Behind The Wheel

2022 Genesis G70 — Kickin’ Butt and Takin’ Names

2022 Genesis G70Model tested: 2022 Genesis G70 RWD 3.3T Sport Prestige

Engine: 3.3-liter twin turbo V6

Transmission: 8-speed sport automatic w/paddle shifters

Horsepower: 365

Torque: 376 lb.-ft.

EPA rating: 18/city, 27/highway, 21/combined

Base price: $42,100

As tested: $51,945

Overview: Genesis is the luxury brand of Hyundai, and the G70 is its compact sport sedan. Not as popular as it once was, the segment remains critical to the brand. The G70 debuted three years ago and has been completely refreshed and upgraded for 2022. Our test vehicle was the RWD 3.3T Sport Prestige, and this review focuses exclusively on that model.

Walkaround: The new 2022 G70 looks sharper than previous models, with a classier V-shaped grille complemented by larger lower air intakes and new LED headlights, plus daytime LED running lights. The G70 features a long hood with short overhangs and a functional new vent just behind the front wheelwell. The rear has been updated with quad LED taillights suggestive of the winged Genesis logo. The new decklid is curved and incorporates a spoiler.

2022 Genesis G70Interior: The driver-centric cockpit has been improved, most notably by the addition of a standard 10.25-inch navigation/infotainment screen accompanied by a new 8-inch digital instrument cluster. It includes a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system, wireless charging and standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Our test driver boasted high-quality materials, including red contrast stitching on the diamond-pattern black nappa leather seats, and leather-covered steering wheel. The center console, lower dash and door panels are covered in a material that looks just like genuine leather. The comfortable, heated-and-cooled, power front seats are assisted by active bolsters that hold you in place in the tightest turns at speed — be it in sport or sport-plus driving mode, while comfort mode is so quiet, it’s tough to hear that monster powerplant.

Behind the Wheel: Our test driver was powered by the 365-horse 3.3-liter twin turbo V6 married to a smooth 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The G70 is the lowest and widest vehicle in this segment, so its low center of gravity minimizes body roll. Steering is sharper than previous models and well-weighted. Brembo brakes stop it in a hurry.

Bottom Line: With sports-sedan handling and road manners, lavish standard features, an outstanding warranty and comparatively low pricing, the Genesis G70 might not have the name cachet of European rivals — yet. But long story short: This car rocks, presenting a truly bold, persuasive case to anyone looking for a great sports sedan.