Don’t nap on Genesis. Like a primogenitor brand, Hyundai, a marque is ceaselessly creation strides to settle itself as a bonafide reward automotive juggernaut, and a 2019 Genesis G70 is a latest explanation of this.
Offered with possibly a 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four or a 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine (the latter tested here), a rear-drive G70 (all-wheel-drive is a $2,000 option) packs adequate energy to take on competitors from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
While a Genesis name lacks a panache of a European rivals’, a code creates adult for this by approach of a G70’s stylish exterior, gentle cabin, and a prolonged list of customary oppulance and preference features. If a latest Genesis indication is anything to go by, afterwards it won’t be prolonged until a Korean code is as synonymous with oppulance vehicles as Kleenex is to tissues.
With a 365-hp twin-turbocharged V6 underhood, a Genesis G70 3.3T packs adequate energy to plea a likes of a 354-hp Audi S4 and 362-hp Mercedes-AMG C43 for a fragment of a price. At $43,750, a rear-drive G70 3.3T costs thousands reduction than both $50,000-plus, all-wheel-drive Germans.
The six-cylinder G70 is no stripper, either, and it comes customary with niceties such as exhilarated and ventilated energy front seats, a energy tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a vicinity pivotal with push-button start, and an in-dash navigation system.
Nevertheless, a contingent of accessible packages bucket a sports sedan with even some-more content: The $1,750 Elite package nets a sunroof, front and back parking sensors, energetic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a wireless charging pad; a $4,250 Prestige package takes all a goodies from a Elite package and adds in a head-up display, surround-view monitor, exhilarated back seats and suede headliner; and a $5,750 Sport package goes one step serve by organisation a equipment in a Elite and Prestige packages with facilities such as adaptive dampers, package-specific 19-inch wheels, copper extraneous accents, and resisting red or gray chair stitching.
Additionally, a 2019 G70 3.3T is accessible in dual special-edition models: a Dynamic Edition and a Design Edition. Both are singular to a total 800 units (400 each). The $50,250 Dynamic Edition builds on a calm in a Sport package by adding equipment such as opening stop pads, model-specific tuning for a adaptive cessation system, and a exhilarated steering circle on all-wheel-drive versed models.
It’s a $48,750 Design Edition, tested here, that truly feels like something special, though. Equipped with a calm of a Prestige package, and sporting graphic Black Forest Green paint, dark-green top dashboard and doorway panels, and cream-colored leather seats with a Genesis trademark embossed in a headrests, a Design Edition combines complicated oppulance with a spirit of old-world charm. With zero yet a $995 end assign trustworthy to a Monroney, this G70 Design Edition wore an as-tested cost of $49,745.
The G70 is arguably a many appealing product Genesis now sells. Its demeanour is confidant and athletic, even if some styling elements seem cribbed from competitors (for instance, a window-line is identical to a Acura TLX). Unlike a entry-level four-cylinder G70 2.0T, that comes customary with 18-inch wheels and tires, six-cylinder 3.3T models come versed with incomparable 19-inch units. The corpulent 10-spoke wheels easily fill adult a circle wells and conduct to demeanour both superb and sporty. Those in hunt of even some-more visible participation can check a choice box for a Sport package, that adds dark-colored five-spoke wheels, copper-colored headlight accents, coloured tail lights, and darker chrome trim.
In annoy of a G70’s visible participation and generally appealing shape, a sedan isn’t but a pattern faults and facilities such as a front buffer vents and fence-like grille trim are a tad too run-down for my tastes.
Hiding underneath a G70’s low-slung piece steel is a vast and ergonomically accessible interior. The motorist grips a thick-rimmed three-spoke steering circle and faces a elementary sign cluster with vast analog dials for a tachometer and speedometer sandwiching a 7.0-inch LCD arrangement screen. The dashboard’s core smoke-stack includes vast and easy-to-operate HVAC controls and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Although a cabin is abandoned of timber trim, a provident use of piano-black surfaces and healthy focus of china and brushed-aluminum trim yield a clarity of complicated oppulance that creates a G70 feel well-worth a seeking price. Build peculiarity is impressive, with no descent row gaps marring a interior panels, while usually about each switch and doorknob – save for a plastic-y interior doorway handles – engages with a acceptable heft.
Well-bolstered front seats offer abundant adjustments and adequate space for long-haul comfort. Limited legroom, however, stymies a three-across back dais seat. Those who frequently transport some-more than one newcomer will be improved served by a Audi S4 or a G70’s mechanically identical sibling, a Kia Stinger, both of that offer 0.9 and 1.6 inches of additional rear-seat legroom, respectively.
Nor is a G70’s case quite roomy, and a 10.5 cubic feet of load space is down 2.5 cubes to a S4. Meanwhile, a Stinger’s hatchback physique character affords it a full 23.3 cubic feet of load space with all seats in place.
No matter a powertrain, each G70 comes versed with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment complement that’s both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. The complement facilities transparent graphics and judicious menu structures. A handful of tough buttons on a core smoke-stack offer easy entrance to functions such as a radio and navigation functions. In fact, a usually genuine hit on a G70’s infotainment setup is a on-screen fonts, that are common to other Hyundai and Kia products. A Genesis-specific typeface and on-screen tone intrigue would be welcome.
In contrariety to a cushier G80 and G90 siblings, a G70 is a correct sports sedan. Credit a car’s unbending and witty chassis, that provides a G70 with an enchanting and predicted energetic demeanor, as good as a 3.3T model’s 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that shoots a sedan to 60 miles per hour in a small 4.5 seconds.
The clearly lag-free engine friends to an shrewd eight-speed involuntary delivery that swaps cogs with unimportant management – there’s never a impulse a G70 feels lacking for oomph. Those looking for additional pushing rendezvous can daub during a steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to manually change gears (or usually grab a accessible six-speed manual, nonetheless that requires a hillside to a bottom turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine).
Thanks to a gummy summer tires, a G70 Design Edition takes to turns like Popeye to spinach. Well-weighted – despite rather dull – steering, a organisation left pedal that connects to brawny Brembo brakes, and a unbending cessation provides a sedan with a required collection to give a motorist a clarity of rendezvous and control during some-more energetic driving.
There is a tradeoff to this, though, and a G70’s firm float creates it a reduction than ideal messenger on rougher roads. Although it won’t clap any teeth, a G70’s float peculiarity caters some-more toward competition than comfort.
Every G70 comes customary with active reserve equipment such as forward-collision warning with walking detection, adaptive journey control, lane-keep assist, involuntary high-beam headlights, and a blind-spot monitoring complement with rear-cross-traffic alert. While a reserve systems in a entry-level Genesis destroy to transparent a high bar set by a semi-autonomous pushing aids offering by competitors such as Mercedes and Volvo, a G70’s reserve pack is ideally adequate for a class. The fact Genesis doesn’t assign consumers to supplement active reserve equipment to a G70 is additional topping on a cake.
With good energy comes an unquenchable lust for fuel, and a Genesis G70 3.3T sips reward gasoline like a dipsomaniac downs Dewar’s. The EPA rates a indication during 18 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 21 MPG combined. Adding all-wheel-drive lowers a car’s highway and total fuel economy total to 25 and 20 MPG.
Comparatively, both a six-cylinder all-wheel-drive Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C43 acquire ratings of 21/30/24 and 19/27/22, respectively. The reduction absolute G70 2.0T manages total as high as 22/30/25 when versed with rear-wheel-drive and an eight-speed involuntary transmission.