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2020 Genesis G70 Review

The 2020 Genesis G70 secures a high ranking among luxury small cars on the strength of its available engines and dynamic handling. A cramped back seat and small trunk are its major drawbacks.

Pros & Cons

  • Swift acceleration
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • High-end cabin
  • Long standard features list
  • Cramped rear seat and small trunk
  • Unimpressive infotainment graphics
  • Poor fuel economy for class

New for 2020

  • Optional power trunk
  • Upgraded Brembo brakes in manual-transmission models

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Genesis G70's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Small Cars category. Currently the Genesis G70 has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 6.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the Genesis G70 a Good Car?

Yes, the Genesis G70 is a very good car. In only its second year of production, it's one of the newest entrants in the competitive luxury sport sedan market. The G70 is available with two potent engines, both of which will get you going quickly. Sharp, poised handling makes this car a pleasure to drive.

Interior quality hits the mark for a luxury small car, and the G70 is further boosted by an above-average predicted reliability rating and excellent safety scores. Its few notable downsides include a cramped rear seat, a tiny trunk, and unimpressive fuel economy.

Should I Buy the Genesis G70?

You should absolutely consider buying the Genesis G70. In addition to its performance chops and luxury quality, the G70 is a great value proposition. It comes loaded with standard driver assistance features, as well as infotainment technology such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

However, if you desire the prestige of a long-established luxury brand, consider the BMW 3-Series. It's just as fun to drive as the G70, but the BMW has a roomier back seat and a larger trunk.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Genesis G70?

Genesis introduced the G70 as an all-new car for the 2019 model year. It sees few notable changes for 2020, though it does gain a newly optional power trunk and upgraded Brembo brakes for models with the manual transmission. Unless either of those are critical for you, go for a 2019 model, which is otherwise identical to and likely less expensive than a new G70.

Be sure to read our review of the 2019 G70 to help make your decision, then check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 20 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 20 Genesis G70 reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 G70 is the right new car for you. This 2020 Genesis G70 review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which launched for 2019.

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How Much Does the Genesis G70 Cost?

The 2020 Genesis G70 2.0T starts at $35,450, which is about average for a luxury small car. The base model comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The G70 3.3T, which features a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, starts at $44,650.

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Genesis G70 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Genesis G70 or BMW 3 Series?

The 2020 BMW 3 Series ranks a little lower than the G70 overall, but these are both solid buys. They have similar powertrains: Their base engines are within 3 horsepower of one another, while the G70’s available V6 has only 17 more horses than the 3 Series’. Acceleration is potent in both cars, and they offer similarly engaging handling. When it comes to performance, this matchup is a draw.

The 3 Series has a roomier second row than the G70's cramped quarters, and you'll get about 6.5 extra feet of trunk space with the BMW. The 3 Series' interior materials aren’t as impressive as the G70's. Both cars have OK infotainment functionality. The main case for the Genesis is its value. Though these cars have similar lists of standard equipment, the G70's base price is about $5,000 less than that of the 3 Series.

Which Is Better: Genesis G70 or Kia Stinger?

The G70 and the Kia Stinger are products of the same Hyundai-controlled parent company. As such, they share several components and qualities. They have the same standard turbocharged engine and twin-turbo V6 option. Both also have dialed-in handling and responsive steering. The base Stinger costs about $2,500 less than the base G70, and it comes standard with leather upholstery and heated front seats, which cost extra in the Genesis.

Both cars also have impressive interiors. The Stinger's higher overall interior score is a result of its ample cargo space and better rear-seat legroom. The G70, on the other hand, has several more standard active safety systems and a slightly larger infotainment screen. These two are closely ranked. Test both to see which best suits your tastes and needs.

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G70 Interior

How Many People Does the G70 Seat?

The 2020 Genesis G70 has five seats. This is a driver-oriented sports sedan, so up front is where you want to be. The front bucket seats offer day-long comfort and a multitude of power adjustments (12 for the driver and eight for the passenger) to find that just-right position.

There's also plenty of side bolstering to keep you supported on long drives and snug when driving aggressively. It's easy to see over the car's hood, and good outward visibility in all directions makes maneuvering the G70 an easy task.

The second row is a different story. The sloping roof cuts into headroom, and legroom is tight. Adults will likely feel cramped, especially if a tall driver or front passenger slides their seat back.

You can upgrade to heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a suede headliner.

G70 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat. You might experience some frustrations with this system. The lower anchors are behind plastic flaps at the bottom of the seatbacks, but they're set deeply in those recesses. Furthermore, there isn't a lot of room to maneuver your hands around to attach the car-seat straps.

G70 Interior Quality

Ever since Hyundai spun off its Genesis luxury sedan into a full standalone brand, the interiors have steadily improved. Even the entry-level G70 is replete with upscale touches and a handsome cabin.

High-quality synthetic leather upholstery is standard, and you can upgrade to plush Nappa leather seats or quilted Nappa leather. Real aluminum trim pieces enhance the interior atmosphere, and overall build quality is excellent.

G70 Cargo Space

You get a paltry 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space in the G70. That number is one of the lowest in the luxury small car class.

Hands-free trunk access is standard, which means the lid pops open when you stand behind the car for a couple seconds with the proximity key. You can also opt for a full power-opening trunk.

G70 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2020 G70 comes standard with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The interface is generally easy to use, with a simple menu structure and clear on-screen buttons. However, you’ll probably need to stretch to reach the screen from the driver's seat. There are large secondary physical knobs and controls lower on the center stack for volume and climate adjustments.

While the infotainment system is intuitive, it doesn't impress from a visual standpoint. The display is a little plain, and some critics say it resembles lower-priced or entry-level models from corporate cousins Hyundai and Kia. Shoppers with a discerning luxury taste may wish for a screen with more-premium graphics.

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G70 Performance

G70 Engine: Bigger Is Better

Standard fare in the 2020 G70 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 252 horsepower. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination gets the car moving quickly. The engine delivers smooth, linear power with almost no noticeable turbo lag. You can also get a six-speed manual transmission with this engine. A light clutch and short shift throws help create a fun driving experience.

A 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine is optional. It feels much more authoritative than the base engine, and it's the clear choice if you want a truly thrilling drive. This powertrain is optional in the Genesis G80, a luxury midsize car, and it's standard in the Genesis G90, a luxury large car.

G70 Gas Mileage: Ouch

With every powertrain combination, the 2020 G70 gets poor fuel economy for a luxury small car. You'll get the best numbers with the base engine, automatic transmission, and standard front-wheel drive: an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Optional all-wheel drive lowers those estimates to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Manual transmission G70s return 18/28 mpg city/highway. The G70 with the twin-turbo V6 gets 17/26 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 17/25 mpg with all-wheel drive.

G70 Ride and Handling: Like Carving a Turkey

The G70 serves up deft cornering abilities and sharp, responsive steering. There's a little bit of body roll if you take a turn too hard, but the car regains its composure in short order. While sportiness is the G70's primary directive, it still maintains a luxurious, comfortable ride over bumps in the road.

Available all-wheel drive provides improved road grip and better handling. In models with the base engine, you can spring for options like a limited-slip differential and performance brakes. The V6 model comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, and the limited-slip differential, while an electronically adjustable suspension is optional.

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G70 Reliability

Is the Genesis G70 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Genesis G70 a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Genesis G70 Warranty

Genesis covers the G70 with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Genesis G70?

The cost of insuring a Genesis G70 will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

G70 Safety

G70 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 G70 the highest score of Good in all six crashworthiness tests, as well as the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. Depending on trim and equipment, the G70's headlights earned Good or Poor ratings for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not evaluated the 2020 G70.

G70 Safety Features

All G70 models come with a healthy number of standard active safety features. That list includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and driver attention monitoring.

Optional driver assistance technology includes front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive headlights.

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G70 Dimensions and Weight

The Genesis G70 is 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,516 to 3,887 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Genesis G70 Built?

Genesis builds the 2020 G70 in South Korea.

Which Genesis G70 Model Is Right for Me?

To choose your G70, you must first pick your powertrain, then your level of equipment and features. Genesis 2.0T models have a 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while 3.3T models come with a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 and some additional standard features.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and with that gearbox you can pick from rear- or all-wheel drive. The G70 is available with a six-speed manual transmission, but only with the base engine and rear-wheel drive.

Once you settle on what's under the hood, you can upgrade from the standard features to Elite, Prestige, or Sport trim levels. These packages add several thousand dollars to the car's cost, but each includes all the features from its predecessor plus new equipment.

We outline each model below, complete with its standard features, optional packages, and pricing.

Genesis G70 2.0T RWD

The 2020 Genesis G70 starts at $35,450. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, dual automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free trunk, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, and three USB ports.

Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and driver attention monitoring.

The $4,600 Elite package includes leather upholstery, LED headlights, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding outside mirrors, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a sunroof, and a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound stereo. For $8,450, the Prestige trim adds Nappa leather upholstery, a head-up display, wireless device charging, a surround-view parking camera system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a suede headliner.

The $10,000 Sport trim adds sport wheels, a limited-slip differential, performance brakes, upgraded exterior appearances, quilted Nappa leather seats, and alloy pedals.

Genesis G70 2.0T AWD

The Genesis G70 with all-wheel drive and the base engine retails for $37,450. It has all the same standard features as the base model, as well as the same optional trim upgrades.

Genesis G70 2.0T 6-Speed Manual RWD

The G70 with the base engine and a six-speed manual transmission starts at $38,500. In addition to the base model's standard features, this trim includes LED headlights, a limited slip differential, Brembo performance brakes, a sport exhaust, heated and ventilated front seats, alloy pedals, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound stereo.

There are no other notable packages or optional features offered.

Genesis G70 3.3T RWD

Genesis G70 models with the larger engine start at $44,650. Additional standard features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound stereo, navigation, Brembo brakes, a limited slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights, a sunroof, and alloy pedals.

At this level, the Elite trim costs $1,450 and adds adaptive headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, wireless device charging, and a heated steering wheel.

For $4,300, the Prestige trim builds on the Elite with Nappa leather, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, heated rear seats, a suede headliner, and a power trunk. The Sport trim costs $5,600 and adds sport wheels and an electronically adjustable suspension.

Genesis G70 3.3T AWD

The G70 with the upgraded engine and all-wheel drive costs $46,650, and it has the same list of standard features and options as the rear-wheel-drive model.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Genesis G70 continues to shake things up in the competitive luxury small car segment. It runs with the best of its competitors in driving dynamics and interior luxury, but it lacks the rear-seat room and trunk space that many rivals offer. However, its midrange price for the class and long list of features make this Genesis a great choice overall.

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

  • "The 2020 Genesis G70 is a luxury sports sedan coup d'état, cutting right at the heart of the segment with lively handling, smooth powertrains, and a classy interior. … Overall, the G70 is a stellar package that belongs at or near the top of your shopping list." -- Car and Driver
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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. … The new G70 should have no shortage of potential converts lining up to get a combined taste of past and future glory." -- New York Daily News (2019)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 30, 2020

Rising Demand: After its first full year on sale, the G70 attained a healthy sales pace among luxury small cars in 2019. The Genesis placed in the middle of the class and beat out established competitors like the BMW 2-Series and Audi A3. The G70 also managed to take the lead among its siblings, making up over half of all Genesis sales last year.

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