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Planning to purchase a GV80 2.5 litre AWD suv, however wondering how the power of the vehicle is in mountain terrain (uphill) and/or when loaded with say, 4 golfers and their clubs. Does the car have the power to handle the upslopes and that kind of passenger load? We do occasional golf trips (4 guys) and each winter my wife and I travel from British Columbia to California with a fully loaded vehicle.

Appreciate any comments from those who own the car and have travelled under these kind of conditions. Thanks,
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Planning to purchase a GV80 2.5 litre AWD suv, however wondering how the power of the vehicle is in mountain terrain (uphill) and/or when loaded with say, 4 golfers and their clubs. Does the car have the power to handle the upslopes and that kind of passenger load? We do occasional golf trips (4 guys) and each winter my wife and I travel from British Columbia to California with a fully loaded vehicle.

Appreciate any comments from those who own the car and have travelled under these kind of conditions. Thanks,
--JP
JP: I love my 2.5, it's amazingly responsive and smooth for such a large vehicle. That said, loaded with 3 adults and a couple of bags, you start to feel its limitations. IMHO with 4+4, uphill, you're going to want that larger engine. Good luck and enjoy!
 

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Thanks GV80AL, guess we have some further thinking to do. Interesting that with our current 2009 Lexus RX350 we have no problems doing these type of trips especially when my wife and I , with second row down and total cargo area filled, do the mountain passes on our way to California each winter; however the Lexus does have the 3.6litre but less hp and torque. Could go back to the 2021 Lexus, however not a fan of the styling, particularly the grill......however, do love the Lexus comfort, performance and reliability. Anyway, got to think if the extra $10,000 for the 3.5L model is worth it, not a fan of 22" wheels for drive comfort and occasional off road type travel.....Thanks again.
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If an old ass Astro van with 5 band members - all large dudes - and instruments/amps can make it up the grapevine, I have no doubt the 2.5 can. It’s not going to run out of power. It might get hot, MAYBE, but you’ll never run out of power on any paved row. I wouldn’t even think twice about it. Heavily loaded vehicles with a much smaller engines do it all the time. It’s a non-factor on a new vehicle IMO. If you don’t want to spend the money for the 3.5, you’ll be just fine.
 

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If an old ass Astro van with 5 band members - all large dudes - and instruments/amps can make it up the grapevine, I have no doubt the 2.5 can. It’s not going to run out of power. It might get hot, MAYBE, but you’ll never run out of power on any paved row. I wouldn’t even think twice about it. Heavily loaded vehicles with a much smaller engines do it all the time. It’s a non-factor on a new vehicle IMO. If you don’t want to spend the money for the 3.5, you’ll be just fine.
Andimalrex, thanks for the words of comfort. Have done the grapevine, so now the steeps and if the band did it in an Astro van, I'm good. Would never expect the 2.5L getting hot on any climb, just want the reserve boost in power if we ever need to punch it. Kind of agree, the 2.5 should be fine. Really hard for me to see Genesis building a luxury suv and putting in an underpowered engine, they need sales and positive customer feedback for continued sales. The fine folks who have now bought the 2.5L and driven it under all conditions have the last word. Appreciate the input.
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Andimalrex, thanks for the words of comfort. Have done the grapevine, so now the steeps and if the band did it in an Astro van, I'm good. Would never expect the 2.5L getting hot on any climb, just want the reserve boost in power if we ever need to punch it. Kind of agree, the 2.5 should be fine. Really hard for me to see Genesis building a luxury suv and putting in an underpowered engine, they need sales and positive customer feedback for continued sales. The fine folks who have now bought the 2.5L and driven it under all conditions have the last word. Appreciate the input.
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You betcha. Any modern car could handle it. A base model Tucson or Sorento (Fellow Koreans of the same size) would handle it no problem for 1/3rd the price. You’ll be fine with the 2.5.
 

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You betcha. Any modern car could handle it. A base model Tucson or Sorento (Fellow Koreans of the same size) would handle it no problem for 1/3rd the price. You’ll be fine with the 2.5.
Thanks again Andimalrex, stay well and safe.
 
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