A 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Starts a Long-Term Test

A 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Starts a Long-Term Test

Genesis is on a hot streak lately. Both the G70 sports sedan and the brand’s first SUV, the GV80, have collected Car and Driver 10Best trophies. Now comes the GV70—smaller than the GV80, this new crossover is based on the G70 sedan—and while it was not able to nab a 10Best award in its debut year, it is fresh off a comparison test win against two longtime segment staples: the BMW X3 and Lexus RX350.

That great initial impression is now going to be followed by a 40,000-mile stress test. Will our strong feelings for this new Genesis last? We’re about to find out.

Our journey with the GV70 began at the grand opening of the Genesis brand’s first standalone North American dealership, which is in Lafayette, Louisiana. A storm advancing from the Gulf prompted us to take quick delivery and hit the road. The dealer put the plates on, handed us the keys, and we headed north toward Michigan.

Marc UrbanoCar and Driver

With our long-term G70 sedan, our biggest regret was not getting the more powerful engine. So, we made sure to not make the same mistake this time. We skipped over the GV70’s standard 300-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four in favor of the optional 375-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6.

After a roughly 1700-mile road trip bisecting the eastern part of the country, the GV70 hit the track for its initial test. The sprint to 60 mph took 4.6 seconds, and the Genesis reached the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds at 104 mph. So far, we’re averaging 21 mpg, and that figure matches the EPA’s combined rating. On our 75-mph highway test loop, we achieved 23 mpg, slightly lower than the EPA’s 25-mpg estimate.

Marc UrbanoCar and Driver

Upgrading to the 3.5T brings a plethora of sporty and luxurious features, too, including an adaptive suspension with road preview, a panoramic sunroof, and leather. On top of that, we got the $9900 Sport Prestige package. It adds 21-inch wheels and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, among other features. Wearing a set of Michelin Primacy all-season tires, our car pulled 0.82 g around the skidpad and required 180 feet to come to a halt from 70 mph. That’s a bit off compared to the GV70’s more performance-focused German rivals, but we’re not complaining as the ride is tuned well for daily driving.

If you do get after it on a back road, the 16-way power driver’s seat bolsters hug you and keep you snug when cornering. As part of the Sport Prestige package, our car is equipped with suede seat inserts and headliner and has carbon-fiber trim. These materials help create a posh interior environment that reminds us of far more expensive SUVs, and we’re sure to enjoy 40,000 miles in an interior this sublime. The GV70 3.5T comes standard with Highway Driving Assist II—we’ll let you know how this Level 2 driver-assist system operates as we embark on numerous summer road trips.

Marc UrbanoCar and Driver

Genesis offers an extensive color palette on the GV70, including hues such as Barossa Burgundy and Cardiff Green, but due to supply shortages we settled for a pre-built car that’s finished in Uyuni White, a $500 option. We’re not complaining about the dull white-on-black livery, but there surely are more interesting options. The 3.5T features oversized dual tailpipes that poke through the black mesh surround on the rear bumper for a more extroverted look than the upright pentagonal exhaust tips on the 2.5T. The V-6 model also gets black trim on the bumpers and side skirts.

In its comparison-test win, we said that “the GV70 puts an exclamation point on Genesis’s ability to compete in the heart of the luxury market.” Over the next 40,000 miles, we’ll let you know if that punctuation still stands.

Months in Fleet: 1 months Current Mileage: 4032 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 21 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: 17.4 gal Fuel Range: 360 miles
Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0



2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport AWD

Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon


Base/As Tested: $53,645/$64,045

Options: Sport Prestige package (nappa leather seats, suede headliner, heated steering wheel, 360-degree camera, remote parking assist, front and rear parking assist, Lexicon 16-speaker stereo system, 21-inch wheels, electronic limited-slip differential, carbon-fiber trim, 3-zone climate control, heated rear seats, 12.3-inch 3-D digital instrument cluster, head-up display, rear side sunshades), $9900; Uyuni White paint, $500


twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection

Displacement: 212 in3, 3470 cm3

Power: 375 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque: 391 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm


8-speed automatic


Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 14.2-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc

Tires: Michelin Primacy Tour A/S

255/40R-21 102W M+S GOE


Wheelbase: 113.2 in

Length: 185.6 in

Width: 75.2 in

Height: 64.2 in

Passenger Volume: 104 ft3

Cargo Volume: 29 ft3

Curb Weight: 4599 lb


60 mph: 4.6 sec

100 mph: 12.2 sec

1/4-Mile: 13.3 sec @ 104 mph

130 mph: 23.3 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.7 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.0 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec

Top Speed (C/D): 150 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 180 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.82 g


Observed: 21 mpg

75-mph Highway Driving: 23 mpg

Highway Range: 400 mi

Unscheduled Oil Additions: 0 qt


Combined/City/Highway: 21/19/25 mpg


5 years/60,000 miles bumper to bumper

10 years/100,000 miles powertrain

7 years/unlimited miles corrosion protection

5 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance

3 years/36,000 miles scheduled maintenance


A 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige Starts a Long-Term Test

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