Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
In common with the larger Genesis GV80, the GV70 offers a choice of two engines: a 300bhp 2.5T petrol and a 207bhp 2.2D diesel. Both engines deliver their power through a four-wheel-drive system, giving them plenty of traction off the line.
That traction means the 2.5T petrol engine will get you from 0-62mph in 6.1secs, which is respectable for a car this size and matches the Audi Q5 45 TFSI. Performance at low and mid revs is good, with the engine responding quickly to your prods on the accelerator. There’s plenty of power to get you up to motorway speeds easily, but you’ll find that you have to work the engine quite hard to get the best out of it, which generates a fair bit of engine noise.
The GV70 is around 200kg heavier than the equivalent Q5, so while that car feels like a high-riding hatchback in bends, the GV70 leans over like a big SUV and is far less willing to make quick changes of direction. Still, the steering builds up weight accurately enough for you to confidently guide the car down a country road. Decent levels of grip allow you to carry enough speed to make good progress, although it's not exactly thrilling to drive.
Refinement is a mixed bag. On the downside, the 2.2D diesel emits a coarse rumble during acceleration, and unlike in the Q5 40 TDI, that rumble is always there at a cruise. It can also be a bit boomy at low revs in town.
The four-cylinder petrol is smooth and generally more hushed. It sounds quite strained under heavy acceleration (the augmented engine note pumped through the speakers in Sport mode tries to drown this out), but you’ll best enjoy this car when you drive in a relaxed manner anyway.
The standard eight-speed automatic gearbox shuffles through the gears unobtrusively at town speeds, but it can be slow to change down when you want a quick burst of acceleration. Use the steering wheel paddles in manual mode and the shifts are still languorous.
On the plus side, road noise is well subdued, even with the big wheels on top-spec Luxury Line. You’ll need to switch the radio off and strain your ears to be bothered by the wisps of wind noise from the door mirrors.