Genesis Electrified GV70 in first drive report. The premium SUV based on the combustion engine has two electric motors with an output of up to 360 kW (490 hp).
“But man!” This surprise lasts about 2.5 seconds, as the author has repeatedly tried to do with a stopwatch. Not long. And the range in which our test car accelerates from 80 to 120 km / h with the boost mode activated.
Anyone familiar with the numbers on car data sheets knows that things move quickly here. The value of zero hundred is more suitable for a standard table: 4.2 seconds in acceleration mode (4.8 without). Sports car values? In a way yes, although a mid-range SUV weighing more than 2.3 tons is trying to explore physical limits.
You don’t see the nature of the car storm. Not for the first time or from many other perspectives. Which one likes to invest, because the beginning The GV70 is definitely one of the alternatives worth looking at in the premium middle class. In 2021 it debuted as a petrol and diesel engine. Now the Koreans are pushing an electric version with the slightly secret name Genesis Electrified GV70.
So a modified combustion engine, could that be a thing? At a time when many car manufacturers rely on special platforms developed for electric vehicles? So is Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Genesis. E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform) is the name of the technical base that is currently used by Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60. Along with this electric car, Genesis has launched the G80 Electrified sedan and now GV70 also two examples on the combustion engine platform in the program. But there is no trace of an unqualified handicraft shop.
It charges as fast as the GV60
The Genesis Electrified GV70 charges its 77.4 kWh battery through the CCS connection and up to 240 kW, in just 18 minutes the state of charge can increase from ten to 80 percent. Genesis also uses the 800 volt technology of the GV60 here. He also provided support for the train. The two electric motors not only ensure all-wheel drive, but also a combined output of up to 320 kW (435 hp). In the add-on mode mentioned above, which is activated in ten seconds with a button on the steering wheel (with Countdown in the digital instrument cluster), it is another 20 kW more for each machine. That means: 360 kW (490 hp) and a torque of 700 Newton meters are delivered to the wheels.
On slightly wet roads, the electronics are on hand so as not to spoil the Michelin Pilot Sport EV’s status as wipers. But that works well and generally suits the cleanly planned driving behavior of the electric GV70.
Not only at speeds up to 100 km / h and more (maximum speed 235 km / h), but also driving fast. The 482 kg battery in the vehicle floor ensures a low center of gravity. This helps when accelerating through tight corners, as does feedback-oriented steering. Only those who have previously driven the slightly flat GV60 on a similar route will feel the SUV’s high-body feel here.
Lots of comfort over long distances
The Genesis Electrified GV70 is by no means available only for smart driving. Thanks to an electronically controlled chassis that uses information from the front camera to set the damping controls, it glides easily over rolling joints and pavement stickers. Thanks to the suppression of driving noise, road noise is not heard. With an optional chair massage, you can not only find peace on the way to your destination, but also physical relaxation. According to the WLTP standard, a range of 455 km should be possible. Future testing of the Electrified GV70 can and will define actual power consumption and actual charging capacity.
The driver and passengers have plenty of room in all directions, there is no reduction here compared to the gas-powered GV70. Only the trunk is small at 503 instead of 542 liters, as the room under the double loading floor is largely absent in the electric SUV. But it offers a storage room of 25 liters under the front hood.
The cockpit is also largely unchanged. The infotainment system’s 14.5-inch monitor can be operated as a touchscreen or with a push-rotary wheel on the center console. The electric car menu is new. If the 1,040 euro option was selected, you can use the V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) function to supply other devices and even electric vehicles with up to 3.7 kW of electricity.
Priced at the iX3 level
This brings us to the box office. The Genesis Electrified GV70 costs 67,300 euros in the Sport equipment line only. Although it is more expensive than the diesel (50,870 euros) or the petrol (53,720 euros), it is at the level of the BMW iX3. The difference is not so small: The Munich-based company offers its Chinese-built competitors for this tax with only one electric motor with 210 kW (286 hp) maximum output. In addition to all-wheel drive, the Korean also comes with more advanced equipment.
But it also has to be configured with expensive accessories, many of which are bundled together, to enjoy all the comforts of our test car. With invisible camera images behind the steering wheel, a head-up display, seat massage, nappa leather covers and a sunroof, the price increases to 84,230 euros.
discount? A foreign word in the world of Genesis. Every car from the brand comes with a five-year worry-free package with warranty and service work as well as pick-up and delivery service (also included during the trial).
A hat. With the Electrified GV70, the Korean brand Genesis shows how you can turn a simple starting point with a combustion engine into an attractive electric vehicle. Thanks to the 800 volt technology for fast charging, all-wheel drive and a large battery, there are no obstacles in everyday life, and the available space is the same as gasoline and diesel engines.
It is no coincidence that the base price of the electric SUV is the same as that of the weak BMW iX3. Many additional packages, some of which are expensive, ensure that the Korean can be configured for more than 80,000 euros.