Genesis GV80 review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Genesis GV80 2021 interior infotainment
  • Genesis GV80 2021 front tracking
  • Genesis GV80 2021 rear right tracking
  • Genesis GV80 2021 interior dashboard
  • Genesis GV80 2021 boot open
  • Genesis GV80 2021 interior infotainment
  • Genesis GV80 2021 front right tracking
  • Genesis GV80 2021 left tracking
  • Genesis GV80 2021 front detail
  • Genesis GV80 2021 headlight detail
  • Genesis GV80 2021 interior front seats
  • Genesis GV80 2021 interior detail
  • Genesis GV80 2021 front tracking
  • Genesis GV80 2021 rear right tracking
  • Genesis GV80 2021 interior dashboard
  • Genesis GV80 2021 boot open
  • Genesis GV80 2021 interior infotainment
  • Genesis GV80 2021 front right tracking
  • Genesis GV80 2021 left tracking
  • Genesis GV80 2021 front detail
  • Genesis GV80 2021 headlight detail
  • Genesis GV80 2021 interior front seats
  • Genesis GV80 2021 interior detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Genesis GV80 starts at broadly the same price as the Audi Q7, so it’s more expensive than the Land Rover Discovery and cheaper than the BMW X5. That’s only one dimension of costs, though – it’s important to factor in long-term ownership bills and what you’re actually getting for your money too.

Long-term costs aren’t helped by the fact that the GV80 is predicted to suffer depreciation faster than all of those rivals we’ve just named. That's an unfortunate consequence of the Genesis brand not having the long and illustrious history here of its big European rivals. Neither of the engines is particularly economical either, and high CO2 emissions mean all versions of the GV80 fall in the top (37%) band of benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax.

Overview

The Genesis GV80 combines an excellent Euro NCAP safety score with a smooth diesel engine and plenty of kit for the money. It can’t compete with the best German alternatives as an all-round package, though.

  • Smooth diesel engine
  • Smooth diesel engine
  • Promise of outstanding customer service
  • Disappointing ride comfort
  • Resale values could be better
  • Limited head room in third row seats