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SALT LAKE CITY — Do you remember the first time you heard your favorite band? Or tried a new food you now can’t live without? Or saw a movie that you had no expectations for, only for it to take your breath away? That’s what it’s like to drive the 2022 Genesis GV70 AWD 3.5T Sport Prestige. It’s so well executed that you wonder why anyone would ever buy anything else. From the unique and attractive design to the plush luxury of the interior, to the immense power produced by the twin-turbo V6, every aspect of the Genesis GV70 is a home run. Quite simply, the GV70 is one of the most surprising vehicles to come around in a long time. It’s an excellent value and largely devoid of any major weaknesses. 

Read on to find out what makes the GV70 one of the best buys on the market. 

a red Genesis GV70 on a bridge

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Price and Value 

The MSRP range for the year 2022 Genesis GV70 is $41,500 - $63,545. It is available in seven trim levels, with a suite of standard features that includes 18” alloy wheels, a 14.5” touchscreen display and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist. Some of the major differences in trim levels are noted below. 

2.5T AWD: $41,500

  • 18” Alloy Wheels (Standard)
  • 14.5” touchscreen display (Standard)
  • Forward-Collision-Avoidance Assist (Standard)

2.5T AWD Select: $46,045 

  • 19” Alloy Wheels
  • Panoramic Sunroof 
  • Lexicon Premium Audio with 18 Speakers 

2.5T Advanced: $50,195 

  • Leather Seating  
  • Surround View Monitoring
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist

2.5T Prestige: $53,795 

  • 21” Sport Alloy Wheels 
  • Leather Seating Surfaces with Mesh Insert 
  • Highway Driving Assist II

3.5T Sport: $54,195 

  • 19” Sport Alloy Wheels
  • Panoramic Sunroof 
  • Highway Driving Assist II

3.5T Sport Advance: $58,645 

  • Nappa Leather seating with quilting
  • Surround View Monitor
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist

3.5T Sport Prestige: $63,545 

  • 21” Sport Alloy Wheels
  • Nappa Leather Seating with Suede Inserts 
  • 12.3” 3D Digital Gauge Cluster

Even in its fully loaded Sport Prestige trim, the GV70 is an excellent value. It drives and feels comparable to (maybe even better than) many vehicles costing a lot more. You can’t go wrong here. 

Genesis also offers some of the industry’s very best warranty coverage. Here is a snapshot of the terms. 

  • 5-year/60,000-mile New-Vehicle Warranty
  • 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Warranty

On top of that, Genesis includes a 3-year/36,000-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance plan, replete with three years or 36,000 miles of their Service Valet, where the dealership will pick up and drop off your vehicle when service is needed, free of charge.

a red Genesis GV70 driving underneath a bridge

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Performance 

The GV70’s performance is nothing short of astounding. For its price point, the power, acceleration, handling and ride quality are tough to beat. The Sport Prestige trim is well worth it for the amazing suede seat inserts and the electronic limited-slip differential. It’s a docile cruiser when you want it to be, and an aggressive sports SUV that chomps at opportunities to devour the road ahead. The GV70 is a legitimate top performer for its class, and we had a blast with it. 

the engine of a Genesis GV70

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Engine 

Our tester was equipped with the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that delivers 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. In other words, the GV70 gets up and moves. The power delivery is smooth and linear, always providing more shove the deeper your foot gets into the pedal. It’s one of the brand’s best power plants. We found it to be very well tuned for any type of driving, but especially engaging in Sport mode. 

Fuel Efficiency 

The GV70 3.5T is excellent in almost all things but fuel economy. While not bad, it’s also not the best. The EPA mpg estimates for the GV70 3.5T are 19 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined. Our test yielded about 21 mpg combined, although on longer highway trips it was not difficult to get above the 25 mpg rating. 

Drivetrain 

The GV70 3.5T comes standard with all-wheel drive. The system does an excellent job at keeping power where it's needed, even around tight corners. The GV70 3.5T is also equipped with a wonderful adaptive suspension that does a great job at, well, adapting to your driving circumstances. 

There are several selectable driving modes, including Comfort, Sport and Sport +, with Sport mode noticeably livening up the engine, throttle response, suspension, transmission and handling. In Sport mode, it felt more than ready to tackle some curvy mountain backroads, of which we would have happily obliged. Sport + is best left for the track.

Acceleration and Handling 

Oh, how we loved the acceleration and handling in the GV70 3.5T. It’s not overwhelming, but it is smooth, progressive and powerful. Every time we pressed the gas pedal was a joy. Car and Driver clocked the GV70 3.5T from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds — pretty quick! Genesis should be commended for turning in an engine that feels so good to exercise. Whether you’re cruising slowly downtown, hustling up a mountain road or passing on the freeway, the GV70 3.5T gets the job done with grace. 

Handling is also excellent. The vehicle’s dynamics are impressive. This is an SUV you can have fun in, from city streets to the track. You feel well connected to the GV70, and it handles with much more verve than you would expect an SUV to have without costing significantly more. 

Braking 

As with the other driving dynamics of the GV70, its brakes performed well and had a great, natural feel to them. The GV70 is equipped with automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Car and Driver rated the GV70’s stopping power from 70-0 mph in just 181 feet.

a side profile of a red Genesis GV70

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Interior Comfort and Convenience 

As much as we love the driving dynamics of the GV70, it’s the interior styling that puts it speeding past the competition. The interior design and comfort are nothing short of amazing. It’s far more unique than anything else on the road today and is so thoughtful and intentional in its execution that we couldn’t wait to spend more time in it. Every seat is comfortable, the ergonomics are just about perfect and every surface is a joy to look at and touch. Carbon fiber, leather, suede, metal and thoughtful ambient lighting are your best friends here — it’s a joy to the senses to behold. Genesis has nailed its sporty, luxury and airplane-inspired design here. We seriously can’t stop thinking about it. 

the wheel and dashboard of a Genesis GV70

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Seats 

Of all the interior features, we just might love the perforated suede leather seats the most. Infinitely adjustable, these auto-adapting seats are the most comfortable our backsides have been in a vehicle in a long time. Heated, cooled or room temperature, they’re excellent. You can adjust the seat settings either by the touch-sensitive controls on the side of the seat or by the infotainment screen. If you don’t find the seats comfortable enough, you probably just haven’t found the setting for you. 

Given that the suede seats are available in the Sport Prestige trim, we would definitely recommend upgrading to that level if you’re a fan of cushy, grippy suede. 

Climate Control 

Tri-zone climate control is standard in the Sport Prestige GV70, and it worked well. The rear-seat occupant climate controls were a bit tricky to operate independently of the front zones at first, but we eventually got used to it. The cabin heated and cooled quickly depending on the day, and the large panoramic sunroof didn’t make the car too hot or cold either either.  

the inside of a red Genesis GV70

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Cargo Space and Cabin Storage 

For being a relatively compact luxury SUV, the cargo space in the GV70 is about as good as you can expect, and maybe even a bit better. Behind the second row of seats, there is 28.9 cubic feet of space. With the second row of seats folded down, cargo space expands to a fairly large 56.9 cubic feet. 

Cabin storage is decent but doesn’t have as many cubbies and compartments as you might expect. Even so, there’s plenty of storage for the basics, and we never found ourselves lacking. Plus, the deep, angled, wireless charger cubby is a stroke of genius. 

the gears of a Genesis GV70

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Infotainment System 

Fans of Kia and Hyundai’s wonderful infotainment system will find a lot to love here, as the Genesis only improves on an already great layout. Everything is simple to navigate, and the crystal, touch-sensitive dial is beautiful to use and look at. The giant, 14.5-inch touchscreen is sharp and clear and bumps out tunes clearly with its 16-speaker Lexicon audio system. All the controls, buttons and steering column stalks are of high-grade materials and even real metal — a rarity at this price point.

Other features include HD Radio, satellite radio, wireless device charging, USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. We only wish that the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay had wireless functionality.

the gps and sound system of a Genesis GV70

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Exterior Appearance and Functionality 

Amidst a sea of humdrum compact luxury crossovers, the GV70 is a bold, unique and artfully styled SUV that shows the world you have something special. Something thoughtful, something … awesome. It’s the ultimate alternative choice in a crowded field, and after driving it, it started to seem like the only choice. Ours was finished in a wonderful Mauna Red paint, which we would say is worth the $500 upcharge. 

Towing Capacity & Payload 

The GV70 can tow up to 3.500 pounds. Not too great. But let’s be honest, that’s not why you’re buying this SUV. Leave the towing to vehicles intended for towing. 

the wheel of a Genesis GV70

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Wheels 

During our week of driving, almost every car enthusiast we came in contact with mentioned the unique design of the 21-inch wheels. These massive wheels certainly come with their own stylistic flair, and on the GV70, the web design integration works very well with the rest of the exterior design. Surprisingly, their large size doesn’t impede ride quality. Well done, Genesis. 

Surrounding the amazing 21-inch wheels are Michelin Primacy Tour A/S 255/40R 21 tires, which did a nice job at providing grip in the cold and wet. We did notice slightly higher than expected road noise, but it’s not terribly surprising given the large wheels and tires beneath. 

a Genesis GV70 driving near a lake

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Lights and Turn Signals 

This is an area where you can really feel the nuanced attention to detail Genesis went through in making the GV70 special. The headlights and taillights have a bold, twin-blade design, which perfectly complements the design as a whole. The LED designs of the bulbs are beautiful and modern. Even the integrated rear brake light is a beautiful exercise in design. The headlights could be slightly brighter, but they’re fine as is. 

Cameras and Side Mirrors 

As expected, the cameras are plentiful in the GV70 and do a great job. We loved the surround-view parking camera system, and the heads-up display was clear and informative in displaying its information. The side mirrors were large and provided great views down the side and to the rear of the GV70.

Front and Rear Windshield 

The overall visibility was good, especially out the front three windows. We drove through a heavy rainstorm and the automatic rain-sensing wipers did a great job at keeping the view clear — albeit at a slightly hyperactive rate.

Safety 

With all the modern safety features you could want, bank vault-like construction and eight airbags, the GV70 is about as safe as you can get in a modern vehicle. We appreciated its list of features and their non-intrusive nature in everyday driving.

Features 

The Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige comes fully loaded with safety features. Here are some highlights: 

  • Remote Smart Parking Assist
  • Surround View Monitor
  • Parking Distance Warning
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Highway Driving Assist II

For a full list of safety features on the GV70, visit https://www.genesis.com/us/en/2022/genesis-gv70.html

Awards and Ratings 

The 2022 GV70 is the recipient of the highest safety award given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in its designation as a “Top Safety Pick +.” Across the board, the GV70 received “Good” and “Superior” ratings. The GV70 has not yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but we expect it to perform similarly well in its safety ratings. 

The 2022 Genesis GV70 has also been awarded the 2022 Motor Trend SUV of the Year.  

Car and Driver rank the GV70 third on their long list of luxury SUVs. 

a Genesis GV70 parked near rocky terrain

Photo Credit: Genesis News U.S.A.

Final Impression 

The Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige is an amazing SUV. Everything about it is superbly executed and consistently punches far above its weight class in every category. For the price, we don’t know if there is a better compact, luxury SUV on the road. After a week of driving, we were very happy with the GV70 and just as sad to see it leave our hands. If it were our money, we would happily buy this exact trim level and all its included packages. Even if you were to splurge for the fully loaded trim, the GV70 would still feel like a value. Go and buy one, you won’t be disappointed.   

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FAQs 

Is the Genesis GV70 Fun to Drive? 

Absolutely. Its 375-horsepower twin-turbo engine is a blast, and the handling and suspension dynamics only add to the athletic experience that the GV70 offers. Whether it's around town running errands, commuting to work or charging down a favorite back road, the GV70 is far more fun than you’d expect.

Is the Genesis GV70 Family-Friendly? 

For small families, it sure is. It probably doesn’t have enough space and cargo room for a long vacation, but for shorter trips and hauling around town, the GV70 felt like the “just-right” size for any small-family adventure. 

Is the Genesis GV70 a Good Value? 

Absolutely. In fact, it's one of the best values on the market. Loaded with tech, style, comfort, luxury, power and an astoundingly good warranty, it would almost be foolish not to buy this car if you have the means and are in the market.  

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About the author: Having owned everything from a DeLorean to an E46 BMW M3 and a Toyota Land Cruiser, Jason Bell is a lifelong car enthusiast who loves sharing his passions as a teacher, writer, speaker and social media manager. Contact him at jasonbellcars@gmail.com for comments/questions, or just to say "hi."

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