2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Review | WUWM 89.7 FM
If James Bond were to drive a crossover/SUV (and I pray he doesn’t…ever), I’m convinced it would be a Genesis GV70, just for the looks.
The look of this compact luxury SUV exudes confidence, sex appeal and arrogance. They seem to be saying to all other SUV buyers, “You made a mistake.” And they can have.
Genesis is synonymous with luxury, but high value luxury where you get more than you pay for or expect to pay. Here in the top-level GV70 Sport Prestige, the styling is fresh, the power raw, the cockpit elegant. One would expect the driver to wear a crisp white shirt with monogrammed cufflinks, a belt and a tuxedo, and certainly a Rolex watch.
This athletic SUV is based on the stiff Genesis G70 sedan platform, a good place to start if you like quick handling. There’s electronically controlled multi-link suspension front and rear with something Genesis calls Road Preview: it sees what’s coming and adjusts to it in milliseconds. This aids handling in aggressive corners, but also creates a firm sport sedan ride. Some might prefer a little more cushion, but oh my, it was a hoot on twisty rural roads.
READ: 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport Advanced Review
A silky-smooth 8-speed automatic paired with a heart-pounding 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 harnesses the power, but with a smoothness reserved exclusively for the upper classes. Throw this baby for a jaunt down the highway and the V6 tells you it’s about to kick some booty while churning out 375 horsepower. Torque index? 391 lb-ft, thank you.
Boom, 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds says Car and driver magazine. Who am I to quibble?
Five riding modes are standard and include Sport and a crazy Sport+ that makes the GV70 feel like a nervous thoroughbred loaded into a starting gate with all its muscles tense, ready to pounce. The Sport was enough to make the Genesis feel like it was ready to slice corners at Road America.
I could easily see triple digits in Sport+ with a quick swipe down an entrance ramp. All-wheel drive is also standard, with power biased to the rear wheels, but 50 per cent can be shifted forward in slippery conditions.
But it’s not simulated power – that 375 horsepower is heard through twin gigantic exhaust outlets molded into the lower rear bumper fascia.
If you’re crazy enough to race your GV70 or take it for laps on the drag strip, launch control is available in Sport and Sport+ mode. Be careful, the top speed would be 150 mph. Do you think you can beat this?
Yet the performance is exactly what the exterior insinuates.
The test SUV’s matte gray (Melbourne Gray) paint scheme, an extra $1,500, adds a sophisticated image more than a flashy paint job. It shows a subtle elegance that goes hand in hand with impressive performance. Be aware that the matte finish shows dirt easily and care should be taken when washing such a paint scheme. Some commercial car washes will not suffice.
Inside, Genesis stylists created a calm interior with flashy looks. The seats are a mix of leather and suede, the dashboard a dark brown top with red stitching and red leather trim on the lower dash and extending into the door panels. Trim is carbon fiber on the console with matte chrome door knobs and releases as well as a host of dash buttons.
A monster 14.5-inch touchscreen sits in the middle of the dash and the instrument cluster is an impressive 3D display, managed by beaming slightly different digital images to each of the driver’s eyes, creating the illusion of depth. . As cool as that sounds, I’m old enough to remember analog gauges that were 3D, because they had real depth. I’m just saying!
There’s also a crisp head-up display with heated and cooled seats up front and heated seats in the rear. The leather steering wheel is also heated with all those climate controls on a touchpad on the dashboard. Normally I would prefer these commands on the console, but it was easy to see and quick to operate. Unfortunately, the heated seat settings are not memorized once the ignition is switched off.
The Genesis seats are well shaped, and the driver’s seat is highly adjustable, including side bolsters and a massage feature. Place your hand near the massage button on the side of the bottom pad and it switches on three settings for pelvic, lumbar, and full body stretch. This is a prime example of Genesis offering more than a buyer might expect at the list price. Such functionality is usually an expensive option on German and Japanese brands.
As much as I liked the seat support, the bottom cushion felt a little hard after an hour of sitting. Some say rear legroom is a bit tight for a luxury vehicle. It’s not generous, but four or five average-sized adults will easily fit.
On the top side, Genesis offers plenty of cargo space behind that second-row seat, some underfloor storage, and a power hatch. Overhead is a panoramic sunroof, which is standard, as is a wireless charger. It’s hidden inside a small covered container on the front of the console. It looks a bit like a cup holder, but is easy to use and lets the driver know if a device is left in the charger after the ignition is turned off.
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Genesis stylists created a calm interior with flashy looks. The seats are a mix of leather and suede, the dashboard a dark brown top with red stitching and red leather trim on the lower dash and extending into the door panels. The seats are also well formed with the driver’s side offering plenty of adjustments.
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Trim inside the GV70 is carbon fiber on the console with matte chrome door knobs and releases as well as a host of dash buttons.
A full load of safety equipment is provided on the GV70, including intelligent cruise control and all the usual automatic warning and braking systems, as well as semi-autonomous driving aids.
One item that caused some concern was the rotary dial for changing gears. It sits just behind a similar, but slightly larger, rotary dial used for the info screen and radio station selection. I confused the radio dial with the shifter several times, until I noticed that the shifter has a more textured ring. It is also illuminated at night.
Gas mileage is nothing special, but when performance is a key selling point for an SUV, fuel economy usually suffers. I managed just 17.5 mpg in a fairly even mix of city and highway driving while the EPA rates the GV70 with the twin-turbo V6 at 19 mpg city and 25 highway.
For better mileage, you can consider the lower-level GV70 2.5T models that feature a 2.5-liter single-turbo I4 that delivers 300 hp and 22 mpg in city and 28 highway. These more effective models also have the advantage of being as sexy and edgy as this one, but starting at just $42,045 including shipping. Again, all models come with all-wheel drive.
A base GV70 3.5T is $52,600 including delivery, or you can upgrade to the $57,600 Sport Advanced model, or the tested Sport Prestige model that includes the Advanced and Prestige trim packages. While the Sport costs $53,645 with delivery, adding those two packages bumps it up to $63,545. With its special color, this tester cost $65,045.
Other brands easily cost that, if not $10,000 or more.
Genesis also has the warranty advantage over most competitors with a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three years or 36,000 miles of free maintenance. Again, more than you would expect, even for a luxury brand.
You can check the attached stats box for all the goodies in these Advanced and Prestige packages, but if you want the full luxury feel, these are probably add-ons you’ll want.
One final note, the 21-inch alloy wheels on this GV70 were spectacular, garnering comments from people at the gas station (had to stop a few times) and friends who considered them a terrific finishing touch.
Preview: 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport
Shots: Stellar looks, excellent power, sporty handling, 5 drive modes and all-wheel drive. Quiet and elegant interior, with heated/cooled seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, wireless charger, full safety equipment, massaging driver’s seat, carbon fiber trim, 3D dashboard, giant information screen and excellent warranty .
Miss: Firm ride, driver’s seat lower cushion a little hard, rear seat short on legroom, round shifter dial same shape as information display adjustment dial and too close to that -this.
Made in: Ulsan, So. Korea
Motor: 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, 375 hp
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Weight: 4,584 lbs.*
Wheelbase: 113.2 in.
Length: 185.6 in.
Cargo: 28.9 to 56.9 cu.ft.
Tow: 3,500 lbs.
Base price: $53,645 (delivery included)
Main options: Melbourne gray paint, $1,500
Sport Advanced Package (Nappa leather seats with sport pattern quilting, layered backlight trim, leatherette upper instrument panel and door panel trim, suede headliner, heated steering wheel, digital key, panoramic mirror/dash monitor blind spot view, remote smart parking assist, front/rear park distance warning, parking collision avoidance assist, Lexicon premium audio with 16 speakers), $5,000
Sport Prestige Package (21-inch alloy sport wheels, electronic limited-slip differential, Nappa leather seats with suede inserts, carbon fiber accents, 3-zone climate controls, heated second row seats, side sunshades manual rear, 12.3-inch 3D digital cluster, head-up display), $4,900
Test vehicle: $65,045
Sources: Genesis, Kelley Blue Book
*Car and driver
Editor’s note: Mark Savage’s auto review column, Savage On Wheels, reviews a new vehicle each week and tells consumers what’s good, what’s not, and how the vehicle fits into the market.