With medium SUVs now an entrenched aspect of Australia’s staple automotive diet regime – and high quality-badged, high quality-priced designs generating up sixteen p.c of that substantial wedge – the GV70 was always going to be a essential product for the burgeoning Genesis brand.
Favouring a fastback, coupe-like form more than a additional conventional box-type wagon, the GV70 is as considerably about visible dynamism as it is about true dynamic excellence, which is precisely the way it desired to choose to make an affect.
It is also slightly larger than the German competitors benchmarked by Genesis for the duration of its improvement – the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. When compared to an X3, the GV70 is extended (by 7mm) and wider (by 19mm), with a extended wheelbase (by 11mm), nonetheless it stands substantially decrease (by 46mm), has fewer floor clearance (185mm as opposed to 204) and has considerably broader tracks for a additional athletic stance than the BMW.
If you examine apples with apples – the flagship GV70 three.5T AWD Activity tested here from its twin-turbo six-cylinder BMW equal – then the Genesis seems even additional muscular, with its 1641/1657mm (entrance/rear) measurements easily out-sizing the X3 M40i’s 1615/1594mm keep track of widths.
However when you examine pricing, our fully optioned GV70 three.5T AWD Activity with matte paint ($2000) and Luxury pack ($6600) leaves the X3 M40i for dead.
At an as-tested selling price of $ninety one,876 (right before on-street expenses), the twin-turbo V6 GV70 is substantially fewer than a dead-stock X3 M40i at $113,471 (right before on-street expenses, or any alternatives).
Certainly, the major-pet dog GV70’s reasonable selling price competitor is an X3 xDrive 30i M Activity (starting up at $eighty two,971) with its two.-litre turbo-petrol 4-cylinder, nonetheless if you yet again examine like for like, a GV70 two.5T AWD with Activity Line deal is $seventy three,276.
So in phrases of existence, specification and selling price, the GV70 is appropriate in the thick of it, with the anticipated promise of an all-electrical version to occur – providing the about-to-launch BMW iX3 a immediate rival.
But the GV70 needs to be additional than just trendy sheetmetal and an desirable selling price. To achieve legitimate lower-through in a lower-throat current market, this new Genesis medium SUV needs dynamic smarts, cabin flair, chopping-edge tech, and some true glamour to underpin its relieve-of-possession promise.