Alain Kuhn Von Kuhnenfeld
2023 Genesis GV70 EV
This week we are reviewing the 2023 Genesis GV70 EV. Our vehicle was manufactured at the Montgomery Plant in the USA and has a starting MSRP of CAD $84.000.00.
Fun Factor: 8
Last year, we had the opportunity to test the impressive GV70 equipped with a 3.5L Twin-turbo V6 engine. Our experience showed that Genesis had a promising plan for creating luxurious and athletic vehicles. This time, we got into the electrified GV70, which is even faster and can achieve 0-60 MPH in just 4.0 seconds when we tested with a fully charged battery and using boost mode. The dual electric motors give a base output of 429 hp and can increase to 483 hp with Boost mode, which returns 516 lb-ft of torque. Similarly to the ICE version, the GV70 EV is tuned for comfort, not sportiness. The moment it gets pushed around corners, it tends to understeer something to be cautious with all the power sent to the rear wheels.
Can it Family: 8
Larger than the GV60 EV, the GV70 will be more suitable for families even though the GV60 has plenty of space in the second row. However, where the GV70 excels is in trunk space compared to its little brother. In Genesis fashion, the interior has a luxurious look. The Genesis GV70 is spacious; four adults can sit comfortably. There is sufficient knee room and headroom for the rear occupants. And there are buttons on the back of the front passenger seat which allow the person sitting behind to move it for more legroom, preferably when there's no passenger in front.
Our average electric consumption with the GV70, over 650km, was 20.9 kWh/100km in mixed driving conditions. The temperature oscillated between 6c and 23c during our test. Genesis announces the following consumption 21.3 kWh/100km in the city, 25.1 kWh/100km on the Hwy, and 23.0 kWh/100km as a combined result. Our results were lower than those announced even though we used the boost button frequently. (Photo above shows Hwy electric usage of 25 kWh/100km).
The announced range is 383 km; this range is possible on the Hwy, and fast charging of the vehicle is quite efficient, going from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. Most people may use less than the full range daily; compare this to the Ford Mustang GT and the Model Y performance, both of which have over 400 km. The Genesis range feels short to be a Hwy-warrior for long road trips.
Karaoke Friendly: 7
A special touch of the GV70 is its 12.3-inch 3D cluster giving this digital cluster a feeling of depth. Like most Genesis models, we appreciated that the blind spot cameras appear on the cluster whenever you turn on the flashers. We cannot say enough about how this makes lane changes easier, especially on the highway. Right in the middle, you will find another staple of the Genesis brand, the 14.5-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The sizeable screen responds quickly to any command. Under the infotainment screen, you will find the climate control screen. With tri-zone climate controls, everyone can be as comfy as possible. Overall, it's a good screen with room to improve; specifically, access to specific commands can be far reached for certain drivers. The party trick of the screen is the haptic feedback you get when selecting the heated steering wheel. In short, it's practical when you want to maintain focus on the road and want to make sure it works! On the left side of this screen, near the steering wheel, you will find a black button unlabeled; it's a fingerprint reader; yes, you read that right.
The ISOFIX ports are clear and easy to use, and the rear anchor is also within reach for any parent to secure the car seat. The trunk space is decent, and you can fold the back seat in a 40/20/40 configuration with a button. The sloping roof robs some space in the trunk but isn't tiny. This is an excellent vehicle to take the family on road trips; everyone will feel at ease.
City Cruising: 10
In the city, we saw an average of 17.6 kWh/100km, demonstrating that this vehicle will achieve more than the 383km range when driving. The charging port is located in the front, which is great when charging stations are in the front; however, when having to parallel park in the city where charging stations are back to back. This could leave less space for the vehicle in front, and in the worst-case scenario, if someone backs up may damage the charging port. On our social media platform, 89% of people prefer the location on the side. The 360 camera is of excellent quality, and the security feature suite functions very well and is standard.
Why would we buy the Genesis GV70 Electrified, or what we liked about it?
It comes well-equipped, and it's extremely fast, has plenty of space for the family.
Why would we not buy the Genesis GV70 Electrified, or what did we not like about it?
The range is not competitive compared to some other manufacturers. While it's cheaper than some of its competition, it's still an expensive vehicle.
Genesis has lent us this vehicle for one week as a press vehicle. We have no affiliation with Genesis Canada. The above reflects our personal opinion of the car referred to above.