The first area where the GV80 struggles a little in comparison to its rivals is the engine performance. The stats are decent, with 0-62mph achievable in 6.9 seconds, but when you’re behind the wheel, it does feel ever so sluggish. When paired with a gearbox that has a slow kick-down, it becomes apparent that this is the compromise you’re making when opting for the GV80, but it’s certainly not poor enough to ruin the experience.
Where this Genesis does shine is ride comfort. We had a couple of four hour plus drives in the GV80 and we feel confident enough to say that it’s, at the very worst, an equal to its German rivals. We’ll come onto the interior comfort shortly, but the ride comfort really is almost class leading, and for such an important factor in luxury SUV purchasing decisions, Genesis has understood the assignment.
Adding to the smooth and comfortable drive, the handling is another plus point. The steering is light enough when pootling around town, but firms up nicely for those motorway miles. For a car of the GV80’s size, it is surprisingly accomplished when being pushed around corners a little faster than the manufacturer might have intended. There is a slight numbness to the feedback, but it’s acceptable for a car of this size that’s majoring on driver comfort rather than engagement.
I do have one small qualm with the driving experience and that’s the assisted driving suite. The list of features looks pretty impressive at first glance. It has adaptive cruise control and lane assist which work fairly well, not much to complain about there, but there really needs to be a shortcut button to turn off the speed limit assist warning.
Now, before you start lambasting me for speeding, let me explain. The route from Manchester to Goodwood has a plethora of variable speed limits currently and I’ve managed to come to terms with them. However, the GV80 continuously ‘bongs’ even if you are doing 40mph in a 40 zone. So, in order to enjoy the four-minute guitar solo in Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ without a continuous bonging sound, I have to sit at 39mph and have traffic slowly but surely creep up to the back of the Genesis and get mildly frustrated at me. As a British man, this is what’s known as extreme social embarrassment.