The Genesis brand launched here with two sedans, in a market that has been cooling to that body style.
Come October 2020, however, Hyundai’s luxury arm will finally be able to tap into the thriving SUV market with its first SUV, the GV80.
It’ll be priced from $90,600 before on-road costs, undercutting the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE while offering more power and equipment.
All three global powertrains will be offered locally, with the GV80 employing a local suspension tune for this all-new platform.
The entry-level engine is a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 224kW of power and 422Nm of torque, and is available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The RWD model is the only GV80 variant not to have a third row of seating.
While similarly-priced X5s and GLEs have a four-cylinder turbo-diesel, the GV80 uses a 3.0-litre inline-six turbo-diesel producing 204kW of power and 588Nm of torque.
The range-topping engine is a turbocharged 3.5-litre petrol V6 with 279kW of power and 530Nm of torque.
All GV80 models use an eight-speed automatic transmission, though the 3.0D and 3.5T also feature an electro-mechanical limited-slip differential and adaptive suspension.
There’s a terrain and drive mode system with Eco, Comfort, Sport and Custom mades for driving on the bitumen and Snow, Mud and Sand modes for heading off of it.
No GV80 is wanting for features, with standard kit including heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, head-up display and a 21-speaker Harman sound system. You can view the full features list below.
A $10,000 Luxury Package is available on all variants, adding Nappa leather upholstery, heated, ventilated and power-adjustable second-row seats, and Hyundai’s new remote parking functionality.
There are eight metallic or mica paint colours on offer plus three matte finishes, while the GV80 also offers five interior colourways with four different types of open-pore real wood trim.
- 2020 Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD: $90,600
- 2020 Genesis GV80 2.5T AWD: $95,600
- 2020 Genesis GV80 3.0D AWD: $103,600
- 2020 Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD: $108,600
All prices exclude on-road costs.
As mentioned, the 2020 Genesis GV80 is available with three engines. There’s a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 224kW of power and 422Nm of torque, with either rear- or all-wheel drive.
There’s also a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline six producing 204kW of power and 588Nm and a turbocharged 3.5-litre petrol V6 producing 279kW of power and 530Nm of torque, both of which are available only with all-wheel drive.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with all three engines.
Genesis quotes 0-100km/h times of 6.9 seconds for models with the 2.5-litre, 6.8 seconds for the 3.0D and 5.5 seconds for the 3.5T.
Braked towing capacity is 2722kg.
The 2020 Genesis GV80 consumes 9.8L/100km on the combined cycle in the 2.5T RWD, 10.4L/100km in the 2.5T AWD, 8.8L/100km in the 3.0D and 11.7L/100km in the 3.5T.
The GV80 has an 80L fuel tank.
The 2020 Genesis GV80 measures 4945mm long, 1715mm tall and 1975mm wide excluding the exterior mirrors, with a 2955mm wheelbase.
Total luggage space is 727L, expanding to 2144L with the rear seats folded.
The GV80 has yet to be tested by ANCAP.
All models come standard with the Genesis Active Safety Control suite, which includes autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, a junction turning and crossing function, and evasive steering assist.
Other safety features include:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Driver attention warning
- Lane-following assist
- Lane-keeping assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Safe exit assist
There are also 10 airbags, including a front centre side airbag. Models equipped with the Luxury Package add reverse parking collision avoidance.
The GV80 2.5T comes standard with the following features:
- 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Satellite navigation with augmented reality
- DAB+ digital radio
- 12.0-inch head-up display
- 12-way power front seats with four-way adjustable lumbar
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- 21-speaker Harman 1050W Lexicon premium sound system
- Adjustable ambient lighting
- Qi wireless phone charging
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Power tailgate
- Adaptive high beam
- 360-degree camera with a 3D surround view function
- Adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go
- Panoramic sunroof
- Leather upholstery
- Leather dash, console and door trim
- Open-pore real wood trim
- Dual-zone climate control
- LED headlights
- Proximity entry with push-button start
- 40:20:40 split-fold sliding and reclining rear seat
- Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
The 2.5T AWD adds a third row of seats.
The 3.0D AWD and 3.5T AWD add:
- 22-inch alloy wheels
- Adaptive suspension
The $10,000 Luxury Package, available on all models, adds:
- Reverse parking collision avoidance
- Nappa quilted leather upholstery
- Suede headliner
- LED matrix headlights
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- Active noise control
- Remote parking assist
- Tri-zone climate control
- Soft close doors
- 18-way power driver’s seat with massaging
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated and ventilated second-row seats
- Power-adjustable second-row seats
- Power-adjustable third-row seats (AWD models only)
Matte paint is a $2000 option.
The 2020 Genesis GV80 has complimentary scheduled servicing for the first five years or 50,000km, whichever comes first. This is in addition to the company’s five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.
Genesis buyers also receive five years of free 24/7 roadside assistance. The company will also pick up and return your GV80 from servicing appointments and loan you a courtesy vehicle.