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Car Review : Genesis GV70 2025

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The Genesis GV70 presents a value that’s unmatched in the small luxury SUV class. It’s comfortable, practical and stylish, just as you’d expect. But it’s also well stocked with features and is priced a bit less than the competition.

Pros

Spacious interior with comfortable seating

Composed ride and handling

Costs thousands less than other luxury SUVs

Lots of cargo room

Cons

A few interior controls can be inconvenient to reach or use

Could use more interior storage for small items

What’s new

Wireless phone integration and remote services are standard

Part of the first GV70 generation introduced for 2022

Overview

There was a time when luxury and affordability were mutually exclusive terms, but in the 1990s that all changed when Japanese carmakers spun off their own upmarket sub-brands. South Korean manufacturer Hyundai followed a few decades later with Genesis and has been making a strong impression since. The 2025 Genesis GV70 is the company’s small SUV, bookended by the smaller all-electric GV60 and larger midsize GV80. As with Hyundai, Genesis makes its mark with value, delivering a lot of features at a more attainable price while maintaining a very high level of quality.

Competitors to consider

The Genesis GV70 is our favorite small luxury SUV for a number of reasons. You’ll save a few thousand compared to the Mercedes-Benz GLC or BMW X3, but that’s meaningless if the quality and performance aren’t there. To the GV70’s credit, you likely won’t be wanting for more athleticism, and the interior is most certainly up to luxury SUV standards. If performance is a priority, you’ll have to spend a whole lot more for the higher-end Benzes, BMWs or the Porsche Macan.

Performance 8.0/10

How does the GV70 drive? The GV70’s enjoyable driving experience starts with its smooth and robust powertrain. The turbocharged V6, which is what we tested, provides easy and accessible power from just about anywhere in its rpm range. In our testing, the GV70 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. The automatic transmission delivers smooth shifts when you’re just tooling around, but it can also crank up the aggression with crisp, positive shifts when the roads get fun.

Around turns, the GV70 isn’t as sporty as a Porsche Macan, but it responds intuitively and predictably to your inputs. Braking is predictable too, with a natural-feeling pedal stroke that makes it easy to stop smoothly. All in all, it is a quick and smooth SUV but not the athlete that some others are.

Comfort 8.5/10

How comfortable is the GV70? Comfort is a big part of what makes the GV70 a great SUV. The front seats are highly adjustable, and our test vehicle’s seats also had heating, ventilation and a massaging feature. The rear seat cushions are also pretty comfy and offer a generous amount of recline. An adaptive suspension (standard with the V6) adjusts itself based on the road conditions ahead. The ride isn’t quite as plush as in the larger Genesis GV80, but it strikes a commendable balance between comfort and compliance.

The climate control has a dedicated touchscreen that’s easy to use. The seat heating and cooling are nearly unmatched for their intensity, and the heated steering wheel was equally as impressive. A quiet cabin rounds out the luxury experience with dual-pane windows keeping a lot of the wind and ambient noise at bay. There was only some low-level road noise on particularly textured surfaces.

Interior 8.5/10

How’s the interior? The GV70 has a slightly different interior design than other recent Genesis models and is better for it. The infotainment control knob, in particular, is much easier to use than the GV80’s. The dial rotates and moves and even features a touch-sensitive surface, all of which can be used to navigate the menus. On the downside, it’s easy to mistake the dial for the gear selector, which is also a dial. The touchscreen is also located a bit too far away from the driver, so you might find yourself stretching to press it.

The GV70’s cabin is among the more spacious-feeling in the small luxury class. The extra-wide door openings make it easy to get in and out. We love the driving position and appreciate that Genesis makes all the main controls easily accessible for the driver. And despite the GV70’s rakish body, it’s actually quite easy to see out of.

Technology 8.0/10

How’s the tech? The GV70 comes with a healthy amount of modern tech. For starters, advanced driving aids including adaptive cruise, lane keeping assistance and collision prevention are all standard. The available 16-speaker Lexicon audio system is certainly worth getting to if you are an audiophile.

There are plenty of power options for keeping devices juiced up, including four USB outlets, a wireless phone charger and an available household-style outlet. The GV70’s voice controls can understand a decent amount of natural speech but can only perform functions related to the navigation system, audio system and phone.

Storage 8.0/10

How’s the storage? Rear cargo space is very generous at 28.9 cubic feet, which is right up there with the class-leading RDX and Jaguar F-Pace. The loading area is wide, allowing for easy loading of larger things. The rear seats can be folded flat from the cargo area, so there’s no need to walk around to the rear doors. Genesis’ smart trunk opens automatically based on your proximity.

Storage space within the cabin isn’t super generous, but it’s adequate. The center armrest bin is a decent size, and we love how the tandem cupholders stay out of the way of the driver controls. The wireless charger is deep and out of the way, so you can charge a phone on it and have another one plugged in resting on top of it in that open cubby. The door pockets are a little small and the glovebox is modest, but ultimately there are enough options.

Got kids? The spacious back seat makes it easy to install child safety seats. The anchors and top tethers are easy to access. Towing, however, is limited to just 3,500 pounds, which is well shy of class leaders.

Fuel Economy 7.0/10

How’s the fuel economy? The GV70, which is what we tested, with the V6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined. That’s decent, though some competitors are slightly more efficient thanks to integration of a mild hybrid system. We ran the GV70 on our real-world evaluation route, and it returned an average of 20.2 mpg in heavier than usual traffic. Despite the traffic, we have a feeling that hitting the EPA estimate will be a challenge if you don’t drive with efficiency in mind.

Value 8.5/10

Is the GV70 a good value? The GV70 is definitely a value leader when it comes to features, build quality and price in the small luxury SUV segment. While the interior may not quite reach the same level of finish as a Mercedes-Benz or Audi, it certainly isn’t far behind. And the areas we think that are lacking — slightly tacky-looking carbon-fiber trim and touchscreen iconography that looks too similar to a Hyundai or Kia product — are pretty minor.

Then when you bring Genesis’ warranty into the equation, it leaps even further ahead. The five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties aren’t close to being matched by anyone in this segment. Roadside assistance is good for five years/unlimited miles, which is a year better than most rivals. And Genesis provides free maintenance for three years/36,000 miles.

Wildcard 8.5/10

The Genesis GV70 is a striking SUV that catches more attention than most in its class. And it’s not just the outside. The interior is a fresh and thoughtful design that looks and feels luxurious. The GV70 mostly backs up its looks with a driving experience that’s sporty enough to have fun on a backroad.

Genesis GV70 models

The 2025 Genesis GV70 is a small luxury SUV with two available engines. The standard engine is the 2.5T, a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful option is the 3.5T, a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 making 375 hp and 391 lb-ft. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard across the board. The GV70 trim levels include StandardSelectAdvanced and Sport Prestige. Keep reading for a rundown of the significant features you get with each trim.

2.5T Standard

Even the base GV70 comes well equipped, with:

19-inch wheels

Hands-free liftgate

Heated, power-adjustable front seats

Synthetic leather seating

8-inch digital instrument cluster with analog gauges

14.5-inch touchscreen display

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Navigation

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (both with wireless connectivity)

Nine-speaker sound system

Wireless smartphone charging pad

Standard driver aids include:

Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Genesis and the car in front)

Forward collision mitigation (applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle to avoid or minimize a collision

Lane keeping assistance (uses a windshield-mounted camera to monitor lane markings and applies corrective steering assistance when necessary)

Blind-spot intervention (automatically steers the car back into its lane if you try to change lanes while a car is in the vehicle’s blind spot)

Rear cross-traffic warning (alerts you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your path while you’re in reverse)

2.5T Select

Includes all of the Standard equipment, plus:

Panoramic sunroof

Ventilated front seats

Heated steering wheel

Driver’s seat memory settings

Power-adjustable steering wheel

2.5T Advanced

Builds on the Select with:

Leather seating surfaces

Adjustable interior ambient lighting

Household-style power outlet in second row

Surround-view monitor (gives you a top-down view of the GV70 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

Blind Spot View Monitor (shows video of blind spot on the instrument display after the turn signal has been activated)

Front and rear parking sensors

Rear automatic braking (applies the brakes automatically to avoid an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)

2.5T Sport Prestige

The most heavily optioned four-cylinder GV70 adds:

21-inch wheels

Synthetic leather upper instrument and door panels

Ventilated front seats

Upgraded driver’s seat

Three-zone climate control

12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with 3D graphics

16-speaker Lexicon audio system

Manual rear window sunshades

Genesis Digital Key (smartphone application allows the driver to start, lock and unlock the vehicle)

Remote automated parking system (will automatically park the GV70 with the driver in or out of the vehicle)

3.5T Sport

The 3.5T Sport includes a more powerful turbocharged V6 engine and comes with most of the features from the 2.5T’s Select package, plus:

Adaptive suspension (adjusts to improve ride comfort and handling)

Leather upholstery

3.5T Sport Advanced

This package has most of the items from the 2.5T Advanced, plus these added features:

21-inch wheels

Upgraded leather seating surfaces with sport pattern quilting

Synthetic leather upper instrument and door panels

Synthetic suede headliner

16-speaker Lexicon audio system

3.5T Sport Prestige

Just like the 2.5T Sport Prestige, plus:

Electronic limited-slip differential (helps maximize available traction during hard acceleration)

Heated second-row seats

Sound-reducing rear windows

Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)

 
 
 

 
 
 

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