For 2022, Genesis G70 Keeps its Muscle While Improving Looks Inside and Out

by Tom Crosby

The G70 is the smallest vehicle Genesis makes and the compact sedan gets some boosts in performance for 2022 along with modifications to the exterior and interior which will enhance an already excellent profile and luxurious cabin. 

Launched in 2018, the Genesis G70 has won a plethora of awards quality, safety, luxury, design and dependability while costing thousands of dollars less than pricier European brands from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Genesis is Hyundai’s luxury brand. 

 

Genesis Test Drive

We test-drove the 2022 G70 rear-wheel drive 3.3T Sport Prestige with the Sport Advanced Package costing $8,000 to add the necessary features for top comfort, safety and luxury to enjoy the full Genesis experience.

The exterior received larger and lower front air intakes, new LED front and rear lights, a new larger diamond-shaped grille and a curved rear deck spoiler for a clean and more aggressive profile. 

Inside the luxurious ergonomic cabin, the major improvement is a 10.25-inch heavily featured infotainment touchscreen that can receive remote updates, a wireless charge pad, a new center airbag, better acoustical design for the windshield and a new 8-inch configurable digital instrument cluster.

 

For 2022, the manual transmission was discontinued, however the company offers choices such as rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and 2.0-liter or 3.3-liter engine.

 

Behind the wheel, Genesis remains addictive, thrilling in Sport modes on the track or trolling city streets in Eco or Normal modes where nascent engine muscle gets greedy, yielding only 18 mpg; efficiency improves nicely to 27 mpg on the highway.

Responsive, solid steering carves curves nicely and the firm ride uses a sport-tuned suspension riding on 19-inch alloy wheels wearing Michelin summer rubber.

A new variable exhaust valve system emits growling sounds and adds an extra 3 horsepower. The new Sport+ mode holds rpms longer. 

Genesis claims nine new or updated safety features, plus cutting-edge driver safety aids, earning a top safety rating in insurance crash testing.

New and unique features include a legible Heads-up-display (HUD) with sunglasses on, manual paddle indentations for adding/lowering gears and after starting remotely, no restart confirmation needed. Quilted Nappa leather seats and doors plus a two-tone black and cream theme, add ambiance to a plush cabin. Rear seats are tight, cabin storage space limited and cargo space average. 

The automatic trunk lid only closes manually. Genesis’s warranty is arguably the industry’s best, including three years complimentary maintenance.

At a Glance

LIKES: Price, handling, ride, looks, quickness, safety features, luxurious cabin, warranty
DISLIKES: Tight rear seats, manual trunk close, limited cargo space
BOTTOM LINE: Priced thousands less than similarly equipped European competitors

Fact File: 2021 Hyundai GEnesis G70 RWD 3.3T Sport Prestige

Base price w/destination fee
Curb weight
Wheelbase
Length
Width
Engine
Horsepower
Torque
Transmission
EPA Rating
Range
Performance
$43,145 (as tested $51,945)
3,774 lbs.
111.6 inches
184.4 inches
72.8 inches
3.3-liter, V6 twin turbo, direct injection, DOHC
365-hp at 6,000 rpm
376-lbs.-ft. at 1,300 rpm
8-speed automatic/manual paddles
18 mpg city; 27 mpg hwy
15.8-gallon tank, premium
0-60 in 4.7 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.

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