During the final month of 2021, MotorBiscuit revealed its vehicle awards winners for the year. One of which was the best SUV for 2021. The 2021 Genesis GV80 took home the prize, beating out countless other high-quality options. We weren’t the only publication to award this luxury SUV, so it’s widely known as one of the best available. Now, for 2022, MotorBiscuit’s SUV of the year winner just got more luxurious.
SUV of the year just got more luxurious: Genesis GV80
Genesis just revealed the all-new Prestige Signature trim for its award-winning luxury SUV. According to KBB, the automaker only plans to make 600 examples of this trim level. Although the Prestige Signature trim is expensive, it’s surprisingly affordable compared to other large SUVs with two individual rear seats. For 2022, the Genesis GV80 Prestige Signature starts at $77,200 with a $1,095 destination fee.
In comparison, the Lexus LX600 has an ultra-luxury model which starts at around $120,000. KBB says this is a typical practice of the Genesis sales model. The automaker has reportedly frequently introduced new products as the cheapest option in luxury categories. Then, as the vehicle becomes more popular over the years, Genesis raises the price more and more. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this model get much more expensive in 2023, so if you’re interested, get one of 600 as soon as possible.
Genesis GV80 Signature Prestige trim
What makes the Signature Prestige trim level so special? Well, this trim takes a three-row SUV and turns it into a two-row model. However, the space inside the vehicle doesn’t decline at all. Owners will get a four-person luxury SUV with enough room for seven people. In turn, the two rear seats are as spacious, comfortable, and adjustable as the front two.
Both rear seats are heated and ventilated and have a one-touch Relax Mode that fully reclines the seat and raises calf supports. In short, during a long road trip, the back seats are the place to be. Your vacation starts early as you comfortably sit back and relax for hours on end, waiting to arrive at your destination. Other Signature Prestige unique features include 22-inch wheels and one of two color combinations. Each Genesis GV80 Signature Prestige is matte grey with a black interior or matte white with a blue and beige interior.
What’s so good about the luxury SUV of the year winner?
The Genesis GV80 is a well-rounded luxury SUV that offers tons of value. Most importantly, a base model is only $48,900, far more affordable than other similarly-equipped three-row luxury models. With the 375 horsepower 3.5-liter V6, the GV80 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. With that kind of speed, you’d be surprised how well the sizeable three-row SUV handles and performs. “The GV80 still handles like a sport sedan with peppy acceleration and responsive handling. It corners well with less body roll than you would expect from a bigger SUV,” our reviewer wrote.
Additionally, the Genesis GV80 is a luxury SUV, so it comes with tons of luxury features. Inside, MotorBiscuit’s 2021 SUV of the year has tons of leather-wrapped surfaces and a luxurious design. Standard features include 12-way power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, and 19-inch alloy wheels. A minimum of the 2.5T Advance trim adds a panoramic roof, wireless phone charging, ventilated seats, and a heated steering wheel.
MotorBuscuit’s SUV of the year winner gets more luxurious
In conclusion, our SUV of the year winner is one of the best options in its class. Not only is it stylish, comfortable, and riddled with features, it’s one of the most affordable luxury options. If you require a three-row SUV with some class, the base model GV80 is an excellent option. It’s even similarly priced to non-luxury models. However, those who want the ultimate luxury experience can purchase one of 600 Signature Prestige models. This new trim level provides a massive amount of space and comfortability for up to four people, plus a few unique design details. That’s how MotorBiscuit’s SUV of the year winner just got more luxurious.