Genesis GV70

The 2022 GV70 is only available in AWD and comes powered by two engine choices that include the standard turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder or a twin-turbo 3.5L V6. The 2.5L inline four-cylinder is rated at 300 horsepower and 311 lb-feet of torque. The 3.5L V6 engine makes 375 horsepower and 391 lb-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The GV70 is available in two trim options, starting with the 2.5T trim the 3.5T Sport is the more powerful engine option trim.

Being a luxury vehicle, the GV70, even in the Standard trim is packed full of equipment that is typically optional in lesser vehicles. Standard equipment includes heated front seats, power liftgate, heated mirrors, leather steering wheel and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The GV70 infotainment system comes standard with a 9-speaker sound system, 14.5 touchscreen, Satellite radio, voice-activated navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports and Bluetooth integration.

Additional convenient features on the luxurious GV70 include keyless open with push button start, parking distance warnings, one-touch power windows, rain detecting wipers, HomeLink compatibility, hill hold control, High-Beam Assist, Genesis Connected Car Services and the advantageous Highway Driving Assist.

3.5T Advanced Plus trim offers an exceptional number of premium features for the luxury SUV, these include Active Motion massaging driver seat and leather seating.

This vehicle is equipped with several safety features including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability, traction control and side curtain with driver knee protection airbags.

GV70 comes loaded with advanced safety systems such as Driver Attention Warning, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision, Forward Collision-Avoidance and Evasive Steering Assist.

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Editors' First Take

There's a pecking order in the luxury-car business. Excluding niche companies that sell ultra-high-end vehicles, European brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo generally reign supreme. Then come the Japanese, who are a rung or two above America's Cadillac and Lincoln. This hierarchy is well established but under siege. South Korean upstart Genesis is on the warpath and its 2022 GV70 is poised to depose segment leaders and usurp the small luxury SUV throne. 

That sounds a bit hyperbolic, but after driving the Sport Prestige-trim GV70 I'm convinced it's the segment leader, or at the very least one of the best offerings in its class. 

Sharing the same basic underpinnings with the excellent G70 sedan, the GV70 SUV is dressed to impress. With that shield-shaped grille, quad lamp assemblies at both ends and sweeping body lines, this SUV looks upscale without necessarily resembling any of its rivals -- well, unless you consider the Porsche Macan a competitor, then there's definitely a resemblance.

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