The 2022 Genesis G70 Sports Sedan is a car that’s so fun, fast, and advanced that BMW, Audi, and Lexus don’t want you to know about it.
The 2022 Genesis G70 is the sports sedan that BMW and Audi don’t want you to know about. It’s available in three trims with two very potent engines. All G70’s come with rear-wheel-drive but can be outfitted with a clever all-wheel-drive system. Inside, occupants will find a large infotainment screen, quilted leather, and a slew of safety features. For a first generation effort, the G70 has made a great impression.
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For 2022, the Genesis G70 gets a face that fits the family. Gone are the headlights, grille, and rear fascia that reminded us of a slightly upscale Stinger. In their place are headlights that are deeply reminiscent of the GV80, a proper shield-shaped Genesis grille, and taillights to match the rest. In addition, a “Launch Edition” is available to celebrate these new exterior changes. Inside, the sedan gets a bigger infotainment screen. At 10.3-inches, it’s a big improvement over last year’s unit that was small and almost looked tacked on. The only bad change coming into 2022 is that the manual transmission is no longer available.
Unbeatable warranty coverage
Not much space behind the front seats
No proper M or RS fighter
We want the manual back
Right away it’s clear that Genesis is aimed squarely at some of the biggest names in the business. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that it’s overtaken Lexus in terms of a truly sporty driving experience (until the IS500 arrives at least). The G70 is lighter and more powerful, and it feels like it. The suspension is agile enough to find the perfect balance between strong and soft, soaking up bad roads, but providing taut performance when pushed towards the limit. When it finds the limit, the tires communicate that perfectly and allow the driver to make needed adjustments. The LSD and torque vectoring system really come into play and make this sedan feel even lighter than it is.
The steering rack is perhaps just a bit slower than we’d like, no doubt a product of the Genesis teams effort to make it more deft and less twitchy. Braking performance is great too with ample feedback. We expect the Brembo brakes found on the G70 3.3T with the Sport Prestige package are even better. The transmission is also great. Drive around in normal modes and it behaves like any other smooth automatic. Put it into Sport + and it holds gears higher into the RPMs and feels very intuitive. Manual mode allows for near DCT gear swap speeds. Frankly, companies like BMW and Audi could take a lesson from a car like the 2022 Genesis G70. The BMW M340i might be slightly more powerful than the G70 3.3T, but it’s also got less torque, weighs hundreds of pounds more, and costs more too.
Overall, the 2022 Genesis G70 provides slightly less than average fuel economy. At its best it gets 21 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highway. That score reflects use of the smaller 2.0 powertrain and rear-wheel-drive. Bump up to all-wheel-drive or the bigger engine and scores can drop as low as 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
The improvements over last year’s G70 can’t be understated. This was a good car in 2021, but for 2022 it’s dramatically better. The G70’s infotainment screen alone makes it feel like an all-new model. The quilted upholstery makes it feel like a vehicle that should be $10,000 more than it actually is. Considering that this is primarily a driver’s car, it’s great to see the center control stack and the theme of the interior centered around the driver. Support from the front seats is good and thanks to multiple adjustments, it’s easy to get comfortable over long drives.
The rear seats in the 2022 Genesis G70 do not offer such comfort though. Yes, full-sized adults can fit back there, but not comfortably and certainly not on longer trips. Even folks who fit nicely won’t have much in the way of creature comforts or luxuries back there.
Cargo space is also limited in the G70 with just over 10 cubic feet of space in the trunk. Fold down the seats and things get much better, but suffice it to say that behind the front seats, space comes at a premium. It’s surprising to see a small back seat AND a small trunk. Usually companies settle for one or the other, but Genesis misses a bit on both here.
The new larger infotainment system in the 2022 Genesis G70 is big and bright. We love how user friendly it is and we love the inclusion of physical buttons for stuff that shouldn’t be 3 menus deep into a screen. The standard sound system is a bit underpowered, but we expect few will buy the G70 in a configuration that doesn’t include the excellent 15-speaker Lexicon system. It’s incredibly clear and offers excellent range.
If there’s a blemish in the G70, it might be the partially analog gauge cluster. The left side is an analog speedometer. Then the center is mainly a squared off information display that then blends into the digital tachometer on the right. It just feels out of place and a bit below the level of rivals. Finally, the driver aids on this car are well calibrated. Adaptive cruise control is standard on every G70 and can go as far as to stop the car and go again in traffic. That kind of convenience makes the G70 just that much more of a value.
While not considered a “Top Safety Pick”, the IIHS did give the G70 mostly good scores in its testing. The NHTSA has not rated the 2022 Genesis G70, but we can’t help but appreciate all of the advanced safety features that are standard equipment on this Genesis.
Those who buy the base 2022 Genesis G70 will still be surrounded by high-quality materials and features. Outside, it’s equipped with 18-inch wheels and LED headlights. Under the hood is a 252 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Inside, there’s a 10.3-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as well as navigation, heated and power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and six speakers.
All G70’s will come with safety equipment in the form of lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, driver attention warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and a rear passenger exit safety system.
Buyers can add a single optional package called the “Prestige” package which includes 19-inch wheels, a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system, automatic wipers, a sunroof, and leather upholstery.
Go for the more powerful G70 3.3T and you’ll get a twin-turbocharged V6 that pumps out 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. It also gets leather upholstery, automatic wipers, and then some serious performance parts. Those come in the form of 19-inch wheels with performance-focused brakes, and a special sport suspension – though Genesis is light on details there.
The 3.3T has access to two more packages called the Sport Advanced and the Sport Prestige, both of which get 19-inch sport styled wheels. The Sport Advanced adds the Lexicon sound system, a sport exhaust system with an adjustable baffle, a sunroof, ventilated front seats, a wireless charging pad, and a feature called Genesis Digital Key which allows owners to unlock and start the car with their mobile device or an NFC keycard.
The Sport Prestige package builds on the Sport Advanced by adding Brembo brakes, a limited slip and torque vectoring differential, a heads up display, Napa leather upholstery with a microfiber headliner, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree overhead view camera system, and blind-spot view monitor which displays blind spots in the gauge cluster when turn signals are selected.
For those who want only the top-tier, the Launch Edition fits the G70 3.3T with all the bells and whistles. It includes both packages mentioned above, but also adds a matte paint finish (gray or white), lightweight wheels, and an exclusive Sevilla Nappa Leather upholstery.
Even if we forget all the performance, styling, interior tech, and safety features of the 2022 Genesis G70, it’s still worth considering if only for its outstanding warranty coverage. Not only will buyers get up to 3 years or 36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance, but the limited warranty covers the car for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Oh, and the powertrain warranty stretches to 10 years or 100,000 miles. No other rival comes close.
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While it might not be the popular choice, we think the 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T is probably the best value for money in the sports sedan segment right now. Even those who want to go up against the really powerful stuff like the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG can do it with a little tuning.