• All-new entry-level sport sedan
  • Powertrains include 252-hp I4 and 365-hp V6
  • Rear- and all-wheel drive offered
  • Pricing estimated from $35,000 to $50,000
  • Set to rival BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class

 

As Genesis spreads its wings and flies as a separate luxury division of its Hyundai parent, the fledgling operation has introduced a new entry-level sport sedan in the 2019 G70, bringing its sedan count to three with the larger G80 and G90 models. Even though there are only these three cars, the choices aren’t nearly as limited as you think, especially when the range of G70 offerings is considered.

This handsome compact sport sedan is offered in five trim levels: Advanced, Elite, Prestige, Dynamic and Sport. In addition, the G70 can be configured from a roster that includes two engines, two transmissions and rear- or all-wheel drive. In all, there are five different powertrain combinations starting with a 255-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with a 6-speed manual in rear drive. Although that engine makes three less horsepower when teamed with an 8-speed automatic transmission, it still makes 260 lb-ft of torque and can be had in either rear- or all-wheel drive. At the top tier are G70 models equipped with the 365-horsepower, 3.3-liter twin turbo V6, which makes 376 lb-ft of torque. Also equipped with an 8-speed automatic, these models are also available in rear- or all-wheel drive.

Meet the family

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Despite this wide range of powertrain options, there are only subtle differences in looks among the models and the G70 itself carries a strong familial look with other Genesis products. The G70 sports a bold, lattice style grille flanked by thin, projector beam-style headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The grille itself looks like a nacelle with large openings to either side that channel air from the nose to over the outside front wheels, reducing drag. Prestige models feature bright chrome grille and accents, while Sport package models have a black chrome appearance on the insert, door handles and window surrounds.

The car’s sculpted flanks and pinched rear daylight opening (which the designers call a Pharaoh’s eye) give the G70 a muscular, purposeful look that is in keeping with the European sport sedan idiom. The boomerang-shaped vent on the front fender, however, gives the G70 a bit of its own personality.

At the rear, the there’s a slight ducktail upturn to the rear decklid, LED framed taillamps and a rear diffuser. V6-equipped cars feature dual rear exhaust, while 4-cylinder models have a twin set of pipes set off to the right side. A steeply raked rear window adds to the car’s slick look.

While the all-new 2019 Genesis G70 derives some of its underpinnings from the Kia Stinger, the platform has been considerably reworked. Riding on a 111.6-inch wheelbase and measuring 184.4 inches overall, it’s shorter than the hatchback Stinger. And while the rear seat is not as spacious as the Kia, the traditional 3-box construction gives the G70 a stiffer feel that contributes to its athletic road manners.

Luxury within

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Like the exterior’s promise of a sporty driving experience, the interior conveys the same message while also emphasizing the luxury aspect of the Genesis brand. The seats are comfortable and supportive with additional side and bottom cushion bolstering. Base upholstery on 2.0T models is leatherette, but as you move up the trim levels, there’s quilted leather available, while the top-tier models sport premium Nappa leather with full quilting.

Seat patterns aside, all G70 models share the same level of materials when it comes to soft-touch surfaces and accents. Genuine aluminum is an available trim option and includes its use on the pedals, console and doors. The perforated leather steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob are standard. Upper trim models can also be equipped with a Dinamica microfiber headliner for an added luxury touch.

The interior’s layout is clean and well-organized with a driver-focused layout. There’s a center instrument panel with large analog gauges and a 7-inch LCD information screen positioned in between, an 8-inch touchscreen monitor atop the center stack and two rows of conventional controls for the audio and climate control systems. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard. Options include Qi wireless charging, navigation, a 15-speaker, 660-watt Lexicon sound system with under-seat subwoofers, and an all-around view camera.

Dynamic duo

The wide availability of powertrains also allows you to tailor the vehicle’s performance to your personal tastes. The rear-drive 2.0T with the 6-speed manual appeals to the hard-core enthusiasts who enjoy shifting for themselves. While not as powerful as the 3.3T, this model has a taut feel to the suspension, great responsiveness from the steering and feels livelier at turn in because of the lower mass of the 4-cylinder engine on the nose. While clutch take-up is light and linear, the throws between shifts could be a bit more precise, but overall doesn’t really diminish the car’s fun factor.

We also spent time in the 2.0-liter turbo out on the open road with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Here too, the engine’s 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque was more than up to the task in making the car feel lively and livable. And the availability of all-wheel drive in this package makes it worth consideration for those who live in the snowbelt.

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The 3.3T V6 version of the G70, however, is the go-to model if you want a great blend of comfort, performance and versatility. The solid structure of this sedan ensures that noise, vibration and harshness are kept to a minimum while providing a solid foundation for the taut suspension. Albert Bierman, who heads up performance vehicles at Hyundai Group, tuned cars for BMW’s M Division and it shows here. The combination of steering, balance and control is on par with the best from Europe. All 3.3T models are equipped with Brembo brakes, which give the G70 tremendous stopping power.

During track exercises, the rear-drive models were a bit more spirited, with the sport mode allowing you to hang out the back end in a progressive manner. Though slightly heavier, the all-wheel-drive versions were more tenacious when pulling the car out of corners. The decision on which suits your driving needs depends on the types of roads you seek out for enjoyment, as well as your weather. Adding to the fun factor in automatic-equipped cars is a launch control mode, as well as Smart, Eco, Comfort, Sport and Custom settings that allow you to use preprogrammed or individualized settings for throttle and suspension response, steering inputs and shift points.

Trim levels

The 2019 Genesis G70 goes on sale in August with the following trim levels as well as two launch special editions. The G70 3.3T Dynamic Edition features a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, performance brake pads, unique suspension tuning and upgraded cooling. The 3.3T Design Edition, also available in rear and all-wheel drive, includes exclusive Black Forest Green exterior, Cream Nappa leather interior, dark green upper dash and door panels, and a Pasubio leather steering wheel. Full pricing will be announced closer to the 2019 Genesis G70 on-sale date.

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G70 Advanced 2.0T
252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
Rear-wheel drive
AWD available on all except Sport
6-speed manual on Sport
8-speed automatic
12-way power driver’s seat
8-way power front passenger seat
Dual zone climate control
18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
Smart power trunklid
Keyless entry/start

G70 Prestige 2.0T
Power driver seat cushion extension
Nappa leather seating surfaces
Heated rear seats
Dinamica microfiber headliner
Head-up display
Qi wireless
Surround view monitor
Low beam assist

G70 Dynamic 2.0T
Limited-slip differential (RWD only)
19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires

G70 Sport 2.0T
19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires
Limited-slip differential (RWD only)
Copper headlight bezel accents
Dark tint taillight covers
Nappa leather seating
Dark chrome grille and daylight accents
Alloy pedals

G70 Sport 2.0T 6-speed manual
Limited-slip differential
Brembo brakes
Sport Exhaust system
Manual parking brake

G70 3.3T Advanced
Limited-slip differential
Brembo brakes
Sport-tuned suspension
Alloy pedals
Genesis logo approach lights
Leather heated/cooled seating
19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires
Power tilt/telescope steering
Dual exhaust
Navigation
Lexicon 15-speaker audio system

G70 3.3T Elite
Low beam assist
Sunroof
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Front and rear parking sensors
Qi wireless charging

G70 3.3T Prestige
Head-up display
Dinamica microfiber headliner
Nappa leather seating
Surround-view monitor
Heated rear seats

G70 3.3T Sport
Electronically controlled suspension
Alloy pedals
Copper headlight bezel accents
Dark tint taillight covers
Dark chrome grille and daylight opening
Nappa leather seating surfaces
19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires

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