What’s the Difference Between a Genesis GV70 and GV80 SUV?
The Genesis GV70 and GV80 SUVs are two of the brand’s best-sellers. Selling well enough that dealers consistently mark them up by sometimes over 20%. They’re both SUVs, but what’s the difference besides the GV70’s $43,150 base price versus the GV80’s $55,550 base price? But the price differential is only the beginning.
Both offer generous passenger and cargo space, but the GV80 is larger. It has the option of going from a five-passenger to a seven-passenger arrangement. With the GV80’s third seat down, there are 34.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The GV70 offers 28.9 cubic feet. Also, the GV70’s size makes it better at performance and handling with its Sport+ mode, while the GV80 is geared more toward luxury.
The GV80 has a higher ride stance than the GV70, so it has more clearance at 8.1 inches. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive. The GV80 comes with either standard or all-wheel drive as an option. It features 7.3 inches clearance. There are multiple wheel options for both, while still maintaining their respective heights.
Because the GV70 is smaller, it sees an advantage in fuel economy. Both SUVs are powered by the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 300 hp. Optional is the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 375 hp. With the 2.5-liter, fuel economy for the GV70 is 22 mpg City, 28 Highway EPA rated. The GV80 gets 21 mpg City and 25 mpg Highway. With the 3.5-liter V6, mileage is 19 City and 25 Highway for the GV70, and 18 City and 23 Highway mpg. Neither a hybrid nor EV version is available for either of the SUVs, but an electric GV70 is coming.
As the GV70 is newer, debuting last year, it has an edge over the GV80, which was launched in 2021. Each has a 14.5-inch infotainment screen, head-up display, 3D-effect gauges, and Lexicon audio system. The GV70 boasts wireless charging for devices, an infotainment control dial, and a taller center console for easier functionality.
As for safety features, both SUVs offer the same safety and driver assist functions. The GV80 has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, but the agency has not gotten to the GV70. But both SUVs earned IIHS Top Safety Pick+ scores.
We’ve already touched on tech and safety features for both. Both SUVs feature quilted leather seats, with similar accents and ambient lighting. So other than size, they both come out equal for interior appointments.
In the end, it comes down to what your needs are. If luxury, cargo, and occupant space are important, then the GV80 is what you need. If a more nimble SUV has an edge for economy and handling, then the GV70 might be the better way to go. As with everything, personal preferences will lead you to the right vehicle.