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2020 Genesis G70 Performance


MSRP
$35,450
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2020 Genesis G70 Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.6

The 2020 Genesis G70 has two potent engine choices, dynamic handling, and a balanced ride. However, it returns below-average fuel economy for the luxury small car class.

  • "The G70 is an overwhelmingly capable car, balancing regular, speed-limit abiding commutes with exciting spirited-drive capabilities. It always felt alert due to its harder ride, and the heavier and precise steering and lighter curb weight made it quick and agile." -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "On the road, this thing is a shark. Quiet and bitey, able to cruise comfortably, ready to burst into action with a twist of the drive mode knob." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "Body roll is apparent during rapid weight transitions, but once you're in a turn the suspension loads up and the vehicle stabilizes. Much to my relief, the chassis is communicative once the suspension is loaded. Because between that, the steering feel and the responsive throttle, my surprise oversteer experiment was easy to recover from — and made me want to do it again." -- Edmunds (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The 2020 Genesis G70 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. In models with the optional six-speed manual transmission, the engine makes 255 horsepower. The optional engine is a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that delivers 365 horsepower.

Both engines earn praise. The standard four-cylinder offers smooth acceleration and minimal turbo lag. The twin-turbo V6 feels very muscular and has ample power on tap. The eight-speed automatic delivers smooth shifts. The manual's clutch is light.

The G70 has poor fuel economy for a luxury small car. With the base engine, automatic transmission, and standard front-wheel drive, it gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive, those numbers drop to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Manual transmission models return 18/28 mpg city/highway.

Models with the V6 engine get 17/26 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 17/25 mpg with all-wheel drive.

  • "Its engine felt reserved around town, and acceleration times were ordinary. The light clutch pedal and numb shifter engagement also tempered our excitement. At least the manual 2.0T was more playful when paired with the Sport package. However, our heart skipped a beat when we got behind the wheel of the beastly twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 model." -- Car and Driver
  • "I don't think I'll ever tire of Hyundai's twin-turbo V-6, which packs a meaty punch and makes nice noises. … What of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine? It's a little hard to come down from the rush of the twin-turbo six, but I still liked the four. Its 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is on par with the competition, but the G70's reduced turbo lag and linear power delivery sets it apart." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
  • "The 2.0T/manual combination is seriously entertaining. Turbo lag is never an issue, but briskly hiking the 3,580-pound car up to speed definitely requires you to wind up the engine. The light clutch pedal is easy to work with a mid-stroke bite point, the shifter fluidly slides into gates and pedal placement is stellar for heel-and-toe rev-matching. My only request is snappier throttle response." -- CNET (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Genesis G70 has agile handling, engaging cornering abilities, and excellent steering response. It also maintains a comfortable ride.

Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Other options include a limited-slip differential, Brembo performance brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and an electronically adjustable suspension.

  • "The G70 has expertly balanced ride and handling characteristics. Its suspension smoothed out uneven surfaces, and the sedan remained composed during spirited cornering sessions. … Its steering feedback is precise and pleasant, with adjustable effort available by switching among the multiple drive modes." -- Car and Driver
  • "The G70 has impeccable road manners and no tactile sign of a tradeoff, even on the base model. … There's just the right amount of feedback through the wheel, neither too jittery nor too isolating. Refinement and elegance: achieved." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • "The combination of steering, balance and control is on par with the best from Europe. All 3.3T models are equipped with Brembo brakes, which give the G70 tremendous stopping power." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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