Genesis has redesigned the G70 sedan for model year 2022, and it’s a winner. The newest iteration of this award-winning luxury sedan dials up both its look and attitude with a lower and wider grille, stacked quadruple LED headlights, restyled back end, and more dramatic body lines. Its status as a premium performance vehicle has also been enhanced with a newly available variable exhaust valve system and Sport+ drive mode. Plus, the standard infotainment touchscreen is now 10.25 inches, which is superlative in this class.
The 2.0T Standard comes with a satisfying supply of classy features. On the convenience front, it gets LED headlights, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a hands-free trunk, proximity entry with push-button ignition, power-adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, an 8-inch LCD multi-information display, selectable drive modes, three USB ports (two up front and one in the rear), a 12-volt power outlet, and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback with a folding center armrest that includes cupholders. It also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, synthetic leather seats and interior trim, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. With AWD, the 2.0T Standard gets a heated steering wheel.
The infotainment system in this trim consists of a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a six-speaker sound system. There’s also a suite of advanced driving aids containing forward collision-avoidance assist with junction turning detection, lane following assist, lane keep assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, adaptive cruise control, highway driving assist, automatic high beams, driver attention warning, safe exit warning, and rear occupant alert.
The 2.0T Prestige adds power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, genuine leather upholstery, a wide sunroof, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, position memory settings (for the side mirrors, steering wheel, and driver’s seat), aluminum interior trim, a passenger walk-in device (this allows the driver to easily move the front passenger’s seat forward or backward to improve access for rear-seat occupants), a wireless phone charger, and a high-end Lexicon sound system with 15 speakers. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard fare.
The 3.3T Standard has everything mentioned for the 2.0T Standard, as well as some performance-enhancing attributes like upgraded brakes, dual exhaust, a sport-tuned suspension, and variable gear ratio steering, which improves handling. This trim package also includes several of the items mentioned under the 2.0T Prestige (power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, leather seats, position memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, aluminum interior trim, and the passenger walk-in feature). Much like the 2.0T Standard, the AWD version of the 3.3T Standard has a heated steering wheel.
3.3T Sport Advanced
The 3.3T Sport Advanced builds upon the 3.3T Standard with the remaining features listed for the 2.0T Prestige (front and rear parking sensors, wide sunroof, 15-speaker Lexicon sound system, and wireless phone charger), in addition to Digital Key (which allows you to unlock and start the G70 using your smartphone), a dark chrome grille, ventilated front seats, sport-patterned aluminum interior trim, alloy pedals, and a power leg-cushion extender for the bolstered driver’s seat.
3.3T Sport Prestige
The 3.3T Sport Prestige adds an electronically controlled suspension, a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, a blind-spot view monitor (this shows a live video feed of the vehicle’s blind spots in the multi-information display), a premium microfiber suede headliner, Nappa leather seating surfaces, and a heated steering wheel.
3.3T Launch Edition
The limited-production 3.3T Launch Edition tops the range with the full equipment list from the 3.3T Sport Prestige, plus lighter wheels, either Verbier White or Melbourne Gray matte-finish paint, and a vibrant Sevilla Red interior.
2022 G70 vs. Competitors
Luxury vehicles used to be reserved for those in the elite class, but today they’re becoming far more accessible to everyday driver. Consider the redesigned 2022 Genesis G70. It’s sumptuous inside and out, with a refined cabin that’s filled with deluxe amenities. Its performance and handling also entertain the true driving enthusiast, especially since it can still be ordered with a manual transmission. But while the ’22 G70 is certainly an appealing choice among luxury-level sport sedans, it must compete with the 2022 versions of the iconic BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Acura TLX, Lexus IS, Cadillac CT4, and Infiniti Q50. Let’s look in more depth at how closely these vehicles compete.
Cost and Coverage
Most of the models in this comparison are pricier than the ’22 G70, which presents a manageable base MSRP of $37,775. Some of its rivals are close in price, like the Audi A4 ($39,900), Lexus IS ($38,775), and Acura TLX ($37,700), while others – the BMW 3 Series ($41,450) and Infiniti Q50 ($42,100) – are on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. Although the only domestic make in this comparison, the Cadillac CT4, is the least expensive with a starting MSRP of $33,695, it lacks many of the key features found in the ’22 G70 (as we’ll get into below).
What’s more, the G70 has one of the best warranty plans in the game. Its basic warranty is good for 5 years/60,000 miles, while its powertrain coverage lasts for 10 years/100,000 miles. The 3 Series and A4 new vehicle warranties expire after 4 years or 50,000 miles The TLX’s, IS’s, and CT4’s basic warranties have the same terms as BMW’s and Audi’s but with the added coverage of a powertrain warranty that caps at 6 years/70,000 miles. The Q50’s coverage is similar to Cadillac’s and Acura’s. In a nutshell, none of the listed competing manufacturers comes close to Genesis in warranty protection.
To top it off, the ’22 G70 also comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile complimentary maintenance plan that covers factory-scheduled oil and filter changes and tire rotations. The 3 Series is the only other model in this comparison to get a similar maintenance plan. Lexus only covers the first two maintenance visits for the IS, and Audi and Cadillac charge extra for their respective maintenance plans. Infiniti declines to offer any complimentary coverage for the Q50.
Luxury and Safety
Even though the ’22 G70 is one of the least expensive models in this competition, it supplies some of the most impressive features. It matches at least some of its rivals with desirable standard amenities, like heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging (not available in the 3 Series, IS, or Q50), a heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers (absent in the A4). But the G70 offers a few exclusive amenities as well, such as smartphone-based Digital Key, a hands-free trunk, a convenient front passenger walk-in device where the driver or rear occupants can adjust the front passenger seat without stepping out of the vehicle, and a blind-spot view monitor that displays a live video of the vehicle’s blind spots in the gauge cluster.
Not only that, but the ’22 G70 has a standard infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, which is larger than the base touchscreens in the 3 Series (8.8 in.), IS (8 in.), and CT4 (8 in.). This infotainment system includes navigation, which is not standard in the A4, TLX, IS, or CT4. The ’22 G70 was also awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ accolade – the highest distinction the organization gives. The only other models in this comparison with the Top Safety Pick+ designation are the TLX and IS.
The 2022 G70 is one of the most potent vehicles in this competition, especially if you opt for the 3.3T model, which has a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that puts out 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine upgrades in the A4 (261 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque), TLX (355 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque), IS (311 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque), and CT4 (310 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque) are all less powerful. While the 3 Series and Q50 take the cake in terms of output, they come up short in other key areas that might be more important to drivers shopping in this class. Additionally, all models are eligible for all-wheel drive.