Introduction To 2022 Genesis GV70:
The 2022 GV70 is the brand’s all new SUV, built on the G70 sedan’s rear wheel drive platform. The GV70 was built to compete with smaller premium SUVs like the Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, and Lexus NX. The GV70 shares its powertrain with the larger GV80, but with less weight to haul around, the GV70 is more thrilling to drive. Genesis is looking to take a bite out of the premium SUV market against the established segment players.
Performance & Driving Dynamics:
The 2.5T advanced trim has a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 300 horsepower and 311 pound feet of torque, and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain pairing is competent, and gives moderately lively performance in sport mode with quick throttle response and patient upshifts. Genesis has tuned the GV70’s steering for lightness, the pedals are weighted, building confidence the more the driver pushes the vehicle. It might fall short when compared to the sportiest vehicle in its class, the Porsche Macan, but it’s more engaging than the rest.
Even with 19 inch wheels, and low profile tires, the ride quality of the new GV70 remains supple. The camera based road preview adaptive suspension works seamlessly and the GV70 leans very little in corners. The vehicle’s AWD system is rear wheel biased and can send all power to the rear wheels if needed. Thanks to the electronic limited slip rear differential, 100% torque can be sent to each rear wheel drive if necessary.
The turbocharged four cylinder 2.5-liter engine is rated at 22/28 mpg city/highway. When compared with its competitors this particular engine option has the best fuel economy figures, identical to the 2021 Lexus NX300 AWD, which is equipped with a smaller and less powerful 2.0-liter engine.
Exterior Design Language:
The exterior incorporates themes found elsewhere within the Genesis lineup. The brand’s diamond pattern grille and twin light bar motif looks lovely when applied to the proportions of the GV70. Up close, the GV70 looks expressive, fun and muscular. The rear profile of the GV70 is beautifully sculpted with a long sloping roofline which defines the sporty GV70 profile. When compared to other vehicles in the segment, the GV70 is certainly one of the best looking.
Inside, you’ll find the G70 full of ovoid shapes, including the steering wheel center giving it a futuristic feel. A haptic touchscreen in the center of the dashboard covers the detailed climate controls, framed by two rotary dials handling temperature for the standard dual zone setup.
The front row is spacious, with 37.2 inches of legroom for the rear passengers. Visibility ahead is great, but tight spacing between the C and D pillars result in a rather large blind spot over the shoulder. The seats themselves are supportive with a substantial amount of lower cushion extension, plus the bolsters adjustable.
The trunk has a wide, low and flat load floor, with 28.9 cubic feet (819 liters) worth of floor space with all seats in their normal positions. Dropping the second row, gives you an impressive 56.9 cubic feet of space to play with. The GV70 comes in unique color combos, and the most important fact is that they come at no extra cost to the customer.
Technology & Safety:
The GV70 adopts its infotainment arrangement from the larger GV80. Every GV70 comes with an ultra-wide 14.5-inch infotainment system which is situated in the center of the dashboard. Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard features. The user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. A redundant physical controller is added for those who don’t want to use the touch screen interface. The rotary dial is satisfyingly tactile but it’s very similar to the rotary shifter, and might result in unwanted gear shifting.
A long list of safety features are standard on every GV70. These include, advanced forward collision avoidance, blind spot and rear cross traffic collision avoidance, lane departure, and lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, with other features such as blind view monitor appearing in higher trim levels.
Warranty & Maintenance Coverage:
Genesis as a brand offers excellent warranty coverage that stretches far longer than most premium automakers. The GV70 comes with a limited warranty that covers 5 years or 60,000 miles, powertrain coverage for up to 10 years, or 100,000 miles and complimentary scheduled maintenance for three years, or 36,000 miles. The GV70 has a starting price of $41,000 for the 2.5T AWD standard package, and the 2.5T AWD Advanced is priced at $49,150.
Genesis is quite young as a brand when compared to other players in the luxury car market such as Audi, Mercedes, and BMW. The GV70 2.5T Advanced doesn’t offer every available option but it is the sweet spot in the GV70 lineup, giving the customer equal measures of affordability, refinement, practicality and best in class fuel economy. For those who desire more power, the GV70 is also available with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 375 horsepower.