December 7, 2022

In only its second year in production the Genesis GV80 is the new kid on the block but came with a Black belt In TaeKwondo to compete against its established competition. The GV80 comes packed with options and power to go blow-for-blow against the Cadillac XT6, Lincoln Aviator, and BMW X5. 

The Genesis is almost unchanged from its previous year, but now introduces a third-row option that allows this South Korean chariot to now fit up to six occupants comfortably. 

The GV80 comes loaded with features like over-the-air updates for the infotainment system, as well as 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors, a self-leveling suspension, rain-sensing wipers, automatic defrosting windshield, hands-free power liftgate, and front and rear parking sensors standard. If you’re in the market for a three-row SUV the GV80 should definitely be in your consideration.

Engine

There are two different engine options available for the GV80. 

The first is a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder, which puts out 300hp and 311-lb. ft. of torque. It will propel you from 0-60mph in approximately 6.4 seconds, but if you need a little more pep in your step, Genesis offers a second option: a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that is available in All-Wheel-Drive configuration as standard. This V6 came to party, and pushes out 375hp and 391-lb. ft. of torque. The power is sent to the ground through an eight-speed automatic transmission that lets you utilize paddle shifters. While enabled, you’ll quickly notice that it provides a more engaging experience when compared to other vehicles in its class with the same feature. It will have you going from 0-60 mph in about six seconds flat. 

2.5L Turbocharged Inline 4 cylinder  

300hp and 311 ft. torque

0-60mph in 6.4 seconds

3.5L Twin-turbo V6

375hp and 391 ft. torque

0-60mph in 6 seconds

Transmission 

8-speed automatic with paddle shifters

Fuel Economy

2.5L turbocharged inline 4

21 city and 25 highway (FWD and AWD)

3.5L Twin-turbo V6

18 city and 23 highway

Trim levels

Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD (starting at $49,700) (AWD starting at $55,600)

  • 12-speaker premium audio
  • 14.5-inch touchscreen
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD Advanced (starting at $53,700) (AWD starting at $60,250)

  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Lexicon audio
  • Digital Key
  • Ventilated front seats

Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD Prestige (starting at $65,500)

  • Surround-view monitor
  • Remote Smart Parking Assistant
  • Power bolsters
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

Genesis GV80 3.5T (starting at $60,100)

  • 3.5T surround-view monitor
  • Blind-Spot View Monitor
  • Remote Smart Parking Assistant 
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking 
  • 21-speaker Lexicon audio
  • Head-up display
  • Leather seating

Adding the Advance + package ($1,500) brings a power-folding third-row seat and replaces the spare tire with a tire mobility kit.

Genesis GV80 3.5T Prestige (starting at $72,200)

  • Everything from the 3.5T Advanced and Advanced +
  • Nappa leather seating
  • Microfiber suede covering the headliner and pillars
  • Power rear door shades
  • Power reclining second-row seating with slide and cushion tilt.
  • 22-inch alloy wheels
  • Active noise cancellation
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Power rear door shades
  • Ventilated second-row seats
  • Power door closers.

The Matte Package ($1,500) adds matte finish paint and matte chrome trim.

Genesis GV80 3.5T Prestige Signature (starting at $75,200)

  • Includes all the equipment in the 3.5T Advanced
  • 6-way second-row power captain’s chair seats with wing-type headrests
  • Dark-finish alloy wheels
  • Matte paint and trim
  • Second-row wireless charging
  • One-touch second-row relax feature.

Suspension and Handling

The Genesis GV80 comes equipped with independent front and rear suspension, as well as a stabilizer bar, which both come standard. There’s also an electronic limited-slip differential, which helps send power to the wheels with the most traction. This helps tremendously with handling, along with grip and acceleration. 

Additionally, electronically-controlled adaptive suspension essentially uses a forward-facing camera to scan the road and adjust the damping accordingly. Not only does this give you a smoother ride throughout your day, but also has the ability to stiffen up the suspension to prevent body roll when needed as i. heavy cornering. 

Genesis did a good job with the steering response of the GV80. Steering wheel feedback will differ substantially depending upon the drive mode that you are in. If you’re riding in sport mode, and then select comfort, the steering will immediately loosen up..

Driving Modes

comfort mode, sport mode, eco mode, and custom.

Interior/Infotainment

Contrast stitching and matte wood finish are everywhere and help spice the interior up tremendously here.

Leatherette seating comes standard, but full-leather seating is an available option as well thanks to the different package options. 

Seating is controlled by 12-way power-adjustable front seats for the base and an advanced 16-way power driver’s seat for the prestigious package. 

An advanced smart posture seating comes with optional trim levels. This feature works by taking your height and your body measurements to create the best possible driving position for you. Heated and ventilated front seats are also available for all trim levels across the board, so you definitely have an abundance of features.

The steering wheel itself is tilted and telescoping. It is leather-wrapped, and the handgrip areas are thick and look to be able to withstand years of wear. 

There also is an ergo-motion seat for the prestigious packages, which essentially uses the seven different air cells found within the seating to provide additional support like the side bolsters. Memory settings are for up to two different drivers coming standard on all models. Overall, seating was one of the first things I noticed. It’s definitely extremely comfortable. 

The third row is only available with the advanced Plus package and If you need more space, the third row can be folded down, bumping space behind the second row to 34.9 cubic feet. LED cargo lighting is a nice addition that helps give you better visibility. 

A panoramic sunroof is available for all trim levels across the board. The overhead sunglass holder also comes standard with LED interior lighting.

Genesis does well and allows you to customize your ambient lighting to any color you desire. All trim levels are going to get  64 different colors to choose from. 

Cabin noise is also kept to a minimum, and that’s due to an active noise cancellation system that measures interior sound waves and then creates an opposing sound wave to help counter that noise.

Every trim level comes with a hands-free power tailgate which can be activated by a button on the key fob or a button by the driver side lift.

A wireless phone charger is located in the front as well as in passenger areas. You also get dual USB charging ports located near the cupholders. 

The center armrest feels well put together. It has a nice felt-type of fabric and an acceptable amount of storage is available. If you need more space for storage, there’s some added storage just below the circular shifter and cupholders. 

Bluetooth and audio streaming do come standard along with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a factory navigation system coming for all trim levels across the board. 

As you are going about your day in the Genesis, expect the radio to keep you vibing, because this bad boy comes standard with 12 speakers. Most three-row SUVs typically come with six or eight speakers, so we at FastMint tip our hats for Genesis going above and beyond with the 12. These speakers are really impressive, but Genesis claimed they were mere rookie numbers, deciding to pump those numbers up a little with a 21-speaker lexicon sound system. Both speaker configurations are wonderful and produce plenty of bass with clarity. 

Safety features

The Genesis GV80 has received the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, which is the very highest designation given by IHS. 10 airbags, including one between the two front seats are available, and other manufacturers are following suit.

  • Forward collision-avoidance system 
  • Assist with lane change
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic detection
  • Ntelligent Speed Limit Assist
  • Safe Exit Assist 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatically change lanes 

Warranty 

You get America’s best warranty with the Genesis GV80. Five years and 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 10 years 100,000 miles powertrain, and also three years 36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance as well. 

Genesis gives you peace of mind throughout that time and you don’t have to worry about paying for things like oil changes and tire rotations.

With every purchase, you also get the Genesis experience, which gives you a plethora of perks, including three years of complimentary Sirius XM radio. 

Most luxurious dealerships have been moving more and more towards this kind of coverage, and Genesis follows in that direction. You don’t have to ever step foot into Genesis dealership if you don’t want to. You can actually buy the car and if you’re at home or at work, they’ll take your vehicle and give you a loaner while they do all maintenance. When they’re done, expect the same treatment, because they will return your vehicle and make your service appointment experience as hassle-free as possible.

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