The 2022 Genesis G70 claims one of the top spots in our luxury small car rankings. It is fun to drive and has a top-notch interior, but it isn’t the most spacious car in the class. It comes with a capable turbo-four engine and offers an impressive twin-turbo V6. It has a smooth ride and adept handling to boot.

Genesis’ small luxury sedan, the G70, gets a comprehensive update for 2022. On the outside is refreshed styling, including a larger shield-like grille, to better align its appearance with the brand’s latest models such as the G90 large sedan and GV80 SUV.

Interior upgrades are also on the list of changes to the 2022 Genesis G70, including a larger 10.25-inch infotainment system screen and more premium materials. The interior is handsome and replete with top-shelf materials, and there are plenty of easy-to-use standard features.

The new touchscreen is a big improvement over the previous unit, and it includes new features such as more natural voice recognition and over-the-air software updates.

On the advanced driver aids front, the 2022 Genesis G70‘s new highway driving assist system uses lane centering and adaptive cruise control to take the edge off longer highway drives.

ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION

The base G70 2.0T features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that sends 252 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels; all-wheel drive is optional.

Its engine felt reserved around town, and acceleration times were ordinary. However, our heart skipped a beat when we got behind the wheel of the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 model, with its 365 ponies and 376 lb-ft of torque.

We spent some personal time with the rear-drive 3.3T and were smitten by the engine’s wave of thrust that sent it from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds in our testing. Regardless of the powertrain configuration, the 2022 Genesis G70 has expertly balanced ride and handling characteristics.

Its suspension smoothed out uneven surfaces, and the sedan remained composed during spirited cornering sessions. The more powerful 3.3T has the benefit of adaptive dampers that allow the driver to firm up the ride if necessary, but every G70 we’ve driven did a remarkable job of sending information to the driver’s hands.

Its steering feedback is precise and pleasant, with adjustable effort available by switching among the multiple drive modes.

ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG

According to the EPA, the most efficient G70 model is the rear-wheel-drive version with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That car earned ratings of 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined.

On our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test, the four-cylinder G70 delivered 31 mpg; with the twin-turbo V-6 on board, we recorded an impressive 29 mpg. For more information about the 2022 Genesis G70’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH

Inside, the 2022 Genesis G70 delivers a luxury experience, thanks to attractive materials and excellent build quality. Its driver-centric layout and straightforward controls cater to driving enthusiasts. Likewise, the upscale brightwork and decoratively stitched surfaces on our test car appeased our affluent side.

Genesis also keeps things classy by avoiding the urge to plaster faux carbon-fiber bits and a flat-bottom steering wheel into the cabin, and the result is an interior that seems more luxurious than the Alfa Romeo Giulia or Jaguar XE.

While the front seat strikes a nice balance between comfort and sport, the rear seat is compromised by limited legroom. We managed to fit five carry-on bags in the G70’s trunk, and 14 total with the rear seat folded.

Interior cubby storage includes a useful tray at the front of the center console that is perfect for smartphones and other small items. Unfortunately, the door pockets are small, and the center-console bin lacks organization.

IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS

Every G70 is fitted with a standard 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system that protrudes from the otherwise clean dashboard.

The setup includes desirable features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. We’ll know more about the 2022 Genesis G70’s infotainment offerings closer to the car’s on-sale date.

PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS

The G70 boasts several standard driver-assist technologies, such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology and forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking.

For more information about the 2022 Genesis G70’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 Genesis G70

2022 Genesis G70

2022 Genesis G70

2022 Genesis G70

2022 Genesis G70

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

2022 Genesis G70

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

BASE PRICE
2.0T, $38,570; 2.0T AWD, $40,670; 3.3T, $43,145; 3.3T AWD, $45,245

ENGINES
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 252 hp, 2 lb-ft; twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.3-liter V-6, 365 or 368 hp, 376 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 111.6 in
Length: 184.4 in
Width: 72.8 in
Height: 55.1 in
Passenger volume: 96 ft3
Trunk volume: 11 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3700–4000 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 4.3–6.2 sec
100 mph: 10.8–16.0 sec
1/4 mile: 12.9–14.9 sec
Top speed: 145–167 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 20¬–24/17¬–21/25–31 mpg

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