2022 Genesis GV70 Review: Full-blown Luxury for Less

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The 2022 Genesis GV70 comes standard with 19-inch wheels, 21-inch wheels are optional. Genesis

Hyundai's luxury Genesis brand was meant to bring Mercedes-level grandeur to the everyday buyer at a price they could afford. And it succeeded with the excellent G90 and G80 sedans, an answer to the legendary S-Class and E-Class. It then added an even smaller luxury sedan (G70) before moving into the high-margin SUV world.

The 2022 Genesis GV70 now sits between the bigger GV80 and the smaller and forthcoming GV60 SUVs, making this the goldilocks size. It's considered a compact luxury crossover, though it feels bigger than its class, and competes with the other luxury, all-wheel drive compacts like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.

For its first model year the Genesis GV70 offers the option of two different powertrains. The first is a 300-horsepower, 311-pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The second is a turbocharged V6 making 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, sending power to all four wheels.

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The 2022 Genesis GV70 has split "Quad Lamp" head and taillights. Genesis

On takeoff, the SUV is exceptionally smooth and quiet, with shifts coming early and softly when in Comfort drive mode. When the pedal is planted, the engine sounds surprisingly aggressive in the higher rev ranges, and those rpms stay higher as the driver moves to Sport mode.

The GV70 features giant exhaust tips, and had the sense to put the smaller, less cool-looking interior tips deep inside enough so they can't be spotted.

The test vehicle housed the turbocharged V6, but most people will be able to get by with the more efficient four-cylinder engine, which returns an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon (mpg) combined as opposed to the V6's 21 mpg in mixed driving. After 200 miles the computer was showing 20 mpg combined in real world conditions.

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The 2022 Genesis GV70 starts at $42,595. Genesis

The steering effort is easy at slow speeds but firms up once cruising. That steering effort and the suspension tighten in Sport mode, making the GV70 feel much more agile. Despite the 21-inch optional wheels on the Sport Prestige Package ($4,900, with an electronic limited-slip differential, suede and leather-wrapped seats, carbon fiber trim, three-zone climate control, sunshades and 12.3-inch 3D digital cluster and head-up display) the SUV rides softly over everything but the most heinous potholes.

Inside, the Genesis is worthy of a German luxury badge, though the carbon fiber with the Sport Package could have been skipped. The center console features two large rotary dials, one for shifting and one for the infotainment screen, which are easy to grab without looking and come with satisfying clicks as they're rotated.

The 14.5-inch main infotainment screen is set back on the dash, and most of the controls are digital, but the radio volume, climate control and tuning are all done with analog dials, thankfully. The system does feature other analog model buttons for map, navigation, radio and media.

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The 2022 Genesis GV70 comes with a 14.5-inch infotainment screen controlled by a rotary dial. Genesis

The infotainment works efficiently with only one or two button presses for the most-used features. They can also be controlled by voice via a button on the steering wheel.

Suede and leather seats are comfortable and have plenty of adjustment to get a perfect driving position with bolster adjustments to keep the pilot in place. The under-knee support is a bonus for longer trips.
Moving to the back, the seats are a little smaller than expected, with two child seats taking up both the width and the depth of the rear passenger space. As with the 2022 BMW X4, teenaged children would fit in the backseat easier than two toddlers.

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The 2022 Genesis GV70 features leather-wrapped seats, Sport models get suede inserts. Genesis

The Genesis GV70 comes loaded with safety features like Highway Driving Assist II, which, according to the company, "controls the steering wheel when changing lanes and actively responds to close-range low-speed cut-ins on the highway". It will also change lanes "in certain conditions simply by activating the turn signal".

Intelligent Speed Limit Assist changes the vehicle speed based on local limits.
Its navigation-based Smart Cruise Control uses the mapping system to reduce speed when in a curve. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist analyzes junctions looking for potential crashes and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist does the same for cars in the blind spot.

In practice this all works seamlessly and if nothing ever beeps at the driver, they're doing a good job. The big head-up display shows the relevant speed and navigation information, but also the surrounding cars on the highway in 360 degrees. It has a very Top Gun fighter-jet radar feel to it.

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The 2022 Genesis GV70 hides smaller exhaust pipes inside big outlets. Genesis

The 2022 Genesis GV70 starts at $53,645. This test car added $4,900 Sport Prestige Package (above) and the $5,000 Sport Advanced Package that came with the 16-speaker premium audio system, parking sensors, Remote Smart Park Assist, a surround view monitor, heated steering wheel and a few other bits making for a grand total of $64,045. That's $21,450 higher than the GV70's more reasonable base price of $42,595.

That MSRP is a little less than the 2022 Volvo XC60 at $43,745 and the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus (also a competitor) at $44,225. The Acura RDX costs less than all of them; the Audi Q5 is a little more expensive.

What the Genesis GV70 has going for it over those over the crossovers is novelty and style. It looks so different from anything else on the road, between the headlights and the grille, and the character lines running front to back. And the color palate is exceptional with greens, reds and blues. If you want to be the talk of the neighborhood block (in a good way), at least for a little while, the Genesis GV70 will do it.