The 2022 Genesis GV70 is a newcomer to the luxury crossover segment. And while it might not have the same badge recognition as its German and Japanese rivals, the GV70 offers the same type of tech-savvy features as they do, but at a bargain. I had the Genesis GV70 AWD Sport Prestige for a week and was thoroughly impressed by the features it was equipped with. Here is the rundown on a couple of them.
The Genesis GV70’s infotainment screen is massive and touch-friendly
Step inside the 2022 Genesis GV70 and you’ll surely be impressed with its unique styling. There are oblong-shaped design elements that fit well with the entire cabin’s simplistic and elegant nature. Once you get past that, it’s hard to ignore the massive infotainment screen that sits front and center on the dashboard.
That large screen measures in at a whopping 14.5 inches and the best part about it is that it’s standard on all GV70 models. By comparison, the Audi Q5 has a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and the largest screen that you can get on a BMW X3 measures in at 12.3 inches. Larger size aside, I was more impressed that the GV70’s infotainment screen also offers a lot in terms of general usability.
For example, there’s a huge dial knob on the center console that you can spin to toggle between the menus and icons on the infotainment screen. But if you want to make your life even easier, you can just touch the icons on the screen as well. However, just note that doing so requires a bit of a reach from the driver.
Additionally, the screen provides a really good resolution for the car’s surround-view and backup cameras in addition to the navigation map, but that’s not all. The infotainment system also displays up to three different sections so that you can see the map, the radio, and another menu all at the same time. And when you’re not toggling through menus, the infotainment system reverts to the default screen saver, which is a pleasant sky blue color that presents the time and a faint imprint of the navigation map that’s easy to peek at while driving.
Even the rear-seat occupants are taken care of
My test car was a top-trim GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige model that came with everything that you could want in a luxury SUV. In addition to the aforementioned infotainment system, my tester featured the brand’s Blind-Spot view monitor that shows up in the instrument panel in front of the driver. This feature shows the driver the blind spots on either side when the turn signal is activated and works in conjunction with the blind spot indicators on the side mirrors. While that might seem like overkill, I found that it’s nice to have in tight traffic situations.
But that’s not all. The top-trim GV70 comes with heated and ventilated front seats as well as heated rear seats. In addition to staying warm on cold days, the rear-seat passengers also have their own climate controls, two USB charging ports, and a 110-Volt power outlet. In case anyone wants to cook up some Pop-Tarts while waiting to arrive at their destination.
The GV70 has one feature you might not need
Despite all of the impressive tech features that can be found around the GV70’s comfortable cabin, there’s one feature that may not be useful for everyone: Smart Park. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the Smart Park feature autonomously moves the car forward and backward, which comes in handy in really tight parking situations. However, if you don’t have a tight parking situation to negotiate, this feature is rather useless.
During the week that I had the GV70, I used the Smart Park feature once to impress my friends. After watching the car back out of a space by itself, they weren’t impressed. Instead, they marveled at the car’s unique interior and large infotainment screen. This either means that I need new friends, or perhaps, the GV70s long list of features has something for everyone. And you don’t need to spring for the highest trim to get the features you need.