2020 Genesis G70 review: Damn good

Matthew N. Henry

2020 Genesis G70

There’s no lack of grille on this automobile.

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Right after having the Genesis G70 for a speedy spin, I fumbled via the glovebox and pulled out a duplicate of the window sticker. “It is much less than 40 grand?!” I exclaimed with a chuckle after glancing at the bottom line. This South Korean upstart has created a damn-great luxury sports sedan, and in this case, a single that feels like it is really value much additional than $39,525.


  • A manual transmission is offered!
  • High-good quality inside
  • Participating dynamics
  • Beautiful styling

Never Like

  • Meh EPA fuel economy
  • Cramped again seat
  • Smallish trunk

Most likely this should not impress me as much as it does. I mean, rivals like the venerable BMW 3 Series and Audi’s ever-advanced A4 both start at roughly that very same selling price. But by some means Genesis has managed to supply a equipment that feels like much additional than the sum of its components.

Previously mentioned and outside of

At first glance, the G70 doesn’t seem that outstanding. Its over-all style would seem by-product, with a number of Infiniti styling cues in this article, some Acura there and if you squint, most likely even a little bit of Lincoln. That huge, glittery grille is tricky to overlook. But the additional I examine this Genesis sedan, the additional its styling grows on me. As a total, it is really a properly-proportioned automobile and a single that is really beautiful. The Genesis G70 exudes good quality.

My two.0T tester with the optional six-speed manual transmission options comprehensive-LED computerized headlamps. Heated side-check out mirrors are included, as properly. Fashionable 19-inch wheels typically come fitted with grippy Michelin Pilot Activity four summer time tires, however, offered that Michigan is found in the Midwest and that it is really nonetheless early spring, my G70 sensibly rides on winter season rubber: A established of aggressive-searching Pirelli Sottozeros that, oddly sufficient, really don’t appear to degrade dealing with or boost inside sound levels. 

Speaking of the cabin, it is really even nicer than this car’s exterior. Genesis designers managed to build an interior sanctum that is both visually attention-grabbing and tasteful at the very same time. When Lexus tries to do the very same, it commonly finishes up with a active mess that is also challenging to use. In the G70, there are no bizarre surfaces or excessive swoops. The dashboard layout is uncomplicated, the switches and controls are of superior good quality and the materials employed are simply just lovely, even though real cow hides may possibly be great. You can only get leatherette seating surfaces in manual-outfitted models. 

My tester is fitted with aluminum trim, which can help brighten up an usually dark inside. It also options a fifteen-speaker Lexicon audio program and has heated and ventilated entrance chairs.

The climate-management program is uncomplicated to use. It is made up of three large, knurled knobs and a smattering of other buttons. Previously mentioned this is yet another row of switches employed to operate components of the infotainment program, which is similar to what you get in vehicles from Genesis’ company siblings, Hyundai and Kia. This suggests the infotainment tech is both responsive and reasonably uncomplicated to use, even though the eight-inch touchscreen is, sad to say, a little bit on the small side these days. It is also really a achieve for the driver as it is really perched superior on the dashboard.

The G70’s entrance buckets are properly soft, if not really throne-like in their comfort. There’s a great deal of area up entrance, but the again seat is tighter than the production tolerances of a new Starrett micrometer. I can barely squeeze in there when the driver’s chair is adjusted to my liking. There’s pretty much zero legroom to spare, which is unlucky.

2020 Genesis G70

The G70’s infotainment program is uncomplicated and speedy. What additional could you inquire for?

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Inspite of searching generous, the G70’s trunk is also fairly small. In accordance to the spec sheet, it features 10.5 cubic ft of volume, much much less than the seventeen or so supplied by a similar 3 Series. Even a Honda Civic sedan beats it, giving close to fifteen cubic ft of junk-hauling ability.

Technicalities and this kind of

Keeping pace with other automakers, both mainstream and luxury brand names, the G70 options all the driver-assistance tech you’d count on. My tester has ahead-collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, computerized superior beams, lane-preserving assist, blind-spot checking with rear cross-visitors inform and additional.

For the most portion, all these superior driver-assistance options get the job done properly. The computerized superior beams are responsive, the blind-spot program keeps you abreast of other cars close to you, but the lane-preserving function could be improved. Whilst nonetheless helpful, it tends to observed at the steering wheel a minimal additional than I might like, building small changes left and suitable. Competing techniques from Honda and Nissan are smoother.

2020 Genesis G70

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

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Encouraging people that are new to three-pedal driving or even veteran gear-jammers that want to preserve clutch use, hill-start assist is conventional devices on models fitted with the manual transmission. It momentarily keeps the automobile from rolling backwards when you carry your foot off the brake pedal, providing you sufficient time to get on the accelerator and feather the clutch without having excessive slippage. This function is especially helpful on steep inclines.  

two. liters of fury

All G70s fitted with the manual transmission are run by a two.-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine is additional than up to the undertaking of motivating a 3,581-pound sports sedan. Many thanks to a freer-flowing exhaust program, it delivers 255 horsepower — 3 additional than in vehicles fitted with the offered 8-speed computerized. As for torque, it is really the very same no issue the transmission, clocking in at 260 pound-ft.

Rifling via the gears, this automobile must return 18 miles for every gallon in metropolis driving and 28 mpg on freeway drives. Hope close to 22 mpg combined, at the very least according to the US EPA. Computerized-outfitted models are appreciably additional successful, even though they’re nonetheless much driving a similar 3 Series, which must common thirty miles for every gallon with a two.-liter turbo and an 8-speed computerized transmission. Even a 2020 Audi A4 with all-wheel generate is additional economical than any edition of the G70. This is a single place that could be improved.

2020 Genesis G70

4 in a row: This car’s two.-liter turbocharged engine is sleek and muscular.

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That foundation engine has enough midrange grunt and it is really a great deal sleek, but if you want additional giddy-up all through the rev selection, a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 is also offered. It delivers an outstanding 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, even though, sad to say, it is really only paired with the computerized transmission. Hitching this refined engine to that manual gearbox would make a single dynamite drivetrain, even though that is not likely to ever happen. 

Rather, a two.5-liter turbocharged engine could be coming to the G70. It is rumored this additional muscular I4 will be manufactured offered in the coming decades. 

Enhancing its charm, the G70 can be had with all-wheel generate. It is offered with either engine, but locks you into the computerized transmission.

Placing it all in motion

Underway, the G70 is correctly enjoyable to generate. Its dealing with and steering feel are fairly darn great regardless of my examination model’s knobby winter season rubber. 

A speedy steering ratio would make this automobile a pleasure to toss into corners. It feels incredibly agile, if not really telepathic. The Alfa Romeo Giulia may well have an edge in this section, but the G70’s steering is nonetheless a single of the improved setups in the market nowadays. 

Not only is Genesis’ four-cylinder engine sleek and tranquil, it delivers a great deal of punch, even though it is really happiest in the midrange where it has a thick slathering of torque. Even in sixth gear you can roll on the throttle and it moves the automobile with unexpected authority. Just off idle, however, the engine is a little bit tender, which can need some clutch finagling, but is uncomplicated to adapt to. 

2020 Genesis G70

This is what you see though driving. The G70’s cabin is superbly crafted.

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As for the shifter, it reminds me a ton of an more mature BMW gear selector. It is light-weight and exact but a tad little bit rubbery. I want it arrived with a lock-out ring or a little something similar to avoid you from carelessly overshooting the a single-two gate, which could result in deciding upon reverse instead of first. But these are minimal issues. It is a incredibly enjoyable lever to operate, and the actuality that Genesis even features a manual gearbox is a little something value celebrating. You are not able to get a single in an Audi A4 or a 3 Series any more.

When you need to have a burst of speed or to sluggish down for an approaching corner, the G70 can feel a little bit lazy. Rev-matching downshifts is challenging as the engine is just not especially responsive. Punching the accelerator, even burying it for a 2nd, normally is just not sufficient to get the rpm up. You have to hold it down for an unexpectedly extended time period to correctly rev-match a gear adjust. This is barely a Genesis-exclusive issue, instead, it is really a typical gripe with electronic throttles, which aren’t always as reactive as they must be.

When it is really time to drop some speed, G70s outfitted with that six-speed manual transmission function Brembo brakes. With best pedal weighting and superior-performance pads, they feel inexhaustible on the road. Accomplishing incredibly hot laps on a track may possibly reveal some weak point, but they’re additional than up to the obstacle of daily driving.

2020 Genesis G70

Apart from its cramped backseat, you pretty much are not able to go completely wrong with the G70.

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The verdict

My tester checks out for a hair much less than $40,000, but if you opt for the four-cylinder engine and the computerized transmission, you can grab a single of these vehicles for much less than $37,000. If you need to have all-wheel generate in your lifestyle, it is really a $two,000 upcharge. 

With its one of a kind style, superior-good quality inside and surprisingly participating dynamics, the 2020 Genesis G70 is a lovely luxury-sport sedan. The availability of a manual gearbox, at the very least for now, would make it even additional attractive.

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