2024 Genesis GV80 SUV and Coupe review

Andrea Matthews

Posted May 30, 2024

Genesis has updated the GV80 luxury SUV with the addition of a new coupe bodystyle, but the diesel GV80 engine option is gone, in favour of its single 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine.

Genesis - the luxury arm of Hyundai - says it is making purchasing a GV80 large luxury SUV more straightforward. All Genesis GV80 models are now exclusively all-wheel drive, and all luxury features are now standard instead of an option. While this does raise the entry price of the GV80, Genesis said 95 per cent of buyers were selecting the luxury pack anyway, so it is effectively simplifying the purchase process. 

Design wise, the big news with the updated GV80 is the arrival of a Coupe bodystyle, which now also positions the GV80 a budget-friendly alternative to the pricier BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. 

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The first Genesis GV80 Coupe

The Genesis GV80 is now offered with a coupe bodystyle, in line with its European counterparts. Image: Supplied.


How much does a 2025 Genesis GV80 cost?

There are now two bodystyles on offer in the Genesis GV80 large SUV line-up, the newly introduced five-seat Coupe and updated SUV which is available in both six-seat and seven-seat configurations. All GV80 models are powered by a 3.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The most affordable model is the Genesis GV80 SUV with seven seats from $130,000 with a six-seat executive version of the SUV taking the price to $133,000. The Genesis GV80 Coupe starts from $136,000, putting it close to its main competition from Europe where BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Porsche each offer a coupe version of their own large SUV.

What technology is included in the Genesis GV80?

The Genesis GV80 features a long list of standard inclusions headlined by its technology and impressive 27-inch widescreen display that houses both infotainment and drive information display.

GV80 features such as Bang and Olufsen sound system with 18 speakers, cabin fragrance system and fingerprint authentication to access personalised driver settings add to the luxe factor. Rear seat passengers don't miss out in the GV80, with the inclusion of an optional $4500 rear seat entertainment system featuring twin 14.6-inch media displays and access to streaming platforms ensuring two rear seat passengers can each access their own entertainment choices while travelling.

In addition to its long list of luxury features which are typically added options from other brands, Genesis says it will offer a wide range of customisation options so buyers can personalise their car to their own preference. This effectively means the Genesis GV80 is built-to-order with a production lead time of 2-3 months.

A new 22 inch alloy wheel and Michelin Pilot Sport tyre package is added as standard to the GV80, with the SUV receiving light exterior updates from original launch model.

Ten exterior paint colours, including three optional matte colours, are available across both the GV80 SUV and Coupe, while new colour Bering Blue is available exclusively on the Coupe. Five interior colours in Nappa leather are available on the SUV, with an additional six available on the Coupe. Reflecting the sportier design focus of the GV80 Coupe, all upholstery has contrast stitching with matching seatbelts while the interior trim is exclusively real carbon fibre in the Coupe. Four optional trims including a printed weave and real wood are available for selection in the GV80 SUV.

How much does it cost to service a 2025 Genesis GV80?

Genesis offers one of the best aftersales packages in the segment for GV80 buyers. The initial purchase price includes the first five years of scheduled servicing (up to 50,000kms), a five year unlimited kilometre warranty and 10 years of roadside assistance if you service your car with Genesis.

The Genesis GV80 cabin combines technology with luxury
The Genesis GV80 has a high end interior. Image: Supplied.
The Genesis GV80 has a rotary dial for infotainment, and one gear shifter which can be mistaken for eachother. Image: Supplied.

What is the Genesis GV80 like inside?

The Genesis GV80 is a sumptuous large SUV which has been designed to a luxury brief, and it executes on it very well. There's a high level of finish and detail which creates a comfortable environment for driver and passengers.

As you'd expect for price, the attention to detail is excellent in the GV80 with heated and ventilated massaging seats in the front, and heating and ventilated seats to the second row passengers. A fragrance system enhances the GV80's cabin ambience in case it doesn't feel quite luxurious already. 

Space is abundant for the first two rows with the two sunroofs bringing in plenty of light, which makes the cabin feel even more spacious. In the GV80 SUV model, the third row seats are mainly for children but could accommodate small adults or short journeys. With the third row in play, there is at least sufficient boot space in the GV80 for school and gym bags if you're using the extra seats to transport your kids' team mates from matches.

The Genesis GV80 Coupe has more overt sports styling compared to the SUV, including matching seat belts and rear carbon fibre. Overall, the cabin of GV80 Coupe will appeal to a different large SUV buyer - one that doesn't have as many passengers to carry on a regular basis. 


The Genesis GV80 Coupe has plenty of room in the rear

The Genesis GV80 Coupe has plenty of room in the rear.


How much boot space does the Genesis GV80 have?

Both seating configurations of the GV80 offer 745 litres of space with the third row down, which may be extended to 1097 litres with the second row folded. 

The GV80 Coupe has a smaller 644L cargo carrying capacity with the second row up, or 1033L with the second row down.

How much can you tow with the Genesis GV80?

The Genesis GV80 has a braked towing capacity of 2722kg.


2024 GenesisGV80 boot

The Genesis GV80 SUV has a large flexible boot space.


Is the Genesis GV80 good to drive?

The Genesis GV80 is now exclusively available with the single 3.5-litre V6 twin turbocharged petrol engine which generates 279kW and 530Nm. The V6 delivers plenty of punch, but is thirsty with a claimed fuel usage of 11.7L/100km (ADR Combined).

The Gv80's ride is compliant. Whether sitting in the driver's position or as passenger, the GV80 delivers an environment in which you feel cosseted - which is reflected in how the car drives and handles. The Genesis is not overtly sporty, but the steering feel is decent, and there isn't too much noise that comes up from the larger alloy wheels, although a smaller wheel may well have delivered a less wallowy ride.

If you're looking for a more rewarding or sporty drive, the Mercedes-Benz GLC43 is more likely to appeal. Combined with its driving dynamics, the GV80's engine is quite noisy but doesn't boast the raucous exhaust note that you might expect from a twin turbocharged V6. 

Genesis GV80 interior

The Genesis GV80 interior can be customised with a range of colours and design.


How safe is the Genesis GV80?

The Genesis GV80 update introduces new safety technology to the SUV including Hyundai Highway Driving Assist 2 with improved smart cruise control, In Cabin Camera to monitor driver attention and upgraded forward collision avoidance assist, lane following assist and remote smart parking.

Ten airbags are fitted as standard and two ISOFIX child safety anchoring points are fitted in the second row. The new Genesis GV80 SUV and Coupe are not currently safety rated by ANCAP.

2024 GenesisGV80 SUV

The Genesis GV80 SUV has a distinctive grille and presence on the road.


Should I buy a Genesis GV80?

Genesis says that it is attracting a wide range of buyers who are stepping up from its Hyundai brand or moving across from European vehicles that have become more expensive to maintain.

The brand's GV80 does represent relative affordability against its competitive set with the included standard features and servicing offering real appeal to buyers.

This is a sumptuous large SUV which has been designed to meet its luxury brief, and executes on it very well. There's clearly a high level of finish and detail in the GV80. For a family of two adults and two teenagers, the GV80 SUV six seater with the captain's chairs is an obvious pick. Any family that's transporting big kids or adults frequently in the second row will find that the GV80 offers incredibly comfortable accommodation - and if you're moving about smaller children well they're just going to feel like royalty.

With so many manufacturers introducing full electric or hybrid options, the GV80's powertrain may feel a bit old hat, but drivers looking for a conventional and comfortable large SUV will be delighted with their purchase.

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