Storied legacies, stalwart pedigrees, racing DNA—in this day and age how does a relatively new automotive manufacturer break the barriers built by the heritage brands of yesteryear? In our ‘Head-to-Heart’ comparison of two heavy hitting SUVs, we set out to find what it takes to rival the industry’s giants.
Named a 2021 10Best vehicle in our annual Car and Driver awards, we put the first-ever available, Genesis GV80 through its paces against a textbook standard for luxury, the Range Rover Sport. In an exploration into a new breed of ingenuity versus an extensive motoring lineage, our experts get behind the wheel to examine each vehicle’s range of comfort and performance.
Mara Balagtas, an automotive journalist and enthusiast, along with Kerry Pieri, Fashion Director of Harper’s Bazaar, assesses the specs and details surrounding the all-new, Genesis GV80. From the available 375-horsepower, 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine to the elegant and upscale interior—together, their design-forward approach will tackle every factor.
Join the duo as they depart from their day-to-day city life to explore the Upstate New York landscape just north of Manhattan. The Genesis GV80’s standard, semi-autonomous driving mode makes it easy to swap stop-and-go traffic for open roads. Even when Balagtas suggests hitting the dirt trails where the Range Rover Sport feels the most at home, the Genesis GV80’s intuitive terrain response system underpinned by its available all-wheel-drive powertrain proves it to be equally confident and adept.
It’s not a competition, but an evaluation of unique skill sets that goes beyond the typical road test and takes a closer look at how these vehicles make us feel. Can the uniquely Korean aesthetic of the Genesis GV80 outshine the notions of traditional European luxury? We’re determined to find out.
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