Base pricing for the Genesis G70 starts at $45,000 in Canada, $37,525 in the US.
The ’22 G70’s new face lines it up with the remainder of the product portfolio.
Despite being the “older” Genesis, it remains an incredible sporty luxury sedan.
Genesis is creating its own history at the moment. In 25 years, product presentations will bring up the last 2010s and early 2020s as a time when Genesis dug its heels into luxury car segments and firmly shook the established premium automaker order. The first true Genesis, the G70, will serve to show how fearless the brand was in 2017.
Fearless because Hyundai’s luxury branch went after the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Genesis left no stone unturned and nothing to chance when they conceived and assembled the 2018 G70. Pound for pound, the Peter Schreyer-designed sport luxury sedan met the competition with performance, content, luxury, refinement, styling, and destroyed them with value.
The only element that continues to partially elude Genesis is brand recognition. This fact has done the opposite of deterring the luxury car company from pushing ever harder. With the recent introductions of the G90, G80, and GV80, Genesis has firmly established its design language, what they call Athletic Elegance mixed with a G matrix pattern within the crest grille. The quad-lamp layout above all is what everyone will notice and remember.
For 2022, the G70 gains all of these signature visual features minus the twin horizontal repeater lights, as with the GV70, found on the 80- and 90-series vehicles. The rear also sees its taillights adopt the quad-lens layout and this completes the exterior updates. Already handsome, the ’22 G70’ profile and character lines are accentuated.
Onboard, the G70 sees its 8-inch touchscreen display replaced by a beautiful and sleek 10.25-inch unit. The instrument panel now includes an 8-inch display and everything else is essentially carried over. This is not to say that the dashboard now looks dated. In fact, the center stack is as original and functional as ever. The tested 3.3T Sport included red quilted Nappa leather seats and dash accents which provide equal parts opulence and sportiness.
On the topic of sport, Genesis is in the business of “delivering exceptional.” This Motus Operandi applies to all facets and this includes performance. The standard turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder is carried over for 2022 however the 6-speed manual transmission and RWD configuration is no longer offered.
Power and handling
The superb twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 is also back. Its impressive 365 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,300 to 4,500 rpm make for a quick getaway car. Those who select the tested $59,000 3.3T Sport will gain the new variable exhaust valve setup which increases the V6’s output by three horsepower. More importantly, it produces a throatier, yet subtle exhaust note that lends a little credence to the car’s sporty aspirations.
With this engine, the G70 is immensely quick, far quicker than you might imagine. The still standard and very competent 8-speed automatic transmission sends the power to all four wheels, which at the rear includes a limited-slip differential with the Sport trim. Also now featured with this trim is a new Sport+ drive mode. It’s a more aggressive drive setting that includes Launch Control.
The highlights, other than the power, with the G70, continue to be the electronically controlled suspension and the Brembo brakes. The suspension features dampers that vary the amount of “give” they provide based on the selected drive mode. Genesis includes a “custom” drive mode which, in my case, sees the dampers set to “comfort” and the powertrain to “sport.” This configuration delivers ideal throttle and transmission response along with plenty of travel from the suspension. The Brembo brakes really come in handy when exploiting the power.
The 2022 Genesis G70 is absolutely entertaining to drive. All the power is constantly put to good use thanks to the includes limited-slip rear differential. The sustained swell of torque viciously pushes the car forward, and it’s more than enough to keep up with the Jones. The latter being the more expensive and common Audi S4, BMW M340i, and Mercedes-AMG C 43.
Still a value leader, still trailing the competition
Genesis’ growth, both in volume and new products, continues to disrupt the luxury car market in North America, and success is warranted. No product in Genesis’ lineup is more than 18 months old which means it holds one of the freshest portfolios in the industry.
The Genesis G70 continues to trail behind all of its main German, Japanese, and American competitors in sales, however. This is in no uncertain terms the G70’s fault as it continues to rival its segment colleagues in every conceivable way. For example, a near-equivalently equipped 2021 BMW M340i is easily $10,000 more than the reviewed 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport. As always, the final decision comes down to perceived brand values.
The ’22 G70’s new suit will help bring it up to speed with the remainder of its fast-moving brethren and may give it a visual boost.