> First SUV from Hyundai’s luxury arm Genesis
> Choice of 2.5-litre petrol or 3.0-litre diesel engines
> Seven seat version available
> 14.5-inch infotainment screen
> On sale in coming weeks
> Prices start at £56,715
Although this is the first SUV from Genesis the GV80’s styling is in keeping with the rest of the models in its range, such as the G80 saloon – also being launched in the UK at the same time.
A vast V-shaped chrome mesh grille dominates the front end and is flanked by four slimline LEDs. At the back the rear windscreen drops sharply to meet a modest spoiler on the boot, and two chrome exhaust pipes in the same V-shape of the grille are housed in the bumper.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but one thing for sure is the styling is quite American-friendly: a market where Genesis has been selling with some success for years now.
The creases on the bonnet and the fussy-looking panels above the front wheels all go down well Stateside, as do the gigantic 22-inch alloy wheels which are available (it rides on 19-inch wheels as standard).
Things look much classier inside, where soft-touch leather coats almost every surface and the seat upholstery is deep and quilted: they look comfy enough to sleep in. Those seats can also be optioned with a massage function.
In keeping with the current fashion Genesis has gone for a minimalist design, with a small bank of buttons for things like the climate control and some rotary dials on the driver’s console, which itself looks great in wood-effect.
The cabin is airy and bright, and things should be quite calm as the GV80 features road noise cancelling technology which uses sound waves to cancel out the wind and tyre rumble.
The leather-lined dashboard features a 14.5-inch infotainment screen that boasts augmented reality technology that overlays information on real images of the road to help with sat nav guidance.
Genesis is majoring on safety with all of its cars, and the GV80 is available with a smart cruise control system which uses machine learning to learn the behaviour of the driver. It also comes with forward and rear collision avoidance systems and a driver attention alert.
One of the most enticing things about the GV80 for those with large families is the fact it can be optioned with seven seats. While the third row will be quite cramped for adults it will fit two children happily, although the Volvo XC90 offers more room in this area.
Legroom and headroom in both the front and back is plentiful, but then this is a large car so you would expect it to be so.
The size of the boot depends on whether or not you’ve optioned the extra seats, which fold flat when not in use. With the seats optioned and flat you have 727-litres of boot space, but in the five seat version you get 735-litres. That’s roughly on a par with something like the Audi Q7, and while it’s not class-leading it’s certainly acceptable.
In terms of engines it’s a simple choice between a 3.0litre diesel or a 2.5-litre petrol. The petrol engine produces a meaty 300bhp while the diesel is good for 278bhp. Genesis hasn’t revealed any performance figures for UK models yet, but neither version will be slow.
All versions are all-wheel drive as standard and come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The Genesis GV80 will be available to order in the next few weeks and you can already register your interest online now. Prices for the five seat diesel start at £56,815 and rise to £57,315 for the seven seat version.
For the petrol model prices are £56,715 and £57,215 respectively.