2024 Genesis GV70 Review: Still a solid luxury competitor

2024 Genesis GV70 Review: Still a solid luxury competitor

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Pros: Class-leading interior; comfortable ride; excellent tech; safety scores; standard AWD; available as an EV

Cons: Handles like a big, heavy SUV; smallish second row; modest electric range; steering is acceptable, but gets worse in Sport mode

The 2024 Genesis GV70 is a handsome and comfortable compact luxury crossover with a lot to love. It offers two potent turbocharged engines, as well as a battery-electric powertrain in the Genesis Electrified GV70. It’s full of excellent technology, including a robust and easy-to-use suite of safety features. Genesis might not have the brand cachet of its German counterparts, but its quality and excellent interior makes it a mighty challenger for the likes of Mercedes and Audi, albeit with lower pricing.


And while it might not be quite as nimble as the competition on a winding road, it compensates for that with a refined ride, which is made even better with an adaptive suspension that reads and adjusts to the road ahead. For an even more serene experience, the Electrified GV70 offers near-complete silence while still packing quite the accelerative punch when you dig into the right pedal. Its estimated range of 236 miles is unimpressive, though, even if its recharging capabilities are exceptional.

One drawback for every GV70 is the surprisingly tight second row of seating, which makes it a little cramped for adults with long legs or kids in car seats. It helps to make up for that shortcoming, though, with fairly generous cargo volume.

Regardless of what you’re looking for in a small SUV, the 2024 Genesis GV70 is definitely worth cross-shopping if you’re exploring the segment, even if you’ve never heard of it before.

Interior & Technology   |   Passenger & Cargo Space   |   Performance & Fuel Economy

What it's like to drive   |   Pricing & Trim Levels   |   Crash Ratings & Safety Features

What's new for 2024?

The GV70 mostly carries over for 2024, with a few minor changes:

All trims get a Wi-Fi hotspot. Pricing gets some updates, as noted in the price section further below.

The 2.5T AWD gets standard 19-inch wheels and monobloc front brakes. The Sport Prestige package gets ventilated front seats, Lexicon premium audio, manual rear door shades and remote smart parking assist as standard equipment. The 3.5T AWD gets Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 2 and Highway Driving Assist 2 (more on those in the safety section, further below) as standard equipment. The Sport Advanced package now offers optional 21-inch Sport alloy wheels.

The Electrified GV70 drops the Makalu Gray Matte exterior paint option, but adds Uyuni White, Alta White, Matterhorn White, Capri Blue and Cardiff Green as available colors.

What are the GV70 interior and in-car technology like?

The GV70 interior is a true delight, with the Sport Advanced package providing a luxury feel second to none in the segment. Its Nappa leather seating, buttery-soft leatherette on the upper dash and door panels, and a suede headliner are show stoppers. The buttons move with a rich fluidity, and the touch-sensitive controls for a select number of infrequently used climate controls provide a modern, decluttered look without infuriating functionality. The two knobs on the center console that control the infotainment system and gear selection are also high-quality pieces, resembling fine crystal. They look different and have different textures, but unfortunately, they’re also virtually the same size and placed next to each other. You may end up changing a radio station when you really meant to put the car in Drive. Maybe the placement will become second nature, maybe it’ll be a constant irritant.

The 14.5-inch widescreen infotainment display is mounted in a way that prioritizes your line of sight rather than its touchscreen capability, which means you’ll be using that aforementioned knob often. It’s well-suited to the menu structure and helps keep your eyes on the road, while having the touchscreen capability is still helpful in certain situations like using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Altogether, this system is more user-friendly than what you’ll find in its German competitors (as well as others), and is sufficiently pretty to boot.

How big is the GV70?

In terms of interior space, the GV70 aligns closely with other rear-drive-based compact SUVs. Like others, back seat space can be surprisingly tight with a tall driver up front, and families with small kids in rear-facing car seats are bound to find a Volvo XC60 or Acura RDX a better choice. All-electric rivals are much better choices in this regard. The seat itself is quite comfortable, however, with plentiful recline and sufficient headroom.

Behind the second row is a 28.9-cubic-foot cargo area, which easily fit all six bags from our standard luggage test with room to spare. Compared to other compact SUVs we’ve tested, it had more space than an Audi Q5 and BMW X3, is comparable to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and falls short of the Acura RDX and Mercedes GLC. Ultimately, we’d judge the GV70 as having a slightly above-average cargo space for a compact luxury SUV.

What are the GV70 fuel economy and performance specs?

The standard engine in the GV70 is a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard on every GV70, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5T is rated at 22 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined with 19-inch wheels. The Sport Prestige trim level, whether because of its 21-inch wheels or some other factor, drop those estimates to 19/26/22.

The upgrade engine is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, making an impressive 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. It gets 18 mpg city, 24 highway and 20 combined.

There is also the Genesis Electrified GV70. Though considered a separate model, which we have reviewed separately, it really is just a GV70 with an all-electric powertrain good for 429 hp, 516 lb-ft of torque and a range of 236 miles. That’s not great for an EV, but its recharge times are exceptional.

What's the GV70 like to drive?

Despite sharing a platform with the G70 sport sedan, the GV70 behaves more like its stately big brother, the GV80. It feels quite heavy, and, even when the available adaptive suspension is at its firmest in Sport+ mode, there's a fair bit of body roll. It sure likes to understeer, too, and it's hard to tell from the seat of your pants when you're getting overly ambitious with the throttle coming out of a corner. This perception is amplified in the Electrified GV70, which is even heavier.

We aren’t big fans of the steering in Sport mode, which is an unfortunate throwback to the earlier days of adjustable drive settings when extra effort would be added to satisfy the false assumption that stiff equals sporty. The extra effort simply dulls the sensations transmitted from what is already a less-than-talkative chassis. At least its Custom mode lets you sub in the perfectly acceptable "Comfort" steering while keeping everything else at full habanero.

That the GV70 isn't as sporty as it looks is not the worst problem to have, and indeed, things are pretty much rosy from here on out. The 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 provides smooth, effortless power delivery indicative of bigger, pricier luxury vehicles (like the GV80). The Electrified GV70’s electric motors are even smoother and more effortless. Every GV70’s superlative ride quality greatly exceeds similarly powered German models thanks to an adaptive suspension that pre-emptively adjusts itself using forward-looking cameras. We'd just think twice about the Sport Prestige package as its 21-inch wheels add a touch of nervousness over choppy pavement and some harshness over gnarled pavement.

Of course, many GV70s will come with the fixed suspension tied to the standard 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, which we haven’t had the chance to test as of this writing.

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