The luxury midsize SUV class is always full of surprises. More and more models are pushed into this segment every day, making it more competitive with each passing year. Over the years, there have been some remarkable upsets and models nearly overthrowing the segment leaders. One of such models that nearly succeeded in topping this segment is the Genesis GV80 and the Volvo XC90.
Shoppers always have lots of expectations for cars in this segment. Surprisingly, the Genesis GV80 and the Volvo XC90 are the seeming underdogs that have stepped up to meet these expectations. While these two, especially the XC90, may not be the perfect luxury midsize SUV, they easily satisfy all shoppers seeking a spacious and comfortable SUV with luxurious appointments. But then, which of these SUVs offers a more well-rounded lease option?
Many cars have been around in the luxury midsize SUV segment, but the emergence of the Genesis GV80 makes most of them suddenly seem like a bad choice. The Genesis first attempt at an SUV soon became one of the most desirable cars in the class. Just as soon as it made its debut in 2021, this Genesis flagship SUV soon became the proper rival to most established models that have been in the segment for years. But who can blame this Hyundai’s luxury spinoff, seeing that it affords everything every shopper can ask for in a luxury midsize SUV and more affordable pricing?
After taking less than a year to hit close to the segment’s top, the GV80 is back to the 2022 Genesis lineup with no changes. Well, it debuted just last year, so we can’t ask for fresh updates. But that doesn’t mean that everything is totally the same. A little has changed over the year for the GV80. The 2022 GV80 lineup now gets a new exterior chrome and paint finish, matte-finish colors. Also, the range-topping Prestige Matte models now come with 22-inch wheels and second-row captain’s chairs.
If you want to lease a midsize luxury SUV that is just as posh as the top German offerings, the 2022 Genesis GV80 will give you that.
Unlike the Genesis GV80, the Volvo XC90 is not a new kid in the block. The Volvo’s largest and most expensive model debuted as the first Volvo’s SUV in 2003, ushering in new changes to the Volvo lineup. Nearly a decade after its debut, the XC90 continues to be a force in the luxury midsize SUV segment, thrilling shoppers with its unfading styling, comfy three-row of seats, and engineering and technological innovations.
For 2022, Volvo’s largest SUV continues to be part of its second-generation that debuted in 2016. Despite not coming with a refresh, the new Volvo still packs some exciting upgrades and more standard features and package tweaks. Outside, the Volvo gets some mild fresh touches that include hidden tailpipes and restyled rear bumper. While all 2022 XC90 now packs a navigation system, features like an integrated compass and headlight cleaner are no longer standard. The Advanced Package and Climate Package now afford more features. The Advance package now adds a head-up display and 360-degree camera system, while the Climate package has a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
Powertrain & Transmission
The 2022 Genesis GV80 and the 2022 Volvo XC90 offer a couple of powertrain options. If you want more horsepower, leasing the 2022 Genesis GV80 will give you that. Both SUVs’ powertrains are mated to a smooth and timely shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2022 GV80 base powertrain gets 50 more horsepower than the 2022 XC90 (300 vs. 250) and 53 lb-ft more torque than the 2022 XC90. Even if you opt for their optional powertrains, the 2022 Genesis GV80 lease deal will still give you more power than the 2022 Volvo XC90 (375 vs. 316).
Powering the 2022 Genesis GV80 is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. This engine sends power to the RWD through an eight-speed automatic transmission. If you want something a lot quicker, the optional 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 375 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque and AWD is there for you.
On the other hand, while every 2022 Volvo XC90 uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the base model produces 250 hp/258 lb-ft of torque that sends power to the FWD through an eight-speed automatic transmission, while this same engine is tuned to produce 316 hp/295 lb-ft in higher 2022 XC90 trim levels, sending power exclusively to the AWD.
Handling & Transmission
When it comes to handling & performance, you’ll never find any of these SUVs unimpressive. Both SUVs offer quick and responsive steering, composed handling, and supple ride quality. However, if you need something with more athleticism, the 2022 Genesis GV80 lease deal will surely impress you.
While it is not an athletic SUV, the 2022 GV80 thrills shoppers with its sporty feel and athletic performance. It is more engaging to drive than the Volvo XC90 and most of its close rivals. Its limited-slip differential and upgraded suspension also enhance its ride quality and performance.
Whether you end up leasing the 2022 Genesis GV80 or the 2022 Volvo XC90, you’ll get fairly the same number of visits to the gas station. However, leasing the 2022 Volvo XC90 offers a slightly more fuel-efficient option. This Volvo earns an EPA estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway with its base engine. According to the EPA, the 2022 GV80 will return 21/25 mpg city/highway with the standard powertrain configuration.
Step inside the 2022 Genesis GV80 or the 2022 Volvo XC90, and you’ll be greeted with a sophisticated and elegant interior that impresses both in luxurious appointments and great finishes. Both SUVs offer a spacious, comfortable, and quiet cabin with a swath of high-end features.
While the stylish and elegant cabin of the XC90 seats more people, seating up to seven, against the 2022 GV80 that seats five in its standard set-up, the 2022 Genesis still offers more comfort. However, both SUVs offer spacious and comfortable two-seat rows, while the rear seat doesn’t impress. If you want to haul more luggage, you’re better off leasing the 2022 GV80 as it also offers more cargo area. The 2022 XC90 does better in the safety department, offering more standard safety tech features than the 2022 GV80.
The 2022 Genesis GV80 and the 2022 Volvo XC90 offer more well-rounded quality in the midsize luxury SUV class, even at more affordable pricing. To get the lowest possible rates when you lease any of these, contact VIP Auto, VIP Auto Lease Of Long Island 164 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021 516-487-2886 https://www.vipautoli.com/.