Final yr we reviewed Genesis GV80 SUV and, like most Genesis autos, we actually appreciated it. So when Genesis supplied us some seat time of their new GV70 3.5T Sport Status, we eagerly accepted. There’s a definite theme in Genesis naming system and if the GV70 was the SUV equal of their G70 sport sedan, we actually wished to test it out.
The design is…um, busy. Perhaps it’s the large shield-shaped grille. Perhaps it’s the waffle fry wheel end. Perhaps it’s the trace of Porsche 928 via the C-pillar and easily wrapped tail. No matter it’s, it comes throughout as a bit foolish after the extra refined fashions that Genesis has introduced forth. It’s as if somebody was attempting to inject some youthful design pleasure into it and overdid it. Nonetheless, there are various extra much less engaging SUV’s available on the market, so we’ll give Genesis a cross. A number of the design cues are fairly tasteful.
The within nevertheless is a little more refined. Crimson leather-based and black high quality plastic mix in distinctive shapes and styling cues to create a quite thrilling inside. The backseat passengers have loads of legroom. All of the creature comforts are right here – heated and ventilated seats; a big infotainment show that, when not in use, shows epic nature scenes within the climate that you simply’re experiencing, sounds of nature to appease and calm down passengers throughout lengthy night time drives (my spouse was a fan of “Vigorous Forest”). Like all Genesis autos, you might comfortably dwell in it for weeks on finish whereas touring the nation.
The three.5L turbocharged V6 gives a formidable 375 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. It’s able to propelling the big SUV quite shortly to authorized freeway speeds (and past!) and gives good torque and passing energy all through the complete rev vary whereas returning respectable mileage figures. Energy is transmitted via an 8-speed computerized transmission to the AWD system that ought to give it loads of grip in inclement situations.
The steering is gentle however intuitive and fast.
The massive monobloc brake calipers and large disk brakes do an excellent job of hauling the heavy machine down from velocity with strong pedal really feel. No mushy or obscure brake pedal right here. Pedal effort is linear and direct, with glorious suggestions.
The multilink suspension does a unbelievable job of absorbing street imperfections whereas offering an agile and sporting really feel. Actually, the driving expertise is flawless. There actually isn’t something to complain about and lots to reward. Genesis builds a superb automotive and the GV70 isn’t any exception. It actually feels sportier, faster, and extra agile than the bigger GV80.
Our GV70 got here with the “Sport Superior Bundle” which offered nothing sport associated – merely an assortment of digital and luxurious extras – and the “Sport Status Bundle” which offered an digital limited-slip differential and extra trim extras, together with the waffle fry wheels. The full for these two trim packages totaled practically $10,000 that you might simply shave off the as-tested $65,000 price ticket making it a $55,000 automotive, which appears fairly affordable. Even at $65,000, it’s not priced unreasonably.
There are sportier SUV’s however none that attempt to please the motive force and passenger as a lot because the Genesis GV70. There are some artistic creature comforts that set it aside from the competitors and that’s to be applauded. But it surely’s the fun-to-drive facet that actually appeals to us.