The Car Connection Genesis GV70 Overview
The Genesis GV70 compact crossover makes luxury affordable due to its many standard features and advanced tech options. Launched new for the 2022 model year, the luxury five-seater represents the fifth model in as many years from the Genesis brand, and best embodies the design ethos, performance capability, and no-compromise value of the upstart sub-brand from Hyundai.
This swell looker shares a rear-wheel-drive platform with the Genesis G70 sedan, but has standard all-wheel drive, a longer wheelbase, and more space for people and gear. It adopts the design language of the larger GV80 SUV, with a large mesh grille and quad headlights and taillights that ring the crossover. The body lines converge at the rear, where an integrated roof spoiler squeezes a triangular quarter window. The interior shines with airplane-wing inspired elements topped with a standard 14.5-inch touchscreen.
Competing with luxury crossovers ranging from the Acura RDX and Lincoln Nautilus to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and BMW X3, the Genesis GV70 can't match the performance chops of Germany's finest, but its two turbo powertrains pack plenty of punch. The 2.5T model uses a 300-hp 2.5-liter turbo-4 that makes 311 lb-ft of torque; for more robust acceleration the GV70 3.5T comes with a 375-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 391 lb-ft. Riding on a four-wheel independent suspension, the GV70 splits the difference between the billowy GV80 and the buttoned-down G70.
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When not in Sport mode, the interior swaddles five passengers in comfort with front power seats that rival Lincoln and Volvo. There’s more head room in back than the larger GV80 and more leg room than the G70, and 60/40-split rear seats can recline or fold down to expand cargo room from nearly 29 cubic feet to 57 cubes.
Starting in the low $40,000s and topping out in the mid-$60,000s, Genesis adds value across all four trim levels of the GV70. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control and others. Options include a radar-based rear occupant alert that can detect a child breathing, surround-view camera system, and blind-spot cameras that project what's on the sides of the car in the instrument cluster.
All GV70s come with heated power front seats shod in synthetic leather, wireless smartphone charging, and a 14.5-inch touchscreen with navigation, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Options range from an electronic limited-slip rear differential for more spirited handling to heated second-row seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, fingerprint recognition as a key, and more. The GV70 lacks wireless smartphone connectivity.