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.
2022 Genesis GV70
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.
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.
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.
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.