Drive Notes: 2024 Genesis Electrified GV70 AWD Prestige

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

"What kind of car are you driving?" my neighbor asked me this morning.

"A Genesis" I replied. Because 2024 Genesis Electrified GV70 AWD Prestige is a mouthful.


It's a big name for an interesting luxury EV crossover. And I have some notes about driving it.

This Genesis started at about $66K and totaled out at $75K, so it's not cheap. The $6,800 Prestige Package is a big part of that cost.

The keys specs here are 429 horsepower/320 kW from two electric motors -- one front, one rear -- and a boost mode that can get you to 483 horsepower for 10 seconds. With two electric motors, this Genesis is all-wheel drive, and the total torque figure is 516 lb-ft.

The range provided by the 77.4-kWh lithium-ion battery is 236 miles. Charge times are seven hours on Level II, and 73 minutes 10 percent to 80 percent on 50 kW charging and 18 minutes 10-80 percent when its 250 kW.

Here are some pros, cons, and other notes.

Pros

  • The cabin is quiet. Obviously some of this is the EV powertrain, but road and wind noise is also well filtered.
  • I like the gauge design, it's an old-school look (Art Deco influenced, maybe?).
  • The interior materials look and feel upscale.
  • As much as I dislike overly complicated infotainment controls, Genesis has made this one easy to use. I like the rocker audio switches and the large wheel/knob that helps navigate menus. I also didn't need to menu-dive much for basic functions, and the HVAC has easy-to-use knobs and a touch screen that actually responds to inputs.
  • I dug how Genesis hid the switch for opening/closing the power liftgate along the rear wiper housing.
  • The boost mode is nice.
  • Handling in sport mode is a tad lively.
  • The ride is smooth even over urban pavement.
  • I like the exterior styling, as is usually the case with Genesis products.

Cons

  • The materials may look nice, but they collect fingerprints quickly.
  • The price is a tad dear and some of the features in the Prestige Package, such as the leather seats, heated steering wheel, and heated second-row seats should probably be standard at this price.
  • Apple CarPlay was wired -- it's surprising to not have it be wireless at this price point.
  • The range is a bit low at just 236 miles.

I liked this Genesis a lot but I can't figure out the use case -- or why certain features are absent or not standard at this price. I am not sure who the buyer is here -- there's ample cargo and passenger space but other crossovers offer more.

If Genesis can tweak the packaging, perhaps I can see the use case. Instead we end up with a very nice and very nice-looking crossover that's relatively engaging to drive but feels like its just not fully baked.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later 7 days ago
    I do wonder if the bhp/torque figures could be dialed down to extend range (really should be a user configurable feature).
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    • Cprescott Cprescott 4 days ago
      I have wondered the same thing. 0-60 numbers under 8 seconds should be for performance models - if you can get by with smaller motors that are more efficient, ranges would be extended. Weight would be saved. I've never understood why golf carts have to go 0-60 in 4 seconds or less.
  • Legacygt Legacygt 3 days ago
    I know it's just me but I cannot ignore the chrome work visible in the profile of this car. It's got sharp curves, long arching curves, sharp angles, long straights, you name it. It's along the beltline, now wait it's up to the headliners, but now it's back at the beltline, in the opposite direction. It just looks like they couldn't decide what they were doing. They could have saved it if they stayed up high behind C pillar.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue
  • Kcflyer it's simple , most are too stupid to find china on a map , much less understand the evil of communism. which is, i guess, better then openly pushing to embrace communism/socialism......cough...dnc....cough
  • Kcflyer stop comparing to cars made in europe or other parts of asia to chinese cars those are not putting money directly in pockets of communist dictators who are actively trying to destroy the u.s.
  • The Oracle Not interested at this time. Any will be BEV only and I’m not ready for one of those.
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