Track-testing a less expensive GV70 2.5T has not tempered our enthusiasm for our SUV of the Year, the 2022 Genesis GV70.
As our SUV of the Year for 2022, the Genesis GV70 was awarded the rare Golden Calipers award. There was a lot of interest in SUVOTY’s 375-hp 3.5T variant, but the four-cylinder version is likely going to get a lot more attention as gas prices climb. Is it worth it to sacrifice two cylinders, 1.5 liters, and one turbocharger in order to save money? That’s what our test crew and I did for hundreds of miles in the GV70 2.5T.
More comfort with less energy
While the GV70 2.5T has a less powerful engine, it’s not necessarily a less capable vehicle. However, there are just a few of nice-to-haves that are specific to the upper trim, such as Nappa hides and a head-up display, as well as the snazzy 3-D cluster, that are not available on the base V-6 model. All things considered, the 2.5T version of the GV70 is no less lavish than the 3.5T, and both models virtually slam you with their opulence.
The 2.5T has a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, which is 75 horsepower and 80 pound-feet less than the V-6. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard equipment on the 2.5T, however the final-drive ratio is lower on the 2.5T (4.18:1 against 3.91:1), reducing the gap between the two engines’ acceleration. Front and rear brake pads have been reduced by about 0.6 inches each, while the 2.5T’s suspension has been electronically regulated and the mechanical limited slip differential has been replaced with a limited-slip differential. The four-cylinder GV70 is roughly 300 pounds lighter than the V-6 version and keeps a 52/48 percent weight distribution front/rear.
The GV70 2.5T Is Slower Than The 3.5T, as You May Have Noticed.
The following are some specific figures to consider: Even though the Genesis GV70 2.5T was 0.06 seconds slower than the V-6, it still had a 6.0 second acceleration time to 60 mph. Quarter-mile time: 14.5 seconds, 97.4 mph, half a second behind 3.5T’s time of 14.6 seconds. This outstanding performance was made possible by the GV70’s launch control, but when driven on normal roads rather than in a controlled environment, the 2.5T’s power distribution makes it feel more like a regular car than an SUV.
There was no noticeable difference in stopping distances between the four-cylinder and the 3.5T despite the smaller brakes. After a few of our more severe, full-pedal stops, we could hear the brakes smoking and hear the nose dive. Despite this, the stopping distances across several testing were very consistent and the brakes did not fail. Both versions’ brake feel could be improved, if that’s important to you.
The Size of Your Tires Makes a Big Difference.
During our handling testing, we saw the most significant differences between the two vehicles. Aside from its Germanic flair, we found that the GV70 2.5T’s tires were lacking a little extra oomph. But even though we had problems achieving consistent circuits through the figure eight in the four-cylinder car, we eventually managed to get a timing of 26.9 seconds at 0.65 g, half a second and 0.04 g behind the 3.5T. At the end of the handling testing, the brakes were also smoldering.
I have a question about these tires: The 19-inch wheel and tire combo on our GV70 2.5T included 235/55 Michelin Primacy tires. When we drove this particular 3.5T model, it was equipped with the Sport Prestige package, which included 21-inch wheels and Primacy tires in the 255/40 width. The 3.5T’s tires are 20mm wider and have a 27.25mm shorter sidewall than the 2.5T’s tires, which is why the 3.5T’s handling is noticeably different from the 2.5T. Good news: The 2.5T model can be equipped with larger rims and tires, but you’ll have to pay an additional $3,600 for the Sport Prestige option, on top of the $4,000 Select and $4,150 Advanced packages on our test vehicle.
Driving in the actual world is a lot like you’d anticipate. Although the 2.5T has outstanding steering feel and input, the 3.5T has the ultimate athleticism, making it a fantastic luxury SUV. It’s not exactly breaking news that a four-cylinder car with inferior tires can’t match the performance of a more powerful vehicle with a superior wheel/tire package..
Almost as much as we do the 2.5T,
Do we lose interest in the four-cylinder version of the GV70 because of this? Quite the contrary, in fact. Although it’s a 2.5-liter engine, the GV70 nevertheless does an excellent job of pampering its passengers, which is the primary goal of any luxury car. Even though Genesis is a relatively new brand in the automotive industry, the GV70 2.5T is quiet, comfy, and luxurious to the point where it’s hard to tell it’s just a few years old. We appreciate that all-wheel drive is standard and that nearly all of the 3.5T’s premium options are also available here. A little extra time to enjoy the 2.5T’s superior performance doesn’t change the GV70’s status as one of the best SUVs money can buy.