2022 Genesis GV70

PHOENIX — For 2022 the Genesis GV70 compact crossover SUV is the latest all-new model and arguably one of the most important product offerings from perhaps the most interesting and fascinating brand in the automotive industry today. Genesis boldly and unabashedly bursts on the scene to compete with varsity brand crossovers like the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i and Porsche Macan S.


While the new GV70 is decidedly the underdog when it comes to brute performance driving and handling, it takes a back seat to none of these when it comes to their tenacious and undaunted commitment and dedication to luxury.

That said, there’s no disappointment in our tested GV70’s twin-turbo 375-horsepower V6 powerplant and its 391 pound-feet of torque performance that comes on instantly when pressed to do so thanks in part to a Genesis SUV first launch control system. The company hasn’t issued a zero-to-60 time, but our unofficial testing clocked in at 4.4 seconds.

For the record the entry level GV70 is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 300-horsepower. Either engine choice is paired only with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard, ditto for all-wheel drive.

While admittedly arriving late to the crowded two-row luxury crossover market segment (one of the most popular vehicle types), the GV70 is a dazzling standout with a styling sense of class, attention to detail and refined luxury consistent with red carpet runway showstopper.

The GV70 shares design cues from the rest of the Genesis model offerings and is available in two models. The standard version and the Sport trim level. Only the Sport trim is available with the 3.5-liter 375-horsepower V6 engine. The Sport is visually different than the Standard trim with a diffuser and large, round exhausts ports, large air intakes on the lower front fascia and a unique darkened superhero crest grille. Missing, however are the distinctive LED light stakes on the front fenders which the GV80 employs.

From the rear one can’t help but see styling cues not unlike the backend of the Porsche Macan. Still, the rear three-quarter window is uniquely different in the way glass window fits into the design. Perhaps the best exterior feature is the Genesis’ wheel designs. Our GV70 Sport was equipped with 21-inch textured finish wheels embossed with, well, almost a honey-combed design into the spokes. Daring and bold to say the least but we loved the look.

Inside, the GV70 is a thing of beauty and cosseting luxury and much different from other Genesis models including the recently launched larger GV80 SUV. Genesis says the look takes inspiration from aviation wing profiles with a recurring oval shape theme about the instrument panel, center console, and door panels. Air vents are hidden in a thin black strip runs across the door panels and dashboard adding a classy touch to the design.

Even more impressive is the noticeable quality of materials, fit, finish and interior refinement. This is the best-looking interior of all the vehicles I’ve tested thus far in 2021. Switchgear is a delight to the eye and tactile delight to touch especially the raised rotary knobs in the center console that control the ultra-wide 14.5-inch touchscreen atop the center dashboard, and volume and tuning controls in the shape of kinetic rollers.

Leather crafting is stretched tightly and flawlessly across the dashboard, center console, door panels and seats. We also liked the carbon fiber trim in the about the center console and on the doors. A nice touch of class.

Other standout touches include a fingerprint scanner that’s located just to the right of the steering column that allows registered drivers to start the GV70 and engage valet mode. Another first is the 12.3-inch 3-D digital cluster that uses infrared cameras to track driver eye movement and display information via 3-d images.

We found the front seats extremely comfortable and well bolster but not intrusive. The back seat will satisfy passengers up to 6-foot comfortable. It’s tight for those taller than that. Cargo space is adequate and increases with the second row 60/40 folding rear seat.

While most competitors offer just a few interior color choices, the GV70 lists a choice of seven, including an interesting two-tone blue and green. There’s a total of twelve exterior color choices including two matte finishes. Our tester was trimmed in black and red leather that looked fantastic with the Savile metallic silver exterior color.

On our freeway and city street/suburban drives the ride and handling is noticeably elegant and quiet. We thought the suspension did excellent work absorbing bumps, uneven pavement and various road surfaces with aplomb. Suspension and cabin noise and vibration was noticeably absent. But know that all-out sports performance from the engine and track-like handling isn’t part of the offering with the GV70 as you will find in BMW, Audi and Mercedes competitors. Still, we think most drivers will be more than pleased with its overall driving dynamics.

Overall, from its drop-dead gorgeous styling, to advanced and first-ever technology, plush interior, and luxury driving dynamics with an energetic V6 all at thousands less than its German competitors, the GV70 is well worth a look if you’re shopping for a compact luxury crossover SUV.

Vital stats
Base Price: $41,000
Price as Tested: $65,045
Engine/Transmission: 3.5-liter, 375-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission
EPA Fuel Economy: 19/25/21 MPG – City/Highway/Combined
Seating: Five

Crash Test Safety Ratings: The 2022 Genesis GV70 has not been crash tested by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as of this writing.

Where Built: South Korea

Competes With:
Audi SQ5
BMW X3 M40i
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43
Porsche Macan S

Fab Features
Stunning design styling inside and out
Advanced tech and safety features
Impressive driving dynamics

— Jim Prueter