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Genesis GV80

(2021 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

58
%
D

Used car score:

55
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

57
%
D

Safety Rating:

83
%
A

Eco Rating:

40
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

20
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

58
%
D

Used car score:

55
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

57
%
D

Safety Rating:

83
%
A

Eco Rating:

40
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

20
%
E

Summary


The Genesis GV80 is a large SUV that arrived in the UK in Autumn 2021, pitched as an alternative to the likes of the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE in the high-end SUV market.

Genesis is a spin-off upmarket brand owned by Hyundai and the GV80, alongside the G80 saloon, is part of its first foray into the European automotive market after successes in Asia and the USA. There is another SUV available in the range, the smaller Genesis GV70.

You won’t be able to buy a Genesis at a traditional dealership; you can take a test drive from your front door on request, orders are delivered to the customer, and cars are collected from the owner for servicing over a standard five-year care plan, as the brand looks to provide an attractive premium ownership experience.

Described by Parkers as “a luxury car for non-car people”, the Genesis GV80 does not have the notoriety of its established German rivals, and therefore less resale value, but reviewers generally agree that the large SUV is a capable contender in many areas.

Auto Express affirm that the GV80’s interior quality is among the best in its class, equipped with a longer list of entry-level on-board tech than most of its competitors. What Car? also commends the GV80 for its “smooth” diesel engine, while Auto Trader highlights the GV80 for its value-for-money, calling it a “Premium SUV for regular money”.

However, despite the upfront savings, Auto Trader also points out that the Genesis GV80 has comparatively poor running costs with no hybrid models in the range, and the majority of reviewers remain unimpressed by the SUV’s ride comfort and driving dynamics, culminating in a driving experience which Top Gear labels a “let-down”.

As of January 2024, the Genesis GV80 holds a New Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 58%. Although it earns top marks for its safety rating, the rest of our categories return poor to very poor results. Also worth noting is that we don’t yet have meaningful reliability data for the GV80, so check back again soon.

GV80 highlights

  • Five years of free servicing
  • Good equipment levels
  • High-quality interior
  • Smooth diesel engine

GV80 lowlights

  • No electrification offered across range
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Rigid ride comfort
  • Rivals have more resale value

Key specifications


Body style: Large five-door SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £58,320 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 66%
Safety assist: 88%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Genesis GV80 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If it happens, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Genesis GV80 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the GV80, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models26 mpgE25 – 26 mpgE – E
Diesel models33 mpgE32 – 33 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models241 g/kmD241 – 241 g/kmD – D
Diesel models231 g/kmD231 – 231 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

The Genesis GV80 is an expensive car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t yet have servicing and maintenance costs, but the data we do have is all at the most expensive end of the spectrum. Of particular note is poor fuel consumption, since that will usually be your biggest running cost each month.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Genesis GV80 has received

2021

  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Luxury SUV

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Reviewers largely agree that the Genesis GV80 is a capable alternative to its upmarket SUV rivals, but its rigid ride comfort has left many disappointed.Genesis GV80