Test Vehicle's MSRP: $64,045 (Base GV70 2.5: $42,045)
Seating Capacity: 5
Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a compact spare tire; automatic high beam headlights; distance pacing with stop-and-go; an electronic stability control system; an electronic blind spot system; a forward collision avoidance system; a lane following assist system; a lane keep assist system; a lane departure warning system; a rear collision mitigation system; and a tire pressure monitor system
Standard Equipment (3.5-liter turbocharged): a 375-horsepower engine; 19-inch wheels; a panoramic sunroof; leather seats with mesh; a highway driving assist system; and an electronic adaptive system
Options: 21-inch sport alloy wheels; electronic limited slip differential; Nappa leather seating surfaces with sport pattern quilting; layered edge backlit trim; leatherette upper instrument and driver panels; suede headliner; a heated steering wheel; Genesis digital key; and a surround view monitor/blind spot view monitor; remote smart parking assist; parking distance warning; parking collision avoidance assist; and Lexicon premium audio with 16-speakers
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM
Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard
USB Connectivity: Standard
Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.5-liter Turbo, 4-cylinder engine/300-hp
Recommended Fuel: Premium
Standard Fuel Mileage: 22 city/28 hwy
An all-new model
Variety of driving modes
All-wheel drive availability
A peppy, seamless shifting 3.5-liter engine with a slight growl
Gucci-like wheel design
Easy to navigate
Smart park feature borrowed from the Hyundai brand
An ability for the driver or rear occupants to control the movement of the left front seat for rear occupant to increase legroom or second-row storage
Power pull down trunk
Power exterior mirror
USB outlets for both front and rear occupants
Panoramic sunroof option
Co-pilot assist steering
Radar cruise control system
Wireless charging for smartphone
Heads-up Display (HUD)
Temperature and heating seat control – second row
Fuel driving range under 300 with the 3.5-liter engine
It took a moment to figure out how to program or save a radio program
Limited second row legroom
With America’s shift toward crossovers and SUVs, the GV70 is a welcome addition to the new luxury brand. As one of the newest luxury crossovers to hit the scene, the utility vehicle is available in a rear wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configurate. The Gucci-like matted badged chrome grille and wheel designs distinguish this vehicle from the crowd.
The GV70 can be powered by two powertrains, a base 2.5-liter or an upgraded 3.5-liter engine, which offers a slight growl. We must note the 3.5-liter engine is the same one in the larger GV80 crossover. We spent time behind the wheel of the 3.5-liter engine, which was also offered a variety of driving modes. The 375-horsepower engine didn’t disappoint in terms of power and handling characteristics.
With a starting base price nearing $43,000, the GV70 is competitively priced. In fact, the stylish, seemingly high-quality crossover offers many of the amenities one would expect of a vehicle in this segment. To up the ante, our test model included such optional features as a remote parking assist feature, a heads up display system, knitted-like premium leather seat patterns, a suede headliner and a co-pilot highway driving assist system, which pushed the vehicle closer to almost being hands free.
Furthermore, the GV70 can be optioned out with 21-inch wheels and upgraded and 16-speaker audio system.
Conversely, like most of its competitors, the vehicle lacks electrification. Being that it was the last to the table in the luxury crossover segment, this should have been one of the available powertrains.
Overall, the Genesis GV70 is a worthy contender to consider in what has become a crowded field.