Forbes Wheels Crossover of the Year: 2022 Genesis GV70
Genesis, the fledgling luxury division of Hyundai Motor Co., is enjoying a tailwind with the timely launch of its GV80 midsize and GV70 compact crossovers. The 2022 GV70 follows in the footsteps of its well-received big brother GV80 by offering premium and mainstream buyers a value-oriented package with a striking fastback silhouette, superior handling, modern technology and impressive interior design.
The GV70 wins the best crossover award in a fiercely competitive crossover segment, stuffed with fashionable mainstream considerations like Ford’s Bronco Sport and high-end players like the Volvo XC40. It also takes on German strongholds like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q3.
But European-style luxury and performance, including two turbocharged engine options and standard all-wheel drive, make it a compelling vehicle for enthusiasts who don’t want to sacrifice road engagement for extra cargo space. Its high-end price tag is just over $64,000, helping it attract high-end interest from the mainstream segment.
The lesser-known Genesis brand went from a nameplate on the side of a Hyundai-badged four-door sedan in 2009 to a high-end spin-off in late 2015. Until 2021, the Genesis marquee only offered sedans: a variant of the original Hyundai. Genesis, which became the G80, a larger version called the Equus which was later replaced by the G90, and the G70 which launched in 2019. A lack of US dealer presence along with nondescript styling have served as roadblocks for the Korean automaker looking to break in with American buyers.
The surge of interest in larger, taller SUVs and crossovers that has sprung up in the US market over the past five years has given Genesis an opportunity to make waves. The company has also stacked its game with talent from other parts of the industry. Sister brand Kia Motors has hired Albert Biermann, the former chief engineer of BMW’s M performance division, who now leads research and development for Genesis as well as Hyundai and Kia. Additionally, Genesis chief designer SangYup Lee, another Bentley and General Motors heavyweight, gave Genesis vehicles a revised and more distinct look that debuted on the GV80 and facelifted G80.
The GV70 continues the bolder new spirit of Genesis with aggressive exterior styling that is showing wild among its rivals. It also boasts athletic proportions, the lowest and widest in its class. Unlike the larger rear-drive GV80, the GV70 comes standard with all-wheel drive. For sportier behavior, the system favors sending power to the rear and can direct 100% of the torque there if necessary. Its standard engine is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 300 horsepower. It can be optionally equipped with a larger 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 developing 375 horsepower. Both use an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Along with sport sedan-like driving behavior, the GV70 features a host of cutting-edge technologies, including a fingerprint ID that starts the engine and a digital key that can lock, unlock and start the engine. remote vehicle with smartphone. Unfortunately, this feature is relegated exclusively to Android users. The interior, dotted with digital design, features a sprawling 14.5-inch LCD touchscreen that protrudes from the dash (it can also be controlled via a rotary knob). A 12.3-inch digital instrument panel with 3D virtual gauges sits behind the steering wheel and houses an infrared camera that tracks eye movements. A Level 2 autonomous driving system called Highway Driving Assist II combines adaptive cruise control and lane centering with machine learning to tailor responsiveness to driver behavior. It can also change lanes on request. Many other advanced driver-assist safety features are standard, including automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
The 2022 Genesis GV70’s distinctive styling, premium packaging, quick and capable handling and accessible price point make the crossover a must-have for buyers looking for a crossover that will stand out in a sea of imitators.
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2022 Forbes Wheels Car of the Year Winners
Car of the Year selection process
The nominees and winners were selected by the Forbes Wheels Car of the Year 2022 judging panel, made up of four editors and eight contributors. Each of the seven Car of the Year categories (crossovers, SUVs, sedans, pickups, performance cars, minivans, electrified) takes into account vehicles of various sizes in each segment as well as mainstream and luxury offerings. The winner in each category exceeds its peers for its outstanding features in performance, efficiency, safety, infotainment, comfort, cargo space and style. Vehicles eligible for nomination include any car or truck, new or existing, available for testing and in production in 2021 or early 2022.
Forbes Wheels Car of the Year Panel
Sam Abuelsamid (contributor) is a senior research analyst at consultancy Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research) and is a frequent contributor to Forbes.com, covering innovation in the transportation industry.
Brian Armstead (contributor) is President Emeritus of the Washington Automotive Press Association and juror for North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY).
Abigail Basset (contributor) is an award-winning freelance journalist covering automotive, technology, social justice, health and wellness, and luxury and travel. She is also a member of the jury of the World Car Awards.
jerry hirsch (contributor) has covered many facets of the automotive industry, including autonomous technology, alternative fuel vehicles, and safety. He is the former editor of Trucks.com and was previously an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times.
Bill Howard (Forbes Wheels Staff) is the past president of the International Motor Press Association and was previously editor and managing editor for PC Magazine and Ziff-Davis’ ExtremeTech.
Alex Kwanten (Forbes Wheels Staff) has worked in the automotive, marine and aviation industries for over a decade and has reported on the buying, selling and servicing of cars for several industry publications , including Automotive News.
Scotty Reiss (contributor) is the founder of A Girls Guide to Cars, the top automotive site for women, and sits on the boards of the World Car Awards, the International Motor Press Association and Women in Automotive. She is the former media editor for Adweek and has written for The New York Times.
Carly Schaffner (Forbes Wheels Staff) has worked in the automotive industry for over a decade in editorial and communications roles. Before joining Forbes Wheels, she was the editor of Trucks.com.
Laurent Ulrich (contributor) is an award-winning automotive writer and former chief automotive critic for The New York Times, Detroit Free Press and The Drive.
John Voelcker (contributor) was editor of Green Car Reports for nine years. He is now a journalist and analyst covering advanced automotive technologies and energy policy, and a juror of the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY).
Basem Wasef (contributor) is a freelance automotive writer and a North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) juror. Wasef has written three books on motorcycles, racing cars and supercars.
Andre Wendler (Forbes Wheels Staff) grew up immersed in automotive, marine and aviation culture and spent a decade at Car and Driver as a writer and editor before joining Forbes Wheels.