‘Nightmarish’ Controls Keep This Luxury 2022 SUV From Being a Consumer Reports Favorite

The 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV is a new offshoot from Hyundai, and it brings some serious luxury to the compact luxury SUV market. It has a sleek exterior, an incredibly nice interior, and a solid powertrain. It’s so great that Consumer Reports says that “Its pampering blend of sport and luxury makes it a delight to drive.” So what’s the problem with this Genesis SUV? Its controls. While that may seem like a minor problem, it’s enough to make those who’ve tested the 2022 GV70 seriously reconsider buying this luxury SUV.

A navy 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV in the city.
2022 Genesis GV70 | Genesis

How much does the 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV cost?

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The 2022 Genesis GV70 price starts at $41,000 and comes with a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The higher-level 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T price starts at $53,100. This comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Want the Sport Prestige package, with 21-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a panoramic sunroof? That will cost you extra, for a total of $63,000. But wait, there’s more! Certain colors add on another $1,500, while accessories like wheel locks and cargo equipment make it even higher. You could end up paying a total of $65,575 for your 2022 Genesis GV70.

The Genesis GV is loaded with features

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The 2022 Genesis GV70 is certainly worth its price in most senses. In addition to everything above, it’s also got adaptive cruise control and important safety features like forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist. It also has a 14.5-inch touchscreen, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and a hands-free liftgate. 

Even the standard GV70 comes with 19-inch wheels, a panoramic roof, heated front seats, and a premium sound system. In addition, the 2022 Genesis GV70 is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety award winner. It took home the top award, the Top Safety Pick+ award, given only to the safest vehicles.

Is the 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV worth it?

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Despite how wonderful the Genesis SUV is, there is still one major shortcoming that Consumer Reports just can’t get past: its controls. Consumer Reports says, “If it weren’t for the nightmarish infotainment controls, many on our staff would be thrilled to own one…”

So what’s wrong with the controls? For one thing, the air conditioning controls look an awful lot like the ones most people are used to using for their radio, which requires a learning curve. Yet it’s the infotainment system where things get really wonky. “The GV70’s controls are extremely convoluted. The most egregious offender is the infotainment system’s controller dial, which is finicky and distracting to use while driving.” And dangerously, the reverse gear is too easy to shift into when trying to park. This could lead to devastating consequences.

If you’re considering buying the 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV despite these limitations, it’s important that you test drive it so you know exactly what you’re getting. If the reverse and park shifters present a problem, you may want to skip this particular SUV to avoid a problem later. It’s too bad, because the GV70 is an otherwise fantastic SUV.

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