Genesis has been gaining momentum lately. Both the G70 sports sedan and the brand’s first SUV, the GV80, have been collected Car and driver 10Best Trophies. Now comes the GV70 – smaller than the GV80, this new crossover is based on the G70 sedan – and while it failed to win a 10Best award in its debut year, it’s fresh off a comparison test win against two old segment staples: the BMW X3 and Lexus RX350.
That great first impression is now followed by a 40,000-mile stress test. Will our strong feelings for this new Genesis last? We’re going to find out.
Our journey with the GV70 began with the grand opening of the Genesis brand’s first independent North American dealership in Lafayette, Louisiana. A storm approaching from the Gulf prompted us to deliver quickly and hit the road. The dealer put on the license plates, handed us the keys, and we drove north toward Michigan.
With our long-lasting G70 sedan, our biggest regret was not getting the more powerful engine. So we made sure not to make the same mistake this time. We skipped the standard 300-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder from the GV70 in favor of the optional 375-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6.
After a road trip of approximately 1,700 miles that cut through the eastern part of the country, the GV70 took to the track for its first test. The sprint to 60 mph took 4.6 seconds and the Genesis hit the quarter mile in 13.3 seconds at 104 mph. So far, we’ve averaged 21 mpg, and that figure matches the EPA’s combined rating. On our 75 mph test loop on the highway, we got 23 mpg, slightly below the EPA’s estimate of 25 mpg.
An upgrade to the 3.5T also brings a plethora of sporty and luxurious features, including adaptive suspension with road preview, panoramic sunroof and leather. Plus, we got the $9900 Sport Prestige package. It adds 21-inch wheels and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, among other things. With a set of Michelin Primacy all-season tires, our car pulled 0.82g around the skid pad and took 180 feet to come to a stop from 70 mph. That’s a bit less compared to the GV70’s more performance-oriented German rivals, but we’re not complaining as the ride is well-tuned for everyday riding.
If you do come after it on a side road, the 16-way power driver’s seat hugs you and keeps you comfortable when cornering. As part of the Sport Prestige package, our car is fitted with suede seat inserts and headlining and has a carbon fiber upholstery. These materials help create a chic interior environment that reminds us of much more expensive SUVs, and we’re sure to enjoy 40,000 miles in an interior this sublime. The GV70 3.5T comes standard with Highway Driving Assist II. We’ll let you know how this level 2 driver assistance system works as we embark on numerous summer road trips.
Genesis offers an extensive color palette on the GV70, including shades such as Barossa Burgundy and Cardiff Green, but due to a supply shortage we settled on a pre-built car finished in Uyuni White, a $500 option. We’re not complaining. the dull white-on-black livery, but there are certainly more interesting options. The 3.5T has oversized twin tailpipes that protrude through the black mesh trim on the rear bumper for a more extroverted look than the upright pentagonal tailpipes on the 2.5T. The V-6 model also gets black trim on the bumpers and side skirts.
In the comparison test win, we said that “the GV70 places an exclamation mark on Genesis’ ability to compete at the heart of the luxury market.” In the next 40,000 miles, we’ll let you know if that punctuation still stands.
Months in fleet: 1 months Current mileage: 4032 miles
Average fuel consumption: 21 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: 17.4 gal Fuel Range: 360 miles
Maintenance: $0 Normal wear and tear: $0 Repair: $0
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