From the December 2020 concern of Automotive and Driver.
We love deal. Possibly it is the Midwesterner in us. When making small speak with strangers, we all know the enjoyment of responding to a praise with “Thanks, I acquired it on sale.” And whilst you cannot precisely say that you just acquired a 2021 Genesis GV80 on sale, its worth will definitely make you are feeling such as you did.
The GV80 is the fledgling luxurious model’s first SUV, the follow-up to a trio of sedans (the G70, G80, and G90, in ascending order of dimension) that we have now principally loved and, within the case of the G70, awarded a 10Finest designation in 2019. The crossover impresses with a degree of construct and materials high quality that places some conventional luxurious manufacturers to disgrace and for a value that makes even consultants like us do a double take. And when you see the GV80 within the wild, its design and presence could have you ever doing a double take, too.
Daring and blocky, it does not look fairly like the rest on the highway. When it does draw comparisons, they’re to not price-point rivals just like the Acura MDX or BMW X5. They’re to the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Maybe that has one thing to do with former Bentley designer Luc Donckerwolke’s hand within the design.
The cabin is simply as hanging as the outside, and it seems like a brand new tackle automotive inside design. At a time when many carmakers are changing switches and buttons with huge touch-sensitive black panels, Genesis makes use of silver-tone knurled knobs and choose bodily buttons with white accents, creating a lightweight, vivid house. The big rotary dial that controls the infotainment system lives within the middle console and clicks with satisfying precision because it turns. A large 14.5-inch touchscreen can show calming nature scenes when it is not being requested to indicate splashy graphics from, say, SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville. And each materials from the darkish open-pore wooden to the satin-metal trim to the leather-based that covers the luxurious entrance seats suits so precisely, you’d suppose it had been completed by hand.
That degree of luxurious continues into the second row, the place occupants get pleasure from plush heated seats and their very own local weather controls together with big-luxury-sedan ranges of legroom. The third row, accessible solely in Superior Plus fashions like our take a look at car, lacks the consolation, luxurious, and house of the remainder of the cabin. There is a USB charging outlet and sufficient room for 2 smallish kids, however it’s higher to consider the third row as a bounce seat, pulled out while you merely refuse to take two vehicles to dinner or to the youngsters’ soccer recreation.
The GV80’s powertrain is masterfully executed and refined to the purpose of being unexciting. Base variations include a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four making 300 horsepower, however we have not pushed that one but. Our take a look at car arrived with the 375-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 that’s normal within the high two trims, Superior Plus and Status. Each engines pair with an eight-speed automated transmission. With the V-6, our 5009-pound instance made a 5.3-second run to 60.
The GV80 shares its rear-wheel-drive platform with the latest incarnation of the G80. That the 2 drive equally is extra of a praise to the SUV than a denunciation of the sedan, although we might gladly settle for a bit sportier dealing with in each.
Regardless that the GV80 is a largish mid-size crossover—roughly the dimensions of the X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE-class—it is by no means sloppy or unwieldy, and its 0.82-g grip on the skidpad is greater than sufficient to make you are feeling safe. The experience is snug on the Superior Plus trim’s 20-inch wheels, and the steering finds a center floor between responsive and numb.
Our mortgage coincided with our 10Finest testing, which allowed dozens of editors to ply Genesis’s SUV on a few of southeast Michigan’s finest roads. Easy energy is steadily listed as one of many hallmarks of a luxurious car, however the bar for acceleration retains transferring, so regardless of the GV80’s V-6, we won’t say this ute boasts effortlessness.
Rivals promote extra highly effective engine choices above their turbo six-cylinder fashions, however Genesis does not supply that, at the very least not but. Nonetheless, the V-6 supplies greater than sufficient juice for something a every day commute will throw your means, and it is potential that not each driver wants their comfortable crossover to have the power to throw them into the seatback once they draw back from a purple gentle, even when we do.
There’s one other hallmark of luxurious that is possibly extra essential to clients than extreme thrust: respite from the noise of the world. That, the GV80 has. We measured 66 decibels within the cabin at 70 mph. That is a mere one decibel louder than the sound degree in a Mercedes-Maybach S560, the luxurious automobile that many sedans need to be once they develop up.
Nevertheless it’s the GV80’s value that is maybe most beautiful. Our take a look at car is available in at $66,475, which is lower than we might count on it to price—a press release we want we acquired to make extra typically. This might be the car that makes Genesis an actual participant within the luxurious sphere and never only a curiosity identified solely to gearheads.
And that is essential within the premium-car sector, the place model loyalty is especially sturdy and hooking patrons younger issues. Genesis is aware of this. It even put out a splashy Tremendous Bowl advert that includes mannequin Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend that touted the GV80 as “younger luxurious” and whereby Teigen, an avatar of contemporary fame, spent many of the spot taking down old-school wealth, sending the message that Genesis is extra all in favour of attracting up-and-comers than the classically rich.
Interesting to the youth market is nothing new, however Genesis appears higher positioned to do it than different manufacturers. A 2018 report from the Luxurious Institute about tendencies within the luxurious trade famous that millennials are a lot much less involved with model historical past and status than they’re with customer support, design, and craftsmanship—issues that Genesis does properly. We’re greater than 30,000 miles right into a 40,000-mile take a look at of the G70, and its reliability has ensured that we have not wanted to work together a lot with Genesis’s customer-service arm. The GV80 nails the design and craftsmanship components of the project.
Whether or not or not customers discover stays to be seen. Genesis—and its glowing celebrity-couple-endorsed GV80—hasn’t made a lot of an influence on the general public. The corporate offered 21,233 automobiles within the U.S. final 12 months, and nearly each individual we talked to concerning the GV80 mentioned they have been listening to about Genesis for the primary time, even those that claimed to have watched the Tremendous Bowl. We’re doing our half to unfold the phrase, however judging from the eye the GV80 acquired throughout our mortgage, we doubt we’ll must sing its praises for much longer earlier than folks catch on.
The GV80 had me the second I climbed aboard. Its superbly executed inside is indeniable proof that Genesis understands the not-so-secret handshake of luxurious—one thing that a number of aspiring premium-car manufacturers have but to be taught. We people are exceptionally gifted at selecting up visible element, and the GV80 is rife with it. Delicate satin-metal highlights. Fastidiously stitched leather-based on the sprint, seats, and doorways. Knurled knobs and switches. Tight, exact meeting. All of it makes the GV80 really feel far more costly than it’s. You recognize which different luxurious model acquired its begin doing issues this fashion? Lexus. —Wealthy Ceppos
It takes guts to design a $65,000 car that evokes a $180,000 Bentley. If the GV80 did not maintain as much as the comparability on nearer inspection, proudly owning one could be like attempting to cross off a faux Rolex as the true factor. However Genesis’s first SUV passes scrutiny. The inside is as lavish, the powertrain is as polished, and the design is as hanging as something it would compete with. Okay, nobody’s buying and selling in a Bentley for a Genesis primarily based on model recognition alone, however anybody driving a Mercedes, a BMW, or an Audi shall be shocked that Genesis can supply a lot luxurious for thus little. —Eric Tingwall
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