2021 Genesis GV80 bridges the gap between sport utility vehicles

2021 Genesis GV80 (Photo credit: AboutThatCar)

DETROIT – Genesis did it backwards.

The luxury automaker introduced top-notch luxury sedans when it entered the US market in 2015.

The problem was, the market was moving quickly to crossovers. Although they never said it, Genesis’ launch plan called for sedans before utility vehicles.

Since we’re talking about years of development and billions of dollars to make its luxury car lineup, we didn’t see a sport utility until the 2020 model year. But the GV80 was worth the wait.

It was dominated by the grille of the Genesis Ridge. There was a parabolic line running along the side, accentuated by power lines above each wheel. The quad lights, which flanked the grille, required sophisticated technology, which is what Genesis wanted in brand identification.

The bottom line was that the headlights were distinctive, drawing attention wherever we went. The Genesis GV80 had a unique face that turned heads. The quad lamp look, it was repeated on the back, will define Genesis.

It was a horizontal, clean interior with few buttons and switches, and those inside were flush with the surface. There was a controller built into the console that was supposed to reduce the need to touch the screen, despite being tactile.

At 14.5 inches, the infotainment screen floating above the dashboard accentuated the interior width of the GV80. The designers at Genesis have managed to make this crossover different, which is quite a feat in the crowded crossover market.

In the press material it says: “The central control unit adorned with the center console covers an electronically controlled electronic transmission base with dial gear change. Handwriting recognition via the integrated Genesis controller helps users set a destination or enter data without having to use a keyboard on the navigation screen, simply by using handwritten letters on the recognition control system writing.

The GV80 is packed with technology. We had the GV80 2.5 RWD Prestige. That means it had a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque at 1,650 rpm. It had rear-wheel drive.

It also had an eight-speed transmission with paddle shifters. There was a rotary gear selector at the top of the center console.

This combination was soft, gave a lot of oomph, and it was calm. We remotely started the GV80 once out of the gym and when we entered it was idling so smoothly we couldn’t tell the engine was running.

The Prestige package included leather seats, panoramic view, blind spot monitor, heated second row that complemented the heated and cooled front row seats, intelligent remote parking aid, anti-collision parking aid in the rear, an electric bolster and cushion extension for the driver’s seat and active motion seat.

What he did was inflate the side bladders to keep us firmly in place during turns and turns.

We had a panoramic roof, a hands-free power tailgate, keyless operation, bluetooth, voice commands, satellite radio, streaming, soft and very smooth green ambient lighting, highway driving assist, tracking assist. track, rear side windows, tilt and telescopic steering steering wheel and driver attention warning. This was only part of the creature comforts and safety gear.

For $ 58,475 in testing, Genesis has made it known with the GV80 2.5T RWD that it is a competitor in the luxury crossover market.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com.

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