Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Should-you-buy Should you buy a 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T?

Should you buy a 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T?

2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Pros

  • Impressive styling
  • Good versatility and interior space
  • Plenty of tech
  • Great value
  • Great buying experience
  • The warranty

2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Cons

  • Not as quick as its direct competitors
  • Uncertain resale value

The 2022 Genesis GV70 is a very important model for Genesis. As a matter of fact, it’s the brand’s most important model to date. It’s the volume seller and no matter how it fairs in its segment, it will be Genesis’ most popular model.

Of course, it has much stiffer competition. The luxury compact SUV is crowded with quality offerings including the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC, not to mention the Lexus NX, Acura RDX, and Volvo XC60.

2022 Genesis GV70
2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

To stand out, the Genesis GV70 offers multiple versions, more standard horsepower than any model listed above, a stand-out design and impressive tech offered for less money. It also hopes to stand out with its 3.5T models powered by a 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 delivering 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque starting a 1,300 RPM.

This is the model we will focus on as we got our hands on the GV70 2.5T just a few weeks ago. That’s the volume model, but the 3.5T is for buyers who want it all. If you fit that mold, let’s take a look at whether or not the 2022 Genesis GV70 is a worthy buy. You can also check out our comprehensive Genesis GV70 review for more info.

2022 Genesis GV70
2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Why You Should Buy a 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T

1. The styling. The GV70 3.5T comes with standard 21-inch wheels that look like they were taken straight off a concept car. The 3.5T also comes with a standard Sport appearance package that looks great, and the interior can be fitted with quilted Nappa leather and suede. Inside or out, the GV70 looks more luxurious and exclusive than its price would suggest, and you get multiple configuration options for the interior including green, blue and red, and more. No other compact luxury SUV gives you this level of customization inside or looks as good doing it.

2022 Genesis GV70
2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2. The interior doesn’t just look good, it’s spacious as well. The GV70 doesn’t look like it would have good rear seats with its slopping roof line, but it’s the opposite. As long as you’re around the six-feet mark, you’ll be fine in the back with good legroom. The cargo area is spacious as well, more so than in a Q5 or GLC, for example.

3. The GV70 3.5T gives you plenty of tech including a fully digital instrument cluster with built-in blind-spot cameras activated by using the turn signals. There’s also a standard Highway Driving Assist system that’s a bit jerky, but still impressive. You can’t remove your hands from the wheel, but it handles highway driving for you and will certainly impress your passengers. The big addition to the 3.5T is the electronically controlled suspension system that uses a forward camera to detect road imperfections and adjust damping. The system works very well and has a huge impact on comfort.

4. Priced at $75,000 in Canada, the top-of-the-line 3.5T Sport Trim gives you just about any feature you could need in a compact luxury SUV. Even the entry-level 3.5T model starting at $68,500 delivers exceptional value. It’s a bit more expensive than an Audi SQ5 or Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, but it offers more equipment.

2022 Genesis GV70
2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

5. Genesis offers a unique buying experience that you won’t find elsewhere, not even in a Rolls-Royce. If you are interested in a GV70, Genesis will come to your house or office for a product demonstration. Once you become an owner, they will pick up your vehicle for maintenance and leave a vehicle behind for you. The vehicle can be bought entirely online and you can also get a price for your trade-in from the comfort of your living room. Maintenance is also included at no extra charge.

6. Lastly, Genesis protects the GV70 for up to 5 years and 100,000 kilometres (5 years, 60,000 miles in the US) which is an extra year and 20,000 kilometres compared to BMW, Audi, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz, among others.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T

1. Although the 2.5T trims actually offer MORE standard horsepower than their direct competitors, the 3.5T is actually trailing the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and BMW M40i despite having 375 horsepower. The difference on paper is small, but on the road the 3.5T doesn’t feel as sporty or quick as the previous two. For most buyers the difference won’t be a problem, but for those who want a truly dynamic small luxury SUV, the 3.5T just isn’t as sharp as some of its rivals.

2. The Genesis GV70 is new to the market while its rivals aren’t. That means that factors such as resale value and reliability remain largely unknown. The reliability part is not too worrisome, but there is a legitimate concern for resale value given that buying a new Genesis model is such a unique experience and that the brand isn’t as well known as other luxury automakers. We’d lease our GV70, no doubt about it.

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Final Word on the 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T

 There’s a lot going for the new 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T. It isn’t as sporty as its direct rivals, but it is more comfortable, the interior is more luxurious, the value proposition is more attractive, and the buying experience is appealing. Add a generous warranty, and you have a vehicle worth checking out.

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Olivier Delorme0 pr

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