BMW X5 vs. Genesis GV80

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, Automotive Editor - December 9, 2020

For years, Genesis made do without an SUV in its lineup, only selling sedans. That changes with the introduction of the Genesis GV80. The all-new model gives the South Korean luxury brand a much-needed option in the crowded midsize segment. While the GV80 sticks to Genesis’ strengths of being a value-first choice, it’s also opulent, stylish, and packed with all sorts of features.

Despite its large stature, the BMW X5 continues to be the most athletic option in the class. Offered with high-performance engines, muscular styling, and a great chassis, it manages to blend performance, versatility, and luxury in a package that few can match.

If you’re in the market for a midsize SUV, you might be cross shopping the two models to see which one is better for you. In this comparison, we'll see if the new GV80 has what it takes to beat the X5.

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What the GV80 Gets Right

The Genesis GV80 undercuts the majority of the competition in the midsize class, including the BMW X5. Pricing for the GV80 starts at $49,925 with destination, which represents a dramatic savings over the $60,395 X5. That extra $10,470 will go a long way in getting higher trim levels and more optional features with the GV80. Or, buyers could just pocket that money.

Despite the lower price tag, the GV80 comes handsomely equipped. A 14.5-inch infotainment screen, a 12-speaker audio system, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a handsfree power liftgate are standard. These features make the X5’s standard list look inadequate by comparison.

The GV80’s interior is slightly larger than the X5, offering more front and rear leg room. With 38.7 inches of rear leg room, the GV80 has 1.3 inches more than the BMW.

What the X5 Gets Right

As the performance pick on the market, the BMW X5 has more powerful engines than the GV80. The standard motor in the X5 is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder that makes 335 horsepower. A 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 is available that cranks out 523 hp. The standard engine in the GV80 is a turbo-four with 300 hp, while a 375-hp twin-turbo V6 is available.

If you’re interested in getting a three-row vehicle, the X5 is the better choice. BMW offers an available third row, which is bundled with an air suspension, as an option on the base trim for $2,300. With the GV80, you have to go with a specific trim that costs $66,075 to get a third row.

Looking for Power?

Midsize SUVs may not be as enjoyable to drive or as athletic as sports cars or small sedans, but the BMW X5 stands out as the option for consumers that want something with blistering performance. It’s also the better choice over the Genesis GV80 if you’re in need of a three-row vehicle.

Our Verdict: Genesis GV80

Genesis has knocked it out of the park with the all-new GV80. Not only has the automaker packed the midsize SUV with loads of features, it has designed a comfortable, opulent, and striking vehicle. Being much more affordable than the BMW X5 also helps its case.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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