- Powerful styling and performance to match with all-wheel drive
- Impressive driving range between charges
- Spacious interior offers practical versatility
- Quite pricey (but so are nearest competitors)
- A little tyre noise at top motorway speeds
- Badge snobbery – the Genesis name needs to be more recognisable
Genesis has added to the appeal of its GV70 line-up by introducing a fully electrified model to the range.
It is called the Electrified GV70 and is available in just one Sport trim level with a driving range between charges of 283 miles.
The spacious family car looks stunning from any approach and is packed with all the technology and luxurious craftsmanship expected from a premium brand these days.
And it certainly delivers on the performance front, especially with the Boost button activated. We will get to that a little later on.
Unlike ICE versions of the GV70, the electrified model is only available in Sport trim level. It’s all-wheel drive and is an athletically-designed car with plenty of road presence.
Eye catching features include quad headlamps, an EV crest grille with hidden charge port, an EV optimised bumper, rear quad lights, an EV bumper and diffuser (as no exhausts are needed), 20-inch alloys with a turbine design for dynamic appearance and the GENESIS name sitting proudly on the tailgate.
Moving inside, the interior is pure class with an abundance of top quality, eco-friendly materials, along with a choice of vegan leather, normal leather or Nappa leather upholstery.
There is a 14.5-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment system along with a click-wheel dial offering access to the many on-board features. There is no technology for technology sake – everything has its purpose and is very user-friendly. Expect full smartphone mirroring, sat nav, massaging seats that can be heated or cooled, a pitch perfect sound system, over-the-air software updates, backlit trim inserts and slim air vents.
The Electrified GV70 is finished to an exceptionally high standard and a special mention to the convenient head-up display system and striking 3D instrument cluster behind the wheel that looks futuristic and stylish.
On The Road
Handling & Performance
Powering the electrified GV70 is a 77.4kWh battery offering 490PS and 350Nm of torque. This results in impressive performance stats with a 0-62mph sprint time of just 4.8 seconds and top speed of 146mph. The sprint time is made even sharper at 4.2 seconds if you press the Boost button which delivers an extra 20kW of power on each motor for 10 seconds.
With an impressive 283-mile driving range between charges, the performance is blisteringly quick whilst offering sublime comfort along the way.
The road-holding is ultra-grippy meaning tight bends can be attacked with confidence and the characteristics of the car are changed according to which of the drive modes are selected. It’s easy to switch between them and they are called Eco, Comfort and Sport.
Four regenerative braking levels can be controlled via the steering wheel paddles and single pedal driving is also possible via the i-Pedal system which is really practical in stop, start traffic. And if you were concerned that following drivers would not realise you are slowing down, the brake lights are automatically activated when level two on the regenerative braking scale is reached.
The electronically controlled suspension scans the road ahead and there is active road noise cancelling for a more refined cabin experience.
Space & Practicality
The Genesis Electrified GV70 is a spacious five-door family SUV with ample room in the back for a couple of adults to sit comfortably – or three on shorter journeys. The car stretches 4,715mm in length, is 1,995mm wide and 1,630mm high with a wheelbase of 2,875mm.
The boot, accessed via a powered tailgate that will conveniently open if you are 50 to 100cms behind the vehicle, is generously sized too and with the battery pack positioned low down, it has very little impact on storage limits.
It can swallow 503 litres, increasing to 1,678 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat. This is slightly less than the 542 litres on the ICE models, but you do get an extra 25 litres of storage room beneath the bonnet on the Electrified GV70.
Elsewhere, there is a lockable glovebox, deep central cubby bin, seat back nets, door bins, front and rear cup holders and some handy trays.
Charging the Electrified GV70 from 10 to 80 per cent takes 18 minutes via a 350kW fast charger, 73 minutes on a 50kW fast charge, or seven hours, 20 minutes via a 11kW wallbox.
The vehicle also offers a convenient Vehicle-to-Load system that can be used to power items such as coffee machines or airbeds from the car’s battery.
And there is the comfort of an E-Terrain mode for driving in more challenging conditions with Snow, Mud and Sand settings.
The Genesis Electrified GV70 is a premium family SUV that’s packed to the rafters with the finest quality materials and craftsmanship. So, expect a price that reflects such high standards and you won't be too shocked.
The car has a starting price of £64,405, but a wealth of optional extras and packs, including an Innovation Pack (£3,560), Convenience Pack (£1,180), Comfort Seat Pack (£1,630), a premium Lexicon audio system (£990) and a couple of other add-ons saw the cost creep up to £73,220. Steep yes, but on a par with rivals from the German marques.
However, owners will reap financial rewards with day-to-day running costs. As the Electrified GV70 has zero carbon emissions, there will be no road tax or Congestion Charge fees to pay. And for business drivers, it has an attractive Benefit in Kind tax savings rate of two per cent.
In addition, boosting the car with electricity should prove cheaper than refuelling despite the recent hike in energy costs.
As an EV has fewer mechanical parts than a petrol or diesel-powered car, there should be less to go wrong. And Genesis offers an excellent customer service whereby they will pick-up and drop-off cars when they are serviced, as well as supplying a courtesy car.
The car is rated as insurance group 50.
For a relatively new brand to UK shores – it was only launched here last May - Genesis has made quite an impact. The first customer handover was September 2021 and since then we have seen model launch after model launch.
The ICE-powered GV70 was the company’s best-selling model until the stunning all-electric GV60 was introduced this year. But now the larger sibling is also available with full electrification too.
Deliveries for the latest model commence this month and it has been announced that from 2025, all new Genesis models will be pure electric.