2020 Genesis G70 review: Damn good

2020 Genesis G70

There is no lack of grille on this car.

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Right after having the Genesis G70 for a swift spin, I fumbled as a result of the glovebox and pulled out a duplicate of the window sticker. “It truly is fewer than forty grand?!” I exclaimed with a chuckle right after glancing at the base line. This South Korean upstart has created a damn-high-quality luxury athletics sedan, and in this scenario, just one that feels like it is really value far additional than $39,525.


  • A guide transmission is out there!
  • Substantial-high-quality interior
  • Participating dynamics
  • Interesting styling

Really don’t Like

  • Meh EPA gas economic system
  • Cramped back seat
  • Smallish trunk

Maybe this should not impress me as considerably as it does. I suggest, rivals like the venerable BMW three Collection and Audi’s ever-complex A4 both begin at roughly that similar cost. But by some means Genesis has managed to deliver a device that feels like far additional than the sum of its pieces.

Over and over and above

At initially look, the G70 isn’t going to look that extraordinary. Its all round structure seems by-product, with a couple Infiniti styling cues in this article, some Acura there and if you squint, most likely even a bit of Lincoln. That large, glittery grille is tough to miss. But the additional I research this Genesis sedan, the additional its styling grows on me. As a entire, it is really a effectively-proportioned car and just one that is rather desirable. The Genesis G70 exudes high-quality.

My 2.0T tester with the optional six-speed guide transmission attributes complete-LED automated headlamps. Heated side-perspective mirrors are involved, as effectively. Elegant 19-inch wheels typically appear fitted with grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer time tires, however, specified that Michigan is situated in the Midwest and that it is really even now early spring, my G70 sensibly rides on winter rubber: A set of intense-seeking Pirelli Sottozeros that, oddly plenty of, do not appear to be to degrade handling or maximize interior sounds degrees. 

Speaking of the cabin, it is really even nicer than this car’s exterior. Genesis designers managed to make an inner sanctum that is both visually interesting and tasteful at the similar time. When Lexus tries to do the similar, it typically finishes up with a active mess that is also challenging to use. In the G70, there are no unusual surfaces or too much swoops. The dashboard format is simple, the switches and controls are of superior high-quality and the elements made use of are just charming, while serious cow hides may well be wonderful. You can only get leatherette seating surfaces in guide-equipped models. 

My tester is fitted with aluminum trim, which can help brighten up an in any other case darkish interior. It also attributes a 15-speaker Lexicon seem procedure and has heated and ventilated front chairs.

The local climate-control procedure is easy to use. It is composed of three large, knurled knobs and a smattering of other buttons. Over this is a different row of switches made use of to operate pieces of the infotainment procedure, which is comparable to what you get in vehicles from Genesis’ company siblings, Hyundai and Kia. This implies the infotainment tech is both responsive and fairly uncomplicated to use, while the eight-inch touchscreen is, regrettably, a bit on the tiny side these days. It truly is also rather a access for the driver as it is really perched superior on the dashboard.

The G70’s front buckets are properly cushy, if not rather throne-like in their comfort and ease. There is a great deal of room up front, but the back seat is tighter than the producing tolerances of a new Starrett micrometer. I can scarcely squeeze in there when the driver’s chair is altered to my liking. There is practically zero legroom to spare, which is unfortunate.

2020 Genesis G70

The G70’s infotainment procedure is simple and fast. What additional could you inquire for?

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Even with seeking generous, the G70’s trunk is also fairly tiny. In accordance to the spec sheet, it offers 10.five cubic toes of quantity, far fewer than the 17 or so provided by a comparable three Collection. Even a Honda Civic sedan beats it, giving close to 15 cubic toes of junk-hauling potential.

Technicalities and such

Preserving speed with other automakers, both mainstream and luxury brand names, the G70 attributes all the driver-assistance tech you would expect. My tester has forward-collision avoidance help with pedestrian detection, automated superior beams, lane-retaining help, blind-place monitoring with rear cross-traffic inform and additional.

For the most element, all these innovative driver-assistance attributes function effectively. The automated superior beams are responsive, the blind-place procedure retains you abreast of other vehicles close to you, but the lane-retaining feature could be improved. Although even now effective, it tends to noticed at the steering wheel a very little additional than I would like, building tiny changes remaining and proper. Competing programs from Honda and Nissan are smoother.

2020 Genesis G70

This is a fairly car from just about each and every angle. 

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Assisting individuals that are new to three-pedal driving or even veteran gear-jammers that want to preserve clutch use, hill-begin help is standard gear on models fitted with the guide transmission. It momentarily retains the car from rolling backwards when you lift your foot off the brake pedal, giving you plenty of time to get on the accelerator and feather the clutch without the need of too much slippage. This feature is especially valuable on steep inclines.  

2. liters of fury

All G70s fitted with the guide transmission are powered by a 2.-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This motor is additional than up to the job of motivating a three,581-pound athletics sedan. Thanks to a freer-flowing exhaust procedure, it delivers 255 horsepower — three additional than in vehicles fitted with the out there eight-speed automated. As for torque, it is really the similar no subject the transmission, clocking in at 260 pound-toes.

Rifling as a result of the gears, this car should really return 18 miles for each gallon in town driving and 28 mpg on freeway drives. Be expecting close to 22 mpg mixed, at minimum according to the US EPA. Automatic-equipped models are appreciably additional productive, while they are even now far powering a comparable three Collection, which should really typical 30 miles for each gallon with a 2.-liter turbo and an eight-speed automated transmission. Even a 2020 Audi A4 with all-wheel generate is additional inexpensive than any variation of the G70. This is just one location that could be improved.

2020 Genesis G70

4 in a row: This car’s 2.-liter turbocharged motor is smooth and muscular.

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That foundation motor has ample midrange grunt and it is really a great deal smooth, but if you want additional giddy-up during the rev assortment, a three.three-liter twin-turbo V6 is also out there. It delivers an extraordinary 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, while, regrettably, it is really only paired with the automated transmission. Hitching this refined motor to that guide gearbox would make just one dynamite drivetrain, while that is unlikely to ever materialize. 

Instead, a 2.five-liter turbocharged motor could be coming to the G70. It truly is rumored this additional muscular I4 will be created out there in the coming many years. 

Boosting its charm, the G70 can be had with all-wheel generate. It truly is out there with both motor, but locks you into the automated transmission.

Putting it all in motion

Underway, the G70 is adequately pleasurable to generate. Its handling and steering sense are fairly darn superior even with my test model’s knobby winter rubber. 

A swift steering ratio can make this car a pleasure to toss into corners. It feels extremely agile, if not rather telepathic. The Alfa Romeo Giulia could have an edge in this department, but the G70’s steering is even now just one of the better setups in the business now. 

Not only is Genesis’ four-cylinder motor smooth and peaceful, it delivers a great deal of punch, while it is really happiest in the midrange the place it has a thick slathering of torque. Even in sixth gear you can roll on the throttle and it moves the car with unanticipated authority. Just off idle, however, the motor is a bit delicate, which can call for some clutch finagling, but is uncomplicated to adapt to. 

2020 Genesis G70

This is what you see when driving. The G70’s cabin is beautifully crafted.

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As for the shifter, it reminds me a great deal of an more mature BMW gear selector. It truly is mild and exact but a tad bit rubbery. I desire it came with a lock-out ring or a little something comparable to stop you from carelessly overshooting the just one-two gate, which could outcome in selecting reverse alternatively of initially. But these are minor problems. It truly is a extremely pleasurable lever to operate, and the truth that Genesis even offers a guide gearbox is a little something value celebrating. You can’t get just one in an Audi A4 or a three Collection anymore.

When you need to have a burst of speed or to gradual down for an impending corner, the G70 can sense a bit lazy. Rev-matching downshifts is challenging as the motor just isn’t especially responsive. Punching the accelerator, even burying it for a second, normally just isn’t plenty of to get the rpm up. You have to hold it down for an unexpectedly very long time period to adequately rev-match a gear alter. This is hardly a Genesis-special difficulty, alternatively, it is really a widespread gripe with digital throttles, which aren’t always as reactive as they should really be.

When it is really time to shed some speed, G70s equipped with that six-speed guide transmission feature Brembo brakes. With ideal pedal weighting and superior-general performance pads, they sense inexhaustible on the avenue. Accomplishing incredibly hot laps on a keep track of may well reveal some weakness, but they are additional than up to the problem of everyday driving.

2020 Genesis G70

Aside from its cramped backseat, you practically can’t go mistaken with the G70.

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The verdict

My tester checks out for a hair fewer than $forty,000, but if you choose for the four-cylinder motor and the automated transmission, you can grab just one of these vehicles for fewer than $37,000. If you need to have all-wheel generate in your everyday living, it is really a $2,000 upcharge. 

With its exceptional design and style, superior-high-quality interior and remarkably engaging dynamics, the 2020 Genesis G70 is a charming luxury-activity sedan. The availability of a guide gearbox, at minimum for now, can make it even additional captivating.