With medium SUVs now an entrenched portion of Australia’s staple automotive eating plan – and top quality-badged, top quality-priced types producing up 16 per cent of that sizeable wedge – the GV70 was usually likely to be a important design for the burgeoning Genesis brand name.

 

Favouring a fastback, coupe-like condition around a additional regular box-model wagon, the GV70 is as a lot about visible dynamism as it is about actual dynamic excellence, which is accurately the way it desired to acquire to make an influence.

 

It is also slightly greater than the German competitors benchmarked by Genesis in the course of its growth – the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. In comparison to an X3, the GV70 is for a longer period (by 7mm) and wider (by 19mm), with a for a longer period wheelbase (by 11mm), nevertheless it stands considerably reduced (by 46mm), has considerably less ground clearance (185mm vs . 204) and has a lot broader tracks for a additional athletic stance than the BMW.

 

If you review apples with apples – the flagship GV70 three.5T AWD Activity analyzed in this article versus its twin-turbo six-cylinder BMW equivalent – then the Genesis appears even additional muscular, with its 1641/1657mm (front/rear) measurements comfortably out-sizing the X3 M40i’s 1615/1594mm keep track of widths. 

 

But when you review pricing, our completely optioned GV70 three.5T AWD Activity with matte paint ($2000) and Luxury pack ($6600) leaves the X3 M40i for lifeless.

 

At an as-analyzed cost of $ninety one,876 (in advance of on-road charges), the twin-turbo V6 GV70 is significantly considerably less than a lifeless-stock X3 M40i at $113,471 (in advance of on-road charges, or any selections).

 

Certainly, the top-doggy GV70’s sensible cost competitor is an X3 xDrive 30i M Activity (commencing at $eighty two,971) with its 2.-litre turbo-petrol 4-cylinder, nevertheless if you once more review like for like, a GV70 2.5T AWD with Activity Line offer is $73,276.

 

So in terms of presence, specification and cost, the GV70 is right in the thick of it, with the expected guarantee of an all-electric powered version to come – supplying the about-to-launch BMW iX3 a direct rival.

 

But the GV70 requirements to be additional than just classy sheetmetal and an attractive cost. To reach real slice-by way of in a slice-throat market, this new Genesis medium SUV requirements dynamic smarts, cabin flair, chopping-edge tech, and some actual glamour to underpin its ease-of-ownership guarantee. 

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