- The 2021 Genesis GV80 configurator is live!
- The best GV80 configurations are obvious, and we'll tell you why.
- If you need a third row of seating, prepare to pony up.
The all-new 2021 Genesis GV80 will play a key role within the Hyundai/Kia empire, providing a luxury-brand SUV experience for those who aren't suitably impressed by the cheaper Palisade and Telluride. Although the GV80 rolls on its own rear-wheel-drive architecture, it shares the corporate mission of disrupting the marketplace with unexpected style and refinement at an appealing price. In the GV80's case, pricing starts at $49,925 including destination, or just a smidge more than a fully loaded Telluride.
But now that the GV80 configurator is live on the Genesis website, how should you spec yours? It might be hard to find the sweet spot, since the GV80 promises luxury and value in equal parts. Fortunately, we've sifted through the order guide and crunched the numbers so you don't have to. If we had to put our own money down, here are our preferred configurations of the new GV80.
Spec #1: The Value Play ($54,225)
The Telluride and Palisade are great on their own, offering a surprisingly premium feel compared to the competition. It makes sense, then, that even the GV80's more affordable variants are brimming with appeal. If you're simply looking to upgrade from the Palisade/Telluride range to a luxury SUV, we recommend the standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive — known as the GV80 2.5T I4 RWD — plus the reasonably priced Advanced package. In rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q7, we've found that the base four-cylinder engines deliver sufficient power, and the GV80's Advanced package adds a ton of desirable features, including ventilated front seats and a 21-speaker audio system. Factoring in destination charges and your choice of metallic paint, this GV80 will run you a modest $54,225, just 10 percent more than a base GV80 with no options.