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Genesis GV60 Review

If you are of the mindset “A-B-T” — Anything But Tesla — or Anything But Elon, the GV60 and Genesis brand have that upstart passion without the politics

An exterior view of a white 2023 Genesis GV60 alongside the ocean

The compact Genesis GV60 electric SUV is sold in two AWD trim levels with battery-electric driving ranges of 248 or 235 miles. Starting prices are about $60,000 and $70,000. (Photos courtesy of Genesis USA or as credited)

Table of Contents

9 Cool Things
Genesis Brand Overview
GV60 Pricing
Genesis Warranties
State of the Art and Aesthetics
Face Connect
GV60 Powertrains
GV60 Charging Times
Ride and Handling
Why Buy the Genesis GV60?


The Genesis GV60 brings a fistful of finesse to the staid state of electric vehicle design. This small battery-electric “SUV” has a custom appearance, the best-looking rear-end in autodom today, and not one EV badge anywhere.

It’s that dang skateboard powertrain that has complicated EV styling. Once that foundation is laid, designers must wrap a superstructure above and around it. The result is taller body sides, raised ride height, and lower rooflines to craft a sporty presence. Of course, there are roof rails for accessory carriers. So, the vehicle then becomes an “SUV.” Ford calls its Mustang Mach-E an SUV, but is it really an SUV?

Most new EV exterior designs are awkward. Stylists apply some creative spackle to aid aerodynamics and to make their vehicle look different — maybe even cool. But all makers seem to agree that their EV must not look like the traditional combustion-engine vehicle.

Hyundai broke away from that styling bondage with Ioniq 5 and the just-released 2023 Ioniq 6 sedan. Both models creatively disguise their skateboard architectures without defaulting to SUV.

Genesis continues that inspiration with the GV60 — and likely for its other vehicles moving forward.

Will such design innovations be the future “normalization” for electric vehicles?

A view of the front seat space

The interior is rich in non-pretentious luxury and ergonomic placement of controls.

9 Cool Things About GV60

  • A night view of the crystal sphere glowing red

    The crystal sphere is to create an atmosphere of futuristic mobility.

    Biometric fingerprint access and Face Connect. Enter and drive the GV60 without the key;

  • Electric-Active Sound Design;
  • Rotating and illuminated crystal shift ball;
  • Glove box drawer. A rethinking of a glove box, which slides out and is lighted;
  • Boost mode. Shaves about 0.3 of a second from a performance run to 60 mph;
  • Mobile Power Source: Vehicle-to-Load charging ability is emergency ready to power and recharge devices;
  • i-Pedal driving. Speed up, slow down, or stop using the accelerator pedal as the system captures kinetic energy to replenish the battery (in small amounts).
  • Multi 400/800Volt rapid charging system. The standard cable helps shorten charging time at public stations.

The Small EV Competition

There are almost too many choices for the uninitiated shopping for a new small SUV EV, and many more EVs will be available soon.

Among the competing vehicles are the Audi Q4 etron, BMW i4, Cadillac Lyriq, Chevrolet Bolt, Mercedes-Benz EQB, Nissan Ariya, Polestar (models 1, 2, or 3), Toyota BZ4X (and Subaru Solterra and upcoming Lexus RZ 450e), VW iD4, and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

A door panel shows careful attention to assembly and refined materials

The GV60 has layers of refined materials, with more of the round design theme. (Mark Maynard)

Genesis Brand Overview

Genesis is the luxury division of South Korea-based Hyundai Motor and also the parent company to Kia Motors. The Genesis GV60 is the first Genesis model developed on the Hyundai Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). It is a dedicated EV platform used for the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, and the Kia EV6.

It was in late 2016 when the brand launched in the U.S. It debuted with a sedan lineup of the G80 and G90 large sedans. Unfortunately, American motorists were fixated on SUVs, and the well-regarded Genesis sedans were overlooked or viewed with suspicion. Then, in 2018, the Genesis G70 sport sedan debuted, but it also faced resistance from many other established sport sedans from the more well-known luxury brands. It did not help that the dealer group was disorganized, and the supply of cars needed to be better.

It wasn’t until 2020 that the brand introduced its first SUV, the large-midsize GV80. “V” in the nameplate stands for versatility. The GV80 was followed by the Electrified (battery-electric) G80 sedan in 2021. The midsize GV70 SUV followed in 2021, and the Electrified GV70 will go on sale later this year. Genesis says it will have a fully electric lineup by 2030.

The compact-class GV60, today’s tester, went on sale in 2022 as a 2023 model.

The GV60 has a small front trunk, but how would an owners use such space?

How would an owner use this slim front-trunk space of .07 cubic feet? (Mark Maynard)

Genesis GV60 Pricing

The 2023 Genesis GV60 is sold in two all-wheel-drive trim levels of Advanced and Performance. Pricing starts at $60,415 for Advanced, which has a 314-horsepower, dual-motor powertrain (for AWD), and a battery-electric driving range of 248 miles.

The Performance model, today’s tester, starts at $69,415. With one option for Matterhorn white paint ($1,500), the tester was $70,915.

Retail pricing includes the $1,125 freight charge from Ulsan, Korea.

Initial availability for the electrified models is in 15 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Utah, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington.
Genesis is also in a collaboration with Electrify America to offer three years of 30-minute free charging sessions from the date of vehicle purchase.

The availability of tax credits for electric vehicle leases, such as for the GV60, still needs to be determined. For current pricing and offers, go to

Genesis Warranties

Owning a Genesis brings some special warranty perks:

  • Concierge Services;
  • 10 years or 100,000-miles powertrain;
  • 10 years or 100,000-miles electric vehicle system (or in California, 10 years or 150,000 miles);
  • 5 years or 60,000 miles bumper to bumper;
  • 3 years or 36,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance;
  • 3 years or 36,000 miles free service valet;
  • 3 years of free map updates;

Service valet is money to an owner. Genesis will handle vehicle pickup, deliver a replacement Genesis, and return your vehicle when service is required. The pickup and return can be anywhere the owner chooses, within reason. Learn more about the Service Valet here.

The free three-year subscription also provides online or app scheduling of service appointments. The GV60 also will give a screen alert to owners when it is time for service and then connect to schedule an appointment with the preferred dealership.

Concierge Services

Many new vehicle owners develop relationships with the dealer’s service manager, but Genesis encourages owner involvement through its concierge services. For example, if the nearest Genesis dealer is out of your way, the concierge can arrange an at-home test drive or multiple test drives. And if you loved the Genesis you tested, the concierge will help make arrangements at the nearest dealership to finalize the sale. To get started, go here.

State of the Art and Aesthetics

Inside and out, the Genesis GV60 has some unique design elements, some of which are just fun.

Most EVs use special colors and badging, usually green or blue, to proclaim the owner is driving an electric vehicle. The GV60 has none of those.

A view of the LED headlights of small square bulbs

Full LED lighting.

And there is very little brand identification. There is one GV60 badge on the rear deck, one Genesis winged logo on the hood, and the name spelled out on the deck.

The exterior styling is complete and substantial. Most makers would have designated the GV60 an “SUV coupe,” defined by a sloping rear roofline and the smallish back seat area. The so-called SUV coupe does not focus on cargo capacity but on style and speed.

For the GV60, the arching roofline trails smoothly to the rear. There are no contrived bulges on the hood or along the sides to make the GV60 look fast. The 20- or 21-inch tires and wheels fill their spaces for a solid stance.

A chrome strip outlines the windows and flows rearward to an uncommon “V” cut into the rear pillar that appears to be part of the rear glass. At the base of the back glass is an integrated spoiler. It’s probably just a design gimmick, but it adds to the solid appearance. The spoiler does, however, create a split rear-window issue. At first glance in the rearview mirror, it looked problematic, but it became a non-issue for me. And the around-view camera system enables complete visibility.

A rear view of the GV60

The Genesis GV60 has the best looking rear-end in autodom today.

GV60 Interior Design

The interior is of non-pretentious luxury with much microsuede, such as in the headliner, and appealing Nappa leather (in the GV60 Performance). There is a circle theme in the door handles, speakers, and the rotating crystal ball — a “sphere” in Genesis terms — on the shift console.

Genesis says the crystal sphere is to create an indoor atmosphere of futuristic mobility. When the GV60 is ready to drive, the sphere rotates 180 degrees to present the Shift By Wire dial. Upon shutoff, the sphere rotates again to become a mood light.

Circular dial buttons on the lower arc of the steering wheel are for performance settings. The left button sets the performance modes of Eco, Comfort, and Sport. The bold yellow button on the right is labeled “Boost.” When activated, Boost performs a nitrous-like 10-second overboost of acceleration. For a blast to 0-60 mph, “boost” mode trims about 0.3 of a second from the time standard time of about 4.2 seconds to 3.9.

To me, the “Boost” is a novelty. The new owner will do it a few times to impress friends. But the acceleration in Sport mode is already quick, depending on how hard the driver pushes the accelerator. Eco, to me, is frustratingly resistant, and Comfort is true to the word.

Face Connect and Fingerprint ID

The GV60 introduces a pair of technologies that might initially seem alien to the experienced motorist: Face Connect and Fingerprint Authentication Systems.

I would never knowingly leave home without the key fob in my pocket. However, the key fob for the GV60 is large and bulky. And in this morning’s newsfeed, a surfer lamented that his car had been stolen from a parking lot. He said he had hidden his car key and hurried down to the surf. When he returned, his car was gone.

This is validation for Face Connect and Fingerprint Authentication. For sports enthusiasts who don’t want to risk losing a key during an activity, bring your face and index finger.

Face Connect uses a Near Infra-Red camera to recognize the driver’s face to lock or unlock its doors without a key. A driver only needs to touch the door handle and show their face to the camera on the B-pillar. The system can register two faces, and the setup is similar to how facial ID is used for a smartphone. Genesis says the NIR system also functions accurately in the dark or when the weather is cloudy.

But to start the GV60 without a key requires Fingerprint Authentication. As for a smartphone fingerprint ID, users must record a fingerprint on the shift console’s small (round) fingerprint pad. Touch the recorded fingertip to the button, and the car is ready to start with the ignition button.

The GV60 also has the second generation of Digital Key, which now works without holding the smartphone near the door. Users just have to touch the door handle. The digital key can be shared with up to three people.

A photo of the 21 inch alloy wheel with Michelin tire

21-inch Michelin Primacy Tour tires (255/40) are wide and meaty on the GV60 Performance.

Genesis GV60 Powertrains

The standard AWD model has a 74kW front motor and a 160 kW rear motor. The power adds up to 234 kW or 314 horsepower. Torque of 446 foot-pounds is key to instant acceleration. The standard model has a driving range of 248 miles.

The Performance model has two 160kW motors, one each for the front and rear wheels. The second motor raises total output to 320kW or 429-hp and torque of 516 lb.-ft. The Performance model has an EPA-estimated driving range of 235 miles. However, I achieved a range readout of 244 to 247 miles when charging at home on my Level 2 charger.

Both models have the same size lithium-ion polymer battery of 697 volts and 77.4 kWh capacity. And the transmission for both models is a single-speed reduction gear.

There also is a Drift mode. And breaking loose those fat Michelins will require that 516 lb.-ft. of torque.

Intelligent Pedal

The Intelligent Pedal function (i-Pedal) works through the accelerator pedal to decelerate, stop, and pipe energy back to the battery (regeneration). Regen can be increased or decreased by using the shift paddles at the steering wheel. Not all manufacturers believe in the so-called e-pedal and prefer the driver to be more active in driving. I find i-Pedal provides precise function and maximizing regen when I’m not paying attention to it.

Battery Conditioning

Genesis says the GV60 is the first model to feature battery conditioning. It preheats the pack for better performance in cold weather. And it also shortens the amount of charging time by adjusting the battery temperature.

The GV60 has a multi-400/800Volt rapid charging system that boosts the 400V supplied by the charger to 800V. The heavy-gauge onboard charging cable works with various public charging systems.

For example, when charging at 350kW with the ultra-speed charging function, the battery can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Also, the charging time for slow charging is quicker by increasing the charging capacity from 7.2kW to 11kW.

GV60 Charging Times

  • AC Level 2, 240-volt: about 7 hours from 10 to 100 percent;
  • 50 kW rapid charging: 73 minutes from 10 to 80 percent;
  • 250 kW (800 volts): 18 minutes from 10 to 80 percent;
  • AC home120V / 12A: about 68 hours

GV60 as Mobile Power Source

The GV60 can also be used as a mobile power source to tap the battery to charge other electronic devices. The so-called V2L (Vehicle to Load) function supports a 3.6kW charge, which is higher than the power supply in the average home. The system can be a savior in a power-out emergency, tailgating, or camping.

GV60 back seats

Back seat space feels compact with a butts-down, knees-up position. (Mark Maynard)

GV60 Performance Ride and Handling

The GV60 Performance is a sport sedan EV. Its release of power is eager and controllable. And this is despite a curb weight of 4,890 pounds, of which 1,055 to 1,060 pounds is for the battery. Most small electric SUVs are in this weight range, but AWD takes horsepower to move the mass.

While the GV60 has plenty of power, it’s not a sparkling performer in its cornering ability. It is quite responsive, but its arching roofline and electronic suspension are not assets in performance driving.

Both GV60 models have an independent suspension with front struts and a rear multilink. The GV60 Performance adds an electronically controlled suspension with road preview. The preview function pulls information from the front camera and navigation system to recognize rough roads or speed bumps. In such conditions, the damping force adjusts to the road conditions.

I’m sure suspension electronics can read the road in milliseconds, but sometimes a millisecond is too long. A well-engineered steel spring suspension can sometimes provide a quicker and more controlled response.

In my experience driving the Performance model, the ride quality in Comfort mode was luxuriously compliant (soft). It absorbed the harshness of rough pavement, but a pothole could produce an unnerving jolt. In Sport mode, the suspension tightened but was not harsh.

Long Wheelbase

Because of the powertrain skateboard layout, the GV60 has a long wheelbase of 114.2 inches; that’s several inches longer than a comparably sized combustion SUV. Consequently, the GV60 has a relatively wide turning circle of 39.2 feet, or maybe wider with the 21-inch tires. Its maneuverability is not unwieldy, but it does not feel nimble in underground parking.

Stopping force is absolute from four-wheel ventilated discs front and rear, with 14.1-inch rotors. There are four-piston calipers at the front and a single-piston rear caliper.

The GV60 Performance gets 21-inch Michelin Primacy Tour tires (255/40), which are wide and meaty for an SUV of this size. The standard GV60 gets 20-inch Michelin Primacy but has a narrower tread face of 255/45.

electric-Active Sound Design

Genesis says the GV60 is also its first model to use electric-Active Sound Design (e-ASD). The system provides various virtual driving sounds through the speakers based on the driving mode, the vehicle’s speed, and accelerator pedal data.

Drivers have a choice of three sounds:

Futuristic, symbolizes the direction of future mobility;

G-Engine, based on soft and sporty engine sounds;

E-Motor, reimagines motor sounds.

I don’t even know which sound was active when I was driving. It sounded like any electric vehicle, which was just fine for me. Will owners really personalize the sound of their GV60?

Cargo space is about 6 feet long with the back seat folded

Fold the back seats for up to 6 feet in length. (Mark Maynard)

Highway Drive Assist

Keep your hands on the wheel for Highway Driving Assist. It’s the same system found in Hyundai and Kia models. (Full safety features are listed in the specs box below.)

The sophisticated array of advanced technologies allows Level 2 assisted driving. The system works with reasonable accuracy, though in my experience the system would allow the GV60 to drift beyond the lane markings. And then give a warning tone, as if I was at fault.

These driver-assist systems take time for the uninitiated to find their comfort level. The support is an all-seeing set of eyes that is of particular value in the crammed daily commuting traffic, especially in narrow construction areas. I now activate steering assist in HDA as a distraction-avoidance safeguard.

Tidy storage space under the cargo floor for the charging cables and manuals.

Tidy storage space under the cargo floor for the charging cables and manuals.

Why Buy the Genesis GV60?

If you are of the mindset “A-B-T” — Anything But Tesla — or Anything But Elon, the GV60 and Genesis brand have that upstart passion without the politics.

While many GV60 reviews are critical of the driving range that is less than 300 miles on a full charge. For most owners, 300 miles is a benefit for vacation travel. For the daily drive, however, most owners will have (or should get) a home charger. There is good range for a Saturday drive to the country without range anxiety. And if a quick charge is needed, it won’t take that long with the GV60’s speed charging system.

The buyer for the Genesis GV60 will value its aesthetics and artful presentation. The engineering and electronics have already been well-tested in the various Hyundai and Kia models. And the Genesis warranties provide security for a brand still developing a reputation.

Lease the GV60 today, and in three years, trade it in for the updated version with a fresh battery and another three years of Service Valet and Concierge support.

Genesis GV60 Performance Specifications

Body style: compact 5-door, 5-seat AWD SUV

Motor: Permanent magnet synchronous reluctance motor; 429-hp, 320 kw total; front: 160 kW, rear 160; 10-second Boost Mode allows for 483-hp or 360 kW; 516 lb.-ft. torque

Transmission: single speed reduction gear

Estimated driving range: 235 to 246 miles

Battery: 697-volt lithium-ion polymer; 77.4 kWh capacity; 618 cells; weight 1,060.3 pounds

Charging times: AC Level 2, 240-volt: about 7 hours from 10 to 100 percent;
50 kW rapid charging 73 minutes from 10 to 80 percent; 250 kW (800 volts) 18 minutes from 10 to 80 percent

Onboard charger: Ultra-fast up to 800 volts or 350 kW

0-60 mph acceleration, estimated: 4.2 seconds, 3.9 seconds in Boost Mode

Towing capacity: 2,000 pounds, with a braked trailer


Front head/leg room: 39/42.3 inches

Rear head/leg room: 38.1/37.6 inches

Length/wheelbase: 177.8/114.2 inches

Width/height: 74.4/62.4 inches

Curb weight: 4,890 pounds

Turning circle: 39.2 feet

Cargo space: 24-54.7 cubic feet; front trunk, .07 cu.ft.


Standard equipment includes: Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery, surround-view camera system, smart cruise control with stop-and-go, 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system (1,400 watts), remote smart parking assist, electric parking brake with auto-hold, 14-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar and cushion extension, a 12-way power front passenger seat with 4-way power lumbar, heated and ventilated front seats, carpeted floor mats;

Safety features include: 8 air bags, electronic stability and traction controls, brake assist, hill-start control, park distance warning front and rear, driver-attention warning, high-beam assist, rear occupant alert;

Driver-assist technologies include: forward collision avoidance assist; lane-keeping assist and lane-following assist; blind-spot collision avoidance-assist; blind-spot view monitor; rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist; highway driving assist; intelligent speed-limit assist; parking collision-avoidance assist.


Base price: $69,415, including $1,125 freight charge; price as tested $70,915

Options on test vehicle: Matterhorn white paint $1,500

Where assembled: Ulsan, Korea

Warranties: 5-years/60,000-miles bumper to bumper; 3-years/36,000-miles free scheduled maintenance; 3-years/36,000-miles free service valet; 10-years/100,000-miles powertrain; 10-years/100,000-miles electric vehicle system; 3-years free map updates.

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Genesis GV70 AWD 3.5T Review

Genesis thought outside the instrument panel to create the refined and sophisticated GV70

Starting prices for the 2022 Genesis GV70 range from about $43,000 to $55,000.

Starting prices for the 2022 Genesis GV70, including all-wheel drive, range from about $43,000 to $55,000. (Mark Maynard photos)

Table of Contents

Ride and Handling
Driver Assist Technologies
Safety Features
Back Seats and Cargo
Why Buy the Genesis GV70?


I had been eager to test the Genesis GV70 since the company announced the arrival of its new small SUV back in early December 2020. The images presented a compelling design, but a couple of other luxury elements stood out:

• Its elite styling resisted an SUV image with unnecessary humps and bulges to reinforce an off-roading image.
• In addition to its long new-vehicle warranty, Genesis leapfrogs ultra-luxury warranties with these no-cost coverages:

1. Free scheduled maintenance and Genesis Service Valet care for 3-years/36,000-miles;
2. Free Genesis Connected Services for 3 years;
3. 3 years of free annual multimedia and navigation updates and lifetime traffic data via HD+ Traffic radio.

And this frosting of largesse can be heaped onto the new vehicle warranty of 5-years/60,000-miles bumper to bumper, and 10-years/100,000-miles for the powertrain.

The stand-out perk, however, might be the free service valet care. Genesis says, “Let us pick up and service your vehicle for you.” Genesis will perform a remote diagnostic check, then retrieve your vehicle for service and leave a loaner vehicle, then return your Genesis washed and cleaned.

Now that’s how a carmaker reassures its customers. Such a time-saver in this class could make a $60,000 compact SUV a no-regrets purchase. And there is little to regret about owning the Genesis GV70.

Steering wheel of the GV70

Sightlines are open across the fenders, helped by the small corner glass.

Genesis GV70 Overview

The compact-class GV70 is the second Genesis SUV, joining the midsize GV80 and the brand’s fifth model overall. The GV70 shares an architecture with the G70 sport sedan (and the Kia Stinger) making it more of a sport SUV, though Genesis has no true sport division … yet.

Every luxury-class manufacturer has at least one small SUV crossover in its lineup. Most have traditional styling treatments to remind of a rugged SUV for that great escape, which automotive marketers think is so desired by U.S. drivers.

Mercedes-Benz and the Porsche Macan are on similar trajectories for an SUV crossover that has carlike manners. Genesis thought outside the instrument panel to create the refined and sophisticated GV70.

No apology is needed for its cargo-crimping, coupe-like roofline. And the GV70 has what might be the best-looking rear-end in the business today. And the rest of the GV70 walkaround is balanced and comment-provoking, too.

The fist-forward “Athletic Elegance” design theme has a sweeping parabolic arch that slashes rearward from the headlights and descends to the center of the taillight. It is a muscular treatment without contrived bulges.

Genesis design and engineering is a progressive presentation of everything drivers have become familiar with — but smartly re-created.

The front seats in the GV70

The Genesis GV70 shuts out the world with acoustic laminated glass.

Genesis GV70 Pricing

Globally, the GV70 drivetrain is rear-wheel drive with optional AWD. But in North America, the GV70 has standard all-wheel drive. There are two choices of turbocharged and direct-injected powertrains with eight-speed automatic transmissions. The electronic transmissions include steering wheel paddle shifters and selectable performance modes of Snow, Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport-plus, and Custom, which allows individual preferences for steering weight, suspension firmness, etc.

GV70 2.5T AWD starts at $42,595. The 300-hp, single turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder has 311 foot-pounds of peak torque from 1,650 to 4,000 rpm. Fuel-economy ratings are 22 mpg city, 28 highway, and 24 mpg combined, using the recommended premium fuel for peak performance.
GV70 3.5T starts at $54,195 and includes the standard Sport package of 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, and Highway Driving Assist II. The 375-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 has peak torque of 391 lb.-ft. from 1,300 to 4,500 rpm. Fuel-economy ratings are 19 mpg city, 25 highway, and 21 mpg combined, also using the recommended premium.

Today’s GV70 3.5T tester was $64,045. Options included the Melbourne Gray matte paint for $1,500, the Sport Advanced package, $5,000, and the Sport Prestige package, $4,900.

Of the 12 paint colors offered, only Alta White is a no-cost choice. The other hues are either $500 or $1,500. Interior color themes are black, red, or blue, depending on paint color.

Find current pricing and incentives for the GV70 here.

The red door panel of the GV70

There is satisfying quality to the artfully presented interior design.

GV70 3.5T Performance

I was not expecting the Genesis GV70 3.5T to be such a sleeper sport sedan, rich in visceral velocity. Dial up the performance mode of Sport-plus, pin the accelerator and the GV70 rears its beautiful head. This 4,451-pound SUV shows its German-inspired performance engineering with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 5.09 seconds, according to testing by Genesis Korea.

For the hot-shoe driver, there is a launch-control feature that when activated raises the engine speed to 2,000 rpm for the hole-shot.

Both GV70 engines have a manufactured “active engine sound,” but it is quite realistic. For good effect, the dual exhaust tips have downspout-sized proportions.

I did not like the V-6 engine’s auto stop-start at idle. It took just a split second too long to restart and it can be hesitant in stop-and-go traffic. In those situations, I switched off the system, but I do respect the potential for emissions and fuel savings.

Fuel Economy

Real world fuel-economy ratings are not far off the official ratings. In a week of testing, my driving averaged 16 mpg around town and I worked up to 21 mpg on the highway. Not good when crude oil is $130 a barrel. But the GV70 hauls ass when you need a defining validation for choosing the V-6.

The eight-speed automatic is almost intuitive at providing just the right gear at the right time. When driving for fun in Sport or Sport-plus, the transmission clicks off downshifts with just a brush of the brake pedal. Then the electronics hold the gear until you exit the corner and roll on power for the next twist. The transmission is so adept at being sporty that I seldom felt the need to use the steering-column shift paddles.

The 375-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 in the GV70 3.5T

The 375-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 in the GV70 3.5T.

GV70 3.5T Ride and Handling

Enjoy the traffic-calmed cabin, which is a good reason to buy a luxury vehicle. The Genesis GV70 shuts out the clamor with acoustic laminated glass at the windshield, front side, and rear side windows.

The body structure is as stiff as a full metal jacket, which reduces body flex and the resulting creaks and itchy sounds. Aerodynamic elements include the rear spoiler that helps smooth airflow at the top of the body and the front bumper air curtain that reduces airflow resistance around the sides and at the front wheels.

Road harshness is controlled by the tester’s 21-inch Michelin Primacy Touring tires, 255/40. The optional five-spoke sport alloy wheels — with sort of a twisted, waffled imprint — looked street wily with the Melbourne Gray paint.


Genesis uses an electronically controlled suspension to minimize the vehicle’s body lean when cornering. And with electronic limited-slip differentials (part of the $4,900 Sport Prestige package), cornering levels are increased by distributing power left and right to the rear wheels, according to the road surface and driving conditions.

The e-suspension uses adaptive dampers with a road-preview feature. The system scans the road ahead and the sensors process that information in milliseconds to balance ride quality.

In my driving experience, the e-suspension gave precise turn-in responses, but it is not as magically smooth as a magnetorheological damper, such as is used in some performance vehicles. I experienced a few unexpected jolts along rough patches and noticeable head-toss across speed bumps.

With its towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and a full-bodied curb weight of 4,451 pounds, good brakes are essential. And the GV70 3.5T is prepared with ventilated four-wheel discs with 14.2-inch rotors at the front and 13.6-inch rotors rear. (2.5T models also have vented discs, with rotors that are 13.6 inches front, and 12.8 inches rear.

21-inch GV70 tire and wheel

Road harshness is well controlled by the Michelin Primacy Touring tires.

Driver Assist Technologies

Using a Level 2 driver-assist function is always helpful in heavy highway commuting. These systems keep watch when the driver doesn’t.

The Genesis system is reasonably consistent, but it will allow the vehicle to drift wide in a highway curve, crossing the white highway lines or Botts dots. The mapping for steering adjustments isn’t quite smooth and seems like an action of connecting the dots.

But I did appreciate the heads-up display (part of the Sport Prestige package). When using the driver-assist system, the HUD shows red alerts for side traffic. It is more visible during the day than warning lights in the side mirrors. And the heads-up display also shows gray profiles of nearby vehicles ahead and on either side.

Driver assist screen in the GV70

The Level 2 driver-assist system shows red alerts for side traffic.

GV70 Safety Features

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Genesis GV70 a Top Safety Pick+ for 2021. The IIHS also gives Top Safety Pick+ ratings for the GV80 SUV, G80 executive sedan, and G90 flagship sedan.

The 2022 awards mark the third year in a row that the entire Genesis lineup of eligible vehicles has earned top honors.

All Genesis models are equipped with a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance and safety technologies including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Among eight air bags (including a front center air bag), other standard GV70 safety features include:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Crossing and Turning. The system is intended to mitigate the risk of impacts when turning or crossing through an intersection;
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist. This feature helps reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle when departing a parallel parking spot.
  • Advanced Rear Occupant Alert technology. Genesis says the GV70 is the first vehicle to feature radar-based detection of passengers in the rear seat, Genesis says. To alert drivers when a child or sleeping infant has been left in their seat, cabin sensors can detect when back-seat passengers move, and they can also detect small respiratory movements.
Double-line quad LED headlights on the GV70

Double-line quad LED headlights are intended to add a sense of speed.

GV70 Interior Function

There is a sweet spot of roominess in the GV70 cabin. Headroom with the panoramic sunroof is about 38 inches and should accommodate 95 percent of drivers; especially with legroom of 41.3 inches.

Sightlines are open across the fenders, with help from small corner glass at the windshield pillars. Over-the-shoulder views are somewhat slim but no worries when parking — the surround-view camera system with guidance lines has billboard proportions from the 14.5-inch high-definition infotainment screen at the top of the instrument panel.

The standard 16-way power driver seat can be electronically positioned by the optional Smart posture control. The feature will set an optimal position based on the driver’s height and weight. It also sets positions for the steering wheel, side mirrors, and head-up display. See the function here.

The front passenger has eight-away power adjustment — and both front seats are heated and ventilated. The passenger seat includes a “walk-in device,” which is merely a power switch for a back-seat occupant to move the seat forward for more legroom; it is a trickle-down feature from chauffeur-driven sedans.

The 3D electronic gauge array is unique with large dials for the speedometer and tachometer. The tach might have merit for the V-6 engine, but it is also is wasted space for most drivers.

There are two large flat dials on the shift console: one for the transmission and the other to access cabin functions, audio, and infotainment. The dials are similar in size, and in the first four days of driving my hand naturally fell to the dial for cabin function. In time, owners will gain the muscle memory to go straight for the shift dial.

GV70 back seat.

Rear legroom is adequate at 37.2 inches.

Back Seat and Cargo Space

Genesis provides a full luxury treatment to the back seat when some brands back off on the details and even soundproofing. Legroom is adequate at 37.2 inches — but hope for short people in the front seats. However, the doors open to near-90 degrees for easy entry, and the seats are comfortably supportive.

Cargo area of the GV70

Fold the back seat for 6 feet of length.

Cargo capacity is slightly compromised by the sloping roofline, but there is nearly 29 cubic feet of space behind the back seat, stacked to the headliner. The cargo opening is wide at 41 inches, and fold the 60/40 back seat for about 6 feet in length.

The area is finished in quality carpeting, with a pair of large side lights, and a slim storage area under the cargo floor.

Despite the $64K price, a cargo roller cover is not included but is available for $200. However, carpeted floor mats are included.

Sidelights in the cargo area of the GV70

Thick pile carpeting, large side lights (2), and robust seatback releases.

Why Buy the Genesis GV70 3.5T?

The Genesis brand is still an outlier among luxury auto buyers who might be more comfortable committing to an Audi, BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes-Benz. But, in 2020, J.D. Power named Genesis the most dependable automotive brand, and in 2021 the brand was lauded as the most technologically innovative in North America.

Time is money and the extensive warranty package is a time-saving answer to the GV70 $64,000 question.

A rear view of the Genesis GV70

Aerodynamic elements include the rear spoiler that helps smooth airflow.

Genesis GV70 3.5T Specifications

Body style: Compact, 5-seat 5-door SUV crossover in rear- or all-wheel drive

Engine: 375-hp, twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 with auto stop-start at idle; 391 lb.-ft. torque from 1,300-4,500 rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters and 5 drive modes

Fuel economy: 19/25/21 mpg city/hwy/combined; premium fuel recommended for peak power

Max. towing capacity: 3,500 lbs. with trailer brakes


Fuel tank: 17.43 gallons

Cargo space: 28.9 to 56.9 cubic feet

Front head/leg room: 39.6*/41.3 in. *without moonroof

Rear head/leg room: 39.1/37.2 in.

Length/wheelbase: 185.6/113.2 in.

Curb weight: 4,451 lbs.

Turning circle: 37.7 ft.


3.5T Standard equipment includes: Smartkey entry and locking with push-button ignition, with Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery, 16-way power driver seat (with power side bolsters and seat cushion), 14.5-inch high-definition infotainment screen, 12.3-inch 3D digital gauge array, 8-way power front passenger seat (with walk-in device), heated and ventilated front seats, 2 front USBs (data and charge) and 2 rear charging USBs, 9-speaker audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electric parking brake with automatic hold, full LED lighting (headlights, taillights, running lights, and side mirror turn signals), power folding and heated (with a timer) side mirrors, outside approach lights with Genesis logo (at side mirrors), power one-touch panoramic sunroof, solar control tinted side and rear glass, acoustic laminated glass (windshield, front side and rear side windows), carpeted floor mats, power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, smart cruise control with stop-and-go, wireless charging, locking glove box, surround-view camera system with guidance lines

Packages on tester

Sport Advanced package, $5,000: Nappa Leather Seating Surfaces with Sport Pattern Quilting; Layered Edge Backlit Trim; Leatherette Upper Instrument and Door Panels; Suede Headliner; Heated Steering Wheel; Genesis Digital Key; Surround View Monitor; Blind-Spot View Monitor; Remote Smart Parking Assist
Parking Distance Warning – Front; Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist – Rear; Lexicon Premium Audio with 16-Speakers

Sport Prestige package, $4,900: 21-inch Sport Alloy Wheels; Electronic Limited Slip Differential; Nappa Leather Seating Surfaces with Suede Insert; Carbon Fiber Trim; Heated 2nd Row Seats; Manual Rear Side Sunshades; Acoustic Rear Door Glass; 3-Zone Climate control; 12.3-inch 3D Digital Cluster
Heads-Up Display

Safety features include: 8 air bags, Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Lane-Change Oncoming, and Junction Turning Highway Driving Assist; Driver Attention Warning; Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Following Assist; Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist; Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist; Safe Exit Assist; Intelligent Speed Limit Assist; Park Distance Warning – Rear; Launch Control and Hill Start Assist Control Vehicle Stability Management with stability and traction controls


Base price: $53,645, including $1,045 freight charge; price as tested $64,045

Options on test vehicle: Melbourne Gray matte paint $500; Sport Advanced package, $5,000; Sport Prestige package, $4,900;

Where assembled: Ulsan, Korea

Warranties: 5-years/60,000-miles bumper to bumper; 10-years/100,000-miles powertrain; Genesis Service Valet for 3 years or 36,000 miles provides a remote diagnostic check, vehicle pick up, and a loaner vehicle and return of the vehicle

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