2022 Genesis GV70

Release Date: Summer-Fall 2021
Estimated Price: Starting at $38,000 (estimated)
  • New GV70 compact SUV slots under the GV80 midsize crossover
  • Many unique features and styling cues all its own
  • Impressive materials and build quality in higher trims
  • Launches the first GV70 generation for 2022
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2022 Genesis GV70 Review
New SUV Impresses in Our First Hands-On Inspection
What is the GV70?

The 2022 Genesis GV70 will compete in the compact SUV space against such heavy hitters as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the BMW X3, the Audi Q5 and the Acura RDX. After finally getting a chance to see the GV70 up close, our first impression is that the established players should be looking over their shoulders right about now.

While the GV70 shares some visual cues with its larger GV80 sibling, it definitely has its own distinctive style. The two SUVs share the prominent G-Matrix front grille and dual-stripe headlight clusters, but the GV70 stands out with a raked roofline and wagon-ish rear end that accentuates its length. These attributes lend the GV70 a sporty appearance not shared with the bigger, more conventionally penned GV80. While we wait to see whether the GV70 backs up the promise of performance on the road, let's explore the rest of what this new luxury crossover has to offer.

What's under the GV70's hood?

For the GV70's powertrain, Genesis once again looked to the GV80 and determined both engines would be a good fit for the smaller SUV. A turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque is standard, with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 (375 hp and 391 lb-ft) optional if you'd like extra oomph. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In the GV80, the 3.5-liter V6 provided plenty of muscle during our instrumented testing, though it reached 60 mph with a slower time than competing six-cylinder crossovers. We expect that this engine in the smaller, lighter GV70 will deliver a more invigorating experience.

How's the GV70's interior?

The GV70 has a long, metal-trimmed oval that extends from the driver's side to the center of the cabin, containing controls and a digital climate control display inside. It creates an interesting visual element but also sets the tone for the interior.

Most GV70s will come with a two-spoke steering wheel that is certainly different from the norm. The question is whether the wheel's quirky design is too outlandish for the standard luxury-crossover buyer. But what can't be questioned is the style and fit and finish in the vehicle we experienced. That preproduction model resembled the top-end Sport Prestige trim and came with excellent authentic materials including a soft faux-suede headliner, striking red leather and shimmering carbon-fiber panels. Yes, real carbon fiber.

Regardless of trim, the GV70 has some packaging restraints. The door openings feel small, requiring 6-foot-tall passengers to both duck their heads and step up at the same time to get inside. This is especially pronounced in the rear, but it's true of the front as well. Once inside there is plenty of space in the front, while long-legged rear passengers may require the front seats to move up in order to sit comfortably.

How's the GV70's tech?

There's no shortage of interesting features inside the GV70. The new SUV comes with a centrally mounted 14.5-inch touchscreen atop the dash, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display is equipped on 3.5T Sport Prestige models only. The larger touchscreen is controlled by a hockey puck-like dial that falls easily to hand, and its gentle ridges feel great to the touch. As in other Genesis models, the infotainment menu can be confusing to navigate, but the simple control and impressive graphics make that an easier pill to swallow.

As for the optional 12.3-inch display in front of the driver, it includes fully digital gauges that change color and style depending on the chosen drive mode setting. Bright and flashy for Sport mode; soothing and reserved for Comfort mode, etc. The display also has a three-dimensional aspect that brings real depth to the gauges and other icons. It can be adjusted if you're not a fan, but having information that really pops out at you certainly gives the GV70 an innovative jewel on its top trim.

How's the GV70's storage?

Genesis has not released official cargo capacity figures for the GV70, and it's difficult to tell how it will stack up against competitors using the eyeball test. The sloping roofline limits available space behind the second row of seats, although the rear area appears rather large once you fold down those same seats. Genesis says it expects the GV70 to be near class leaders in cargo space. Check back to see how it stacks up once official figures are confirmed.

Consumer reviews

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2022 Genesis GV70 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Different. How often do we get to talk about something truly new and different? This is a 2022 Genesis GV70, a new crossover from Hyundai's luxury brand. And it enters the luxury compact crossover segment that's been dominated by European brands. You know the names-- Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, BMW X3. So what makes the GV70 stand apart? And what are the key things you need to know about it? Let's find out. While we're here, be sure to hit Like and don't forget to subscribe so you can see all of our Edmunds videos like this one. Head on over to edmunds.com for all of your car shopping needs. And if you need to get a cash offer on your car right now, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar. So here's the skinny on the GV70. It's a larger version of the G70 Sedan, just raised and built out to resemble a compact crossover. Think of the BMW X3's relation to the 3 Series or the GLC to the C class if that helps. [MUSIC PLAYING] It comes with your choice of the two turbo-charged engines from the larger GV80 SUV. That means there's a 4 cylinder with 300 horsepower or a V6 with 375 horsepower. Now, we haven't gotten to drive the Chevy 70 yet. But generally speaking, if you put a bigger engine in a smaller car, that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Now, on both the 4 cylinder and the V6, there are various trim levels that you can choose from. And they escalate in luxury as you go up. This one is a preproduction model. But it's built to very closely resemble the V6 Sport Prestige which is top of the line. We don't know pricing yet. But Genesis tends to undercut the Germans. So we're expecting the GV70 to start around $38,000. This one, however, will probably be closer to 50. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now that we're inside the GV70, first of all, check out the audacity of this dashboard designed to look like one piece. And then it just swoops up in this huge dramatic shape right in front of you and really frames the gauges and the driver display really nicely. In fact, all of the panels in the interior just feel like they're one piece, like stretched and pulled like leather taffy and fitted over these dramatic curves. Another cool element is this oval feature in the middle here. And you can't see it. But it extends to the other side as well. And it keeps all of the controls nice and constrained and within reach but also adds a really interesting visual element that's unique to the GV70. It's not on any other Genesis models. I also want to talk about these screens. The central one is more than 14 inches and is really clear and vibrant. And you move it around using this dial-- very simple, very easy to use, very straightforward, which some of the other controls in other Genesis models are not. And in front of the driver, the digital gauges display is more than 12 inches. And it has a 3D element to it. So there's a lot of depth to the gauges, the little icons, and all the information that it's showing you. And that sets it apart from other entries in the segment. But it wouldn't be an SUV walkthrough without hopping in the back. So let's check it out. In the back of the GV70, we get to address one of the main concerns we had about this crossover before we got to take a look. And that is rear space for passengers. In the GV70 sedan on which this is based, rear leg room is pretty tight. In the GV70, there is definitely more space. But one of the issues we've noticed is the door openings are pretty small. And this is also true of the front. The doors don't open very wide, and they're tight. So you have to lift your legs up and duck at the same time to get in. Now, I'm 6 feet tall. Everybody might not have this problem. And if kids are going to be back here often, probably not a problem for them. But it is something to think about when we know the quality of things like the Q5 and the BMW X3. That's not a problem you're going to have in those vehicles. On a positive note, the build quality back here is impeccable. There's a really nice soft headliner. There's not very much plastic bag here at all. All of these materials are really well-finished and just as visually interesting and fun to touch. Look at this-- all the tons of switches and knobs and really nice stuff. It's just as well done as the front is. And that's not always the case in vehicles like this. For passengers in the back, they can move the passenger seat up with these buttons on the side of the seat to create more space. There's a huge panoramic sunroof. The seats feel great-- just a very nice passenger experience. [MUSIC PLAYING] A lot of the equipment we've seen on this GV70 is going to be optional when the car actually goes on sale. So let's talk about some standard features. First, Apple Car Play and Android Auto are all standard on all GV70s. But they are not wireless-- wired only. Another cool feature is a fingerprint ID system right next to the steering wheel where you just press your finger to it, and it will automatically load things like your driver profile and can even operate functions, like putting the car in Valet mode, things like that-- seems pretty nifty. And then there are things in terms of value, which, frankly, is one of Genesis's calling cards, especially when you're competing in this segment. Some of the things that the GV70 comes with are five years, unlimited miles of roadside assistance which is pretty remarkable. And then there's a unique valet service program where Genesis dealers will come to your house, pick up the car when it's scheduled for maintenance, bring it in and perform it for free, leave you a loaner car, and then bring your car back when it's done. And that is standard not only on GV70s, but, in fact, on all Genesis models. Pretty impressive for a luxury car. [MUSIC PLAYING] Given that we've only had a short time to make brief introductions with the GV70 today, it's difficult to assess how it will rank against its competition in the segment. Yes, we really like the engines that are available here. But the GV70 will have to have a better overall driving experience than the GV80 did to really impress us. Now, if this can drive like the GV70 sedan on which it's based, then the GV80 could find itself in rare air very quickly. The issue with brand new models is that there are a lot of unknowns. And this is competing in a segment with names like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes that are very known quantities. But it's clear that Genesis is shooting for the moon here. And the GV70 is just starting to chart its own course. But after getting my hands on it and seeing up close how Genesis is coming out of the gate with this, this is definitely a model worth keeping your eye on. [MUSIC PLAYING] Thanks for watching. If you enjoyed this video, don't forget to like and subscribe to see more just like it. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2022 Genesis GV70 First Look | A New Luxury SUV From Hyundai's Luxury Brand | Price, Features & More

2022 Genesis GV70 First Impressions

What is the GV70?

The Genesis GV80 is just starting to show up on dealership lots, but Hyundai's luxury arm is wasting no time expanding its SUV lineup. The 2022 Genesis GV70 will slot below the GV80 and compete in the compact SUV space against such heavy hitters as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the BMW X3, the Audi Q5 and the Acura RDX. If our first impression of the GV80 is anything to go by, the established players will have plenty to worry about when the GV70 launches later next year.

We don't have a ton of information about the GV70 outside of the images shown here. Many of the GV80's signature design elements are carried forward to the smaller crossover, including the large shield grille and quad headlight cluster. There are, of course, aspects that differentiate the GV70 from its larger sibling. These include the body-colored rear roof pillar and a swoopy fastback profile enjoyed by the current crop of coupe-like SUVs.

Though far from a carbon copy, the GV70's interior features a strong familial resemblance to the GV80's. The pair share a two-spoke steering wheel, low dash and a large central display screen with a wheel/touchpad controller. Genesis is also introducing a Sport package for the GV70, which treats the wheel with a more traditional three-spoke design, along with racy bits like carbon-fiber trim and seats made from grippy faux suede. Engine choices have not been announced, but we expect the turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines from the GV80 will be available.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The 2022 Genesis GV70 makes a striking impression in person, especially in its top-level trim. We're eager to see whether more budget-friendly models meet the same standard and if pricing undercuts the competition, as is the case with other Genesis vehicles. If both points hold true, the GV70 will be more than worthy of stealing attention from more established rivals.

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