2019 Genesis G70 Quick Take: Snow holiday
- Multiple engine options: 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder or a 3.3-liter V-6
- Capable of 0 to 60 times in 4.5 seconds
- Options include Active Safety Control, limited-slip diff, and Brembo brakes
- Available 6-speed manual gearbox on the 2.0T RWD model
- Luxury customer service/valet comes standard
- One of KBB's 10 favorite new cars for 2019
If you haven’t yet heard what a great luxury compact sports sedan the 2019 Genesis G70 is, then let us take a moment to tell you about this true competitor to the BMW 3-Series that strikes excellent balance across all categories, from handling and performance, to exterior and interior design.
Genesis Chief Operating Officer Erwin Raphael calls the all-new G70 the result of “refreshing tension” infused throughout the company, pushing its employees to think not just outside the box, but as if no box ever existed. The G70 is manifest proof of that mission statement.
Great on road, track, but in snow?
Driving the 2019 Genesis G70 on a road or track a driver can quite easily judge such things as its exacting suspension tuning, exceptional balance around turns, and steering precision, but what about on ice and snow? After all, winter is always coming.
At the invite of Genesis, we got to experience the G70 in just such conditions. On a crisp morning in Aspen, Colorado, with white peaks poking into the blue heavens, we got on a snow course in the newest addition to the Genesis family. Initially, all of the G70’s electronic preventative measures were on. With both traction and stability control engaged, the G70 stayed firm and fast on course. While there was, of course, initial slip, the rear-biased AWD dynamic torque vectoring system picks up on tire spin quickly, sending extra torque to whichever wheel requires it more. On rear-wheel drive models, an available limited slip differential effectively helps distribute power judiciously, making sure to right the ship.
Snow belt necessity
Feeling confident around corners in inclement weather is something we rarely think about driving here in sunny southern California but get into the rest of the U.S. where there are ice storms, months of rain, and feet of snow, and suddenly all-wheel drive no longer seems like a luxury but a necessity. The G70 performs admirably even under quick acceleration situations, facilitating passing on curvy mountain roads even with the threat of icy patches in the shade of Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains.
But, the G70 from Genesis isn’t just a sedate family sedan purpose built for mundane commutes. This sporty four door lives up to its potential with an unofficial drift mode. While you won’t find it unabashedly on the drive selector, it’s more of a do-it-yourself feature. Put the G70 into Sport mode, disable traction control and turn off stability control and voila, this Korean-made car engineered by Albert Biermann, the ex-head of BMW’s M-performance division, shows its colors.
Let ‘er drift
The G70 whips mercilessly around pristine snow-white turns, albeit with a skoosh of understeer. Its rear end squirts out from under us in impeccable Fast and Furious form. But even with all the snow-flying theatrics around the course, there isn’t a time the G70 feels out of control or unbalanced. More like a graceful skier carving serpentine curves down powdery slopes, the G70 cuts smooth lines on the icy track. This isn’t a car you have to be an expert at driving to enjoy. If you employ the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine it proffers 252 horsepower, more than enough for a spirited drive. But if more speed is more your speed, Genesis gifts buyers a 365-horsepower 3.3-liter turbo V6 that will rattle your soul in all the right ways.
Will the average car buyer ever take the G70, or any sports sedan for that matter, to snow-drifting extremes? Chances are not, but boy, they should, just because this is a car that can.