 GV80 shares most of its underpinnings with the latest 2021 G80, we expect the GV80 to deliver 18 MPG in the city, and somewhere around 28 miles to the gallon out on the highway, 1-MPG less than the G80, because it's on the heavier side of the spectrum. Genesis offers 21.1 gallons of a fuel tank capacity with GV80 SUV, which is good enough to help it traverse for far more longer distances between gas stations.


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MPG (City) 18 21 19
MPG (Highway) 28 26 26
MPG (Combined) 21 23 22
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons) 21.1 21.9 19.5
Range (City/Highway) (miles) N/A 460/569 371/507

The BMW X5 quite clearly takes its practicality nature also seriously apart from its sporty performance attitude. With a combined 23 MPG and a fuel tank capacity of 21.9 gallons, it stands out to be the best in terms of fuel-efficiency in its segment.

What are the interior features in the all-new 2021 Genesis GV80?

The GV80's interior is stylish and luxurious with emphasis on the luxury part, best exemplified by the thin air vents spanning the entire width of the dashboard, and up-scale materials used on the interiors. The mid-size SUV will be offered in a 5- and 7-seat configuration. A 14.5-inch split-screen infotainment display dominates the dashboard. Genesis interior design portrays minimalism and an upscale vibe - use of soft-touch materials even on the inside of door handles. Higher trims get Burled-wood trim, metal accents, and integrated ambient lighting.

The 2021 GV80's infotainment system comprises of a 14.5-inch touchscreen display located atop the dashboard. Hyundai Designers gave the GV80 minimum hard buttons and switches for both aesthetic and user-friendly purposes. The touchscreen is intuitive and responsive and includes advanced technology such as an augmented reality navigation system and the Genesis Integrated Controller. The latter is particularly futuristic and interesting as it has a handwriting recognition feature. Since the touchscreen is far from the driver reach, the center console has a click-wheel controller which provides an alternate for the driver to use the system. 


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Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)




Cargo Capacity (cu.ft) N.A 33.9 15.0

Genesis offers comfortable seats with adequate thigh support and massaging function. A standard second-row bench allows for up to five passengers while third-row seats will also be available. The technology inside 2021 GV80 is futuristic such as an Active noise-cancellation technology that is capable of monitoring real-time road noises and generating sound waves to counter them. In terms of outright cabin space too, the 2021 Genesis GV80 takes the podium.

How is the new Exterior design of the 2021 Genesis GV80?

Most critics compare Genesis GV80's looks with Bentayga, some highlight it's a mix of Lincoln Aviator and Infiniti QX60, as it is one of the few SUVs out there which are non-body-on-frame SUVs. Though, GV80's design has some of the most striking elements. The Genesis SUV, in photos, looks handsome SUV with lines that disguise it as a much costlier affair as its competition. 

Presenting a new era of Genesis design, GV80 features a large grille just like on the new G90. With signature "Quad Lamp" headlights in the dual-bar style, mimicked by the taillights and side turn signal, the GV80 is a treat to eyes. The Korean automaker offers a 19-inch and 22-inch Wheel options that feature the same “G-Matrix” pattern as the exterior lighting elements.


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The Genesis GV80 is a midsize luxury SUV that is built on a rear-drive platform related to the G80 sedan. The GV80’s rounded fender forms and arched roofline which is distinctive from Hyundai’s and Kia’s SUVs. In the Korean market, where the 2021 GV80 is already on sale, the automaker offers a broad spectrum of exterior color options, although US Spec is not yet known.

What safety and driver-assistance features does the 2021 Genesis GV80 get?

The 2021 GV80 boasts an unmatched, full suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance features that include Genesis's Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, an adaptive cruise control system that uses artificial intelligence tech to produce a similar driving style. Semi-autonomous Highway Driving Assist II is included along with turn-signal-activated lane changes. Moreover, Genesis takes that one step further into the autonomous world with the new Rear Smart Parking Assist.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed the crash-test results for the all-new GV80, but with a wide range of safety tech included, we believe it to fare decently well in these tests.

Standard safety features in the 2021 Genesis GV80 include:

  • 10 Airbags
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot warning with collision avoidance
  • Automatic rear braking with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Vehicle Stability Management with ESC

What is its release date and is the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV worth buying?

Earlier pegged to be released in the Summer of 2020, it now is set to be released in the fall of 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After the successful G70, G80, and G90 sedans that have already made a name for themselves, Genesis's new GV80 is the first SUV with an optional third-row. With the affordable pricing, GV80 will put most of its rivals on its toes and for the customers, it can be a lifetime opportunity to get into the luxurious SUV segment. With such excellent value, well-equipped models, and a 10-year warranty, any trim of the Genesis GV80 is highly recommendable.

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2021 Genesis GV80 FAQs

How much will the Genesis GV80 cost?

With about 2 powertrain options and loads of advanced features backing it up, the 2021 Genesis GV80 starts from a base price-tag of $48,900 and goes all the way up to $70,950.

Where is the Genesis GV80 made?

Genesis, a luxury up-scaled part of Hyundai is also manufactured and assembled in Ulsan, South Korea.

Are Genesis cars reliable?

Genesis is a luxury nameplate of Hyundai, which majorly focuses on providing its customers with supreme ownership experience, and resale value. Now, just like its parent Hyundai, Genesis has also earned its exceedingly great reliability reputation and customer satisfaction. So thus, to answer the question, Genesis cars are surely reliable.

Are Genesis cars expensive to maintain?

Not at all, the average annual cost for repairs and maintenance works on a Genesis is about $565, which is way less than what the other offerings in this luxury full-size segment cost, which is about $976.

Does the 2021 Genesis GV80 come in an AWD platform?

Genesis GV80 comes standard with the RWD platform, but can be also opted with an AWD platform.

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