I have to admit to raising an eyebrow and making “cookoo” comments when seeing stories of people who say they are in love with inanimate objects.
You know the stories? The lady who loves the Golden Gate Bridge so much she sleeps with a piece of it, or the bloke who left his wife of 12 years to run off with his cello.
Well, I have a confession: I found myself having to remind myself just how damn weird that is when I first set eyes on the spectacular Genesis GV70.
Although I am, at 47-years-old and most definitely in mid-life mode, I didn’t think I was at risk of a road trip into “Weirdville”.
But the first thing that popped into my mind… and may have come out of my mouth in audible fashion when introduced to the GV70 looking stunning in matte finish gun metal grey was: “YUMMY”.
I am pleased to report that’s as weird as it got… I think!
But there is not just something special about the Genesis GV70, for me, it was ALL very special.
The GV70 range kicks off with the 2.5T RWD, with a 2.2D (for diesel) and 3.5T – both all-wheel drive – also available.
It’s priced from a very competitive $68,786 before on-road costs and that means that this fledgling love affair (ok… so just a little weird) is even in reach for me.
At that price, the attractive mid-size luxury SUV could readily be forgiven for some failings. But it left me wanting little more.
There’s eight airbags, every conceivable lane and collision warning and assist, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate, fingerprint recognition, 12-way adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, keyless entry and go with remote start, wireless phone charging and a 14.5-inch infotainment system with smartphone mirroring and augmented reality satellite navigation.
And it is dressed superbly too with double-stitched leather on the dash, wheel, doors and centre console. A touch of serious bling with real metal knurling and trim also from this one, with nothing cheap and plastic about this
The little treats continue with a wireless charging pad and a pair of USB ports easily accessible and ample space in the back with plenty of leather, a pair of USB ports and 60:40 split rear seats which recline. nap-accommodating angle.
The boot holds 542L …. Plenty of room for the cello!!!!
The Genesis GV70 is reasonably racey, with a claimed 0-100km/h figure of 6.1sec, if not a bit more thirsty than its rivals with a combined claimed fuel figure of 10.3L/100km.
How’s it drive? Without getting even more weird on you… it is positively fun to put this baby through its paces. Even when just going for a lovely leisurely cruise, the GV70 is a pleasure to drive.
Is this what love at first sight is? Perhaps… if you’re quite the weirdo!!