GENESIS

GENESIS GV80 DIESEL ESTATE 3.0D 272 Luxury Line 5dr Auto AWD [7 Seat]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2231 g/km

Genesis is a new Korean luxury automotive brand that has big plans for Europe. Starting with this GV80 large luxury SUV. It probably won't be a car on your wish list if you're looking at a big seven-seat crossover of this kind, but it comes with everything you could want as standard, plus it offers superb refinement, outstanding interior quality and a rather unique sales and after-care package. If you're after something a bit different in this segment, it could be just what you're looking for.

THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING BIG?

New luxury brand Genesis offers this GV80 large SUV. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

Genesis is a new Korean luxury automotive brand that has big plans for Europe. Starting with this GV80 large luxury SUV. It probably won't be a car on your wish list if you're looking at a big seven-seat crossover of this kind, but it comes with everything you could want as standard, plus it offers superb refinement, outstanding interior quality and a rather unique sales and after-care package. If you're after something a bit different in this segment, it could be just what you're looking for.

Background

You'll have noticed just how much higher quality Korean-made cars are these days. To the point where both Hyundai and Kia now feel justified selling their largest, most luxurious models at or around the £50,000 mark. But is our market ready for a proper premium luxury brand from Korea? The US market has been for some time and the Hyundai Motor Group's Genesis brand has done quite well there. One of its models, a large saloon, was sold here between 2015 and 2017, badged as the Hyundai Genesis, but only 50 were shifted before the car was quietly deleted. Now though, the European market is much more open to premium Korean products and the Genesis brand launched here with two models, the G80 (a large luxury saloon), and our subject here, the GV80, a large luxury SUV. Mid-size G70 saloon, G70 Shooting Brake and GV70 SUV models quickly followed, as will various EVs.

Driving Experience

The GV80 launches with a straight-six 278PS diesel, with the alternative of a 304PS 2.5-litre four cylinder turbo petrol unit if you prefer to fuel from the green pump. Both are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. With either engine, you can expect exceptional levels of drive refinement, aided by special noise cancelling technology. You'll need to avoid the largest 22-inch wheels if you want an exceptional level of ride quality to match this. Damping is aided by a camera that monitors the road surface and adjusts the suspension to suit the tarmac tears and pot holes you're about to pass over. Through the twists and turns, you'll certainly feel the size and weight of this luxury SUV - it tips the scales at over 2300kg. But likely buyers aren't people who are going to want to throw this car about. They will though, want the latest in semi-autonomous drive tech - which of course is provided here. Along with plenty of gadgets, including a self-parking system that will parallel park your GV80 for you via the remote while you stand outside the car. Ideal if you're trying to get into a really tight space.

Design and Build

The GV80 certainly has plenty of road presence - some even see hints of Bentley Bentayga here. Size-wise, it's a lot smaller than one of those, measuring 4,945mm long, which puts it somewhere between a BMW X5 and an Audi Q7 in terms of length. It'll make a decent enough statement at the golf club, an imposing G-Matrix front grille dominating an upright front end featuring the brand so-called 'two lines' design language. This references the split-front LED headlights, as well as the bi-level illuminated side vents and the rear tail lamps. Inside, there's a very high quality feel and an almost Bentley-like knurled finish to some items of switchgear. And of course there's the usual huge centre touchscreen, accompanied by a digital instrument cluster. The seats are superb and the quality of leather upholstery impeccable. There's very comfortable space for two adults in the second row and Genesis offers the option of third row seating too, though there won't be quite as much space at the very back as you'd get in the back of a competing Land Rover Discovery; it's a match for what you get in an Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90 though. Out back, with five seats in place, there's 727-litre boot, which is more than you'd get in a BMW X5 or a Mercedes GLE.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £57,000 for the 3.0-litre 278PS diesel variant most will want. You'll need £500 more if you want it with seven seats. You can also talk to Genesis about a 304PS 2.5-litre petrol version. There's a choice of either 'Premium Line' or 'Luxury Line' trim levels. These prices are comparable with the entry-level figures for cars like Audi's Q7, Volvo's XC90 or the Mercedes GLE, but with those models, you'll need to spend a lot more to get a comparable level of equipment that fitted with the GV80. Just about everything you can imagine is fitted as standard. Genesis doesn't have a network of UK dealerships. Instead, everything is done via so-called Genesis 'Studios' - which will be shopfronts in upmarket shopping centres. One has already been opened in London and others will follow. But you don't have to go to one of those. You simply connect with Genesis online, then you'll be allocated your own Genesis Personal Assistant who'll take you through the sales process, from test drive to delivery - and they'll deal with after-care as well. This Assistant won't be salaried on commission as an ordinary car salesperson would be, so you won't get any hard sell.

Cost of Ownership

You won't be expecting a large, heavy SUV to be particularly economic and this one isn't. WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel economy for the diesel is rated at between 31.5-33.1mpg. The CO2 figure for the diesel is up to 220g/km, which puts this variant in a 37% BiK tax band. For this 2.5-litre petrol version, the economy figures are 25.3-26.1mpg, with a CO2 reading of up to 241g/km. Insurance for the diesel is rated at either 46D or 48D, depending on trim. For this petrol version, it's groups 45D to 47D. Every Genesis is covered by a 5 year Care Plan which includes scheduled servicing for 5 years or 50,000 miles. With each service visit, Genesis will collect and return the car to your door. This also applies to any necessary work required, including warranty work. You simply contact your Genesis Personal Assistant to make it happen. Who can also arrange a courtesy car. The 5 year Care Plan also includes updates to in-car navigational maps. And there's complimentary subscription to Genesis Connected Services, which will allow you to access information services from your 'phone to digitally enhance your ownership experience.

Summary

Recent history is littered with would-be premium brands that never quite gained mainstream acceptance in Europe. Will Genesis be any different? There are grounds for thinking so. It has the might of the Hyundai Motor Group behind it. The customer service approach being offered here seems genuinely appealing. And, if this GV80 model is anything to go on, the product seems strong. Whether you'll like it will probably depend on what you think of the established premium brands. If you're a little tired of them and their snooty dealerships, then you might find Genesis - and this model in particular - to be something of a breath of fresh air. To appreciate the GV80, you'll need to be someone who defines driving enjoyment in terms of a lowering rather than a raising of the heartbeat. But if you are, then there's lots to like here, particularly if you happen to find the styling distinctive. In a few years time, it'll be strange to think that we even doubted that Korea could bring us a credible premium automotive brand. And Genesis will be the reason why.

  • Auto defog and rain sensing wipers
  • Laminated front window glass
  • Power front and rear windows with auto down/up
  • Rear wiper
  • Windshield acoustic film

  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ABS + ESC + HAC + MCB (Multi Collision Brake)
  • Silver colour brake caliper A-type

  • Electronically controlled suspension

  • E-call
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Without wireless phone charger
  • Bluetooth with voice recognition

  • Manual speed limit assist (MSLA)
  • Without head Up display
  • Without dual rear monitor
  • Without reverse PCA (parking collision-avoidance assist)
  • Without RSPA (remote smart parking assist)
  • Without BVM (blind-spot view monitor)
  • Without HDA (highway driving sssist) II
  • Driver attention warning
  • Reversing camera with dynamic guide lines
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Intelligent speed limit assist (ISLA)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot collision avoidance assist rear (BCA-R)
  • Rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist (RCCA)
  • Drive mode select
  • Rack-mounted motor driven power steering R-MDPS [CTAA] with variable gear ratio steering
  • Proximity sensor for front doors
  • Lane keeping assist (LKA) - road edge
  • Smart cruise control (NSCC-R) with stop and start

  • Power tailgate with hands free open
  • Without active road noise canceling

  • 8" Color LCD cluster display + analog gauge
  • Trip computer

  • Power folding heated electrochromic outside Mirrors with Genesis logo puddle lamps
  • Electrochromic inside mirrors

  • Real wood trim
  • Leatherette dashboard

  • 2 USB front (1 data + 1 charge)/2 USB rear (charge only)
  • Without speaker rear quarter
  • Tweeter + external AMP and front centre speaker
  • 14.5" Navi screen + DAB radio + Phone mirroring + Genesis connected

  • Outside door handles chrome coating
  • Black painted dual rear muffler and chrome coating
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • Full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL)
  • Full LED rear combination lamps
  • LED side fender lamp
  • Auto high beam + dusk sensor
  • 3rd brake light
  • LED rear fog lamps

  • Premium air filter
  • Console ventilation duct
  • Without A/C inverter (220V)
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • 3 zone auto air conditioning in rear

  • Cargo screen and net
  • Walk in switch (RR)
  • Rear luggage cover
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Drink holder at centre armrest
  • Power tilt telescopic steering wheel
  • Lever type paddle shifter
  • Leatherette console box
  • Power outlet for trunk
  • Power outlet for rear lower centre console
  • Standard a/b/c pillars
  • Without center armrest with control box
  • Console storage box with dual pop

  • Adjustable interior ambient lighting

  • Trailer pack - GV80

  • 10 airbags - Driver knee, front, enhanced front side and rollover-sensing side curtain, rear seat-mounted side, front center
  • Child anchor
  • Power child lock with safety exit assist
  • Forward collision avoidance system with pedestrian and cyclist (FCA-CYC)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Without rear side curtain
  • ISOFIX rear child anchor with upper and lower
  • Manual child lock in rear doors
  • Front thorax and pelvis + rear thorax + side curtain (ff/rr) airbag

  • Memory function for driver + electric adjustment for passenger
  • 2nd row heating floor output
  • Quilting for seats
  • Without quilting for seats
  • 2 way electric height adjust front passenger seat
  • 50:50 Split back folding for 3rd row seats
  • Without rear seat alert W/sensor
  • 2 way electric cushion tilt up for driver and passenger
  • 4 way manual headrest adjust for front seats
  • Non ventilated seats for 1st and 2nd row
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • 4 way electrically adjustable drivers seat
  • 2 way electric height adjustable driver's seat
  • 4 way electrically adjustable passenger seat
  • 2 individual 3rd row seats
  • 5 passenger seating

  • Proximity key with push button start
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Without front and rear soft door close

  • Driver and passenger standard sunvisor

  • Michelin tyres

  • 22" alloy wheels

  • Tyre mobility kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 239
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 302
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 313
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 235
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 249
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 195
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 201
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 234
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 237
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 238
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 231

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 16.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 2996

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 24.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 23.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 31.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 29.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 38
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 36.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 31.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 31.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 32
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 31
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 11.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 11.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 9.1

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 88
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 272
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Luxury Line [7seat]
  • Coin Description: D [272]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 5

  • Engine Power - KW: 200
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 434
  • Engine Torque - NM: 588
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 272
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.9
  • Top Speed: 143
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 60

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 265/40 R22
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/40 R22
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2146
  • Height: 1715
  • Length: 4945
  • Width: 1975
  • Wheelbase: 2955

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2325
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3000
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 727
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2722
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 675
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2144
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9

  • Standard audio system: Included
  • Front door speakers: Included
  • Rear door low speakers: Included

  • Metallic paint: £750
  • Pearlescent paint: £750
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Matt paint: £1,130

  • Standard headlining: Included
  • Leather upholstery with quilting + piping: Included
  • Leather steering wheel with control buttons: Included

  • 2nd and 3rd row comfort seat pack - GV80: £2,120
  • Lexicon audio system pack - GV80: £1,020
  • Comfort seat pack with lumbar support - GV80: £1,650
  • Comfort seat pack with lumbar support + 2nd and 3rd row comfort pack- GV80: £3,770
  • Sunroof pack - G80/GV80: £1,460
  • Nappa leather seat pack - GV80: £2,350

  • Metallic - Cardiff green: £750
  • Metallic - Savile silver: £750
  • Metallic - Vik black: £750
  • Metallic - Adriatic blue: £750
  • Metallic - Himalayan grey: £750
  • Metallic - Barossa burgundy: £750
  • Metallic - Uyuni white: £750

  • Pearl - Capri blue: £750

  • Solid - Alta white: £0

  • Matt - Melbourne gray: £1,130
  • Matt - Brunswick green: £1,130
  • Matt - Matterhorn white: £1,130
  • Matt - Barossa burgundy: £1,130

  • Manual side curtains: Included

  • 40:20:40 2nd row folding seats: Included
  • Without ergo motion seats for driver: Included
  • Without electric cushion extension for driver and passenger: Included
  • Without electric side bolster & lower cushion air support system for driver and passenger: Included
  • Without 2nd row electric cushion tilt adjuster rear for left and right: Included
  • Without touch power seat adjustment switch: Included

  • Electronic limited slip differential: £450

  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Obsidian black/Vanilla beige, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Ultra marine/Dune, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Obsidian black/Obsidian black, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Smoky green/maroon brown, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Nappa leather seat pack with quilting stitching - Vanilla beige/Urban brown, suede headlining: £2,350
  • Leather with punching stitching - Obsidian black/Obsidian black with quilting + piping: £0
  • Leather with punching stitching - Obsidian black/Vanilla beige with quilting + piping: £0
  • Leather with punching stitching - Vanilla beige/urban brown with quilting + piping: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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