Fledgling luxury carmaker Genesis has proven that it is quite capable of challenging European and Japanese luxury brands and now it’s getting into the premium SUV game with the 2021 GV80. The GV80 takes on the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GLE. A standard turbocharged four-cylinder or a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine powers Genesis’s first SUV; rear-wheel drive will be standard and all-wheel drive will be optional. We’ve only driven a Korean-spec GV80 so far, but we can report that the SUV provides both agile handling and a serene ride.
Since all GV80s come with a plethora of features that include a 14.5-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, and a power lift gate, even the entry-level models are suitably luxurious. Still, we crave the extra power provided by the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 that costs about $10,000 more than the standard four-cylinder, but we think it’s worth the money because it comes standard with all-wheel drive and helps make acceleration effortless. Likewise, we’d opt for the top-of-the-line Prestige model that has 22-inch wheels, a large digital gauge cluster, Nappa leather upholstery, and adjustable rear seats with heated and cooled cushions.