2022 Genesis GV70 Review

Christian Wardlaw, Independent Expert | Oct 08, 2021

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Genesis is rapidly fleshing out its lineup of cars and SUVs and aligning all of them around a common “Athletic Elegance” design theme. The new 2022 Genesis GV70 is the latest model to join the lineup, a compact crossover SUV with a base price of $41,000.

With the new 2022 GV70, Genesis offers a turbocharged 4-cylinder in GV70 2.5T models or a twin-turbocharged V6 engine in GV70 3.5T specification. Both have standard all-wheel drive (AWD). The GV70 2.5T comes with a choice between Standard, Select, Advanced, and Sport Prestige option packages. The more powerful GV70 3.5T is offered with Sport, Sport Advanced, and Sport Prestige packages. Add every option plus the $1,045 destination charge to a 3.5T Sport Prestige, and the sticker price climbs to $66,120.

An all-new model, the rakishly penned Genesis GV70 is aimed at the heart of the compact premium SUV segment, emphasizing paved-road performance.

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2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Melbourne Gray Front Quarter View

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The Genesis GV70 competes in the Compact Premium SUV segment. According to data collected from verified new-vehicle buyers for the J.D. Power 2021 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, 53 percent of new Compact Premium SUV buyers are male (vs. 61 percent for all segments), and the median age of a Compact Premium SUV buyer is 60 years (vs. 57).

As part of the APEAL Study, owners rated the Compact Premium SUV segment in 10 primary categories. Listed below in descending order, you’ll find their preferences from their most favorite thing about the vehicle to their least favorite:

  • Exterior styling
  • Driving feel
  • Feeling of safety
  • Powertrain
  • Driving comfort (in a tie with interior design)
  • Getting in and out
  • Setting up and starting
  • Infotainment system
  • Fuel economy

The Genesis GV70 is not ranked in the 2021 APEAL Study because it is an all-new entry for the 2022 model year.

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In the sections that follow, our independent expert provides an analysis of a 2022 GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige equipped with Melbourne Gray paint, an extra-cost matte-finish color. The price of the test vehicle came to $65,045, including the $1,045 destination charge.

Getting In and Getting Comfortable

2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Front Seats

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Approach the new Genesis GV70, which has a curved coupe-style roofline and a dramatic descending arc defining its flanks, and you might expect that it sits lower to the ground than competitors in the space. Yet, the seat hip points are perfectly positioned for surprisingly easy entry and exit.

Slide inside, and you’re greeted with a mix of high-tech displays and haptic-feedback touchpanel controls rendered in an elegant design that recalls the Art Deco movement of the early 20th century. Minimalism rules, but not to the detriment of ease of use, and control illumination and markings are excellent. Even the metal pedal covers demonstrate unexpected artistry with diamond-shaped rubber grips in a pleasing pattern.

The test vehicle’s Sport Prestige trim package and color combination added Sevilla Red dashboard, center console, and door panel accents with matching seat piping and stitching, married to black simulated and perforated suede seat inserts and black leather bolsters. A suede headliner framed the SUV’s dark-tinted panoramic glass sunroof. Stylish carbon fiber trim decorated the center console and door panel armrests, playing off the gloss black control panels and metallic accents throughout the cabin. The quality of the materials and the feeling of the controls were flawless.

Front-seat comfort was good but not great. The test vehicle had a 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (12-way for the front passenger) with Ergo Motion technology with automatically inflating side bolsters in response to sporty driving or selecting a Sport driving mode. Both front seats were heated and ventilated, too; the latter feature was a true gift during a Southern California heatwave that revealed a somewhat weak air conditioning system. However, despite having something called Smart Posture Care, the driver’s seat wasn’t as definitively supportive as you might expect after several hours of driving. A greater range of adjustment, especially concerning the bottom cushion angle and thigh support, and a massage function could help solve this.

Rear-seat comfort is acceptable for two adults, but three grown-ups are likely to complain. Inexplicably, the GV70 has plastic front seatback covers. Though coated in a low-gloss material, they are nevertheless unkind to knees and shins. Passengers control their own climate zone, and the test vehicle had heated outboard rear cushions and smartphone charging.

Wireless smartphone charging is available for front-seat occupants, too, tucked into a covered bin on the center console. Dropping a phone into it and retrieving the phone from it is easy. Though Genesis emphasizes style within the GV70’s cabin, practicality does not suffer thanks to the smartphone charging solution, sizable cupholders, a roomy center console, small trays in every armrest, and accommodating door panel bins.

2022 Genesis GV70 Infotainment System Review

2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Sevilla Red Interior Dashboard

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Every 2022 Genesis GV70 includes a high-definition 14.5-inch widescreen infotainment system. It features a touchscreen, controls on the center console, including stereo volume and radio station tuning, additional stereo controls on the steering wheel, and a voice-recognition system.

Feature highlights include:

  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Navigation system
  • Genesis Connected Services
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Over-the-air update capability

In the test vehicle, the voice-recognition system proved disappointing. It either misunderstood or could not respond to most of my standard test prompts. This is frustrating, especially since my experience with other vehicles in the Hyundai Motor Group family (but not all of them) produce fast, accurate response to naturally spoken commands. Perhaps the test vehicle didn’t have an active subscription to something or another. Still, based on this evaluation, the GV70’s tech pales in comparison to what you’ll find in a BMWCadillac, or Mercedes-Benz, let alone a Hyundai Elantra.

If the voice recognition fails the usefulness test, the rest of the infotainment system is excellent. It is a reach to use the touchscreen function, but I’d rather have it than not.

Alternatively, you can use the upper dial on the center console to control the infotainment system. It works similar to BMW’s latest iDrive technology, which means you twist, toggle, and push your way through the various on-screen menus. It is more intuitive than it sounds, and I learned first-hand that if you reach down without looking and instead futz with the transmission control dial that is just below it while driving 70 mph on the freeway, you’re not going to disintegrate the GV70’s transmission. At a stoplight, though, you might accidentally switch to Reverse gear, so pay attention.

The 3.5T Sport Prestige test vehicle had the Lexicon premium sound system, making every trip more enjoyable. It also had the full load of other technologies available for the new GV70. Highlights include:

  • 12.3-inch digital instrumentation with a cool 3D effect
  • The most comprehensive head-up display I’ve ever seen, and with truly stunning graphics and animations
  • digital key system with a fingerprint recognition sensor
  • A surround-view camera system with remote monitoring and image capture
  • Sounds of Nature with soothing soundtracks to add a sense of calm and peace to your day

Clearly, you won’t be lacking a high-tech experience when driving the Genesis GV70. Until you want to issue voice commands, that is.

What It’s Like to Drive the 2022 Genesis GV70

2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Melbourne Gray Side View

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Unless you require the GV70 3.5T’s outright power, the standard GV70 2.5T and its turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine should prove satisfying. It makes 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, which flows to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Drive Mode Select offers multiple driving modes from which to choose.

The GV70 3.5T supplies 375 hp and 391 pound-feet of torque for quicker acceleration from its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. It uses the same 8-speed automatic transmission, AWD system, and Drive Mode Select technology. Exclusive to the 3.5T, an adaptive damping suspension with Road Preview technology aims to predict and respond to road zits before you drive over them. This version of the SUV also has upgraded front brakes.

Both versions are available with the Sport Prestige option package, including an electronic limited-slip differential and a set of great-looking 21-inch wheels wrapped in 255/40 Michelin all-season tires. Genesis also uses a multi-link front and rear suspension design for all GV70s, as well as rack-mounted electric steering.

In daily driving situations, the Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige is delightful. It has a sense of heft, quality, and refined isolation to it, and the driving position combined with the view forward over the long hood makes it feel lower and more athletic than a typical SUV. In Comfort mode, the twin-turbo V6 can be slow to respond, but switching to Sport mode or programming the Custom mode for personal preferences helps to solve that issue. The GV70 soaks up the miles on the highway and is nimble and maneuverable in the city and suburbs. Thanks to the adaptive suspension, the big wheels and tires rarely degrade the ride quality.

Given its twin-turbo engine, AWD, two Sport driving modes, adaptive suspension, 21-inch wheels, and my experience driving the 2022 G70 sport sedan, I had high expectations for the GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige’s ability to thrill a driver on mountain roads. Plus, the executives behind modern Hyundai Motor Group vehicles are steeped in the German way of dynamic tuning. But thrills were not to be. Let’s put it this way: the performance-tuned SUVs in the segment don’t have anything about which to worry.

For starters, the GV70 needs a performance tire option. The 255/40 Michelin all-seasons howl and start to scrub too early. But even with grippier rubber, the automatic seat belt pre-tensioner’s constant yanking against the driver’s neck is genuinely aggravating. If you choose the most aggressive Sport driving mode, you also deactivate the traction and stability control, which might be a gift to drifters but presents a clear and present danger when hustling on a twisty mountain road. I tried turning the stability control back on, and the GV70 defaulted into the standard Sport driving mode.

Beyond these issues, even in Sport mode, the suspension sometimes allows too much body motion, especially when driving at a rapid pace down a steep mountain road with lumpy pavement and mid-corner undulations. The GV70 3.5T far prefers smooth blacktop and properly banked curves, such as what you’ll find descending into Ojai, California, on the Dennison Grade.

I’m not saying the Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige isn’t pleasurable to drive. In most situations, it is mighty satisfying. But true driving enthusiasts are going to want to stick to the usual choices in this segment.

Highway Driving Assist II Review

2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Head Up Display

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Genesis equips the GV70 with a long list of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). The highlights include:

Highway Driving Assist II is also standard on every GV70. It is a Level 2 hands-on semi-autonomous driving technology designed to make highway travel more manageable. The “II” means it has a lane-change assistance feature that responds to the driver’s use of the turn signal and will steer the SUV into the next lane over.

Thanks to an unusual severe weather event on the afternoon I tested the GV70, I was able to sample the technology after dark, in the rain, while driving in moderate traffic through a construction zone south of Santa Barbara. Remarkably, Highway Driving Assist II performed well given the conditions. And later, as the rain eased, but lightning continued to flash over the ocean to the west, the technology proved itself even more refined and trustworthy.

As you add option packages to the GV70, the SUV gains the following features:

  • Advanced Rear Occupant Alert – a rear-seat reminder system that uses radar to detect movement and alert the GV70’s owner
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist – autonomous parking technology that you can use while standing outside of the vehicle
  • Parking Collision Avoidance Rear – low-speed automatic braking that prevents you from bumping the GV70’s rear bumper when parking
  • Blind-spot View Monitor – Camera-based technology that shows what’s in the GV70’s blind spots
  • Surround View Monitor – Shows top-down and perimeter views of the GV70 and is accessible via a smartphone app to remotely monitor the SUV
  • Auto Curve Slowdown – When using adaptive cruise control, automatically slows the GV70 for upcoming curves based on navigation system data
  • Evasive Steering Assist – Adds vehicle stability when the driver takes sudden evasive action to avoid an obstacle
  • Junction Crossing – A forward cross-traffic warning system

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2022 Genesis GV70 Cargo Space

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How much cargo space does the 2022 Genesis GV70 have?

According to Genesis, the GV70 holds 28.9 cubic feet of cargo behind its back seat and 56.9 cubic feet with the back seat folded down. These are competitive figures for the segment.

Genesis equips the SUV with a standard Smart Liftgate that detects the presence of the key fob and automatically powers open after a short wait. There is no need to balance on one foot while waving the other foot under the rear bumper, searching for a sensor, which is dangerous in the winter when ice is on the ground.

Does the 2022 Genesis GV70 get good gas mileage?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the Genesis GV70 2.5T should get between 22 mpg and 24 mpg in combined driving, depending on equipment. The GV70 3.5T is rated to return 21 mpg.

During testing, the GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige averaged 19.6 mpg while driven primarily in Comfort mode. I did switch to the Sport modes during mountain driving exercises.

Is the 2022 Genesis GV70 safe?

Yes, the GV70 is a safe SUV. In addition to its impressive list of ADAS, the Genesis GV70 earns a Top Safety Pick+ safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the GV70 for safety.

How much is the 2022 Genesis GV70?

Genesis GV70 prices range from $41,000 for the 2.5T to $52,600 for the 3.5T, not including a destination charge of $1,045 to ship the SUV from the South Korean factory where it is built to your local dealership. Choose a 3.5T with the Sport Prestige package, and the base price is $63,545, including the destination charge.

What are the 2022 Genesis GV70 competitors?

In the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), the BMW X4 ranks highest in the Compact Premium SUV segment. The Lincoln Corsair and the Porsche Macan are the next highest-ranked models.

In the 2021 APEAL Study, the BMW X4 ranks highest in the Compact Premium SUV segment. The Porsche Macan and the BMW X3 are the next highest-ranked models.

Primary rivals also include the Acura RDXAlfa Romeo StelvioAudi Q5 and Q5 Sportback, BMW X3 and X4, Infiniti QX50 and QX55Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe, and Porsche Macan.

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2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Melbourne Gray Rear Quarter View

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A design, quality, and technological tour de force, the 2022 Genesis GV70 is an exceptionally appealing alternative to the compact premium SUVs that dominate sales in the segment. Hardcore driving enthusiasts could find its outright handling capability disappointing, and Genesis needs to improve the voice-recognition technology. But otherwise, there is plenty of love and not much to criticize regarding the new 2022 GV70.

Christian Wardlaw is a veteran digital automotive journalist with over 25 years of experience in test-driving vehicles. In addition to JDPower.com, his work has appeared in numerous new- and used-car buying guides, newspapers, and automotive industry trade journals.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2021 J.D. Power

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