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Genesis Electrified GV70 Review

The Genesis Electrified GV70 offers comfort, performance, all-wheel drive grip, a well-designed interior and SUV space – along with ultra-rapid charging and the potential of a 283-mile electric range.

  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Genesis Electrified GV70
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Genesis Electrified GV70
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 283 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   233 kW

Summary

  • Comfortable
  • Lots of performance
  • All-wheel drive grip
  • Practical, spacious SUV body style

Background

Genesis – the ‘luxury’ brand of Hyundai/Kia – is still relatively unknown in the UK. Hyundai and Kia have both progressed massively in recent years, and the Genesis GV60, sharing the same platform as the IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6, is an excellent product. Now we have the Genesis Electrified GV70; most people won’t expect this to be a big seller, but should this EV be worthy of your attention?

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Design & Engineering

The Genesis Electrified GV70 is a luxury SUV. It offers more space than the smaller Genesis GV60, although it shares the same 77.4 kWh battery. There’s a 245 PS/350Nm electric motor powering the front wheels and another 245 PS/350Nm electric motor powering the rear wheels, delivering 490 PS and 700 Nm in total together with all-wheel drive.

There seem to be a few influences from other brands in the styling including Mercedes SUV in the rear three-quarters and Volvo at the front. The interior features a well-designed dashboard together with 503 litres of luggage space in the boot (or 1,678 litres with the rear seats folded) and a further 25 litres of luggage space under the bonnet.

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Genesis Electrified GV70 Driving Experience

You get a pretty good idea of what most cars are like to drive after a very short distance, and this is certainly true of the Genesis Electrified GV70. It instantly feels engineered to high standards, with well-judged control weights, a comfortable ride – even with large 20-inch alloy wheels – and high levels of refinement.

As you cover more miles, you’ll soon realise that there’s a huge amount of performance available. Thanks to power of 483hp and 700Nm of torque, acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 4.8 seconds, but this can be made even more dramatic by pressing the ‘boost’ button at the bottom of the steering wheel, which provides 10 seconds of maximum power and acceleration, cutting the 0-62 mph time down to just 4.2 seconds.

Of course with such power and performance, you need to be able to translate this to the road, and the all-wheel drive system of the GV70 delivers excellent levels of grip, even on wet roads – with the tyres obviously also playing an important part.

The GV70 is a large SUV that weighs 2,310 kg, so the handling is never going to be described as agile, bit it’s certainly rewarding, and even the steering has an enjoyable level of feel. But it’s long motorway journeys when the GV70 really excels, providing an incredibly comfortable, refined and quiet mode of travel, helped no doubt by active road noise cancelling technology which is designed to eradicate tyre roar.

There’s a physical button to select the drive modes of Eco, Comfort and Sport, and there are three ‘terrain’ modes of Snow, Mud and Sand. There are also steering wheel-mounted paddles to adjust the level of brake regeneration. You can switch off the lane departure warning system with one press of a button on the steering wheel.

In fact the entire dashboard, complete with its wide touchscreen, looks good and works well. It’s easy to select items that you’re likely to want regularly such as Apple CarPlay. There are some physical buttons, and there’s a separate screen for heating and ventilation controls. When you press buttons on the screen, they give a click to acknowledge that the button has been pressed, which is rare for car touchscreens, but very helpful. There’s also a head-up display.

When you stop at traffic lights and indicate left, a camera in the driver’s instrument display shows you what’s behind you on your left, which is really useful to help spot possible hazards such as cyclists.

The gear selector is a rotary dial between the front seats, and the infotainment can be controlled by… a rotary dial between the front seats. Although both of these control mechanisms are good in isolation, having two rotary dials next to each other can result in turning the dial for the infotainment instead of changing gear.

One feature that has appeared due to legislation is that if you drive at 51mph on a stretch of motorway with a 50mph limit and speed cameras, the car will constantly beep at you, in the process drowning out any radio or media that you’re listening to. This function can be switched off in the touchscreen, but it needs to be switched off every time you start the car.

If you’re driving on a long motorway journey, after an hour the seat will start massaging you – a ‘smart posture assist session’; it feels like a massage that’s designed to keep you awake rather than relax you.

The Genesis Electrified GV70 has a 1,800 kg (braked) towing capacity.

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Genesis Electrified GV70 Electric Range and Charging

If you’ve read this review from the start until this point you could well be thinking that the Genesis Electrified GV70 is one of the best cars on sale. However we did find one area that could be improved. The GV70’s official WLTP combined range is 283 miles. This is fine, but after covering many hundreds of miles during a week’s driving, with around 80% on long motorway journeys at 70 mph, the real-world range averaged 205 miles. The GV70 was on test in mid-November, so the weather was cold, but even so, 205 miles is a big drop from 283 miles.

Some good news is that the Genesis Electrified GV70 has a maximum ultra-rapid charging rate of 233 kW. So when we hooked the GV70 up to an Instavolt charger in Chippenham, it charged from 10% to 50% in around 10-15 minutes, which is very impressive.

If you can find a 350 kW ultra-rapid charger then you could charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes thanks to the GV70’s 800v charging system.

Aside from ultra-rapid charging capability, the Genesis Electrified GV70 has another party trick – it can also power electrical appliances or even other electric vehicles, either from a plug in the boot or via a ‘Vehicle to Load’ adaptor connected to the external charging port.

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Price And Model Range

The Genesis Electrified GV70 Sport – the only Electrified GV70 model available in Europe – is available from £63,600. Our test car had a number of options including innovation pack (£3,560), convenience pack (£1,180), comfort seat pack (£1,630), vehicle-to-load pack (£880), Lexicon audio system (£990), 20-inch alloy wheels (£630) and Mauna Red paint (£750), taking the total price of our test car to £73,220.

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Conclusion

The Genesis Electrified GV70 is an excellent car to drive. It offers comfort, performance, grip, refinement and space. Although it’s a heavy electric SUV, it’s more rewarding to drive than many rivals. The dashboard works well in terms of style and substance, and it can ultra-rapid charge. In fact the GV70 appears to tick all the boxes, so it’s a shame that the real-world range of around 205 miles fell so short of the official WLTP combined figure of 283 miles. The car was tested in November, so the weather was cold, but most driving was at 70mph on motorways, so the real-world range is disappointing. Of course the other issue with the GV70 is its price – at £63,600, it’s not the most affordable of EVs. Overall the Genesis Electrified GV70 is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Genesis Electrified GV70 Review

  • Test electric driving range: 205 miles (winter)
  • Consumption (WLTP): 19.2 kWh/100 km
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2022/23): 2%
  • Price:   £63,600
  • Insurance group:   TBC
  • Power:   483 hp
  • Torque:   700 Nm
  • Max speed:   145 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   4.8 seconds / 4.2 seconds with boost mode
  • Weight:   2,310 kg
  • Towing capacity: 1,800 kg (braked)
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor