2022 MOTORTREND SUV OF THE YEAR
Motor Trend|December 2021
THE BEST GENESIS VEHICLE EVER PUTS AN ENTIRE LUXURY SUV SEGMENT ON NOTICE GENESIS GV70
ZACH GALE

Nothing beats the moment of discovery. Think about the exhilarating rush of hearing what’s now your favorite musical artist for the first time, or dining at a new restaurant that becomes your standby. It’s the precise moment you realize you’ve found something you didn’t know you wanted but now can’t live without. In the automotive world, the Genesis GV70 is just such a discovery. And that’s why it is the 2022 MotorTrend SUV of the Year.

With more than a dozen choices, compact luxury SUV buyers might see another option as superfluous, but they’ll reconsider after experiencing the 2022 GV70. The Genesis astounds in the way it achieves all-around excellence. Sharing much with a former Car of the Year winner, the G70 sedan, the GV70 SUV aces our six key criteria, a performance that led to a definitive win.

The Genesis GV70 inspires us to once again make a case for trying a newer brand. Buyers who trust the traditional luxury automakers expect the experience of their products to match the reputation and popularity of the vaunted badges they wear. And honestly, sometimes that strategy works. The safe choice, however, isn’t always the best one. Buyers seeking an alternative to the familiar luxury routine should give Genesis a try the next time their three-year lease is up.

Advancement In Design

If these beautiful photos don’t convince you Genesis nailed it in terms of design, wait until you see a GV70 in person. Sure, its curves don’t have the same visual impact when viewed on phone screens or printed pages, but its look is unconventional and fresh, and the exterior design manages to deliver a distinctive and rich impression when taken as a whole or in detail. Passersby might not know what a Genesis is—yet— but when a GV70 rolls through their field of vision, they’ll know this one is something special.

In a luxury market saturated with familiar choices and aesthetics, Genesis took design risks, and most of those riskspaid off. As an example, examine one of its unusual details: The hood has an overbite where tiny tabs extend it slightly over the more upright panel that sits above the grille. This form-over-function indulgence first noted by guest judge Gordon Dickie speaks to the refreshing design philosophy that makes the GV70 interesting to look at inside and out.

Without that spirit, the delightfully different GV70 might not sport an unusual downward-sloping character line that begins, against common practice, at the corner of the hood. It wouldn’t have the surprisingly effective angled, high-mounted rear brake light on the top edge of the rear glass. Like the arrow integrated into the FedEx logo, the creative shape of this light is a detail you can’t unsee. Step back a bit, and the broader design is made all the stronger by the smooth rear styling and the prominent hood.

Inside, the story is the same. This cabin could only have been crafted by a luxury brand thinking beyond the typical. “The design brings its own kind of luxury to the equation,” Mexico editor Miguel Cortina said. “Genesis isn’t trying to copy Europe or America or Japan—the GV70 does its own thing.”

The interior embraces a subtle ovaloid theme, supported by a diamond motif that extends from pedals to speaker grilles and even to the front map lights. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the enormous 14.5-inch touchscreen— operated by a rich-feeling rotating disc on the center console—is standard on every GV70. It’s a delight, though we hope Genesis will find a way in an upcoming model year to reduce its reflection on the front windshield at night.

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