The All-Electric Genesis GV70 SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Genesis GV70
Price: £64,405
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 77.4 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 283 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


Genesis Motor, LLC, though a brand not well known in the UK, is part of the Hyundai Motor Company, the behemoth South Korean automotive manufacturer. The Genesis brand became an independent luxury marque in 2015. The brand was launched in the UK in 2021 (also launched in Europe the same year).

Genesis has currently on offer a number of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs). However, the company has announced its intention to only develop electric vehicles (EVs) from 2025. Genesis has currently the following EVs on sale in the UK:

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The Genesis GV70 Electric SUV

The all-electric Genesis GV70 mid-sized SUV is a late entrant to the already competitive landscape of premium pure electric SUVs. Though the GV70 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) has much to offer, its limited brand awareness in the UK, and premium price tag, does pose challenges in the immediate term for the manufacturer.

The GV70 electric SUV has a 77.4 kWh onboard EV battery with a claimed WLTP electric range up to 283 miles. In our Best Electric SUVs 2023 list, though many of the EVs have a similar sized EV battery and pure electric range, some competitors offer more than one EV battery size option, to include, a larger EV battery and a longer e-range.

As an example, the all-electric BMW iX SAV is available in two EV battery sizes (76.6 kWh/ 111.5 kWh), giving the consumer a choice based on their specific driving needs. The larger 111.5 kWh EV battery has an electric range up to 369 miles (WLTP). Ideally, it would be best to have three EV battery size options, to also include a smaller entry-level EV battery.

Having said that, the GV70 e-SUV 77.4 kWh EV battery offers versatility, for both, city and motorway driving. Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the GV70 electric should be able to deliver 240 miles on a single-charge. Certainly more than sufficient for most driving needs. For those new to electric driving, it is worth noting that many factors influence the real-world electric car range.

Some of these include: driving style, temperature, elevation, wind, rain, road surface, tyre size, onboard services used etc. The GV70 EV also incorporates a heat pump, which further improves the efficiency of the electric vehicle (EV).

The GV70 offers DC charging capability up to 350 kW DC. The EV can be charged from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes using a 350 kW DC charger. At the more commonly found 50 kW DC charger, the GV70 can be charged up to 80% in 73 minutes.

Of course, for most electric car owners, the EV is usually charged overnight, at home. The EV incorporates a 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. Charging the e-SUV to 100% via a dedicated three-phase EV charger, like myenergi zappi will take up to 7 hours and 20 minutes. However, as most homes in the UK are restricted to single-phase power supply, the EV will take longer to charge.

We at e-zoomed recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric car. It is better for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Genesis offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty. We also recommend combining an on-site PV system and battery storage, to truly leverage the benefits of zero-tailpipe emission electric driving.

Unlike many of the other pure electric SUVs, the Genesis GV70 has not been developed on a bespoke EV platform. It uses the same platform as the internal combustion engine (ICE) variants. Though such an approach does have its compromises, Genesis has done well to mitigate such limitations.

The exterior styling is attractive, though more traditional, compared to some of the more recent electric SUVs. However, for those consumers keen on a more familiar exterior styling, the GV70 is well suited. The coupe styling also helps improve the efficiency of the vehicle. The EV drag coefficient is 0.29Cd. The interior of the electric SUV is well appointed, as one can expect from an EV priced at nearly £65,000.

However, a number of features do not come as standard, further increasing the purchase price of the EV. As an example, the EV offers vehicle-to-load (V2L), but only as an option. Using the onboard bidirectional charger, V2L can be used to charge certain electric appliances, like a laptop, smartphone etc.

It can also be used to charge another EV. The GV70 V2L is up to 3.7 kW. The V2L can only be used if the onboard EV battery has a charge over 20%. V2L can be used via the external V2L capability or via the internal V2L plug.

Other features on offer, include: battery pre-conditioning, fingerprint authentication, augmented reality navigation, head-up display, touch controller, active road noise cancelling and more.

Safety features include: blind-spot collision-avoidance, blind-spot view monitor, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane following assist, lane keeping assist, intelligent front lighting system and more. In terms of practicality, the EV offers ample headroom and legroom for passengers. The EV has a 530 L boot and a 25 L frunk. The frunk is best used for storing the EV cable. The charging port is located at the front of the car, so convenient.

In terms of performance, the all-wheel drive (AWD) GV70 EV can deliver 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds (using the boost function). The boost mode delivers 10 seconds of maximum power and acceleration (490 PS (360 KW)). A good performance, given the additional weight of the onboard EV battery (482.3 kg).

The EV incorporates ‘smart regenerative braking 2.0′, which automatically adjusts the regen profile based on the driving behaviour, navigation information and traffic conditions. The EV incorporates one-pedal driving, which the manufacturer refer to as ‘i-Pedal’.

Genesis is keen to emphasise its ‘customer centric’ approach to buying and owning an electric car. The company offers a Personal Assistant ‘to support you throughout your purchase and ownership journey.

From arranging a test drive at your home; supporting as you select or configure your new car; and helping arrange servicing, they are always on hand and focused on you’. Moreover, the company also offers a 5 year ‘Care Plan’ which includes: warranty, servicing, breakdown and more.

We can expect the Genesis brand to become more recognised across the UK and European markets, as Chinese automotive manufacturers, like Genesis increase their efforts to gain greater market share of the fast developing European EV market. In any case, the greater the competition, the better is the end result for consumers: more choice and lower prices!

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax rate, given the zero-tailpipe emissions. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet. You can lease electric vehicles at very competitive prices via e-zoomed!

Decent electric range Expensive. Does not offer an entry-level trim
Good level of onboard equipment (standard and options) Limited brand recognition
DC charging up to 350 kW DC/ 11 kW onboard AC chargerAvailable in only one EV battery size


The Genesis GV70 Electric SUV (credit: Genesis)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
Genesis GV70 Sport (from £64,405)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 77.4 kWh
Charging:350 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 18 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100% : 7 hrs 20 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1630
Width (mm):1995
Length (mm):4715
Wheelbase (mm):2875
Turning Circle (m):11.5
Boot Space (L):530

EV Battery Capacity:77.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):283 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):19.2
Charging: 350 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 18 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100% : 7 hrs 20 mins)
Top Speed:146 mph
0-60 mph:4.2 seconds (with Boost)
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (PS):490 (360 KW)
Torque (Nm): 700
Kerb Weight (kg):2,310
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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