The 2022 Genesis G70 is significantly restyled and wears the brand’s latest crest grille and distinctive exterior lighting. Inside, the central infotainment screen grows in size and the gauge cluster goes digital while the sporting intentions of the G70 are enhanced with an added drive mode and an active exhaust. Genesis considers the 2022 model significant enough to warrant a fully loaded Launch Edition trim for this year.
Choosing Your Genesis G70
The 2022 Genesis G70 is defined by the powertrain selected, however, the Launch Edition is available only with the V6. Pricing ranges from the base 2.0T Standard, which starts at $38,570 to the fully-loaded 3.3T Launch Edition, which is $53,545.
The powertrain choices are unchanged from last year. The base, four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine (I4) generates 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque while the twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 pumps out 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) and send power to either the rear wheels or all four, for $2,100.
The four-cylinder rear-wheel-drive model is the most efficient per the EPA with an estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 24 combined. The V6 with RWD earns 18, 27, and 21 mpg combined. The AWD system costs one mpg combined point but all of the configurations are notably less efficient than similarly-powered BMW, Mercedes, and Audi models.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Genesis G70 stretches to 184.4 inches and rides on an 11.6-inch wheelbase which is close in size to the BMW 3-Series but lower and not quite as long. Its 34.8 inches of rear legroom is short for the class, although far greater than the Lexus IS, while the G70’s trunk volume of 10.5 cubic feet is on the small side for any sedan this size - at least it includes folding rear seatbacks as standard.
The G70 is well equipped with advanced driver assist features such as automatic emergency braking with junction assist, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, high beam assist, safe exit warning, and adaptive cruise control as standard.
The 2022 G70 has not been rated by NHTSA or the IIHS, although last year’s model earned a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The 2022 Genesis G70 gains a larger infotainment touchscreen that grows to 10.25 inches. It features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, and navigation and can be updated over the air. There are two front and one rear USB ports and one 12V front outlet to help keep devices charged.
The base G70 is far better equipped than its base-level German competitors and costs far less too. The Standard trim includes LED exterior lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, proximity entry with a smart trunk release (no kicking-motion necessary), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12-way power driver’s seat that is also heated and wrapped in leatherette, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink. A heated steering wheel is included in the AWD versions.
The Prestige Package ($4,000) adds a host of notable features such as 19-inch wheels, power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a 15-speaker Lexicon premium audio system, a leather interior, a wireless charging pad, rain-sensing wipers, and acoustic laminated front side glass (in addition to the windshield).
When the Standard trim is matched with the V6, the G70 also receives performance brakes, dual exhaust, a sport-tuned suspension, as well as many of the features of the 2.0T’s Prestige Package. The $4,300 Sport Advance Package includes 19-inch wheels, dark chrome grille and window trim, an active exhaust system, ventilated seats with power bolstering and cushion extension, Genesis digital key, and wireless charging.
With the Sport Advance Package selected, the Sport Prestige Package can be ordered for $4,000 which really turns up the performance. The sportiest version of the G70 includes a limited-slip rear differential, high-performance Brembo brakes, active dampers, a head-up display, and more convenience features such as a heated steering wheel, a surround-view camera system, blind spot display, softer leather seats, and a microfiber suede headliner.
The Launch Edition includes your choice of white or gray matte paint, unique 19-inch wheels, and a black and red interior.
The G70 stakes its claim as a sports sedan and the V6 provides the best excuse for the limited-space interior. Adding the Sport Advance Package offers the equipment to further enjoy the engine’s sound and the ability to literally keep one’s backside cool while enjoying the improved handling.