Genesis Electrified

GV70 Sport

Genesis Electrified GV70, 2022, front, action
Genesis Electrified GV70, 2022, side
Genesis Electrified GV70, 2022, nose
Genesis Electrified GV70, 2022, interior
Genesis Electrified GV70, 2022, boot
Genesis Electrified GV70, 2022, rear

SOPHISTICATED, sustainable and dynamic is how Korean brand Genesis, the luxury offshoot of Hyundai, describes the latest addition to its fully electric ranks, the Electrified GV70.

Inspired by what Genesis calls its ‘beauty of white space' design ethos, the stylish SUV is the third fully electric model to be released by the company and is available exclusively in Sport trim with prices from £64,405.

It's stablemate, the petrol and diesel powered GV70, has been around since the autumn of 2021 and while the pair have much in common there are some marked differences between them.

Instantly noticeable is the filled-in grille, part of a front and rear redesign, which not only looks both stylish and a touch aggressive but also conceals a pop-out panel housing the charging port.

It's smooth, sensibly placed, easy to access if you're using a public charge point and effectively disappears when closed.

Move inside and the cabin not only looks and feels of premium quality but affords plenty of space for driver and passengers - with ample room for three adults across the back, though the centre rear position is slightly raised.

The largely black leather fittings with shiny chrome inserts look effective and contrast nicely with the sculpted seats - again in leather but with a 30 per cent wool cover - and there's also 18-way adjustment plus the option of a massage function.

And everything is aimed at being eco-friendly, for instance the car's ‘suede' headlining using yarn made by processing recycled plastic bottles and waste nets.

A couple of highlights are the centrally placed slimline 14.5-inch high definition infotainment screen and the glass-topped rotary gear selector which looks classy, is easy to use and saves space.

Other tidy touches include door seals which wrap underneath the car to protect the inside sill from road grime while lowering the sill height and widening the foot access for safer entry and exit - particularly with kids in mind.

You also get customisable ambient cabin lighting - especially effective at night - and an optional panoramic glass roof to keep things light and bright during the day.

As for luggage space there's an adequate 503 litres and lightly tugging a lever flips the 60-40 split rear seats almost flat for a much more expansive load bay of 1,678 litres.

Powering the Electrified GV70 is a 77.4kW battery and two 180kW electric motors delivering a hefty 483bhp of punch - if you use the steering wheel-mounted Boost button - for acceleration of 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and on to a potential top speed of 146mph.

Either way, the Electrified is a joy to drive, even on the 20-inch alloy wheels fitted to our tested model, feeling nicely balanced, comfortable and smooth.

Several drive modes alter the way the GV70 performs even though there's not too much difference in feel between the Eco and Comfort settings.

Switch to Sport and the dash dials turn red as the Genesis takes on a more dynamic character with a firmer ride and more loaded steering.

The Electrified GV70 is also the first Genesis electric vehicle to feature SUV-specific e-TERRAIN tech to help make the car more stable in mud, sand or snow.

The official electric range is 283 miles, a distance possibly within reach of very disciplined drivers, otherwise closer to 250 is more realistic.

FAST FACTS

Genesis Electrified GV70 Sport

Price:£64,405

Mechanical:483bhp, 77.4kW battery + two electric motors driving four wheels via automatic transmission

Max Speed:146mph

0-62mph:4.8 secs

Combined MPG:283 miles

Insurance Group:41

C02 emissions:0g/km

Bik rating:2%

Warranty:5yrs/unlimited miles

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