2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D AWD Luxury (car review)

TALK about putting pressure on yourself. Genesis has taken the gloves off in the battle for luxury SUV supremacy with its very first offering – the GV80. It’s an impressive car, with plenty of power and loads of quality appointments.

Offered to us in Matterhorn White (a truly cool matte colour that sets this car apart, from the outset), the 2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D AWD Luxury package is a thing of beauty and performance, thanks to its 204kW turbo diesel power plant, pushing out 588Nm of torque.

On the matter of colour, you can also opt for Uyuni White, Savile Silver, Gold Coast Silver, Himalayan Grey, Vik Black, Lima Red, Cardiff Green, Adriatic Blue in gloss, or Melbourne Grey and Brunswick Green, in matte finish.

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Buyers are spoiled for choice with interior trims too, with four to choose from, including Obsidian Black, Vanilla Beige (as found in our test vehicle and a combination of biege and black), Urban Brown (which swaps the black for brown), and Dune Beige.

The last of these features a Navy Blue dash and steering wheel, with Tan seats and surrounds. You can also go as far as customising the wood trim by choosing from Metallic Ash or Black.

If you haven’t got the idea yet, this car screams luxury. All of this is finished off with heated and cooling seats, as well as a heated steering wheel. There’s a massive 14.5-inch HD infotainment system too, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Complementing it is a 21-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, and some neat, if not a little quirky, features, like passenger talk. This allows the front microphones to pick up voices in the front seats and relay what you’ve said to passengers in the back.

There’s also quiet mode, which lets you play music in the front seats only. A super handy feature when you have small children asleep in the rear of the car. Gears are managed through a glass dial selector, and there’s an automatic handbrake.

Keyless entry and push button start are a given here, but the Genesis GV80 also comes with a cool parking feature, allowing you to move the car forward and backwards, from the key. It’s super handy if you find yourself in tight parking spaces.

Self-closing doors round out some of the standout technology features. There’s loads of storage in the 7-seat SUV too, with great leg and head room in the second row. Third row seats are pretty good too.

The Genesis is loaded with safety features too, including its own Active Safety package, which includes ABS, EBD, brake and hill start assist, and blind spot monitoring. The last of these includes camera footage in the instrument cluster when you put your blinker on.

Driver attention warning, forward collision alert, high beam assist, lane follow assist and a full 3D surround view camera also feature. Holographic imaging in the camera view makes low speed driving and parking the big SUV a breeze.

On the road, the diesel engine offers plenty of grunt, with the GV80 ticking the fuel over at a claimed 8.8-litres/100km. For us, in real world testing, that was more like 9.7-litres/100km – which is still a damn solid number.

The suspension system delivers genuine comfort while driving, but we did notice a fair bit of body roll when taking corners. The turning circle is pretty damn average too, and you’ll be forced into a three-point turn situation in average width streets.

It’s a very easy car to love though, and one that gives you a real feeling of opulence when you’re cruising about. Genesis has nailed the luxury feel, and the buying process is pretty much effortless, thanks to fixed price purchasing.

It’s just like ordering a very expensive pizza. You choose the colours and options you want, add on the Luxury pack (in the case of our test vehicle), and voila, you can drive away in the 2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D AWD Luxury for $115,016.

Our test vehicle was provided by Genesis Motors Australia. To find out more about the 2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D AWD Luxury, contact your local Genesis dealer.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros - luxurious; feels opulent on the road; comfortable ride.
Cons - price point; poor turning circle; fiddly touchpad for infotainment system.
Courtney Lorking
Courtney Lorking
Courtney has a passion for cars, having began her working life as a mechanic and then moved on to other roles within the automotive industry. She's the author of the book Love Yourself First, Mumma and a proud single mum.


  1. 588Nm of torque is very impressive. Must make cruising and overtaking very stress free.

    But the reason I bought Korean (not German) when I traded my 11 year old XR6T, is that Korean cars are cheaper than German marques.
    $115k is not cheap.

    It’d be nice to see these mechanicals in a poverty packish Kia or Hyundai. A bit like the 3.3L V6 in Stingers and G70s.

    Ben Tate.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> luxurious; feels opulent on the road; comfortable ride.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> price point; poor turning circle; fiddly touchpad for infotainment system.2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D AWD Luxury (car review)