2022 Genesis G70 RWD 3.3T Prestige Review

The best all-around sports sedan today


Amos Kwon, Editor-In-Chief



Positives: Stunning design refresh, opulent and user-friendly interior, truly engaging and thrilling to drive.
Negatives: Tight back seat.
Bottom Line: The refreshed G70 is a marvel to drive and, finally, to look at. It
We've always loved the G70 because it went up against the Germans and held its own while, at the same time, not looking anything like them. But there was still something about the styling that was missing as if it was lacking a truly eye-catching theme. All that has changed now for the newly refreshed G70. It takes cues from the rest of the lineup with its quad parallel head and taillights, and the result is echelons better. There are two different turbocharged engine options and all-wheel drive is also on the table. We drove the potent 3.3T in rear-wheel drive configuration and Prestige trim. Read our full review below.
 

Driving Experience

9.2

 

There's so much to love about premium sedan that drives as good as it looks. Especially in rear-wheel drive configuration, the G70 shines with its balanced dynamics and quick responses. Sport+ mode really extracts the most out of the engine and transmission for serious delights. It's balanced, tactile, and plenty quick, too. The G70 reminds why we love rear-wheel drive sport sedans with just the right amount of power.

Ride Quality: The ride is very comfortable but still properly firm for a luxury sports sedan. It manages bumps with aplomb without feeling disconnected. It's one of the few cars out there where you can have both a great ride and true connection with the road.

Acceleration: 0-60 comes in a quick 4.5 seconds, which outpaces most of the competition, and Sport+ mode does a great job of holding it into gear. The 8-speed automatic transmission downshifts very well.

Braking: The brakes are very good but could use more bite to match the 3.3T's power and handling. It's progressive and has good modulation.

Steering: The steering has some decent effort to it, and there's some good feedback coming through.

Handling: The optional Sport Package in our tester provided truly great adaptive suspension, and there's minimal body roll that's very predictable. We love the rear-wheel drive setup that allow you to kick out the rear end properly when exiting a turn.

Technology

8.8

 

We love the new screen and infotainment software that's commensurate with the luxury brand look. The screen is now bigger and sits in a rectangular frame atop the dash. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are standard.

Infotainment System: The 8" screen has been replaced by a properly large 10.25" screen with improved graphics and OS. It adds polish to the cabin, as well as great functionality.

Controls: Genesis controls are all well laid-out, with buttons in linear, crisp format and with some of the best climate control knobs in the business. Steering wheel controls are similarly excellent. The center stack canted toward the driver is one of our favorite aspects.

Styling

9.1

 

While the dimensions of the 2022 G70 are pretty much the same as the outgoing car, it might as well have been a full redesign because the difference a year can make is truly palpable. The new design is far more cohesive, more sophisticated, and more aggressive. Genesis took this refresh seriously, and the results are better than we had hoped.

Front: The trapezoidal shield grille has been revised to be simpler and more triangular. The parallel quad headlights look very good, indeed, and even the lower fascia vents have been cleaned up.

Rear: We love these taillight versions of the thematic lighting because they are a bit angled at the outer edges. The taillights also meld well with the trunklid crease. The ovular tailpipes are fine, but we would've preferred round versions.

Profile: The single body crease is still there, but the front fender vent is now functional and better looking. Gone is the old chrome chevron version, which was purely aesthetic and not very attractive. The dark chrome wheels with the red brake calipers popping through look phenomenal.

Cabin: The G70's cabin is one of the best in the business with diamond-quilted Nappa leather seats,

Comfort

8.5

 

There's plenty to love about the interior of the G70. The materials quality is up there with the best of premium sports sedans, and the ergonomics are very good, too. It's too bad the back seat occupants suffer for lack of leg and footroom.

Front Seats: We love the sport seats with the power bolsters. They have solid support, cushioning, and great adjustability. The quilted Nappa leather is supple and very attractive. The quality is tremendous.

Rear Seats: The back seats are tight with 34.8 inches of legroom, and you can't wear thick shoes since the footroom height under the seat is very short.

NVH (noise/vibration/harshness): It's quiet and well-built. Sound deadening seems to have improved since the last-gen car, and highway speeds are properly hushed. We love that you can hear the throaty growl of the engine.

Visibility: Visibility all around is quite good, especially with the sloped hoodline and a great seating position.

Climate: The climate system works very well, as do the heated and ventilated seats. The vents move ample amounts of air, too.

Safety

9.2

 

The G70 in its new form did very well in crash tests, earning top awards from both testing bodies. It also comes with a great set of standard and optional safety features.

IIHS Rating: The G70 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating thanks to "good" for all crash tests, "superior" for accident avoidance tech, and "marginal" in LATCH ease-of-use, it's only demerit.

NHTSA Rating: The G70 earned the top score of five stars from the federal government.

Standard Tech: The G70 comes with Smart Cruise Control with full Stop and Go, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning, Highway Driving Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Warning, and a Rear Occupant Alert.

Optional Tech: Options on our tester included a Heads-Up Display and a Surround View Monitor w/ Blind-Spot View Monitor.

Storage/Cargo

6.7

 

Storage room and cargo space are not the G70's strong suits, but it's enough to get a passing grade. Not many sports sedans nail these categories, and the G70 lands somewhere in the middle.

Storage Space: There's a cubby under the center stack and twin cupholders that are easily accessible for the driver and front passenger. The door pockets and armrest are medium-sized but capable of handling daily gear.

Cargo Room: The trunk has 10.5 cubic feet. It's not a ton of room, but it's bigger than the Audi A4 and about the same as the new Lexus IS. The BMW 3-Series dwarfs it, though.

Fuel Economy

6.7

 

The G70 isn't a miser when it comes to fuel, but we don't expect it to be with its twin-turbo V6 combined with our desire to mash the gas. We drove it mostly in sport and sport+ modes, which made it even less efficient than normal driving would be.

Observed: 17.4 mpg

Distance Driven: 157 miles

Audio

9

 

The Lexicon 15-Speaker Audio system with Quantum Logic Surround Sound came on our tester as part of the $4,300 Sport Advance Package, and it's excellent thanks to great clarity, solid bass, and no distortion. The package is pricey, but it's worth it because it also comes with a bit set of equipment.



Final Thoughts

The G70 has finally arrived in proper form with the new refresh, and it finally looks great, even better than the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Infiniti Q50, and the Lexus IS. It's also still as wonderful to drive and seriously well appointed for the money. There isn't a better all-around sports sedan, if you're willing to overlook the cramped rear quarters.
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