I can vividly remember when the Hyundai brand first introduced what was pitted as their luxury sedan simply dubbed the Genesis many years back, which was quite intriguing to many mostly for all the good reasons. Since then, Hyundai has spawned the Genesis luxury brand and it finally brings SUVs to the table starting with the midsized GV80 that I had a week to check out and have walked away delightfully impressed.
The all-new 2021 Genesis GV80 is a vehicle that embodies many of the best efforts of the new luxury brand under the umbrella of Hyundai (and Kia). In some ways, the Genesis brand reminds me of when Lexus was first introduced bringing something fresh and full of welcomed luxury substance fresh off of the innovative minds at Toyota. The new GV80 does something similar with its unique head-turning style and the proper luxury appointments throughout its lavish cabin all for a valued price point.
Powering the new Genesis GV80 is a choice of a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque or my GV80 Prestige test vehicle’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 375 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Both engine choices send power through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder GV80 2.5T can be had in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive while the 3.5T V6 only gets all-wheel-drive.
Out on the road, the GV80 is quite adaptable to the road quality and handles itself well, in part thanks to it being a rear-wheel-drive biased vehicle. Having the turbocharged V6 power there’s a nice appreciation of the midrange where you’re never left wanting more power in most situations. The only downfall here is the fuel economy that comes up a bit short versus competition where my GV80 3
By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2021 Genesis GV80 AWD 3.5T Prestige Review & Test Drive
Sourced From: www.automotiveaddicts.com/74926/2021-genesis-gv80-awd-3-5t-prestige-review-test-drive
Published Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:12:59 +0000
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