The Electrified GV70 has all the modern tech you’d expect of an EV but nothing over the top – you get what you need but nothing crazy. There’s a central 14.5-inch touch screen, for example, plus an eight-inch TFT instrument display. Adaptive cruise control is standard, as you’d expect, as is a forward collision warning system and a lane change warning system. There’s also a blind-spot detection system which anyone who’s driven a Kia Sorento will be familiar with, where the left- or right-hand dial of the instrument cluster displays a live video from a camera under the corresponding wing mirror to spot other vehicles or kerbs. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, with 20-inchers available as an option, while every colour other than white is a £750 to £1,130 option.
Sadly there’s plenty of tech you do need to pay extra for. The eight-inch instrument display can be upgraded to 12.3-inches, but it’s part of the £3,560 innovation pack which also includes a head-up display. Then there’s the £1,180 convenience pack, which secures you heated seats, a heated steering wheel and rear-seat air-con. You’d think those bits would be standard for more than £64,000? One option worth paying for, though, is the Lexicon Premium Audio System, which includes active road noise cancellation. Why not make the most of the EV silence?
Of course, then there are the things you get simply for buying a Genesis, the ‘Genesis difference’. When your car needs a service, Genesis comes to you to collect the car, not the other way around. Servicing is included for the first five years or 50,000 miles, with a courtesy car for you to use when you’re without your own vehicle. Navigation updates are included as standard, as is breakdown cover across Europe for five years. The warranty is five years long, too, and you get the Genesis Connected Services app which means you can lock and unlock your car remotely, find your car if you’ve lost it in a car park, run diagnostics or see trip info and battery range from your phone, and plenty more besides.
It would be remiss of me not to mention that the wonderful people at Genesis had a coffee machine plugged into the charging port of the Electrified GV70 before we got behind the wheel because, well, who wouldn’t want to know that their car could cater for your caffeine needs?