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Genesis GV70

(2021 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

Used car score:

57
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

81
%
A

Eco Rating:

48
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

23
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

Used car score:

57
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

81
%
A

Eco Rating:

48
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

23
%
E

Summary


The Genesis GV70 is a mid-sized five-door SUV and estate that arrived in the UK in Autumn 2021, pitched as an alternative to the likes of the Audi Q5BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC in the high-end SUV market.

Genesis is a spin-off upmarket brand owned by Hyundai and the GV70, alongside the G70 saloon, is part of its first foray into the European automotive market after successes in Asia and the USA. There is another SUV available in the range, the larger Genesis GV80.

You won’t be able to buy a Genesis at a traditional dealership; you can take a test drive from your front door on request, orders are delivered to the customer, and cars are collected from the owner for servicing over a standard five-year care plan, as the brand looks to provide an attractive premium ownership experience.

What Car? concludes that “private buyers looking at the Genesis GV70 might be tempted by the price, long warranty, five-year servicing package and high-level of standard equipment”, but nevertheless recommend the Audi A5 as the better overall choice due to its wider range of engines and superior ride comfort and handling.

Genesis offers a rather limited range of engine options for the GV70 SUV; customers can choose between a 2.2-litre diesel and a 2.5-lite petrol, all models being fitted with an automatic gearbox.

The Telegraph remains unimpressed by the slender range on offer, judging that these engines are too thirsty compared to premium rivals, and the absence of any electric or plug-in hybrid models is disappointing. An electric GV70 joined the family in the UK late 2022, and we have a separate Expert Rating for that model.

While reviewers are not too enthused what the GV70 offers under the hood, the interior quality is noted by many. Publications like Auto Express and The Sun commend the GV70 for its spacious and comfortable cabin, and the impressive amount of on-board tech fitted to the SUV as standard.

As of January 2024, the Genesis GV70 holds a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 62%. It earns top marks for its safety rating, but its CO2 emissions are average, as are its media reviews. In addition, it’s expensive to run and we don’t have enough data to generate a reliability rating at this time, so check back again soon.

GV70 highlights

  • Cheaper than its key rivals
  • Good levels of standard equipment
  • Comfortable cabin interior
  • Five years of free servicing

GV70 lowlights

  • Expensive to run
  • No eletrification offered across range
  • Some rivals are more spacious in the rear
  • Loud diesel engines

Key specifications


Body style: Medium five-door SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £39,450 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 89%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 64%
Safety assist: 87%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: GV70 2.5-litre Petrol all-wheel drive automatic

Overall score: 1 stars
Date tested: July 2022
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 3.4 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 0.7 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 0.01 / 10

The Genesis GV70 was tested by Green NCAP in Summer 2022 – specifically the 2.5-litre petrol variant with an automatic gearbox. The car was awarded a low one star emissions rating – these scores only apply to this powertrain and gearbox combination.

Described as a “a full-bodied cruiser of the old breed”, Green NCAP commented that the car displayed poor fuel economy, and expressed concern over the SUV’s greenhouse gas emissions – giving the model a 0/10 greenhouse Gas Index score.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Genesis GV70 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the GV70, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models29 mpgE28 – 30 mpgE – E
Diesel models38 mpgD37 – 39 mpgD – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models218 g/kmD216 – 222 g/kmD – D
Diesel models189 g/kmC186 – 190 g/kmC – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

The Genesis GV70 is an expensive car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption is poor, from either the petrol or diesel models, while insurance costs are also high.

As yet, we don’t have servicing and repair costs for the GV70, so check back again soon.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Genesis GV70 has received

2022

  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Large SUV

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Genesis GV70, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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A generous customer service package makes the Genesis GV70 an attractive proposition, but it fails to stand up against its premium rivals in many areas.Genesis GV70