The 2022 Genesis GV70 is an all-new model for the Genesis brand. As Genesis’s first entrant in the red hot compact luxury SUV segment, the GV70 faces heady competition from SUVs such as the BMW X3, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, and the Volvo XC60.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 Genesis GV70 will be available with either a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The four-cylinder serves as the entry-level engine and makes 300-hp while the V-6 makes 375-hp and will be exclusively offered on the Sport model.
While a manual transmission is offered with the turbo four in the G70 sedan, the GV70 will stick with the eight-speed automatic as standard equipment; all-wheel drive is standard. During our initial test drive, we noted a discernible athleticism, especially in the Sport Plus driving mode and the twin-turbo V-6 pulled strong.
At our test track, the GV70 with the V-6 delivered an impressive 4.9-second zero-to-60-mph time. When we get a chance to test the GV70 with the base turbo-four, we’ll update this story with details.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The most efficient GV70 model, according to the EPA, is the one with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine which earned ratings of 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The twin-turbo V-6 earned ratings of 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Once we have a GV70 into our office for testing, we’ll see how it does over our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route. For more information about the GV70’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The GV70’s cabin design is more daring than its larger sibling, the GV80, and the sweeping lines of the exterior carry into the interior for a cohesive look. Fine materials line the inside and the nicely knurled glass shift knob looks and feels luxurious.
A common complaint about the G70 sedan is its cramped rear seat, and the GV70 has more space to offer additional legroom to back-seat riders, but it’s still not particularly roomy.
Cargo capacity is more generous, but we’ll have to wait to see how the GV70 will compare with chief rivals such as the Audi Q5, the X3, and the GLC-class in our real-world testing.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
For more information about the GV70’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T AWD
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $53,645/$65,045
Options: Sport Advanced package, $5000; Sport Prestige package, $4900; Matterhorn White paint, $1500
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.5-liter V-6, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 212 in3, 3470 cm3
Power: 375 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 391 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.2-inch vented disc/13.6-inch vented disc
Tires: Michelin Primacy Tour A/S
255/40R-21 102W M+S GOE
Wheelbase: 113.2 in
Length: 185.6 in
Width: 75.2 in
Height: 64.2 in
Passenger Volume: 104 ft3
Cargo Volume: 29 ft3
Curb Weight: 4584 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.9 sec
100 mph: 12.6 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.5 sec @ 103 mph
130 mph: 25.0 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.0 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.0 sec
Top Speed (C/D est): 150 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 181 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.80 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 17 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 21/19/25 mpg