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2021 Genesis Gv80
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Zero to 60 $ 6.4 seconds
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 300@5,800
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2021 Genesis GV80 MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Opulent interior
  • Original approach to luxury
  • Generous standard equipment


  • Tricky infotainment system
  • Harsh ride
  • Underpowered 2.5T engine

Genesis' first SUV, the 2021 GV80, launches on a new platform shared with the new 2021 G80 midsize sedan. Behind the GV80's polarizing mug are new engines that put the power down with RWD or AWD.

What We Think

The 2021 Genesis GV80 provides a serene driving experience, which is exactly what you expect of a premium SUV. In the softly tuned Korean market model we sampled, the GV80 glided over bumps without exhibiting unruly body motions. That said, when we evaluated the U.S.-market version for our SUV of the Year competition, we called the ride "atrocious" for a luxury SUV and said that even in comfort mode it felt too stiff. We also came away feeling like the base 2.5-liter turbo-four was underpowered and overworked in an SUV of this size.

Stepping inside, you're greeted with a properly luxurious cabin that exudes a calming ambience. As we mentioned in our GV80 interior review, the opulent cabin is one of the Genesis SUV's greatest strengths. Cool geometric patterns, matte ash wood trim, and diamond stitching on the seats contribute to the cabin's swankiness. We don't love the infotainment controller, though. The first- and second-row seats are supremely comfortable. However, like most midsize luxury SUVs with available seating for six or seven, the third row is cramped.


The 2021 Genesis GV80 will be offered with two engines: a 2.5-liter turbo-four with 300 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 rated at 375 hp and 391 lb-ft. Both engines route power through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder models are available in RWD or AWD configurations, while the V-6 only comes with the latter. When we tested four- and six-cylinder GV80s with AWD for our SUV of the Year competition, they reached 60 mph in 6.4 and 6.0 seconds, respectively.


All 2021 Genesis GV80s get adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, front automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist with a centering function. Other standard features include evasive steering assist, driver attention warning, automatic high beams, and highway driving assist (improves lane keeping assist's centering capability when adaptive cruise control is active). Rear occupant alert, which reminds you to check if you left something or someone in the rear seats, is standard on the Advanced grade and up. The Prestige trim adds rear automatic emergency braking and an upgraded blind-spot monitoring system that shows what's on your left or right blind spots on the instrument cluster display or digital gauge cluster.


Genesis' new infotainment system is standard on the 2021 GV80. The interface features a 14.5-inch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an 8.0-inch gauge cluster display, and a 12-speaker audio system. A 21-speaker Lexicon audio system replaces the base 12-speaker unit on the Advanced trim and higher. The Prestige trim adds a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster if you opt for the optional V-6 engine. Genesis' digital key feature, which allows you to use your phone (Android only for now) or near field communications (NFC) key card to unlock the car, is available only on AWD-equipped models.

Trim Levels (What's Standard on the 2.5L RWD Model)

2021 Genesis GV80 Standard

Exterior: LED headlights, power-folding side mirrors, 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free power liftgate
Interior: Leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control, 12-way power heated front seats, 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 14.5-inch screen, keyless entry/start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, power steering wheel adjustment, 8.0-inch gauge cluster display, 12-speaker audio system
Safety: Forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, evasive steering assist, lane keeping assist with centering function, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, highway driving assist
Performance: Upgraded brake front brake pads (3.5T AWD), electronically controlled suspension (3.5T AWD)

2021 Genesis GV80 Advanced

Exterior: Panoramic sunroof
Interior: Ventilated front seats, digital key functionality, matte wood trim, heated steering wheel, 21-speaker Lexicon audio system, wireless charging
Safety: Rear occupant alert

2021 Genesis GV80 Advanced+ (3.5T AWD only)

Interior: 50/50 split-folding third-row seats

2021 Genesis GV80 Prestige

Exterior: 360-degree view parking camera system, remote parking system
Interior: Three-zone climate control, power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension adjustment, massaging front seats, heated second-row seats
Safety: Blind-spot monitoring with camera view capability
Performance: Electronically controlled suspension (2.5T AWD), electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential (3.5T AWD)

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Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48, 60 Months - Genesis announces APR rates on select models. 03-01-2021
$0 2.5% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Genesis announces APR rates on select models. 03-01-2021
$400 Genesis announces a College Graduate Offer that is good towards a lease or purchase when financed through Genesis Motor Finance. 01-03-2022