Last year Genesis debuted its newest sedan to its luxury lineup: The G70. A smaller version of the G80 and G90, it offered all the gorgeous trappings you find in the larger Genesis model, but as a smaller and more nimble vehicle.
This year’s 2020 model sees few changes as there’s no reason to make modifications on a new model car that started out so great last year.
The G70 is my favorite Genesis. The smallish G70 offers a gorgeous silhouette, an elegant interior and a great driving personality mixing sportiness with a smooth-as-butter ride.
Genesis is the luxury brand of Hyundai and they’re adding slowly to their menu of plush and lush vehicles. Most all luxury lineups have what they bill as their entry-level vehicle – which really means it’s the cheapest and least plush of the family. Like the BMW 3 series or the Audi A4, the G70 is meant to tempt and tantalize buyers and lure them into the family web.
The G70 lineup has a long list of vehicle trims and sub-trims.
The most simplistic way I can think of to explain the hierarchy of the G70s is to start with the engine choices. There are two: The 2.0T, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offering 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque; and the G70 3.3T with its turbocharged 3.3-liter V6, pumping out 365 hp and 376 lb-ft.
The most basic G70 is the 2.0T Advanced. It’s got the smaller 2.0 liter engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment highlights include 18-inch wheels, a hands-free trunklid opener, proximity entry with push-button start, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, dual-zone climate control, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The “basic” features list keeps on going with an 8-inch touchscreen system, three USB G ports (two front, one rear), satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Active safety features and driver aids include forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
Climbing up the trim levels for the 2.0T or the 3.3T vehicles, you can opt for the following trims, getting more luxurious as you go: Elite, Prestige, Dynamic, Sport and the Sport MT.
I got to test drive the 3.3T Sport model.
I loved the perky but smooth road manners my G70 test vehicle had on the road. Road noise was minimal, braking was precise and acceleration in my RWD model was superb. Genesis has done a great job engineering the G70 to offer an expertly balanced ride with superb handling characteristics.
The G70 handily gives more expensive and more coveted luxury sedans a run for their money. The G70 was as smooth and dynamic as a Beemer.
My week in the G70 RWD accrued about 23 mpg with mixed miles.
In the cabin, the G70 may lag behind competitors as far a quality of materials, but there’s nothing shabby. Just going by looks, I thought the G70 took first place in this segment for exterior and interior looks.
2020 G70s start out at about $34,500. Pricing for the 3.3T Sport model I test drove starts at about $44,650.