With medium SUVs now an entrenched section of Australia’s staple automotive eating plan – and top quality-badged, top quality-priced versions earning up sixteen per cent of that appreciable wedge – the GV70 was generally heading to be a critical design for the burgeoning Genesis manufacturer.
Favouring a fastback, coupe-like form more than a more traditional box-model wagon, the GV70 is as much about visible dynamism as it is about actual dynamic excellence, which is accurately the direction it necessary to take to make an impression.
It is also a bit even bigger than the German competition benchmarked by Genesis all through its advancement – the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. In comparison to an X3, the GV70 is extended (by 7mm) and wider (by 19mm), with a extended wheelbase (by 11mm), yet it stands substantially lower (by 46mm), has much less ground clearance (185mm vs . 204) and has much broader tracks for a more athletic stance than the BMW.
If you compare apples with apples – the flagship GV70 3.5T AWD Sport tested in this article in opposition to its twin-turbo six-cylinder BMW equal – then the Genesis seems even more muscular, with its 1641/1657mm (entrance/rear) measurements easily out-sizing the X3 M40i’s 1615/1594mm observe widths.
Still when you compare pricing, our completely optioned GV70 3.5T AWD Sport with matte paint ($2000) and Luxury pack ($6600) leaves the X3 M40i for lifeless.
At an as-tested rate of $91,876 (right before on-street fees), the twin-turbo V6 GV70 is substantially much less than a lifeless-stock X3 M40i at $113,471 (right before on-street fees, or any possibilities).
In truth, the best-pet dog GV70’s sensible rate competitor is an X3 xDrive 30i M Sport (starting up at $82,971) with its 2.-litre turbo-petrol 4-cylinder, yet if you all over again compare like for like, a GV70 2.5T AWD with Sport Line offer is $seventy three,276.
So in phrases of existence, specification and rate, the GV70 is suitable in the thick of it, with the expected promise of an all-electrical edition to come – giving the about-to-launch BMW iX3 a direct rival.
But the GV70 wants to be more than just fashionable sheetmetal and an desirable rate. To obtain authentic slash-by in a slash-throat market place, this new Genesis medium SUV wants dynamic smarts, cabin aptitude, cutting-edge tech, and some actual glamour to underpin its ease-of-ownership promise.