2022 Genesis GV70 2.5T AWD Advanced

A fun, quality vehicle to drive
By Durhl Caussey
Durhl Caussey
Durhl Caussey
January 22, 2022Updated: January 22, 2022

The new, beautiful 2022 Genesis GV70, the second rollout behind the larger GV80, takes on a more sporty personality.

The GV70 has leatherette seating surfaces, suede inserts, 12-way power heated driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar, and 8-way power passenger heated seat.

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Looking from the back. (Courtesy of Genesis)

The interior is well-designed with a sporty attitude. The horizontal touch display is centered, representing command positioning.

The multi-spoked steering wheel was wrapped in soft leather, placing controls on the “command circle” steering wheel over functions like auto mute, radio, and headlight dimming.

The center console is built with quality materials. One large dial is the “shift by wire” rotary gear selector. Behind it is a multimedia controller dial.

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Gear selector dial and infotainment command dial. (Courtesy of Genesis)

The center console design breaks away from the common vertical column. The horizontal HVAC control panel is detached from the center armrest, and grouped into an aircraft wing shape extending to the right of the steering wheel. Touch sensors with two large temperature dials control the dual-zone air flow to maintain a clean and comfortable environment. Customizable ambient lighting further caters to the mood of the moment.

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Center console with an aircraft wing design. (Courtesy of Genesis)

Manual window sunshades and standard panoramic moonroof control how much sunlight comes into the cabin. The power hands-free liftgate with automatic open responds quickly, making for quick loading or unloading.

Standard 14.5-inch HD touchscreen with navigation also hosts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and HD Radio. The standard sound system is a 9-speaker array.

The backup camera and optional 360-degree surround-view monitor presents a clear view of everything the cameras see.

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Inside door panel with trim piece. (Courtesy of Genesis)

Genesis GV70 is powered by a 2.5-liter turbo inline-four GDI engine, providing 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. Engine powered is carried through by an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. AWD is standard across the line.

The fuel consumption for the GV70 is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, for a combined average of 24 mpg.

Drive Mode Select can change the driving character on the fly, to tackle any kind of road conditions with setting like Comfort, Sport, Snow, Eco, and Sport-Plus.

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Body panel lines add elegance. (Courtesy of Genesis)

Handling, ride quality, and safety hit a high level with front and rear multi-link suspension plus disc brakes.

Genesis offers a quiet ride. Should you need a little company, the excellent 16-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio adds a vivid presence on the trip.

Outside, the large chrome-trimmed grille is accompanied on its sides by the sleek two-line LED quad headlights with standard High Beam Assist. The front design of the SUV is completed by the signature emblem above the grille. The exterior makes a muscular impression with a bold body riding on 19-inch ally wheels, but adds elegance with side body lines.

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Full-LED quad headlight. (Courtesy of Genesis)

Numerous standard safety features are included, like Parking Distance Warning – Rear, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist. The GV70 also includes some which are not standard on its competitors, such as Drive Attention Warning, Lane Following Assist, and Highway Drive Assist.

The 2.5T AWD Advanced package adds Blind Spot View Monitor, Remote Smart Parking Assist, Parking Distance Warning – Front, Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist – Rear, and Advanced Rear Occupant Alert.

The MSRP for the 2022 Genesis GV70 starts at $41,000 for the 2.5T AWD Standard model. The 2.5T AWD Advanced model is two trims up the ladder, carrying a sticker price of $49,150.

Curb Weight: 4,156 pounds
Max Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds
Length: 185.6 inches
Width Without Mirrors: 75.2 inches
Height: 64.2 inches
Wheel Base: 113.2 inches

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper or durhlcaussey@gmail.com.

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