Can the Upstart Genesis GV70 Take Down the BMW X3?
- Genesis GV70 is more stylish
- Genesis offers more tech
- BMW is still the driver’s choice
BMW will undoubtedly stake the reputation of the X3 on being a better compact crossover than the Genesis GV70, but they might be wrong. The GV70 is poised to end the dominance of the X3 in this luxury segment. Has the Genesis brand and model caught on enough to do so? Will the longstanding quality and presence of the X3 hold off the GV70 that has the Beemer in its sights?
|2022 Genesis GV70||2022 BMW X3|
|Price Range||$41,000 to $62,500||$43,700 to $69,900|
|Engine Options||2.5-liter four-cylinder/3.5-liter V6||2.0-liter turbo four/3.0-liter turbo six (3 variations)|
|Horsepower||300 horsepower/375 horsepower||248 horsepower/473 horsepower (X3 M)|
|Torque||311 lb.-ft./391 lb.-ft.||258 lb.-ft./457 lb.-ft. (X3 M)|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|MPG Rating||22city/28 hwy/19 city/25 hwy||23 city/29 hwy/15 city/20 hwy (X3 M)|
|IIHS Safety Rating||Top Safety Pick+||Top Safety Pick+|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||Five Stars||Five Stars|
Interior cabin space compared
Those in the front seats of the Genesis GV70 will enjoy ample legroom, headroom, and space for shoulders. The rear seats provide 37.2 inches of legroom, which is the top number in this class. Behind the rear seats, you’ll see 28.9 cubic feet of storage space for your luggage.
The style and comfort you’ll find in the GV70 remind you this is a luxury crossover SUV. Admire the textured seating, the smooth leather surfaces, and the detailed stitching that stands out when contrasted with the seat materials. The overall design is conservative enough to allow the quality of this cabin area to stand out for you.
You’ll find ample room in the cabin area of the X3 with a spacious front area for you and your front passenger. The rear area provides decent legroom, measuring 36.4 inches. Unfortunately, that’s not up to the level of the GV70. When it comes to the room behind the rear seats, you’ll find the X3 measures up to 28.7 cubic feet of cargo room for you to fill with everything you need.
The formula for interior quality success continues in the latest version of the BMW X3. This SUV provides excellent ergonomics, contrasting colors for the seats and doors when set against the rest of the cabin, and strong leather materials on nearly every surface. The comfort of the leather is impressive, and the look stands out, especially when you select red leather for the seats.
The tech test for these luxury crossover SUVs
Every model of the Genesis GV70 has a 14.5-inch touchscreen that offers the connectivity you desire. A secondary rotary dial in the center console makes changing menus easier when you don’t want to reach up to the screen. The infotainment system is quick and easy to use, making short work of your selections on the screen.
Behind the steering wheel, you’ll find a 3D projection instrument panel that shows you the readings you need during your drive. This Genesis SUV offers a head-up display that provides you with the information you need.
A measurement of the BMW X3 screen shows that it comes in at 12.3-inches. The new iDrive 7.0 system is used for infotainment technology, giving you a quick and sharp system that provides you with the music, navigation, or climate controls you need in a snap.
The instrument screen behind the steering wheel of the X3 has only two dimensions, but it does give you the information you’re looking for in a precise, uncluttered, and crisp layout. Customize this screen for the instruments that matter to you. A head-up display is present to bring the information you desire to your view while you stay focused on the road ahead.
2022 Genesis GV 70 vs. 2022 BMW X3: which one should you drive?
Are you looking for an SUV that offers exceptional style inside and out, the latest tech, and a more spacious cabin? If so, the right choice in this comparison is the Genesis GV70. On the other hand, when you want an SUV that brings the athletic drive that BMW is extremely proud of, you’ll want to step inside the BMW X3.
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This article was updated on 9/5/2022.