Genesis GV70: First look at the brand’s debut medium SUV

Posted: 9 March 2021 5:46 pm

What does the GV70 bring to the luxury market?

South Korea's luxury car manufacturer Genesis is back with the GV70. Hot off the arrival of the GV80 SUV, which drew comparisons to a budget Bentley Bentayga, Genesis has announced its first medium SUV. The GV70 will touch down in Q2 of 2021.

Things are ticking along quite well for this new luxury brand. Sales increased by an impressive 186.7% year-on-year in February 2021. SUVs are extremely popular in Australia, but even within this category, there's a variance in popularity. Genesis is aiming for the biggest part of the pie with the GV70. Medium SUVs make up the largest portion of sales for SUVs over $60,000.

That means that the GV70 will be competing with the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Volvo XC60 among others. So it will have to be good and, on paper, it is.

Despite the crowd, Genesis Motors Australia CEO Jun Heo is confident the GV70 will stand out. "The first-ever GV70 applies the Genesis Athletic Elegance design philosophy to the medium SUV while showcasing an array of advanced safety and technology, all to deliver unprecedented luxury," he said at the launch.

But he'll need to get the price right. Over 2,500 of these luxury medium SUVs left showrooms last month in Australia, but Genesis won't reveal the GV70's price until closer to the vehicle's touchdown later in Q2 2021.

How does the Genesis GV70 stand out from other medium SUVs?

If the Bentayga comparisons to the GV80 are reliable, the Genesis GV70 looks to offer a higher level of luxury at a price that is more wallet-friendly.

That doesn't just stop at the vehicle itself though. After-sales service is a big focus for Genesis, with five years of free servicing being offered on the GV70. This should reduce ongoing costs significantly when compared to some German competitors.

Genesis GV70 features explained

On face value, the GV70 looks quite similar to the GV80, which isn't a bad thing. It loses the concave-style rear tailgate and rectangular(ish) exhausts, instead sporting two large, circular exhausts.

GV70 Powertrain

There will be three powertrains to choose from:

  • A 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 224kW and 422Nm, which can be had in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
  • A 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, which is good for 154kW of power and 440Nm of torque, is available exclusively in AWD.
  • The GV70's flagship powertrain is a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 producing 279kW of power, 530Nm of torque and will send power to all four wheels.
  • All three options will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that has been developed in-house by the boffins at Genesis.

GV70 Safety

  • There are eight airbags as standard, including a centre side airbag, which is designed to stop driver and passenger clashing heads should things go awry.
  • There will be countless safety technologies keeping driver and passengers safe. A full list will be at the bottom of this page.

Optional extras

Regardless of which Genesis GV70 you pick, it will come with a panorama sunroof, adjustable ambient lighting, acoustic laminated windshield and front door glass, genuine leather-appointed seats and stitched leather-appointed dashboard and door trims.

A 14.5-inch high-definition touchscreen sits front and centre on the dash and includes navigation with augmented reality, live traffic updates and DAB+. Plus it comes loaded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nine-speakers are spread throughout the cabin as standard, too.

Tick the box for the optional "sport-line package" though and Genesis will add this impressive list of features.

  • 19-inch Sport Line alloy wheels
  • Sport brake package
  • Large calibre dual exhaust finishers
  • Sport+ drive mode
  • A Sport Line exterior package, including Sport front and rear bumpers, gloss black sport radiator grille, front skid plate and roof rails, and dark chrome radiator grille surround and window frame trims.
  • Nappa leather and suede sport seats
  • Suede headlining and pillars
  • A sport steering wheel
  • Sport alloy pedals
  • Sport aluminium trim
  • Sport gauges for oil temperature, torque and turbo boost.

Alternatively, you can also opt for a "luxury package", which adds the following:

  • Forward attention warning (FAW)
  • Parking collision-avoidance assist - rear (PCA-R)
  • Nappa leather seats with quilted seat pattern
  • Suede headlining and pillars with quilted seat pattern
  • 12.3-inch full-screen instrument cluster with 3D function
  • Head-up display (HUD)
  • Driver position memory system
  • Power tilt/telescopic adjustable steering column
  • Advanced fingerprint authentication system
  • 1,050 watt, 16-speaker Lexicon by HARMAN audio
  • Remote smart parking assist (RSPA)
  • 18-way adjustable driver's seat
  • Ergo motion massage function for driver's seat,
  • Heated steering wheel and second-row seats


Genesis promises a whole host of after-sales benefits too, including complimentary (FREE) servicing for five years or up to 50,00kms for a petrol variant and 75,000 for the diesel.

The new GV70 also comes with a five-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, Genesis-To-You pick-up and drop-off service for car maintenance, including a loan vehicle and 5 years of 24/7 roadside assistance.

Safety list

  • Blind-spot collision avoidance-assist (BCA)
  • Blind-spot view monitor (BVM)
  • Driver attention warning (DAW) including leading vehicle departure alert
  • Forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA)
  • High beam assist (HBA)
  • Intelligent speed limit assist (ISLA)
  • Lane following assist (LFA)
  • Lane keeping assist (LKA)
  • Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance-assist (RCCA)
  • Rear occupant warning (ROW)
  • Smart cruise control (SCC) with stop/go
  • Surround-view monitor (SVM) with 3D surround view
  • Trailer stability assist (TSA)

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