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Genesis GV70

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Published: 29 Sep 2021


What is it like to drive?

So far we’ve only driven the GV70 in 2.5-litre petrol form, which means 300bhp and 311lb ft of torque being sent to all four wheels. Zero to 62mph takes a respectable 6.1 seconds, but this isn’t the most refined four-cylinder and it sometimes sounds more strained than it needs to under acceleration (and that’s before you add in the extra sound that can be pumped through the speakers). 

The 8spd auto gearbox is similarly average. In everyday driving it’s smooth enough, but it’ll sometimes get a bit slushy on upchanges and can be slow to downchange. Flick it into manual mode, though, and changes are nicely sharp. 

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Anything else you can tell us?

The GV70 gets the usual Eco, Comfort and Sport drive modes, but strangely there’s also a Sport+ mode which switches off the traction control and instantly sends the engine flying up to 3,000rpm. In normal driving, 100 per cent of the torque can be sent to the rear wheels with a maximum of 50 per cent going to the fronts. Our test car also came with the optional £450 electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle, all of which means you can have a little fun in the corners without too much understeer – is it really necessary though? The steering is nicely weighted, although there is a fair bit of body roll – certainly more so than in an X3. 

This drivetrain isn’t the most efficient either – over a 50-mile run in towns, on country roads and on the motorway we managed 27.7mpg. Ouch. The diesel should fare a little better in that regard, but you’ll only get 207bhp as a payoff.    

What’s the ride like?

Sport Line trim brings standard 19-inch wheels and plenty of sidewall in the tyres (we’d advise avoiding the optional 21-inch alloys, which are standard with the more expensive Luxury Line) and the GV70 rides reasonably well. It uses the same ‘Road Preview’ scanning tech found in the larger GV80 that reads the road ahead and can prime the adaptive dampers for potholes and other imperfections. It seems to work most of the time, although things can get a little firm in Sport mode. 

It’s an SUV right? Can it go off-road?

Press down on the drive mode button and all GV70s also get three different terrain modes. The traction control, engine and gearbox can all work together to provide maximum control on either mud, sand or snow. Now, we haven’t had a chance to test these yet, but you get the sense that the GV70 will be more at home at motorway speeds, where it’s quiet and refined. Worth noting that it gets Hyundai’s overactive Lane Assist system, though, which will beep and pull you back into line so often that you’ll delve into the menus to switch it off. Ironically, that takes a fair few button presses with your eyes off the road, so it’ll probably be the only time you actually require Lane Assist. The world has officially gone mad…

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