The interior layout, fit and finish
The driving position is tough to fault and it’s super easy to set everything up just the way you want it. That’s because all versions of the Genesis GV80 come with fully electric front seats as standard, including adjustable lumbar support, and even the steering wheel moves up and down and in and out at the touch of a button.
The windscreen pillars get in the way a bit at junctions and roundabouts (the problem is worse if you’re tall) but you shouldn’t have any issues manoeuvring into tight spots thanks to a standard rear-view camera and sensors at either end of the car.
Fortunately, there is another way to control the system: using a controller between the front seats. It works a bit like a first-generation iPod because there’s a scroll wheel that you spin with your finger to, well, scroll down the screen, plus a button in the middle to press when you want to make a selection. It doesn’t take long to get used to, although it's not as intuitive as the larger iDrive rotary controller in the BMW X5.
You get smartphone mirroring for Android and Apple devices as standard on all GV80s, along with a nine-speaker sound system. The optional 18-speaker Lexicon system is well worth considering if you like to crank up the volume, though – it resists distortion and the sound quality is excellent.
As for interior quality, the GV80 isn’t quite a match for the best German rivals, but we reckon it edges the Land Rover Discovery. Admittedly, our experience is limited to range-topping Luxury Line models with the optional nappa Leather Seats Pack, but the GV80 feels sturdier inside than, say, a Mercedes GLE (the indicator stalks feel particularly classy). Only some cheap, scratchy plastic around the centre of the steering wheel lets the side down.