Who created the luxury Genesis brand by Hyundai to offer a Mercedes-level experience to everyday buyers at a reasonable price. It succeeded with the G90 and G80 sedans. These were an answer to the iconic S-Class or E-Class. Before entering the high-margin SUV market, the company then added a smaller luxury sedan, the G70.
The 2022 Genesis GV70 is now positioned between the larger GV80 SUV and the smaller yet still forthcoming GV60 SUVs. This makes it the perfect size. Although it’s a compact luxury crossover, it is still larger than other all-wheel-drive compacts such as the Acura RDX and AudiQ5 and the Volvo XC60.
The Genesis GV70 has two powertrain options for its first year. The first is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft (311 lb-ft). A turbocharged V6 engine producing 375 horsepower and 391 Lb-ft is the second. Standard equipment includes an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
The SUV takes off very smoothly and quietly. Comfort drive mode allows for shifts that are both soft and early. The engine can be quite aggressive when the accelerator is pressed down, with higher rev ranges sounding more powerful as the driver shifts to Sport mode.
The GV70 has huge exhaust tips and the foresight to place the smaller, more boring interior tips far enough inside so they aren’t easily seen.
Although the test vehicle was equipped with the turbocharged V6, most people will be able to get by with the more efficient 4-cylinder engine. It returns an EPA-estimated 24 MPG combined, compared to the V6’s 21 MPG in mixed driving. The computer showed 20 mpg in real-world conditions after 200 miles.
It is very easy to steer at low speeds, but it becomes more difficult when cruising. The suspension and steering effort are much easier in Sports mode. This makes the GV70 feel more agile. The 21-inch wheels are available on the Sports Prestige Package ($4,900), with an electronic limited-slip differential, suede- and leather-wrapped seat, carbon fibre trim and 12.3-inch digital cluster and head-up display, making the SUV ride softly overall but the most severe potholes.
The interior of the Genesis is worthy of being labelled a German luxury badge. However, the carbon fibre package with the Sport Package could have been omitted. Two large rotary dials are located in the centre console. One for shifting and one to control the infotainment screen. Who can easily access them without having to look and provide satisfying clicks when they rotate.
The main infotainment screen measures 14.5 inches and is located behind the dash. Most of the controls are digital. However, the radio volume, climate control, and tuning can all be done with analogue dials. Other analogue buttons are available for navigation, radio, and map.
You only need to press one or two buttons for the most frequently used features of the infotainment. You can also control them by speaking through a button on the steering wheel.
Leather and suede seats offer comfort and adjustment for a comfortable driving position. There are also bolster adjustments to help the pilot stay in place. For longer trips, the under-knee support can be a great bonus.
The rear seats are slightly smaller than you might expect. Two child seats take up the width and depth of the rear passenger area. Teenage children will fit better in the backseat than two toddlers, as with the 22 BMW X4.
Safety features such as Highway Driving Assist II are standard on the Genesis GV70. The company “controls the steering wheel to change lanes and responds to low-speed, close-range cut-ins on highways”. You can also activate the turn signal to change lanes in certain conditions.
Intelligent Speed Limit Assist adjusts the vehicle’s speed to meet local limits.
Smart Cruise Control, a navigation-based system, uses the mapping system in curves to decrease speed. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist examines intersections for potential collisions, and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist inspects cars in the blind spot.
This all works in practice, and the driver should not hear anything. The large head-up display displays the speed and navigation information and a 360-degree view of the surrounding cars. It has a Top Gun fighter-jet radar look.
The 2022 Genesis GV70 is priced at $53,645. The test car came with the $4,900 Sports Prestige package (above) and the $5,000 Sports Advanced package that included the 16-speaker premium sound system, parking sensors and Remote Smart Park Assist. It also had a surround-view monitor and a heated steering wheel. This totalled $64,045. This is $21,450 more than the GV70’s base price of $42,595.
The MSRP is slightly lower than the 2022 Volvo XC60, which costs $43,745, and the rival 2022 Lincoln Nautilus, which costs $44,225. The Acura RDX is cheaper than any of them, while the Audi Q5 costs a little more.
The Genesis GV70’s main advantage over crossovers is its novelty and style. The unique design of the Genesis GV70 is striking, with its headlights, grille and character lines running from front to rear. The colour palette is extraordinary with greens, blues and reds. The Genesis GV70 is the perfect choice if you want to be the talk in your neighbourhood, at least for a while.