Genesis GV70 (2022) mid-range SUV also comes electric

Presentation & price: GV70 starts under the 50,000 euro mark (update!)

So far, the model range of Hyundai’s posh subsidiary Genesis consisted of two luxury models: the G80 and its SUV brother, the GV80. They have now received support – in the form of a small SUV offshoot called the GV70. The sporty mid-range SUV with standard all-wheel drive and a classy interior could become serious competition for the BMW X3.

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The SUV has been on the market since autumn 2021, and the electric variant Electrified GV70 is expected to follow in October 2022. The Strom-GV70 can already be pre-ordered at prices starting at 67,300 euros. The combustion engines start at 47,700 euros for the diesel and from 50,550 euros for the petrol engine. This makes the Genesis GV70 significantly cheaper than the X3 (from 53,150 euros).

The prices at a glance:


electric drive



2.2 liter diesel



2.5 liter petrol engine


Design: The GV70 looks sportier than its big brother

The body of the GV70 has a more dynamic design than its big brother, the GV80. Although the GV70 is also adorned with the typical Genesis features such as the large crest grille and the two-tier headlights, it has larger air intakes in the front apron, the rear looks much rounder, and the roof profile is more coupé-like. The electric variant can be recognized above all by the smaller air intakes at the front.
Genesis GV70

The sports equipment features round tailpipes positioned high up in the apron.

These include new aprons, at the front with larger air intakes, a modified grille that closes the grill and said air intakes and is included in the rear apron, 19-inch wheels and other tailpipes. In sports trim, the GV70 sports a round version positioned quite high up in the apron.

The dimensions at a glance:

● Length: 4715mm
● Width: 1910mm
● Height: 1630mm
● Wheelbase: 2875mm
● Trunk capacity: 542–1678 l

Interior: Control system and displays are successful

A look inside the GV70: The operating system and the displays are successful. The driver quickly finds his way around the groups consisting of a 14.5-inch touch screen, a central button (to press and turn like on BMW) including speed dial buttons, a fixed row of buttons in the center console and a climate control panel with a rotary temperature controller and graphically clean representation.
Genesis GV70

The three-spoke steering wheel is part of the sports package; a two-spoke steering wheel is standard.

More functions (multimedia, driving aids and driving assistance) cannot be divided and operated in a more thoughtful way. The speedometer is also digital, measuring eight inches as standard; For an extra charge, the display grows to 12.3 inches and offers an optional 3D function. A head-up display is also offered.

The seats are large and comfortable, with plenty of headroom in the back. We also noticed a fine detail that serves as a role model: the release button for the electric trunk lid is easily accessible and visible on the operating lever for the windscreen wipers.

Connectivity: With the fingerprint reader, you no longer need a key

In addition to over-the-air updates, which always keep the software of the GV70 up to date, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the new SUV if desired, a function that we do not yet know from other manufacturers: a fingerprint scanner that replaces the key.

The feature is one of the “Genesis Connected Services”. If the fingerprint is stored in the infotainment system, you can start the car with this authentication.

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Of course, the Connected Services also include an app that can be used to lock the car remotely or to check whether the tank is full enough. The application also enables diagnostic tests.

Features: SUV with anticipatory chassis

In addition to matrix LEDs or large 21-inch rims, there is also an electronically controlled limited-slip differential on the option list. It distributes the power to the rear wheels as required and depending on the surface. The chassis also adapts to the road: a camera scans the road and delivers this information to the electronically controlled suspension, which adjusts itself based on this data.

The assistance systems offered include a highway assistant, which supports steering and keeps you in lane. If the driver activates the turn signal, the system is additionally supported by an active blind spot assistant.

Hyundai Genesis GV70

A camera scans the road so that the chassis can quickly adapt to the ground.

There are various items on the option list for seating comfort: the driver can, for example, order an “Ergo Motion” seat, which with 18 adjustment points and various air chambers is intended to enable the perfect seating position and has been certified by the “Healthy Back Campaign”. For all other passengers there are electrically multi-adjustable seats, both rows of seats can be heated and ventilated.

Driving: The SUV is a full cruiser from the old school

AUTO BILD has already driven the Genesis GV70. In essence, the Korean is a full old-school cruiser – in a good way. The suspension works comfortably, the engine hums gently in the distance, the car is full and can be guided cleanly via its pleasantly sleepy-responsive steering.

The electrically adjustable seats, which are equipped with a massage function, are wide and suitably shaped, and are all-round comfortable. From a speed of 120 upwards, thanks to the automatically narrowing sidecar, they grip even tighter and then offer additional lateral support. At best, the large 21-inch wheels (optional) disturb the all-round fluffy ride comfort – short bumps make the body tremble.

Transmission and engine work together in an exemplary manner

Evasive manoeuvres, curves, angular lane changes – the GV70 endures all of this with great composure and with controllable understeer. In short: a flawless driving experience. The transmission and the 2.2-liter turbo diesel also work together in an exemplary manner.

Hyundai Genesis GV70

The chassis and the interaction of the 2.2-liter diesel engine with the eight-speed automatic are convincing.

In slow mode, they agree on a relaxed, quiet and low-speed driving style, with kickdown the automatic scurries surprisingly quickly into a lower translation. Gear changes happen pleasantly smooth, maneuvering and starting becomes a shallow matter in the millimeter range – that’s how it should be.

Engines: Always four-wheel drive and up to 490 hp

The GV70 is based on Genesis’ rear-wheel drive platform, but will only be available with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the combustion side, there is a petrol engine and a diesel engine, each with four cylinders.

The petrol engine has a displacement of 2.5 liters and generates 304 hp and 422 Nm of torque. It accelerates the two-ton car from zero to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and achieves a top speed of 240 km/h. The 2.2-liter diesel delivers 201 hp and 440 Nm. At 7.9 seconds, the sprint to country road speed takes a little longer, and it’s already over at 215 km/h.

Thanks to 800 volt technology, the 77.4 kWh battery of the Electrified GV70 can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

The electric counterpart, the Electrified GV70, will be available from October 2022; two electric motors together achieve 360 ​​kW (490 hp). In terms of performance, the e-SUV breaks the 100 mark after just 4.2 seconds, thanks to a 77.4 kWh battery, the GV70 Electrified is said to cover up to 455 kilometers according to WLTP. And: Equipped with 800 volt technology, the charging stop from 10 to 80 percent takes just 18 minutes.

Technical specifications

Genesis GV70 2.2D ● Engine: four-cylinder diesel ● Displacement: 2151 cm³ ● Output: 154 kW (201 hp) ● Max. torque: 440 Nm ● Transmission: eight-speed automatic ● Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7.9 s ● Top speed: 215 km/h ● Price: from 47,700 euros.

Genesis GV70 2.5T • Engine: four-cylinder diesel • Displacement: 2497 cm³ • Power: 224 kW (304 hp) • Max. torque: 422 Nm • Transmission: eight-speed automatic • Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.1 s • Top speed: 240 km/h • Price: from 50,550 euros.

genesis Electrified GV70 • Motor: dual electric motor • Output: 360 kW (490 hp) • Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4.2 s • Range according to WLTP (combined): 455 km • Price: from 67,300 euros.

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