One look on the Genesis GV80 and most received’t mistake it for a German, Swedish or Japanese premium massive SUV.
Some have thought it appeared a bit of like a Bentley. Regardless, it’s daring, distinctive and attention-grabbing, and fast ballot of an excellent variety of onlookers reveals most just like the Korean household hauler’s styling. Few, nonetheless, have seen these on Aussie roads as its nonetheless one thing of a uncommon hen.
Yours actually lucked into the worldwide launch of the GV80 in its native South Korea a couple of years again. Over there it’s an absolute rock star.
The paparazzi fervour of bystanders with cellphone cameras rolling, particularly within the huge wagon’s blind spots alongside Seoul’s motorways, was a bit excessive – however letting overseas journos free on street actually hours after its world unveiling definitely ignited the native lollygagging.
Today the angular behemoth is being noticed a bit of extra often and has been up to date for 2022.
The modifications aren’t huge, extra like spec fiddling; for instance there’s little change within the high-spec 3.5T Luxurious mannequin examined right here apart from a brand new 6-Seat Luxurious configuration choice with a $13,500 upcharge. That is $3500 greater than the common Luxurious enlargement bundle supplied within the ‘off-the-rack’ seven-seat model.
Disclosure: this assessment was imagined to be that six-pew instance, however some technical difficulties – a damaged windshield – landed the seven-seat 3.5T AWD Luxurious substitute within the CarExpert storage as an alternative. A assessment of the six-seater, with its lavish first-class second-row lodging is coming quickly.
Not that our take a look at topic is a downgrade. Certainly, it’s our first steer of the large 3.5T AWD petrol configuration since its late-2020 Aussie launch, and in full-fruit Luxo guise at that.
At $109,500 plus on-road prices, the three.5T AWD is the tree-topper of the four-core-variant GV80 vary. It’s up $1024 on 2021 pricing.
The vary enters with a five-seat 2.5T RWD at $92k, with seven-seats and AWD ($97k) including 5 grand. From there, it’s a step as much as the three.0D AWD diesel ($105k) which mirrors the options of the three.5T AWD if at a little bit of a reduction for the oiler format.
From right here, you’ll be able to add the Luxurious Package deal, at $10,500, and matte paint work, at $2000, to any variant you want. In the meantime, the new-for-2022 6-Seat Luxurious Package deal, largely comprised of the common Luxurious pack’s goodies, is simply obtainable for the AWD variants for an additional $13,500 over base pricing.
Unsurprisingly, there’s fairly a bit to the Luxurious Package deal expertise – extra particulars beneath – which in essence, may very well be thought-about a standalone high-spec trim stage for every engine variant. Sans fancy matte paint, our Adriatic Blue Luxo-packaged tester lists at a neat $120k earlier than on-roads.
On finishes, Genesis provides among the tastiest hues and mixtures on the premium map. There are seven common paint colors and three matte hues.
These may be combined and matched to 4 completely different inside themes, three of that are two-tone and all of which provide a alternative of two completely different wooden spotlight trims. Stumping for the Luxurious Package deal ‘unlocks’ a specific Smoky Inexperienced look with black ash or olive ash wooden detailing.
Rivals for the GV80 3.5T AWD Luxurious as high-spec, petrol-six-powered contenders embrace Audi Q7 55 TFSI quattro S line ($128,300), BMW X5 xDrive40i ($127,900), Jaguar F-Tempo P400 HSE, Maserati Levante Modena ($149,990), Mercedes-Benz GLE450 ($128,372), Vary Rover Velar P400 R-Dynamic HSE ($133,404) and Porsche Cayenne ($128,100).
Opting out of the Luxurious Package deal brings the GV80 3.5T AWD nearer to the likes of petrol-electric hybrids such because the (V6) Lexus RX450h Sports activities Luxurious ($110,460) and the (four-pot) Volvo XC90 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid ($121.990). There’s additionally Volkswagen’s fairly upmarket Touareg 210TDI Class ($106,990), although that’s diesel solely.
The upper-large, V8-powered Bentley Bentayga – if one is merely curious – begins from $378,600 in base guise…
If the flagship GV80’s exterior is making high-class guarantees, its inside (notably in Luxurious trim) delivers in grandiose type.
From design to materials utilization to the extra adventurous obtainable cabin colors and trim mixtures, Genesis didn’t maintain again on their interiors.
The richness in appointments is palpable. This unique-for-segment design can also be shared with the G80 sedan, however for each vehicles it’s a intelligent and fetching mix of fresh minimalism and fancy extra. All of it just about in the proper areas.
For such a particular look and vibe, it provides fairly a pure and intuitive structure, proper right down to stacked dual-dial configuration for the centre console transmission selector and multimedia controls, the latter countersunk in order to to not confuse one for the opposite while on the transfer.
From the local weather management array, with its touch-capacitive glass impact, to the flamboyant digital instrumentation, with its delicate 3D visible impact, the GV80 is each slickly fashionable and nonetheless downright typical, logical and legible.
It’s actually solely the two-spoke wheel design that will get a bit adventurous, nevertheless it’s extra pure within the palms than you may count on and, as a key point of interest of distinction, makes a helluva neat assertion.
The sense of craft is improbable. In execution, from the switchgear to the stitching, the GV80 genuinely feels five-star and splendidly made and executed. The sprint, console and door trims are completed in leather-based (or artificial stuff that feels very very similar to it) and there’s just about no ‘workmanlike’ plastics to be seen.
There’s not a whiff of Hyundai about it and that’s no offence supposed. There’s a clear ethereal atmosphere and sense of entrance row roominess to the GV80 and the tactility of the delicate Nappa seat trim an actual spotlight that additional enhances this enchantment.
Unsurprisingly, the seats very cozy. If there’s a slight grumble, it’s that it’s simple to inadvertently activate the seat massaging with the seat adjustment controls and knock the person preset buttons (slightly below the door latches) whenever you climb out. In evaluations previous I grumbled concerning the lack of entrance passenger seat therapeutic massage operate – for 2022, it’s now fitted.
The broad 14.5-inch multimedia display is sharp, its performance is fast and there’s ample distinction in its look and the selection of pores and skin design to separate it from a Hyundai system.
The house display is fetchingly delicate, the navigation show is crisp and the 360-degree digicam show work is improbable.
There are some display annoyances although. It’s situated too removed from the driving force for pure touchscreen management and after restarting the system received’t proceed streaming your cellphone apps with out bodily prompting.
Normal storage is respectable, bolstered by the neat second-tier tray beneath the centre console, and the standard oddment stowage cubbies are helpful sufficient.
The inductive cellphone charging pad is big, although the obtainable USB ports are the older A sort fairly than the C sort which is more and more commonplace in premium motoring.
Row two brings full-monty electrical outboard seat adjustment with air flow and heating in Luxurious spec, and the devoted third zone local weather controls within the rear of the centre console is becoming for an SUV this ambitiously upmarket.
A few of my taller colleagues have famous in GV80 evaluations previous that the long-legged get a little bit of ‘knees up’ impact, although for a mean five-ten bloke akin to I the lodging appears tailor-fit.
Head and knee room within the second row is nice and the glass roof contributes to the ethereal atmosphere. The roof shade additionally appears thick sufficient to suppress the summer season warmth from penetrating into the cabin excessively.
Outboard ISOFIX anchor factors and top-tether mounts make for loads of household friendliness and there’s definitely sufficient consolation facility to make for nice lengthy hauling for teenagers of all ages.
Row three actually is a child zone solely, or emergency short-haul seating for adults.
Climbing out and in is hard despite the fact that the row two seatbacks stow fairly flat and each legroom and headroom is extra restrictive than the row forward of it, notably with how shut the rear seat headrests are positioned in relation to the rearmost ceiling and tailgate glass space.
As we’ve remarked in evaluations previous, it’s realistically a 5+2 structure for many sensible functions. Ignore row three, particularly in case you hardly ever want it, and the seven-pew GV80 makes for a commodious and compromise free five-seater. The rear seating is power-folding, too, which is befitting for the additional coin the Luxurious Pack instructions.
The AWD variations provide 727 litres of boot area with row three stowed, which is marginally smaller (by simply eight litres) than the five-seater RWD model. This expands to 2144L as a two-seater.
The three.5T, because the identify suggests, brings 3.5 litres of twin-turbocharged V6 energy to the tune of 279kW (5800rpm). The torque peak is 530Nm (1300-4500rpm).
Choosing the three.0D as an alternative suits a 3.0-litre inline-six turbo-diesel outputting a decrease 204kW however with a superior 588Nm. In the meantime, the entry turbo 2.5L four-cylinder petrol produces 224kW and 422Nm.
All are supplied with an eight-speed automated transmission and on-demand all-wheel drive, although the four-pot GV80 in its most elementary guise is rear-driven.
At 11.7L/100km, the three.5T is unsurprisingly the thirstiest. Although at a swift 5.5 seconds from 0-100km/h, it’s the quickest by a good measure.
The petrol fours return 9.8L/100km (RWD) to 10.4L/100km (AWD) claimed, whereas the three.0D AWD is a thriftier 8.8L/100km. Expectedly, efficiency is kind of up there with the three.5T, the two.5Ts with a declare of 6.9s to 100km/h and the three.0D at 6.8s.
The three.5T runs on a 95 RON minimal, although it’s additionally E10 suitable. Its gasoline tank measures 80 litres.
Towing capability is 2722kg braked and 750kg unbraked.
The trio of engines for the GV80 match the invoice effectively. From expertise, the two.5T is surprisingly prepared and much from under-baked, whereas the non-public choose of the litter is the silky easy straight-six diesel, with its well mannered nature and the torque that fills the big luxurious SUV invoice impressively effectively.
It’s affordable to count on nice issues from the large petrol six that guarantees considerably superior efficiency, and on steadiness, it delivers a commanding efficiency.
The one factor the three.5T has over the opposite engines in its vary is character. There’s actual aural gusto whenever you dig in and strong, if not essentially heady, thrust when you do. That mentioned, the breadth of flexibility is such that in most driving conditions it as an alternative defaults to a quiet operator of refined dignity.
On the entire, it feels fairly easy and under-stressed. Genesis is doing a formidable job of lowering noise, vibration and something like harshness to the holistic driving expertise – and it extends by way of to the powertrain. Nicely, to a degree.
The house-spun eight-speed automated is wholly silken for 98 per cent of the driving expertise. However level it uphill at low velocity, notably simply after a chilly begin, and it’s little notchy in upshifting. It’s a minor quibble and one maybe exacerbated by the auto’s totally easy operation anytime anyplace else.
Sport mode ups the powertrain responses and enthusiasm after all, although it does begin unravelling among the properly rounded polish of the final on-road expertise. Nevertheless it’s good to have the choice, proper?
The underpinnings have a lot going for them, with a match, so-called ‘rear drive’ platform shared with the G80 and the marque’s tough, camera-based Street Preview trip management that adapts damping to proactively reply to street imperfections on the fly. It additionally advantages from localised tuning.
In its default Consolation setting, the suspension is comfortable and pliant to the purpose of being wallowy at low velocity throughout tough street pimples, although a lot of that could be a mandatory by-product of tuning compliance right into a heavy SUV sat on enormous 22-inch wheels.
At larger velocities, the chassis settles properly, with strong physique management and the correct amount of compliance, although the big wheels can slap a bit of throughout street joints and the like. These broad Michelins, at 265mm broad apiece, do drum up some noise at tempo, although the trade-off is that additionally they have an enormous quantity of grip as a measure of security.
That mentioned, the lively noise cancellation that comes with the Luxurious Package deal appears to do it job very effectively. The GV80 is, on steadiness, a downright soothing place to spend clocking up lengthy seat time, be it in peak-hour site visitors or out on the open street.
Sport brings a firmer character that’s maybe solely actually greatest served on easy backroads and when the inertia of the SUV is challenged by carving by way of corners, however solely as a result of Consolation actually does match as a do-most-anything mode.
An actual spotlight to the GV80 driving expertise is the 360-degree digicam system; its enormous crisp show leaving nothing to the creativeness in any path and making parking such a big unit a doddle.
A correct lowlight, although, is the eye warning system intent on coercing the driving force to maintain his or her eyes on the street forward – it triggers excessively whenever you’re cruising round a carpark making an attempt to search for empty automotive areas.
- 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (AI)
- Satellite tv for pc navigation with augmented actuality (AR)
- DAB+ digital radio
- 12.0-inch head-up show
- 12-way energy entrance seats with four-way adjustable lumbar
- Heated and ventilated entrance seats
- 21-speaker 1050W Lexicon premium sound system
- Adjustable ambient lighting
- Qi wi-fi cellphone charging
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Energy tailgate
- Adaptive excessive beam
- 360-degree cameras with 3D encompass view
- Adaptive cruise management with Cease&Go
- Panoramic sunroof
- Leather-based upholstery
- Leather-based sprint, console and door trim
- Open-pore actual wooden trim
- Twin-zone local weather management
- LED headlights
- Keyless entry and begin
- 40:20:40 split-fold sliding and reclining rear seat
- Energy tilt and telescoping steering wheel
GV80 3.0D and three.5T AWD add:
- 22-inch alloy wheels
- Adaptive suspension
The Luxurious Package deal ($10,500, all fashions) provides:
- Reverse parking collision avoidance
- Distant Sensible Parking Help
- Quilted Nappa leather-based upholstery
- Suede headliner
- Matrix LED headlights
- 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument cluster
- Lively noise management
- Distant parking help
- Tri-zone local weather management
- Mushy-close doorways
- 18-way energy entrance seats with massaging
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated and ventilated second-row seats
- Energy-adjustable second-row seats
- Energy-adjustable third-row seats (AWD fashions solely)
The 6-seat Luxurious Package deal ($13,500, AWD fashions) provides:
- Luxurious Package deal
- Second-row bucket seats
- Twin 9.2-inch second-row touchscreens
- Twin 3.5mm headphone jacks and USB video/audio enter
- Rear wi-fi cellphone charger
- Mounted second-row console with controls and storage
The Genesis GV80 has a five-star ANCAP security primarily based on testing carried out by Euro NCAP in 2021.
Nonetheless, the ranking solely applies to 2 of the 4 obtainable variants: the two.5T AWD and the three.0D AWD. Thus, our flagship 3.5T AWD assessment model stays unrated. Ditto the two.5T rear-driver. A part of it’s because the three.5T AWD and a couple of.5T RWD weren’t supplied within the European market on the time of testing.
The GV80 scored 91 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 88 per cent for little one occupant safety, 66 per cent for susceptible street person safety and 79 per cent for security help.
Customary security options embrace:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- incl. Pedestrian and Bike owner detection
- Junction help
- Ahead collision warning
- Evasive steering help
- Blind-spot help
- Blind Spot View Monitor
- Rear cross-traffic help
- Driver consideration warning
- Lane Following Help
- Lane-keep help
- Secure Exit Help
- 10 airbags incl. front-centre airbag
A premium possession expertise is excessive on the Genesis agenda, and it begins with an honest five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee with 5 years of roadside help. Up to now so good.
The actual sweetener; although, is 5 years of complimentary servicing with an annual/10,000km schedule for two.5T and three.5T fashions, saving 1000’s towards some European rivals. Diesels have longer 15,000km intervals.
Additional, the marque’s valet service can accumulate and return your GV80 when it’s being serviced offered you reside inside 70 kilometres of a Genesis Studio.
First house owners additionally get entry to a courtesy car whereas their very own Genesis is being serviced.
Whereas some could also be not sure of the styling, it’s laborious to not be captivated with the execution of the factor, notably in full-fat Luxurious kind.
And, whereas the oiler model could be your creator’s excellent choose, the twin-turbo petrol six ought to greater than fulfill expectations of that individual powertrain format.
The machine itself stacks up impressively effectively on singular advantage, notably the lap of luxurious vibe the cabin brings to the expertise. The sheer opulence minted in its distinctive Genesis guise is an enormous drawcard.
Pricing, and stuck pricing at that, is bullish, although maybe it needs to be with the intention to be thought-about as a bona-fide rival to Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Is the five-figure Luxurious Package deal warranted? As fitted, the GV80 does ply a stage of goodness and extra larger than its Euro competitors can provide for roughly related cash.
Omitted from the formulation, and the GV80 does undercut key phase movers and shakers by sufficient to really feel value-laden with out robbing an excessive amount of from the upmarket cachet Genesis is preventing laborious to construct.
It’s simple to dismiss the Genesis proposition. Its unconventional strategies round its shopping for and possession expertise, and the entire typical questions that naturally include participating with a fledgling challenger model, akin to resale and seller community assist, can be sufficient to show some away.
However there’s actually nothing unpalatable concerning the broader Genesis pitch and there’s a lot in wider Genesis expertise that can enchantment to those that grow to be early adopters.
In some methods, being completely different is a Genesis energy fairly than a weak point, and is central to all issues likeable concerning the GV80. The logical different – to largely ape a German premium expertise – was by no means going to chop it with the place the Korean luxurious upstart desires and must be.
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