Standing up against EVs is a big task, but the Genesis GV70 did a fair jobby Sidd Dhimaan, on
The GV70 is Genesis’ first compact-luxury SUV, and it is a fantastic package overall. It is based on the G70 sedan, which means it has a sporty cred to it. And, Genesis being a luxury brand, you get all the bells and whistles as well. There are two engine options on offer, one being a four-pot turbo engine, and the other, a twin-turbo V-6.
Sam from Sam ‘CarLegion’ brought in a V-6 GV70 to take on a Tesla Model Y for a couple of drag races and a rolling race. The Model Y, being an EV, was going to be the winner for sure, but did the GV70 put up a good fight before going down? Let’s find out.
The GV70 And The Model Y Are Evenly Matched On Paper
The Genesis GV70 is powered by a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine that makes 375 horses and 391 pound-feet of torque.
An eight-speed automatic gearbox routes power to all four wheels. The GV70 tips the scales at 4,453 pounds.
The Tesla Model Y comes with two electric motors – one on each axle – that put out 384 horses and 378 pound-feet of torque combined.
All four wheels are powered here. It weighs 4,416 pounds, making it 37 pounds lighter than the Genesis.
Two Drag Races, One Roll Race, And A Clean Sweep For The EV
In the first race, the GV70 got a pretty good launch and took the lead off the line. But, as is with any EV, it didn’t take long for the Model Y to just fly past its rival. This, despite the GV70 driving in sports mode. They raced again, and this time, too, the Genesis got a fantastic start. It’s a different story that the Model Y edged it and won the race, but credit to Genesis for making the GV70 such a strong vehicle off the line. Keeping up with an EV isn’t easy, and beating them off the line, it’s a pretty big deal.
The final round was the rolling race from 31 mph (50 kph). The Genesis couldn’t much this time around. At kickdown, the Model Y left it in the dust to score a clean sweep over its internal combustion-engined rival.
The Model Y was expected to win, but it was nice to see the Genesis GV70 putting up a good fight before going down. If you were in the market for a new vehicle and had to pick any one of these, which one would it be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.