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Genesis GV80 2024 review

The GV80 still looks a lot like it did at launch and that's no insult.

The Genesis GV80 was the brand’s first SUV, having launched only a few years ago.

Since then, along has come the smaller and more popular GV70, and the new electric GV60. Now, there’s an updated GV80 with a coupe body style.

This blingy big dog’s sloping roofline wants to throw down with the BMW X6 and the Merc GLE Coupe, bringing a slimmed-down range and V6-only powertrains, but more standard features and some cool design tweaks.

We attended the updated GV80’s launch on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula - perhaps where the bougie GV80 might feel most at home - to find out one main thing: should the Euros be worried?

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Price and features – Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10

The GV80’s range now consists of just one powertrain with three variants - two SUVs and the new SUV Coupe.

The GV80 is also now a lot more expensive than before, but Genesis says customers almost always opted for expensive options like the Luxury Pack which is now standard.

The traditional seven-seat GV80 starts from $130,000 before on-road costs, with a standard second row of three seats, plus two in the back.

Stepping up from that, the six-seater starts from $136,000, before on-road costs, and has two captains chairs in the second row instead, meaning more room for one fewer person, and a nice little centre console.

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Finally, the new body style in the range, the Coupe, loses the third row thanks to its sloping roofline, and comes only with a three-seat second row. It’s also the most expensive variant at $136,000.

Strangely, for the GV80, less is more when it comes to seats. Each $3000 step up means one less seat.

What links all three is that they’re specified up to the eyeballs. There are next to no optional creature comforts in the updated GV80 because they’re already on-board.

Plenty of leather upholstery, heated and cooled massage seats with plenty of electric adjustment capability, a heated steering wheel which is also electrically adjustable, an 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, wireless phone charging and even the centre armrest is heated.

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And of course, there’s the massive 27-inch OLED screen encompassing the multimedia touchscreen and the driver display, which looks incredibly expensive to replace or fix. That screen is accompanied by a 12-inch head-up display.

The second-row seats are also electrically adjustable, with heating and cooling for both outer passengers, too.

Design – Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10

The GV80 looks mostly the same as it did back when it launched, save for a few small tweaks that will give away the updated version to proper anoraks.

Any Genesis-spotters will note the SUV now has a double-mesh grille, two lines instead of one, plus larger air intakes and 'Micro-Lens Array' lights that perform a dynamic ‘welcome pattern’ sequence on unlock.

New 22-inch wheels at the sides and a chrome side strip give it away in profile, while at the rear a redesigned bumper hides the exhaust exits.

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But of course, the Coupe is much more obvious with its sloping roofline joined by tweaks like a bolder grille inlay, single, strong lines rather than the mesh crest design from the SUV and more air intakes again.

The 22-inch wheels are exclusive to the Coupe, and at the back a more aggressive rear is finished off with visible sport exhaust exits.

It’s no bad thing that the GV80 hasn’t changed significantly, as it hasn’t aged much in its few years, and its design language seems to do a decent job of appealing to traditional and modern-minded premium customers.

Practicality – How practical is its space and tech inside? 8/10

Similarly, there’s a bit of something for everyone once you’re inside the GV80, with plenty of tech blended with traditional style and opulence.

It’s hard not to notice the 27-inch display that encompasses the multimedia and driver displays, so we’ll start with that.

It’s easy to use, features a sleek software skin of the same system used in new Kias and Hyundais (a compliment) and there are enough physical buttons to support it so you don’t need to navigate through numerous sub-menus to find options.

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You can change what’s displayed quite easily between the centre and driver display, and below that the climate controls are always on show on a separate control panel. No need to adjust the temperature on a touch screen. Nice!

The space around the front seats is slathered in high-quality materials, those able to be customised to your liking, and everything feels well thought-out and falls nicely to hand.

The seats themselves, including the second row outboard seats in the six-seater, are very adjustable and it’s easy to find a comfortable seating position, especially with good under-thigh support adjustable to your own height.

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Even in the second row, if you were to sit behind someone fairly tall, you'd find yourself with a level of comfort Qantas would charge through the nose for.

Individual climate controls and (optional) screens for media mean even a kiddo will find little to complain about.

There’s also a pair of rear seats in the SUV version, which are pretty well equipped and roomy enough as far as third rows are concerned, with some electric adjustment for the seats, but it would be a stretch to call it a luxurious space.

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Boot space is fairly generous, the SUV boasting 735 litres with the third row down, or 1097 with the second row also folded down.

The Coupe has a smaller 644L with the second row up, or 1033L with the second row down.

Neither will be great for transporting large bulky items, but can handle plenty of luggage for trips away.

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Under the bonnet – What are the key stats for its engine and transmission? 7/10

Genesis has limited the engine options in the GV80 to one, doing away with the diesel and offering only the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre petrol V6, which makes a decent 279kW and 530Nm - unchanged for that engine since the model’s launch in Australia.

The engine makes its peak torque from a relatively low 1300rpm, and is paired with an eight-speed torque converter automatic.

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Interestingly, the SUV has a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.6 seconds, but the Coupe (lighter by 20kg at a max of 2325kg) is a tenth slower according to Genesis, with a 5.7-second sprint.

It’s a pretty traditional engine for a large SUV, but not offering any kind of electrification, especially when parent company Hyundai is making strides in that space, means the GV80’s engine feels a little stuck in the past, much to its fuel consumption’s detriment.

Efficiency – What is its fuel consumption? What is its driving range? 6/10

It’s a good thing the GV80 has an 80-litre fuel tank because, boy, is it thirsty.

Combined fuel consumption claim for the SUV and Coupe is 11.7L/100km, and on a new product launch it's not always possible to put that figure to the test.

However, Genesis offered us a GV80 to drive home and live with for a few days. After a couple of hundred kilometres of mostly highway driving I managed 12.4L/100km, tested from pump to pump, with the trip computer telling me it was sitting on 12.2L/100km.

If you’re buying a GV80 for long trips, that could be a fairly realistic figure for you, but if you’re going to be driving mostly in the city and suburbs, expect to regularly see figures north of 13.0L/100km.

Safety – What safety equipment is fitted? What is its safety rating? 8/10

The GV80’s safety equipment has mostly remained the same, bar an upgrade in 'Advanced Driver Assistance Systems' (ADAS) including new versions of its highway assist, lane follow assist, remote smart parking, collision avoidance, forward collision avoidance and a driver monitoring system.

The GV80 comes with 10 airbags including a front-centre side airbag and curtain airbags covering all three rows.

It was tested by ANCAP in its pre-update form in 2021, and was awarded the full five stars with high results in Adult and Child Occupant Protection.

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Ownership – What warranty is offered? What are its service intervals? What are its running costs? 10/10

For a premium brand, it’s pretty hard to beat Genesis’ warranty and servicing offering on paper. 

Why? Because for five years, everything is covered for free. Five years of unlimited kilometre warranty, five years of free scheduled servicing up to 50,000, five years of access to Genesis’ 'Concierge Service' and its courtesy cars, plus 10 years of roadside assistance if you service your car with Genesis.

Servicing intervals are every 10,000km, so you’ll likely even get your full five services free even if you hit 50,000km inside that timeframe.

The roadside service tops out at five years free if you stop servicing your car with Genesis outside its warranty period.

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Driving – What's it like to drive? 8/10

The Genesis GV80 excels on the road in one key area, and it’s probably, exactly in line with your guess. Yep, comfort.

If you needed a large SUV to haul you and three people interstate, the six-seat version of the GV80 SUV is a convincing option.

The GV80 SUV’s suspension is supple and adept when it comes to soaking up a range of surface imperfections, from potholes to rugged, corrugated rural roads.

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And while the Coupe’s suspension is still extremely well sorted, it feels notably stiffer than the wagon-style SUV’s. This isn’t something deliberate as Genesis says the suspension wasn’t altered for sportier driving.

Not that either are particularly sporty, anyway, because while the GV80 is fairly capable when it comes to cornering and taking on twisty roads, it doesn’t feel particularly encouraging.

Its suspension allows for some body roll, enough to let you know when you might be approaching the limit, and its steering doesn’t feel massively dialled-in to the road surface.

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Its engine, too, while pretty grunty on paper, isn’t super eager when it comes to powering out of corners, not helped by an automatic transmission that’s tuned for cruisy comfort.

And, again, that’s all fine. While some large SUVs from Europe are built with driving in mind - the Cayenne is surprisingly capable for its size, in particular - the GV80 doesn’t exude go-fast personality.

In fact, its driver assistance is well placed to help you do very little behind the wheel. Able to take over holding you in your lane, adjusting speed when needed, and even changing lanes when you request it. All assuming you stay alert and keep your hands on the wheel.

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The GV80 scores solid marks from behind the wheel because it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not, and it performs very well when it comes to its intended function, ticking all the right boxes for long-drive luxury.

It’s quiet inside thanks to some pretty well sorted NVH work (although the sound system can absolutely bang it out if called upon), driver effort required is low, its engine (albeit thirsty at times) feels effortless and the transmission is imperceptibly smooth in day-to-day driving.

The steering is light, and even though it lacks a bit of feel, it doesn’t turn inputs into anything unexpected.

Sure it feels its size and weight at times, but the GV80 wears that badge with pride. It’s a bit ‘king of the road’ without being too shouty about it.

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The Wrap

If you're deciding between the SUV and the Coupe, just note that even though Genesis says it wasn't a deliberate tuning decision, the Coupe's suspension has come out a little stiffer.

If supreme comfort and a silky ride quality is what you're after, the SUV is your pick.

And if you're a bit of an enthusiast trying to choose a fun-driving SUV? It doesn’t seem the Euro brands have to panic just yet, because even though the GV80 is very good in its niche - being a big, comfy SUV - it doesn’t encourage you to drive it much like a sports car.

But Genesis’ performance-focused Magma sub-brand will likely land in Australia soon enough, and that’s when keen drivers will start paying more attention to the GV80.

Note: CarsGuide attended this event as a guest of the manufacturer, with accommodation and meals provided.


Immensely comfortable
Long, long list of standard equipment
Still looks good a few years on


Huge price hike over before
Lacks driving enthusiasm
Your neighbours will be jealous




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