A few years ago, Hyundai spun off its Genesis brand, creating a stand-alone luxury line up, much like Toyota did with Lexus about 30 years ago. It has quickly become a player in the industry, establishing itself with three excellent sedans that offer impressive luxury, performance, and value when compared to competitors from BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, and Audi. Now Genesis has just launched its first SUV, and the midsize GV80 offers powerful turbocharged engines, all-wheel drive, a sleek design, and available third-row seating.
The 7-seater rivales the Mercedes GLE, one of the country’s best-selling luxury suvs. But which comes out on top? Let’s examine the 2021 Genesis GV80 and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE in key areas and decide.