2023 Genesis GV70 is luxurious ride

A beautiful Genesis 2023 Electrified GV70 AWD Prestige with “Makalu Gray” paint all-electric sedan car arrived for a week of test driving.

The Genesis label is the luxury brand of Korean Hyundai vehicles having final assembly in a U.S.A. factory in Montgomery, Alabama with Korean engine and transmission.  A center console dial serves as the transmission control with a thrust button for an additional burst of power that was never necessary. This vehicle could fly with a very smooth flow of electric energy from the all-electric power train of 160 KW front and 160 KW rear electric motors.  Electric energy is fast and allows for a smooth drive and instant acceleration.

The appearance of the Genesis GV70 is stellar, with luxury appointments like white leather interior seating and aluminum trim.

The GV70 rides on 20” alloy wheels and rides like a cloud with electronically controlled suspension.  The smooth flow of electric power and the power bolstered seats with lumbar support with ergo motion provide a fabulous silky, smooth, ride.

The 2023 GV70 does not have a safety rating yet, but it was a Genesis model that saved the life of pro-golfer icon Tiger Woods.  This electric model is loaded with hi-tech electronic and safety features.

The latest driving feature includes the lane keeping assist.  I especially like the surround view monitor and intelligent speed limit assist to avoid many speed sign changes.

The center console plays host to a large 12.3 instrument cluster as an extra option with a premium navigation system and 14.5-inch screen.   A Lexicon premium sound system provides an extensive selection of news, music, and active road noise control.  A manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $65,850 with an extensive list of options of additional interior leather features and heated second row seats adding to the final price.

I have driven other Genesis high-end gasoline models that were excellent with similar safety and luxury components.  Really a classy selection of standard and optional features.  This was my first experience with an all-electric high-end vehicle without hybrid engine back-up of a self-charging of battery and fossil fuels. The GV70 has a ten-year/100,000 mile power-train warranty.

The GV70 has a charging kit stored in the trunk for home charging.   My brief experience with another electric less expensive vehicle was to just plug it into a commercial charging station almost like a gas pump control handle.   It one instance a $10 charge provided 40 miles of additional mileage in a two-hour charging period. 

This raises a serious concern about the availability of charging stations, cost of the service, and time taken to charge the vehicle that probably relates to the size and power of the battery components.

My experience with the GV70 was to find the plug connection that was located within the front grill and was connected to the door locking mechanism with safety precautions for auto thefts while charging a vehicle.

While I loved driving the GV70 it has a 200-mile distance capacity.  That means driving to Grand Junction would require locating a charge station twice for a round-trip.  Staying close to home or the office the 200-mile distance would not be a problem.

The bottom line is that these Genesis vehicles are a premium vehicle and choice of models should depend upon price and distance to be traveled at any one point in time.  My choice would be a hybrid model of both battery and fossil fuels, usually extending mileage to around 50 mpg.  The GV70 has a factory rating of 91-mpg , but limited to a 200-mile journey. 

Overall, the quality of these Genesis vehicles is outstanding.