In a McWorld where McEverything can look like McEverything else, it’s great to find a new ride whose designers produced something anti-cookie-cutter. Here it is.
There’s so much to like – big things and little things – about the 2022 Genesis GV70.
The big things:
*My 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine making 375 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque, coupled with an eight-speed automatic delivering power to all four wheels. (There is a base Turbo 4 available – but I don’t see myself or you being satisfied with such a small engine for this vehicle.)
*You can start the car with a fingerprint reader – an industry first, when equipped with the Genesis Digital Key.
*Passengers in the rear get access to heated seats, USB ports and air vents. The rear seats recline, a little, too.
The small(er) things:
*Red seat belts.
*Decorative doors with sparkly-warkly door pulls.
*Designers, inspired by the profile of airplane wings, created smart-looking ovalish shapes located on the dashboard, center console and door panels.
Those are the main merits. As to our road test:
The ride is ever-so-plush, as it must be in this class. Visibity was at times an issue, but that was solved by the cleverly placed cameras letting the driver see activity all around the vehicle. Also, when you signal, you get a camera view on the side of whichever way you’re turning. Finally, there’s an available Surround View Monitor and Remote Image Capture, allowing you to check in with your GV70 from your smartphone in real time and see live snapshots, thanks to the camera system on the GV70.
The acceleration was excellent on the maiden drive and everafter, but the brakes were a tad clamp-y, so much so that my passenger pretty much spent the first hour bracing herself front, left and right. But I adjusted my driving style – somewhat – and it was smooth sailing then on, both in the city and in the mountains where I took the vehicle to shoot it. Mileage is somewhere in the neighborhood of 22 city, 28 highway, depending on your foot. I did not get to try the Genesis Digital Key, which lets you use your smartphone to lock/unlock your ride, but I think it’s a fantastic idea.
The 14.5-inch HD touchscreen and next-gen infotainment system seamlessly integrates navigation and smartphones and is easy to work and pleasant to look at, unlike some who are puny and/or incomprehensible.
It was as much fun looking at it as it was driving it, though. Strangers complimented it and we complimented it, start to finish.
Starting at $52,000 for my trim ($64,045 with all options) the AWD 3.5T Sport Prestige, it’s a significantly lower sticker than rivals Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Lincoln Nautilus, Mercedes-Benz GLC Class or Volvo XC60.
There are different trims, configurations and pricing available here. Check it out, it’s worth it.