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2019 Genesis G70 Review

The 2019 G70 – the all-new sports sedan from Genesis – launches in the top third of our luxury small car rankings. A brisk base engine, jaunty driving dynamics, and an elegant, well-appointed interior are among its top assets.

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

Is the Genesis G70 a Good Car?

The Genesis G70 is an excellent addition to the luxury small car segment. In fact, we named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Luxury Small Car for the Money award because of its combination of quality and value. Built to compete with the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, the G70 is a sporty sedan with a more powerful base engine than most of its competitors. It’s fun to drive, but this four-door is also quiet, plush, and comfortable. Plus, the G70 presents an excellent value, as its base model is loaded with tech, safety, and performance features.

Should I Buy the Genesis G70?

If you're in the market for a sport-oriented luxury sedan like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, or Alfa Romeo Giulia, you should seriously consider the Genesis G70. The all-new G70 comes with a set of energetic engine options, and its driving dynamics are nearly on par with German tuning. As soon as you slip inside the handsomely built cabin, any doubt about the ability of Hyundai's high-end branch to build an honest-to-goodness luxury car will be put to rest. The G70 isn't a good fit if you carpool with colleagues, though, as its back seat is too pinched for adults (a common affliction for small luxury cars).

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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.

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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 a below-average base MSRP in our luxury small car ranking. From there, you can add all-wheel drive for $2,000, a manual transmission for $3,000, or a larger engine for about $8,900. In addition to the base trim, the G70 is available in four uplevel trims, which Genesis refers to as packages. Prices are dependent on which engine you have, and range from $1,750 to $10,000.

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Genesis G70 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Genesis G70 or Kia Stinger?

The Kia Stinger and Genesis G70 are both excellent choices when it comes to luxury-grade performance at a reasonable price. The Stinger has a slight edge in refinement (you get standard leather seats with this Kia). It also has a larger interior that includes an adult-friendly back seat and an extra-large hatchback-style cargo area.

Which Is Better: Genesis G70 or Audi A4?

If your budget doesn't go much higher than around $35,000, you should pick a Genesis G70 over the Audi A4, as the entry-level G70 is much more powerful than the base A4. That said, the Audi is the easy winner if you can afford to spend a bit more. Its cabin is replete with top-notch materials as well as cutting-edge technology, and the A4 sets the bar when it comes to sophistication in a luxury small car.

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 up beyond the base engine), and it superbly walks the line between agile handling and a comfortable ride. 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 G70 is sufficiently quick, whether you pick a model powered by the 2.0-liter engine or the 3.3-liter V6. The smaller 252-horsepower engine exhibits very little turbo lag and is more fuel-efficient than the V6, and it's the only engine in the lineup that comes with an optional six-speed manual transmission (in place of the standard eight-speed automatic). With the 365-horsepower V6, the G70 becomes a true sports sedan, capable of reaching 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

G70 Gas Mileage: Not Very Thrifty

Because the G70 2.0T has one of the most powerful base engines in the class, it shouldn't come as a shock that it's also one of the least fuel-efficient. This engine gets about 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway when outfitted with an automatic transmission. With the 3.3-liter V6, fuel economy drops to 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which equals an additional $400 or so in annual fuel costs.

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

Crash test results are not yet available from either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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 beams, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Some upper trim levels 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


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Last Updated: June 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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