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2019 Genesis G70 Review

The 2019 Genesis G70 earns one of the top spots in our luxury small car rankings. It boasts strong engines, athletic handling, an opulent interior, and outstanding safety and predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Stellar predicted reliability rating
  • Elegant, well-equipped cabin
  • Potent engines
  • Excellent handling
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Tiny trunk for the class

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2019 Genesis G70 Overview

Is the 2019 Genesis G70 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Genesis G70 is an excellent used luxury small car. It offers a posh cabin with comfortable, roomy seats, as well as a long list of standard technology and safety features. It has all the hallmarks of a sporty sedan, including responsive steering, engaging handling, and two powerful turbocharged engine options. That said, if you want decent gas mileage or a trunk that fits more than a few bags, consider something like the Audi A5 or Kia Stinger.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Genesis G70 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 19 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much is the 2019 Genesis G70?

Based on listings for the 2019 Genesis G70, the average list price is $30,825. Prices range from $34,900 to $52,250 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Genesis G70 Cost to Own?

The 2019 G70’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $37,100, or $7,420 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Genesis G70: What's the Difference?

The Genesis G70 was an all-new vehicle for 2019, so there are no earlier models.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Genesis G70?

The 2019 Genesis G70 has an excellent predicted reliability rating of five out of five.

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2019 Genesis G70 Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Genesis G70 at this time.

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Which Used Genesis G70 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Genesis G70 comes in two main trims: 2.0T and 3.3T. Genesis 2.0T models have a 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are available.

Genesis 3.3T models feature a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Four packages are available: Elite, Prestige, Dynamic, and Sport.

Shoppers will probably be more than pleased with the base trim’s equipment. The entry-level G70 comes loaded with features to keep you connected to your media and wireless devices. It also comes with a generous number of driver assistance features.

  • Genesis G70 2.0T RWD: Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, dual-zone 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 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.
    • The Prestige package 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 Sport package adds sport wheels, a limited-slip differential, performance brakes, upgraded exterior appearances, quilted Nappa leather seats, and alloy pedals.
  • Genesis G70 2.0T 6-Speed Manual RWD: 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 available.
  • Genesis G70 3.3T RWD: To the base trim's features, this model adds 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.
    • The Elite package adds adaptive headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, wireless device charging, and a heated steering wheel.
    • The Prestige package builds on the Elite with Nappa leather, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, heated rear seats, and a suede headliner.
    • The Sport trim adds sport wheels and an electronically adjustable suspension.

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What Does Genesis' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Genesis' certified pre-owned program applies to vehicles that are less than three-years old and have fewer than 60,000 miles. As with the related Hyundai brand, Genesis offers the remainder of a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its certified models. Qualifying vehicles also receive the balance of a six-year/75,000-mile limited new-car warranty, which is good from the vehicle’s original in-service date. Genesis CPO models must pass a 191-point inspection. For more information, read the Genesis CPO page.

Genesis’ CPO program isn't as good as what some other luxury-car makers offer, such as Lexus or Volvo. However, it's right in line with what you’ll find with mainstream brands like Kia and Buick.

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How Safe Is the G70?

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 G70 a Top Safety Pick+ and gave it the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests. Both the standard headlights and available adaptive headlights earned a Good rating for how well they illuminate the road ahead. The halogen projector headlights received the lowest rating of Poor.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The G70 earned the highest rating of superior for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, while the standard vehicle-to-pedestrian system received the second-highest rating of Advanced.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • Surround-view camera parking system
  • Head-up display
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2019 Genesis G70 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Genesis G70 or 2019 BMW 3 Series?

The 2019 BMW 3 Series is one of the few competitors that performs as well as, or even better than, the G70. The 3 Series is available with one of six powerful engines. It has excellent cornering ability and maintains stability through razor-sharp turns. This BMW also provides a fairly comfortable ride. When comparing base engines, the 3 Series gets better fuel economy estimates than the G70. While the BMW may be the superior handler, the Genesis offers about as much driving appeal but at a fraction of the cost. These are both good cars, but the G70's perfect safety and predicted reliability ratings help give it the edge in our luxury small car rankings.

Which Is Better: 2019 Genesis G70 or 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available as a five-seat sedan, a four-door coupe, and a convertible. The C-Class and the G70 have a similar set of standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well lots of driver assistance tech. The C-Class has three available engines with higher horsepower ratings than either of the G70’s, and the Mercedes' base engine gets better fuel economy than the Genesis'. Additionally, you get a little more trunk space with the C-Class. Still, the Mercedes has one of the lowest predicted reliability ratings in the class, and it’s typically priced several thousand dollars higher than the Genesis. The G70 is not only the better car, but it’s the better value as well.

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2019 G70 Performance

How Does the 2019 Genesis G70 Drive?

The G70 has one of the most powerful engines in the class. It moves the car quickly from a stop as well as on the highway, and it displays little turbo lag. The available engine offers a significant boost in horsepower, helping the sedan reach 60 mph in a snappy 4.5 seconds. There are five drive mode settings to choose from (Sport, Comfort, Eco, Smart, and Custom) to tailor your driving experience. The G70 has great handling, thanks to its quick steering and powerful brakes. Its taut suspension aids in its maneuverability but creates a somewhat firm ride.

  • Base engine: 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 365-horsepower turbocharged 3.3-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard eight-speed automatic; available six-speed manual (2.0T model only)
Does the 2019 Genesis G70 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 G70 has some of the worst fuel economy estimates in the luxury small car class.

  • 2.0-liter, automatic transmission, RWD: 22/30 mpg city/highway
  • 2.0-liter, automatic transmission, AWD: 21/28 mpg
  • 2.0-liter, manual transmission, RWD: 18/28 mpg
  • 3.3-liter, automatic transmission: RWD: 17/26 mpg
  • 3.3-liter, automatic transmission, AWD: 17/25 mpg

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2019 G70 Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 G70 Seat?

The 2019 G70 seats five people in two rows. The cabin is quiet and offers all-day seating comfort. While the front seats offer a good amount of space for adults, the cramped rear is best left to children. The attractively designed cabin is replete with first-class materials, including soft-touch panels and aluminum trim throughout.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • 8-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Nappa leather
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Genesis G70?

The 2019 G70 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use, as some lower anchors are positioned too deeply in the seats.

2019 Genesis G70 Features

The infotainment system features user-friendly menus and sharp, legible graphics. It also comes with popular smartphone connectivity functions like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Still, some critics note that the system looks more like those in a Kia or Hyundai rather than a luxury brand.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, and three USB ports
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start
  • Other available features: a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system, navigation, a sunroof, and wireless device charging

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2019 Genesis G70 Dimensions

Genesis G70 Cargo Space

With 10.5 cubic feet, the G70 has one of the smallest trunks among luxury small cars. On the plus side, the standard hands-free trunk lid makes it much easier to access and load cargo.

2019 Genesis G70 Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,516 to 3,887 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Genesis G70 Built?

Genesis built the 2019 G70 in South Korea.

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