The luxury SUV segment is filled with European manufacturers who have been dominating this space for quite a significant amount of time. Asian manufacturers generally did not dwell into this segment as their prime focus was on the affordable vehicle sector. However, all that changed with the introduction of the Genesis brand back in 2015. And in a short span of time, the brand has grown exponentially. And to continue in its stride to the top, Genesis has introduced the GV80 SUV to the luxury mid-size SUV segment from 2021. Considering its nascency, the GV80 has to compete with some veterans like the Volvo XC90. Let’s see what makes the Genesis GV80 a more well-rounded SUV than the Volvo XC90.
The Genesis GV80 is a new addition to the Genesis lineup. With a sleek and minimalistic design, the GV80 is a visual treat. The GV80 is available in four configurations – 2.5T RWD, 2.5T AWD, 3.5T AWD, 3.5T AWD Advanced+. Enamored by the 2021 Genesis GV80? Contact us today to schedule a test drive.
2021 Genesis GV80
2021 Volvo XC90
|2.5-liter Turbocharged Inline-Four Cylinder
||2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-Four Cylinder|
|300 hp / 311 ft-lbs.
||Horsepower / Torque
||250 hp / 258 ft-lbs.|
|34.9 cu. ft.
||41.8 cu. ft.|
|12-way power-adjustable, heated driver and front passenger seats
||10-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats|
|14.5-inch HD LCD Touchscreen Display||Infotainment System||Nine-inch Sensus connect Touchscreen Display|
Looking at the table above, it is clear that the GV80 is far more powerful than the Volvo XC90. The Volvo XC90 does have other powertrains on offer with the most powerful one producing 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. While this outweighs the power output of the 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine option of the GV80 that produces 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, the XC90’s power output is not linear, and this gives the GV80 a performance advantage. The hybrid options offered in the XC90 sure do offer a slightly better fuel economy. But it does not make a significant difference in fuel efficiency as the MPG figures are quite close to what is offered in the Genesis GV80.
Coming to the interiors, both the SUVs offer a luxurious and comfortable cabin experience. However, the practicality and ease-of-use aspects are better in the GV80. The standard trim comes with 12-way power-adjustable, heated front driver and front passenger seats, 14.5-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, Four USB ports, Navigation, and a 12-speaker sound system, to name some of them. The XC90 offers additional standard features like Wi-Fi Connect and a wireless charging pad. But what really lets down the XC90 is its complicated and confusing infotainment system. Hence, the GV80 takes the win in this aspect as well.
Safety is a top priority, and Genesis has a wide range of standard safety features on offer that includes Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Driver Attention Warning, to name some of the many features on offer. The GV80 has also been recognized as a 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) which is one of the most recognized vehicle safety research and inspection centers in the U.S
All in all, there is no doubt that the GV80 overpowers the Volvo XC90 in almost all aspects making it a better choice to opt for.