Drive-Genesis GV70 review – The recorder
MSRP: $41,500 As tested: $50,695
The GV70 is a completely new model from a (relatively) new brand. Spun off from Hyundai in 2015, the Genesis brand’s first model was the G90, which went on sale in 2017. The GV70 is the company’s fifth model and their second SUV.
The two variants of the GV70 differ mainly in the engines. The 2.5T (MSRP $41,500) uses a 2.5L four-cylinder engine. The turbocharged four makes 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft. of torque. As its name suggests, the 3.5T is powered by a 3.5-liter V6. The twin-turbo six is rated at 375 hp and 391 lb-ft. of torque. Both engines are linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission; both models are equipped with all-wheel drive. My GV70 road test had the four-cylinder, which I found perfectly suited to this platform. It accelerates quickly (0-60mph times in the high 5-second range are reported) and cruises easily at highway speeds. Shifting with the 8-speed is smooth and the motor has a slight growl when pedaled. EPA estimates for fuel economy are 22/28/24 for the four and 19/25/21 for the six. I recorded 21 mpg in a week, split 50/50 between city and highway driving. Given the performance of the four and the fact that we are now enduring historically high gas prices, I see no need to increase the six. The Genesis rides well and the handling is more luxurious than sporty, albeit confident.
The GV70 has a nice understated appearance and the interior follows suit. Due to the number of features they offer, luxury car controls are often complex. This can result in a steep learning curve for the driver. The Genesis weighs a little better than average on this count. With a little study time and seat time, drivers learn which method of commands (primary, secondary, voice) works best for you. The GV70 switchgear includes a pair of rotary controllers, forward of the center console. One adjusts multiple infotainment functions, the other is the shifter. Their proximity increases the possibility that at some point you’ll lean down and inadvertently switch channels. In my case, it happened in the middle of a favorite song, which triggered a flood of swear words. But, I’m sure most readers are capable of a more civilized response.
The GV70 can comfortably accommodate adults in the front. Six feet in the back will be a tight fit with similarly sized people in the front row. The rear seatbacks fold forward to form a mostly flat floor; cargo capacity ranges from 28.9 to 56.9 cubic feet. Those are good numbers for the class, and the rear cargo height is easy to manage. Buyers build on the base, GV70 via option bundles (three on the 2.5T, two on the 3.5T). My 2.5T tester had the Select package ($4,000), which is highlighted by an 18, 1050-watt speaker, Harmon Lexicon sound system (recommended), 19-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof . The Advanced Package ($4,150) builds on the Select, adding leather seating surfaces, a bird’s eye monitor and park assist. So specified, the GV70 is well-equipped and priced competitively for the segment, at $50,695.
A resident of the Capital District for 40 years, Dan Lyons has been reviewing new cars for publications for over 30 years. He is the author of six automotive books and photographer of over 200 calendars.