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2019 Genesis G70 Review

The 2019 Genesis G70 ranks near the top of the competitive luxury small car class, thanks to its lovely interior, lots of standard features, punchy engine options, and well-balanced handling. It also rates highly for crash safety.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful base and optional engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Handsome, well-appointed cabin
  • Excellent value
  • Small trunk for the segment
  • Infotainment system lacks luxury appearance
  • Below-average fuel economy

Rankings & Awards

The 2019 Genesis G70's #4 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Small Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2019 Best Luxury Small Car for the Money award. Currently the Genesis G70 has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 19 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.5
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the Genesis G70 a Good Car?

The all-new Genesis G70 is an excellent luxury small car. The G70 is thrilling to drive, thanks to its potent turbocharged engines and well-tuned suspension. It earns top marks for safety, and it’s jam-packed with standard features. The G70 is quite comfy and relaxing to ride in. The cabin is elegantly styled, its infotainment system is easy to use, and the seats are nicely sculpted. Overall, the G70 strikes a balance that few other luxury sedans can – and at a price that even fewer can match.

Should I Buy the Genesis G70?

You should definitely consider the Genesis G70 if you're in the market for a luxury sedan. That being said, you’ll also want to check out some of its top-rated competitors, like the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Alfa Romeo Giulia. There are many attractive options in this segment.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Genesis G70?

The G70 is all-new for 2019, so used models are not yet available.

We Did the Research for You: 10 Reviews Analyzed

Our Genesis G70 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from nine sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Does the Genesis G70 Cost?

Prices for the 2019 G70 start around $35,000, which is lower than average for a luxury small car. You can add all-wheel drive for $2,000, a manual transmission for $3,000, and a larger engine for about $8,900. In addition to the base model, the G70 is available in four uplevel trims, which Genesis refers to as packages. Prices range from $1,750 to $10,000 and are dependent on the engine you want.

The G70 is the smallest and least-expensive sedan in the Genesis lineup. The midsize Genesis G80 starts at $42,050, and the full-size Genesis G90 goes for $69,350.

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Genesis G70 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Genesis G70 or Kia Stinger?

The Kia Stinger has a lot in common with the Genesis G70. Both of these sleek luxury cars have handsome cabins, user-friendly tech features, and agile handling. They even share the same four- and six-cylinder engines (Hyundai is the parent company of both Kia and Genesis). They aren’t carbon copies though. The Stinger has a lower starting price by about $2,000, and its hatchback-style cargo area gives it far more storage space. On the other hand, the standard G70 is better equipped, and it’s available with a manual transmission – something the Stinger doesn’t offer. Ultimately, both cars are good options in this class.

Which Is Better: Genesis G70 or Audi A4?

The Audi A4 is another solid choice in the luxury small car class. Like the G70, the A4 rewards drivers with peppy acceleration, spry handling, and a lovely interior with easy-to-use features. It also rates highly for crash safety. Choosing between these two may come down to price. The A4’s starting price is about $4,000 higher, on average, than the G70. Test-drive both models to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: Genesis G70 or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series may be the poster child for the sports sedan category. It doles out thrills by the fistful (if you step beyond the base engine), and it superbly walks the line between agility and comfort. You'll find plenty of satisfaction driving either a 3 Series or a G70, though you'll get a lot more for your money with the latter.

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G70 Interior

How Many People Does the G70 Seat?

The front seats are well-cushioned and reasonably spacious inside the five-seat G70, with a multitude of power adjustments to help travelers of all sizes get cozy. For adults, the back seat comes up short on legroom, though that's not unusual for this class.

G70 and Car Seats

The G70 comes with the standard set of LATCH anchors, which includes two sets of lower anchors and three top tether anchors.

G70 Interior Quality

The interior of the G70 abounds with soft touch points and high-quality materials. Genesis attended to even minor details with an elegant, modern touch, as seen in elements such as the contrast stitching across the dash.

G70 Cargo Space

The G70's 10.5-cubic-foot trunk is one of the smallest in the class, providing you with only enough room for a few medium suitcases or a couple sets of golf clubs. Loading things in the back of the G70 is exceptionally easy, however, thanks to its standard hands-free trunk. The trunk lid automatically opens when it detects the proximity key, saving you from fumbling with keys when your hands are full.

G70 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The G70's infotainment system is simple, with easy-to-read graphics and straightforward menus. If you've been inside a Kia or Hyundai recently, the interface will seem familiar to you. Although Genesis benefits by borrowing user-friendly technology from its corporate cousins, the system doesn’t look as extravagant as those in other luxury vehicles. Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and audiophiles will certainly want to sample the 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system.

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G70 Performance

G70 Engine: 2 Turbocharged Options

The Genesis G70 provides quick acceleration, regardless of engine choice. G70 2.0T models are equipped with a 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine feels punchy and exhibits almost no turbo lag. G70 3.3T models are outfitted with a twin-turbo V6 that produces 365 horsepower. This brawny engine pushes the G70 into sports sedan territory, and it can hustle the car from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.

Both models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is available, but only with the four-cylinder engine.

G70 Gas Mileage: Not Very Thrifty

One of the G70’s few weaknesses is fuel economy. Models with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission get about 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s low for a base engine in the luxury small car class. The V6 drops the G70’s gas mileage to 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

G70 Ride and Handling: Fun to Drive

The G70 is a rear-wheel-drive sedan (all-wheel drive is available) that leans toward the sporty side for driving dynamics. Push it hard through the corners and you may notice some body roll, but overall, this Genesis is comfortable, stable, and quiet.

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G70 Reliability

Is the Genesis G70 Reliable?

J.D. Power has not yet announced predicted reliability ratings for the G70.

Genesis G70 Warranty

The G70 comes with one of the best warranties in the class, headlined by a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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G70 Safety

G70 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Genesis G70 a 2019 Top Safety Pick+. The G70 earned a top rating of Good in all six crash tests. The G70 received mixed ratings for the performance of its headlights though. The standard halogen headlights received the worst rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead, while the available LED headlights received the highest rating of Good.

Front crash prevention is rated on a different scale, and the G70's standard system earned a top rating of Superior for its effectiveness.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2019 G70.

G70 Safety Features

Standard safety features in the G70 include forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Some upper trims also come with rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive low-beam headlights, a surround-view monitor, and a head-up display.

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Which Genesis G70 Model Is Right for Me?

Somewhat confusingly, Genesis calls its component setup "trims" and its trim levels "packages."  The base trim combines the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (labeled as 2.0T models) with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Performance options include a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine (3.3T designation), which adds about $8,900 to the price tag and 3.3T to the model name. A six-speed manual transmission is available with the 2.0-liter engine for $3,000, and all-wheel drive is available on most trims for $2,000.

The entry-level G70 Advanced is very nicely equipped and sure to satisfy many shoppers. Because of its list of features and price, we recommend it as the best value in the lineup. A feature-rich infotainment system is included, along with a notable suite of safety features. For a boost in performance and opulence, consider the Advanced 3.3T trim. It comes with treats such as a more powerful turbocharged engine, leather seats, an enhanced sound system, and navigation.

Genesis G70 Advanced

First up is the Advanced 2.0T trim level ($34,900). Its standard features include an 8-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, three USB ports, dual automatic climate control, a proximity key with push-button start and a hands-free trunk, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. Its noteworthy set of standard safety features contains forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Additions for the Advanced 3.3T trim include Brembo brakes, dual exhaust, a sport-tuned suspension system, leather seats (with heat and ventilation), a 15-speaker surround-sound system, and navigation. Prices for this edition start at $43,750.

Genesis G70 Elite

Leather seats are standard in the $39,900 G70 Elite 2.0T, along with heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, a 15-speaker surround-sound system, navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and front and rear parking sensors. In $45,500 Elite 3.3T models, you also get adaptive low-beam headlights and wireless charging for smartphones.

Genesis G70 Prestige

The G70 Prestige 2.0T and 3.3T trim levels are similar. Both come standard with Nappa leather seats, heated rear seats, adaptive low-beam headlights, a surround-view monitor, a head-up display, and wireless charging for smartphones. Prices start at $42,900 for the Prestige 2.0T and $48,000 for the Prestige 3.3T. Note that the 2.0T trim comes only with all-wheel drive.

Genesis G70 Dynamic

Genesis adds a limited-slip rear differential and 19-inch alloy wheels to the Prestige's features to create the G70 Dynamic 2.0T ($43,900).

Genesis G70 Sport

The G70 Sport is a performance-oriented trim that builds off the features of the Prestige and Dynamic trims. The $44,900 2.0T model includes Nappa leather seats with sport quilting and contrast stitching, alloy pedals, unique exterior accents, a sport exhaust system, and an upgraded Brembo brake system. The $49,500 G70 3.3T Sport editions also feature an electronically controlled suspension system.

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The Final Call

The Genesis G70 may be a newcomer in a well-established field, but it arrives as a bona fide luxury car. It has the driving dynamics to sway even longtime fans of European engineering. The cabin exudes elegance, with sumptuous materials and more than the typical collection of bells and whistles. All this is wrapped up with a price tag that's expected to undercuts many its top competitors. Before you balk over the G70's limited brand cachet, we recommend giving it a fair shake.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "It's a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan, with optional all-wheel-drive for your Rust Belters. It has a suspension designed to prioritize handling, the development of which was overseen by an ex-BMW staffer—and not just any ex-staffer, but the former head of the M division. It's also a luxury car, mature enough that the world won't accuse you of having a mid-life crisis, lavish enough that your friends won't think you've hit the skids, and subtle enough not to threaten the delicate balance of office politics. It's a sedan with a reasonably-sized back seat and trunk, so your significant other can't veto it on the basis of impracticality. Most importantly, you can get it with a manual transmission. That's the thing for which we've all been clamoring, right?" -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The all-new Genesis G70 is a credible challenger to German sport sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, based on our initial experience. This third model in the prestige brand's lineup is refined, well-equipped, and engaging to drive. Plus, it promises to be a compelling value, compared against its more established rivals." -- Consumer Reports
  • "… Genesis has successfully achieved that rarest of feats: distilling our best memories of sports sedans past into a thoroughly modern machine that hits every important mark on its way to keeping pace with, and in some areas exceeding, the current standard bearers. The Genesis G70 is an excellent car for the entry-luxury buyer who still cares about cars." -- New York Daily News

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: November 7, 2019

Rising Demand: All new for 2019, the G70 has attained a healthy sales pace in the luxury small car segment. The Genesis is already selling in the middle of the segment and beating out competitors like the BMW 2-Series and Audi A3. The G70 has also taken the lead among its siblings, making up over half of all Genesis sales.

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