RAY MASSEY: Hyundai Genesis GV70 Shooting Brake will rock you!
You know your car is a beauty when a bunch of elementary school kids start taking pictures. So it was with the sleek new Genesis GV70 Shooting Brake, finished in Havana Red, which I tried out this week.
Its low-slung, sporty style is an eye-catcher no matter your age.
Genesis is the new premium brand of the Korean Hyundai Group, famous for its value for money Kia, but now ready to compete against Europe’s top carmakers such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
New creation: Hyundai Group’s Genesis GV70 is sleek and sporty
In appearance alone, this Genesis would trump the German trio. The designer is Luc Donckerwolke, formerly at Bentley.
I drove the 2.2-litre diesel, 197 hp 8-speed automatic rear-wheel drive, which accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds, to a top speed of 240 km/h.
It has a smart cockpit-like interior with a well-designed dashboard – and, filled with high-tech kit, it’s fun to drive. Expect smart reversing cameras that show you the blind spot when you indicate, lane assistant, voice control, electric lumbar support, heated front seats and all kinds of warning signals.
The driving settings include both fuel-efficient Eco and cruise-friendly Comfort.
Or you can opt for the more engaging Sport, which you feel kicking as the seat grips your side. Meanwhile, Sport+ disables part of the traction control for full driver involvement.
I mostly stayed with Comfort for gliding around town and moved to Sport for more oomph on highways and country roads.
Will it fit in my garage? Genesis GV70 Shooting Brake
Model driven: 2.2 liter diesel rear-wheel drive Sport Line
Base price: £41,430
Price as driven: £46,530
Price from: £37,600
Colour: Havana red
Length: 4685mm Width: 1850mm
Width incl mirrors: 2086mmHeight: 1400mm
Weight: 1810kg0-62mph: 7.7 seconds
Top speed: 140mph
Transfer: 8-speed automatic
Riding modes: ecologically; Comfort; Sport; and Sports+
MPG: 40.7 mpg
Co2 emissions: 182g/km
Gas tank: 60 liters
Storage space: 403 liters
Rear seat folded: 1,535 litres.
Kit on my car:
- Smart cruise control with stop/start
- Avoid blind spot
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Intelligent Speed Limit
- Forward/Intersection Avoidance Warning
- Driver electric lumbar support
- Electric seat adjustment
- Heated front seats
- Leatherette seat and dashboard
- Innovation package
- Comfort seat package
Other variant options:
- 2.0 liter turbo petrol, price: from £35,250
Diesel power offers low CO2 emissions of 182 g/km and delivers 40.7 mpg. There is a bit of diesel rattle from start up, though that quickly subsides. Alternatively, there is a 241bhp 2-litre turbo petrol engine.
The Genesis GV70 isn’t quite as big a car as it seems, especially in the back. And it’s certainly a premium price – from £41,430 to £46,530 with extras. But I like its sporty coupe-like lines, and the 403-litre boot can be expanded to 1,535 liters with the rear seats folded.
Bentley’s all-electric plans
Bentley will launch a new electric car in each of the five years from 2025, after which all models will be purely electric.
The company announced its ‘Five-in Five’ plan this week when it announced a £2.5 billion investment to convert its Crewe factory into a high-tech green dream factory.
Bosses said his first all-electric car in 2025 will be “big, sporty and fast” and will introduce all-new body styles as part of its Beyond 100 strategy.
The future: Bentley unveiled a prototype electric sports tourer in 2019
Bentley expects ‘huge expansion’ to well above the current 10,000 cars per year. The 4,000 employees will learn new high-tech skills necessary for cars with more autonomy.
The shift began in its centenary, 2019, when a prototype electric sports tourer, pictured, was unveiled.
Boss Adrian Hallmark called the plans the “biggest transformation in Bentley history.”
Electric vehicles boost struggling UK car production
Record-breaking electric car production and £4.9bn in new investment provided a welcome glimmer of light as total UK car production fell to its lowest level since the 1956 Suez crisis last year.
Total production fell 6.7 percent to 859,575 vehicles, official figures show. The pandemic, a global shortage of vital microchips and the closure of Honda’s Swindon factory have been blamed.
Compact: The Suez crisis led to a fuel shortage that increased demand for small, fuel-efficient cars like the BMW Isetta (pictured) and Messerschmitt ‘bubble’ cars
However, the UK plants produced 224,011 zero- and ultra-low emission ‘electrified’ vehicles, consisting of all-electric, plug-in and self-charging hybrids. This was a record 29.6 percent increase, accounting for more than one in four of all cars produced, with a 72 percent increase in all-electric cars.
Interestingly enough, the Suez crisis led to a fuel shortage that increased the demand for small, fuel-efficient cars such as the BMW Isetta and Messerschmitt ‘bubble’ cars.
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