2025 Genesis GV80 First Drive: A Commendable Mid-Cycle Update

● Auto123 conducts a first test of the 2025 Genesis GV80

Fort Worth, Texas — SON-NIM! This was Genesis’ watchword during our Texas getaway. This Korean term translates to “guest of honor,” a phrase that may seem obscure to many. For three days, Genesis insisted on this notion. This expression reveals Genesis’ desire to prioritize welcome, to make each customer feel privileged.

In Fort Worth, we had the opportunity to drive the 2025 GV80 and chat with the product engineers and brand manager. Introduced in Canada in 2021, the SUV benefits from a subtle, but effective update.

The vehicle was already performing well, limiting the need for major modifications. However, some aesthetic touches have been made to the exterior, while inside, the on-board technologies benefit from more substantial, but less visible, improvements.

2025 Genesis GV80 — what’s new?

With these mid-cycle updates, Genesis is seeking to revitalize its flagship model, which is responsible for a third of Genesis sales in Canada, with nearly 7,000 units sold in 2023.

The modifications include aesthetic touches to the front and rear, reinforcing its already very classic appearance.

Inside, the changes are more marked: the dashboard and center console have been completely redesigned to offer improved ergonomics and aesthetics.

On the technological side, the GV80 benefits from significant updates, with advanced on-board instrumentation, an increase in comfort features and a strengthening of safety elements.

Genesis GV80 2025, in profileGenesis GV80 2025, in profile

Design of the Genesis GV80 2025 – 8.0/10

At the front, the huge two-structure grille catches the eye, topped with a metallic logo that accentuates the vehicle’s level of luxury. The headlights benefit from small twinkle lights, adding a dramatic shine when the vehicle approaches.

Additionally, large air vents have been added to the bottom of the front bumper, reinforcing the rugged appearance of the GV80.

At the rear, the changes are more discreet. The exhaust is now hidden, the lights have LED lamps and magnificent 22-inch rims complete the package.

The 2025 GV80 comes in nine colors, including three matte shades exclusive to Canada.

Genesis GV80 2025, interiorGenesis GV80 2025, interior

Inside
The Genesis GV80’s most significant changes appear inside. The cockpit now sports an impressive 27-inch screen, merging the driver’s screen and the multimedia screen.

As soon as you sit behind the wheel, the new design of the latter, as well as the changes made to the buttons, immediately capture the attention. Genesis was able to make everything even more harmonious.

Just below the huge screen, the center console has been widened and keeps its climate system controls independent from the others, a nice touch on Genesis’ part. The improvements don’t stop there: higher models benefit from a new Bang & Olufsen audio system, which looks great. To control everything, the two rotary dials have been updated and are now easy to grip.

The interior also features new finishes with five color options for seats and trim.

Genesis GV80 2025, center consoleGenesis GV80 2025, center console

The technology of the Genesis GV80 2025 – 7.5/10

Perhaps the most striking and visible element inside the Genesis GV80 is the 27-inch OLED screen, which centralizes all essential driver information as well as multimedia features. You either like it or you don’t like it (not so much, personally), but according to representatives of the brand, the demand for a large screen size exists, and customers appreciate this feature.

The unit could be better integrated into the dashboard for a cleaner look, like what Mercedes and Porsche offer, whose integrations are more successful.

Despite the imposing size of the screen, handling its interface remains intuitive, whether with your fingertips or via the control wheel located on the central console.

Genesis GV80 2025, wheelGenesis GV80 2025, wheel

In terms of comfort, the GV80 has benefited from notable improvements. A new electronically controlled suspension management uses the front ADAS camera to read the road surface and optimize driving comfort. In addition, the vehicle also minimizes external noise thanks to an active noise cancellation system, helping to create a cozy atmosphere, enhanced with different scents depending on the desired level of comfort.

Safety technology is also beefed up, with considerable updates such as Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Intelligent Speed ​​Limit Assist and a new Genesis Digital Key that enables key sharing via iMessage.

Other features include a state-of-the-art multimedia system incorporating cloud-connected capabilities, dynamic voice recognition and over-the-air software updates.

With this latest addition, the GV80 will continue to receive updates. Among the new features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be accessible wirelessly from mid-2025. This update will also include lane keeping assistance, driver attention warning, distance warning parking, anti-collision parking assistance, blind spot collision avoidance assistance, remote parking assistance, and adaptive cruise control management.

Genesis GV80 2025, three-quarter frontGenesis GV80 2025, three-quarter front

Engine of the Genesis GV80 2025 – 7.5/10

The Genesis GV80 retains its two engines; a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine developing 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, as well as a 3.5-liter V6 producing 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. This engine blends perfectly with the structural advances of the vehicle.

These engines offer fuel economy ratings of 9.8/8.1/8.9 liters/100 km and 14.7/10.7/12.4 liters/100 km (city, highway and combined), respectively.

The vehicle is based on the third generation of Genesis’ rear-wheel drive platform, which benefits from extensive use of hot-stamped parts and high-strength steel for increased crash safety. Through the use of aluminum for the doors, hood and tailgate, as well as the adoption of lightweight technologies, the body structure of the SUV has been optimized to reduce weight while maintaining the level of safety.

2025 Genesis GV80, three-quarter rear2025 Genesis GV80, three-quarter rear

Driving the 2025 Genesis GV80 – 8.5/10

We got behind the wheel of the Genesis GV80 early in the morning for a drive of about two hours. Equipped with the V6 engine, the vehicle proves very competent in a variety of driving situations. Although the engine is not extremely powerful, it responds adequately to requests without overly excelling. When you suddenly increase the cadence, the sound of the engine does not necessarily encourage continued dynamic driving. However, at steady speed, the GV80 offers a limousine-like experience.

Overall, its ride is impeccable, and the way it moves on the road rivals that of top luxury car brands. Compared to its direct competitors, the GV80 has nothing to be ashamed of and is even superior in certain aspects.

The official fuel consumption of the Genesis GV80 is 12.4 litres/100 km on the combined cycle. During our test, mainly on country roads, we recorded an average consumption of 11.2 liters per 100 km.

2025 Genesis GV80, hood badge2025 Genesis GV80, hood badge

Prices for the 2025 Genesis GV80 in Canada

Canadian pricing has not yet been announced. They will be in the coming weeks.

Some of your questions regarding the 2025 Genesis GV80

Can we consider the GV80 a true luxury vehicle?
In terms of substance, yes. Even if Genesis is not as well known as Mercedes, Audi or BMW, the brand can boast of starting to overshadow its competitors. People I know who switched from Audi to Genesis, including purchasing the GV80, are happy with it and don’t regret their decision.

Is the GV80 available with three rows of seats?
Yes. And all seats are electrically adjustable.

Genesis GV80 2025, flagshipGenesis GV80 2025, flagship

The final word
Improving an already efficient vehicle is a relatively easy exercise. Genesis has made its flagship SUV more luxurious, comfortable and fun to drive.

There remain a few gaps that should be filled for this vehicle to be considered a luxury product in its own right. For example, while the driver benefits from a massaging seat, the front passenger does not have access to this option, even in the most equipped version. Likewise, although the vehicle allows you to control up to four climate zones, it is curiously missing the automatic heating and cooling function for the front seats, a feature that is included as standard with several competitors. These are details, of course, but they are crucial for customers seeking comfort and absolute luxury.

Despite these small shortcomings, the Genesis GV80 remains an excellent vehicle that fully deserves its place in our market, in particular thanks to the exceptional quality of its handling.

Competitors of the 2025 Genesis GV80

  • – Acura MDX
  • – Audi Q7
  • –BMW X5
  • –Lexus GX
  • – Mercedes-Benz GLE

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