July 29, 2021

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2022 Genesis GV70 vs. 2022 Audi Q5 Comparison

Following in the footsteps of its big brother the GV80, the 2022 Genesis GV70 is the newest compact SUV in the luxury space. So how does it fare against the KBB favorite, the 2022 Audi Q5? Let’s compare them.

2022 Genesis GV70

2022 Genesis GV70 Starting Price: $42,045 | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Handsome looks; great value; lots of paint/interior colors and designs; standard all-wheel drive.

Below Average: No hybrid option; brand recognition; some plasticky bits on the back.

Consensus: Built on the platform of the G70 sedan, the 2021 Genesis GV70 slots in below the GV80. Handsome and stylish, it offers luxury and a choice of engines along with full-time all-wheel drive.

2022 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Audi Q5 Starting Price: $45,195 | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Standard all-wheel drive; plenty of tech; choice of powertrains, including a hybrid.

Below Average: Expensive for top trim; SQ5 is not fuel-efficient; average resale value.

Consensus: One of our favorites in its class, the Audi Q5 is everything we think a luxury compact SUV should be. It’s got a choice of engines including a hybrid, premium materials throughout, and great driving manners.

GV70 vs. Q5: Luxury and Tech

Genesis GV70

Brand new for this year, the 2022 Genesis GV70 is the smaller brother to the GV80. With the same engine choices — a 2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 — both connected to full-time all-wheel drive, we’re expecting it to be sporty and fun to drive.

Handsome looks including the Genesis signature diamond-pattern grille continue inside, with a beautiful cabin that’s modern without being gimmicky. There are also plenty of options, including several matte hues and different interior color themes.

There’s plenty of space for average-size adults and decent cargo room as well, with 56.9 cubic feet of space with all seats folded. Standard features include heated front seats and a 12-way power-adjustable driver seat.

Also standard are a slew of driver-assist features, including dynamic cruise control, front and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and blind-spot collision avoidance assist. Higher trims bring features such as a 360-degree camera system, leather seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

Audi Q5

We here at KBB are big fans of the Audi Q5, having crowned it a KBB Best Buy winner several years in a row. It continues to be a best-seller, and for good reason. There are some mild upgrades to the 2022 Audi Q5, including a larger battery for the plug-in hybrid version.

There’s much to like about the Q5, from its standard all-wheel drive to its choice of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid that makes 362 horsepower while returning 64 MPGe on the highway. Driving manners lie somewhere between sporty and comfortable, except in the top SQ5 model with a much more powerful engine and performance-oriented suspension.

Exterior styling is minimalist while still being cool, and the interior is modern while still being very tasteful, with high-quality materials including leather upholstery and wood trim. While it seats five, space is best for four adults, with 38 inches of rear legroom. It can also accommodate a good amount of gear, with 54 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats folded.

Standard equipment includes keyless entry and ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Driver-assist features include forward-collision avoidance with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors front and rear, and lane-keeping assistance. Higher trims add amenities such as a premium 755-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system and more sporty exterior trim. Be aware that the top SQ5 model starts above $60,000.

Similarities

Standard all-wheel drive; premium interiors; cargo space; base fuel economy.

2022 Genesis GV70 Advantages

Lower starting price; long warranty; distinctive looks.

2022 Audi Q5 Advantages

Optional plug-in hybrid; brand cachet; premium interior.

Which One is Right for Me?

Competition improves the breed, as they say, and we like what we see from the 2022 Genesis GV70. This new Genesis SUV borrows a lot of notes from its larger sibling and incorporates them into a smaller package that’s stylish, sporty, and competitively priced.

There’s a reason that the Audi Q5 is the company’s best-seller, and it’s been a consistent award winner from KBB for all the right reasons, from its choice of engines to its luxury touches and excellent build quality. If you have the money and want the best, the 2022 Audi Q5 is a great choice.

Ready to buy a Genesis GV70 or Audi Q5? Shop for one on sale now near you.

2022 Genesis GV70 2022 Audi Q5
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm 261 hp
Torque 311 lb-ft @ 1,650 rpm 273 lb-ft
Transmission 8-spd automatic 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
Fuel Economy 24 mpg (22 city/28 hwy) 25 mpg (23 city/28 hwy)
Also Available 3.5-liter V6 2.0-liter turbo I4 + electric motor; 3.0-liter turbo V6; 8-spd automatic
Specs
Basic warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 113.2 inches 111.0 inches
Overall Length 185.6 inches 183.6 inches
Width 75.2 inches 74.5 inches
Height 64.2 inches 65.4 inches
Turning Diameter 37.7 feet 38.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.6 inches 39.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.1 inches 39.3 inches
Legroom, Front 41.3 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.2 inches 38.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 57.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.9 inches 56.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume n/a n/a
EPA Cargo Volume 28.9/56.9 cubic feet 25.9/54.1cubic feet