By Asian Journal Auto Editor
The 2020 Genesis G70 sedan is now firmly embedded in the hallowed territory of the venerable BMW 3 Series and Audi’s A4. The sleek non- polarizing design of the G70 may be conventional looking – but the big, imposing grille and nice proportions lend it an attractive premium quality. Genesis have meticulously engineered and presented a premium sports sedan that’s priced incredibly well. Two engines are available in the G70. At the Prestige level: a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder offers 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while there is also a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 producing 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Power is supplied to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2020, the G70 has few changes apart from the addition of the 3.3T Prestige trim level which offer the twin-turbocharged 3.3L V6, that was exclusive to a Sport AWD. Model. The Prestige trim level offers such items from the Sport model as: the Brembo brake package, variable gear ratio steering rack. Adaptive dampers and other performance
The Prestige, being the most luxurious model in the Genesis G70 line up arrives fully loaded with as: standard leather trim, head-up display, heated seats in both rows and vented front seats, a premium 15-speaker audio system and much more. The front seats are both heated and ventilated as are the rear seats, a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescope feature. Luxurious Nappa leather upholstery, 16-way drivers, and 14-way passenger power adjustable front seats are standard. An eight-inch touchscreen display is also standard on all G70 models, with the Prestige offering a navigation system as well. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come standard, The Prestige model also offers a premium 16-speaker stereo.
The G70’S cabin is a work of art, no weird angles and swoopy design, just a craftsman like interior design and ambience that’s interesting and tasteful with support in all the right places The dashboard layout is logical with ergonomically correct switches and controls. All the controls and buttons have a nice high quality feel, while all the materials are of a universally high quality. The G70 features all the driver-assistance tech one would expect with forward-collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and more. Sensor systems.
The G70’s front buckets are wonderful, comfortable, with support in all the right places. There is plenty of space up front with adequate leg, shoulder and head room. However the back seat is a little tighter – more of comfortable two seater than a squashed three- seater. The G70’s trunk is about average in this class with 300 L of cargo space, but the rear seats fold flat for transporting longer items.
On the road, the G70 is a lot of fun to drive with its rock-solid chassis and tuned suspension. The Genesis’ engine offers very usable mid and upper range of torque with enough oomph to deliver scintillating performance. Straight line acceleration is consistent, linear and smooth. The G70 also makes short works of curves and bends with its direct, smoothly calibrated steering. Sport mode is the performance enhancer with gears held longer for crisper shifts. The G70 offers amazing acceleration that we tempered by the available performance Brembo brakes that haul the car to quick controlled stops.
With its unique style, high-quality interior and engaging driving dynamics, the 2020 Genesis G70 is a lovely luxury-sport sedan. The base model is priced starting at $42,000, with top Prestige model priced at $56,000. The Genesis ownership experience is superb, you can book a test drive and a car will be delivered to your home or work, while Genesis also offer a concierge system that means when it comes to maintenance a loaner car (Presumable another Genesis) will be dropped off and your Genesis taken for service and returned. The premium German auto makers need to be even more worried now and looking at the rear view mirror as Genesis continue to close the gap when it comes to making fast performance sedans that offer more value, content and a superb ownership experience Faults are few – the rear cabin is tight and legroom decreased if taller front seat passengers push their seats back. However with stunning equipment levels in the entry level models and all out loaded upper versions, the Genesis G70 offers incredible value for money and awesome performance. Highly recommended.
2020 Genesis G70 Priced from $42,000, more info at Genesis.ca