2022 Genesis G70 3.3T – Re-Driven Diamond in Rear Drive

2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: applying exterior and infotainment tweaks to a mere 2 year old compact executive performance sedan. From $38.5k as tested Siberian Ice 3.3T at $53,545

BONA FIDE DIAMOND SMILE:  Only exemplary execution and ample audacity can earn an upstart admission to the arena of prestige performance compact sport sedan. In 2019 then newly named luxury brand Genesis bravely and confidently submitted an all new Genesis G70 to challenge the established Bavarian Series 3. Already successful, yet ever on the prowl for more converts, a tweaked 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T landed in the lap of Roadblazing.com for a Re-Drive in rear-wheel drive.


2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport  Driving Hits:

2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: 365 hp + 376 lb-ft performance car muscle with a bark + authoritative 8-speed slushbox gains new Sport Plus launch control drive mode
  • 3.3 twin-turbo gas V-6 = 365 horsepower, 376 pound-feet torque @ 1300 rpm
  • 8-speed automatic torque converter planetary transmission, w/ throttle blipping & steering wheel shift paddles
  • Worm gear clutch plate limited slip rear differential, for controlled rear power slides
  • Kick in the seat of the pants acceleration, ample top end pull
  • Drive modes x 4, include customization of throttle & transmission mapping, suspension damping
  • NEW Sport Plus drive mode (all-wheel drive G70 3.3T gains new rear torque bias Drift Mode)
  • 22 combined miles per gallon, 413 miles highway range
  • Fully independent suspension w/ electronic damping for excellent chassis loading & unloading control combined with surprisingly forgiving ride quality
  • Quick variable ratio steering, though over-weighted at slow speeds, dispatches words from tires
  • NEW ultra adhesive Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, staggered F:R for reduced understeer
    2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: staggered Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Y tires on 19″ darkened alloys
  • Stiff high tensile steel platform & extensive seam welded body
  • Exhaust burble at start-up and when juiced
  • NEW: Extra acoustic glass encapsulates against road / wind noise

2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport Driving Misses:

  • Automatic planetary transmission shifts slightly abrupt even in Comfort mode
  • Variable exhaust sound = audio system synthesized
  • Premium unleaded gasoline recommended

What the 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport Has Got:

2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: new deep diamond dark mesh grill + tandem lateral DRLs / amber directionals
  • Pricing: from $38,570 (incl. destination) for an 8-speed automatic 2022 Genesis G70 2.0T RWD rear-wheel drive.
    • As tested top 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport Prestige rear-wheel drive trim priced at $53,545
      2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: new tandem lateral amber rear directionals, more prominent lower rear diffuser
  • Sensuous shaped, impressive attention to detail, imposing where it has to be performance compact executive sedan
  • NEW: Diamond shaped deep grille & lower trunk lid, duck tail trunk deck, tandem lateral front & rear and amber directionals
    2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: in Siberian Ice alit at night
  • 2 plus smaller sized 2 aft seating
  • 10.5 cubic foot trunk capacity
  • 60/40% split folding 2nd Row seatbacks expand the small trunk space
  • Turned metal center console & door accents; Folded contrast stitched dashboard, door panel & console leatherette; Tightly grained soft plastics; Mouse-fur lined glove-box & center armrest bins; Elegant finished, refined action switchgear; Traditional rotary dual flanking rotary infotainment & auto climate control knobs; Padded front center console walls for knees
  • Comprehensive standard feature set
    • Keyless entry, push button ignition; 2-zone automatic climate control
    • LED headlights & taillights; Rain sensing windshield wipers
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror, Power folding side mirrors; Full express power windows x 4
    • Leatherette heated 12-way driver & 8-way passenger power adjust seats + lumbar adjust; Leather steering wheel
    • NEW: 10.25″ 60:40 landscape split pane touch touch LCD media display w/ wireless voice control / alert navigation; USB-C x 2; Bluetooth phone connectivity and smart phone SMS
    • Standard 6-speaker, 240 W streaming audio with HD-radio
      2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: new 10.25″ landscape touch split pane LCD infotainment w/ standard cloud GPS navigation
    • Android Auto, AppleCar Play phone projection; Sirius XM satellite radio (90 days trial);
    • Genesis Connect concierge w/ Amazon Alexa by subscription with Verizon or T-Mobile
  • Excellent safety features & ratings
    • +1 IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Driver assist tech (standard)
    • Rear camera + predictive grid;  Pedestrian & vehicle collision avoidance braking; Blind spot & rear cross traffic warning; Rear & side obstruction braking; Blind Spot View monitor; Full adaptive cruise control;  Lane departure warning, keep assist; Post collision brake lock; Driver fatigue monitor; Row 2 occupant reminder; Auto high beam LED headlamps
  • 5 year / 60,000 miles bumper to bumper warranty, 10 year / 100,000 miles powertrain warranty includes 2 years maintenance

What the 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport Has Not (or Not Preferred):

  • Sparse Row 2 knee room unchanged
  • Small & narrow aperture trunk remains

Standout Feature(s) on 2022 GENESIS G70 3.3T SPORT PRESTIGE w/ Advanced Pkg:

  • 15 speaker, 660 W Lexicon Clarify audiophile system
  • Heads Up Display (HUD); Surround view camera monitor
  • Quilted Nappa leather seats, heated & cooled front, heated Row 2
    2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: available quilted leather seating, heated & cooled 10-way driver, 8-way pax power adjust, heated power tilt & telescoping steering wheel, heated Row 2
  • Driver’s 2 position seat & mirror memory, power knee extender
  • Power trunk lid
  • Micro-suede pillars & headliner
  • Power tilt & telescoping heated steering wheel w/ Comfort entry
  • Infinitely customizable variable night cabin accent illumination
    2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: night time ambient cabin light & wing emblem puddle lamps

Roadblazing.com Says: More viscerally emphatic look goes with the visceral performance compact executive sedan road demeanor.

Contributing Editor: G. Straton


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WHAT: 2020 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport AWD, compact executive sport sedan, series HS, related to the longer Kia Stinger grand touring sportback.

Standard Power: longitudinal intercooled turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16V DI gas I-4 = 250 hp/ 270 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm + 8-spd. torque converter planetary transmission w/ shift paddles + (optional) viscous coupled clutch all-wheel drive.

Optional Power: longitudinal intercooled twin turbocharged 3.3L DOHC 16V DI gas V-6 = 365 hp/ 376 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm + 8-spd. torque converter planetary transmission w/ shift paddles + (optional) Magna viscous coupled clutch all-wheel drive.

A) STYLING DIFFERENCE: Related to the longer wheelbase Kia Stinger premium sportback, this Schreyer fastback design is less Coke-bottled. It trades on a tandem creasing whether in the elongated hood or the flaring beltline. A very palatable “flowing molten steel” chain link hexagonal grille, emulating the larger 2nd generation G80, without the newer versions lower point.

2020 Genesis G70 AWD 3.3T Sport:

+1 Overhangs are shorter than on the Stinger. Powerful corner chins ending in folded inlets. Wheel arches are powerfully flared. The C-pillar slopes dramatically with a ledge above the punched out rear quarters. It all slopes and draws in below a bustled short rear decklid. Dual oval corner exhaust tips are encased in a lower valance diffuser.

2020 Genesis G70 AWD 3.3T Sport:

+/- Sport trim = darkened exterior accents (except *)

-1 Faux inlet lower lattice embossed corners inconsistent with all other trim being darkened; * Chrome aft fender boomerang; Triple horizontal front corner directionals seen in lesser Hyundais.

WHY: The kind of Asian luxury sports sedan possible from the talents of a former Audi design chief and former BMW Motorsport boss.

In 1989, Susan Frissell first published “Women With Wheels,” a 12-page pioneering newsletter geared towards women. In 2001 the newsletter morphed into WomenWithWheels.com website. Susan has also contributed to many news sources, penned two syndicated columns and co-published the book “Girls Go Racing: Driving to Esteems.” Susan is a member and former first female officer of the Midwest Automotive Media Association. In her non- spare time she is a practicing psychologist. Susan’s rides: a 2022 Lexus IS 300 and a 2000's Ford T-Bird convertible.

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