2019 Genesis G70
- The 2019 G70 is an all-new car
- Part of the first G70 generation introduced for 2019
- Sporty, fun-to-drive character
- Some excellent upscale design touches
- Excellent warranty coverage
- Lots of features and tech for the price
- Cramped back seat
- Infotainment screen out of a Hyundai
- Some cabin materials are subpar for the class
- Manual transmission isn't as engaging as it could be
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2019 Genesis G70 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which G70 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Genesis is a new brand with a limited product portfolio, but so far we've been impressed. The big G90 sedan offers an exceptional level of luxury for less money than competitors, while the midsize G80 delivers an impressive blend of power, performance and refinement. Now comes the smallest sedan of the lineup, the all-new 2019 Genesis G70.
From a driving perspective, the G70 shines. Particularly when equipped with its optional turbocharged V6, the G70 provides lively and entertaining performance. This performance doesn't come at the expense of comfort either. The ride quality is compliant, and the cabin is quiet at highways speeds. This balanced approach is exactly what sedans such as the BMW 3 Series have done so well all these years.
There are some downsides. Genesis did a lot of work to make the interior look luxurious. There is quilted leather everywhere, lots of soft-touch surfaces, and a high level of attention to detail. But the Genesis can't hide all of its parent company's roots: The infotainment screen is pure Hyundai, and some of the plastics definitely don't live up expectations. Also, this is a compact luxury sport sedan in the classic sense. We appreciate the car's relatively tidy dimensions, but the trade-off is a very tight back seat.
There's a redesigned BMW 3 Series on the horizon, and it's packed with the latest technology and some other new tricks. You might also want to consider the well-rounded Audi A4 or the luxurious Mercedes C-Class. In general, though, you won't get as many features or as much engine for the money you'd spend on the Genesis. If you're looking for is an engaging entry-level luxury car (that also happens to have a best-in-class warranty), the 2019 Genesis G70 is worth checking out.
Trim levels & features
Genesis offers the 2019 G70 in a somewhat confusing array of trim levels that can be further enhanced with a few select option packages. The two main entry points are the G70 2.0T, which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (252 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque), and the G70 3.3T with its turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 (365 hp and 376 lb-ft).
The base car is the 2.0T Advanced. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment highlights include 18-inch wheels, a hands-free trunklid opener, proximity entry with push-button start, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, dual-zone climate control, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Infotainment is handled by an 8-inch touchscreen system, three USB ports (two front, one rear), satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Active safety features and driver aids include forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. The G70 2.0T Advance with AWD also gets a heated steering wheel and a mechanical limited-slip rear differential as standard.
Next up is the 2.0T Elite. It adds LED headlights, a navigation system, parking sensors, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, automatic wipers, a sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a 15-speaker Lexicon sound system, and leather upholstery. On top of these features, you can also get the 2.0T Prestige (AWD only) that adds a head-up display, a wireless charging pad, a surround-view parking camera, heated rear seats and upgraded quilted leather upholstery.
The 2.0T Dynamic has all of the above plus 19-inch wheels, performance tires and a mechanical limited-slip differential on RWD cars. Accentuating these features is the 2.0T Sport, which is like the Dynamic but with unique 19-inch wheels, copper and black trim accents, and unique upholstery quilting.
The 2.0T Sport M/T trim is your only way to get a manual transmission. It starts with the 2.0T Advanced trim's features, then replaces the eight-speed automatic with a six-speed manual and the electric parking brake with a manual one. It also comes with 19-inch wheels, the limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, a sport exhaust system good for 3 extra hp, and some of the features from the Elite (LED headlights, driver-seat memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable steering wheel and Lexicon stereo).
Starting off the V6-equipped range is the 3.3T Advanced. Somewhat confusingly, though, it comes standard with most of the features of the 2.0T Elite. It also has Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and 19-inch wheels with performance tires. Opting for AWD switches to 18-inch wheels and adds a heated steering wheel.
The other 3.3T trims (Elite, Prestige and Sport) follow the 2.0T progression, though there are a few minor differences with feature availability. Notably, the 3.3T Sport has an adaptive suspension.
At launch, two limited-edition models are available. The 3.3T Design starts with the Prestige trim, then adds exclusive forest green paint and cream leather upholstery with unique quilting, a premium cabin air filter, and special 19-inch alloy wheels. The 3.3T Dynamic builds on the 3.3T Sport with upgraded performance tires, upgraded brake pads, special suspension tuning and upgraded engine cooling.
2019 Genesis G70 video
I'm here at Club Motorsports in New Hampshire to drive the all-new 2019 Genesis g70 this small sporty luxury car is meant to take on the likes of the BMW 3-series the Audi a4 and the mercedes-benz c-class Genesis is really aiming high with this so we have to answer the question have they done enough to compete with the Germans this car also shares a lot of its DNA with the kia stinger which is a car that we at Edmunds really like so the other question we have to answer today is is the g70 better than a kia but right behind me is a racetrack you know what's gonna happen next you may notice that my face looks a little funny right now and that's because I am on a race track in a twin turbocharged 365 horsepower v6 all-wheel-drive the all-wheel-drive system in this car normally sends 40% of the power to the front wheels and 60% to the rear it's capable of sending up to 90% to the rear wheels which means that if you step on it with the traction control turn totally off you can't drift this car at v6 makes good power we like this twin turbocharged motor in other Genesis products that we've seen it we like it in the kia stinger and it certainly works here as well [Music] yes yes I love a good straightaway oh the brakes are strong if you opt for the sport models you get these fat Brembo brakes and there's also a special dynamic package that's going to be available at launch that includes uprated pads this car handles really well I mean there's definitely some noticeable body roll here but I expect that from a luxury car and while I'm sure that detracts from its peak performance potential means it's just going to be more comfortable on the road this isn't a car that it's gonna beat you up when you're driving around you're actually going to be able to enjoy it really I'm I'm impressed with the way that it corners the turn in is so sharp there's a ton of grip from these summer tires and there's not really a tendency to understeer here that's one of the things I'm pretty impressed with whoof that all-wheel drive system just absolutely puts the power down so quickly paddle shifts from the automatic gearbox are very quick I usually really like it it's a rev-matching 8-speed automatic and it executes the shifts so quickly it's really sharp this car isn't a track monster this car isn't about wringing every last second out of your lap time as that body roll can attest to but it's a lot of fun to drive out here well it was a lot of fun but you know you're probably not gonna drive this car on the track a whole bunch so maybe we should find out what it's like on a real Road and talk about what this car be like to live with the most obvious way that Genesis differentiated the g70 from the kia stinger is with the exterior design you'd see this front end of course is entirely different and along the sides you get these long flowing lines and some muscular bulges to give it a different look a less obvious difference when you're just standing next to the car is that its wheelbase is actually three inches shorter than the Kia Stingers wheelbase now this is paid off in a few ways the car is a little bit more athletic the shorter wheelbase helps it rotate more like a sports car and it's also saved some weight we don't have official numbers yet though so I can't tell you exactly how much weight but Genesis says it's pretty significant there are some downsides to losing that length though the rear seat of the G 70 is really only suitable for children or small adults it's pretty tight back there and around the back this is a traditional sedan instead of a hatchback so there's a little less usable space in the trunk when I first saw pictures of the interior of the g70 I was a little trepidatious the center console really looked a lot like what we had seen in the stinger and I was worried that it wouldn't differentiate itself enough now they have sort of rearranged some of the controls a little bit and they've reskin stuff with some nicer materials one big difference in the center console between the kia stinger and this particular car is this right here the manual shifter - like the stinger there are two basic power trains available you have a 252 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and you have a 365 horsepower twin turbocharged v6 both of these you can get with either all-wheel drive or just rear-wheel drive now if you opt for the v6 you get a limited slip differential in the back whether you get all-wheel drive or just rear-wheel drive which is really neat it gives the car a lot of character when you're driving it and it sets it apart from some of the other all-wheel drive luxury cars that are just you know really more focused on the extra traction if you offer the manual you get the limited slip differential in the back you get Brembo brakes that are also standard on the v6 you don't get the top trim level options you don't get leather seats you don't get the quilted leather I've got cooled seats in here but I'm just sitting on the leatherette they figure that if you want the manual transmission you're more interested in driving dynamics and less interested in all the features this car has all of the technology you'd expect from a luxury car you get adaptive cruise control standard except in a manual you get all of the active safety features you expect like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert you get an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android auto and apple carplay and as you move up through the trim levels you also get things like a surround view camera you can get a wireless charging pad for your cell phone they talked about the engines on track they're pretty strong that six-cylinder pulls pretty well and especially when you're driving it on the street it feels more than ample the 4-cylinder I mean its 250 horsepower it's not quite as punchy obviously with the manual transmission it it matches pretty well I think especially as you're moving through the gears the second and third gear pull feel pretty good feels punchy as you get going but you do run out of gas Pat higher speed with the 4-cylinder it's definitely got a little bit more trouble trying to accelerate for a pass at freeway speeds at the highest trim level you do get adaptive suspension which has selectable modes the ride with adaptive suspension is really nice the standard suspension is a little stiff I mean it's definitely tending towards the sporty end of the spectrum but it handles bumps well it definitely takes the edges off of bigger impacts and it avoids any sort of bounciness it feels settled it feels pretty good we don't have final pricing yet but they have given us some estimates the genesis is going to start at about $35,000 for that you'll get the 8-speed automatic transmission and the 2-liter turbocharged engine as you start going up through the trims you're gonna get into the 50s I think that for a v6 in a higher trim level you're going to be looking at around $50,000 so the pricing is actually pretty competitive you're getting a lot of features you're getting a lot of good stuff in this car for a pretty reasonable price and I think that's why you would choose this car you know the Germans are good cars none of them are bad they're all engaging to drive and they're all they're all sporty and fun but I actually do think that the Genesis has its own personality it does something a little different and it lets you have some fun and it lets you be comfortable and it gives you all of the features that you're looking for in a package that stands out a little bit from its competitors we had some fun today but what have we learned we started off with two questions first has Genesis differentiated the g70 enough from the kia stinger I gotta say yes there's definitely some similarities when you get into it but in terms of the driving dynamics in terms of the the feel of the car on the road and in terms of just some of the luxury upgrades that you get like that really lovely quilted leather I think they've done enough to make this the kind of vehicle that you would consider entirely separately from the Stinger especially if you don't need the extra trunk space or you don't need a large backseat you're just gonna have more fun in the g70 but how does the g70 stack up to its German competitors well something like the Audi a4 is gonna have a lot more pretty technology in it the fancy screens and gizmos that that give you some wow factor there well something like the mercedes-benz c-class that's got an interior design that just has a lot of that mercedes class to it this car doesn't quite have the same wow factor on those fronts as its rivals from Germany but it's got its own character and it's a character that I really like I think that the driving dynamics of this car the way that it feels on the road the way it communicates what it's doing those are gonna be some of the reasons that people will buy this car it doesn't hurt that it has a lot of equipment for a reasonable price and it comes with a hundred thousand mile warranty those are pretty compelling bonuses well I really enjoyed my time with the g70 today and I think it's a contender in this class but we can't give you our official verdict just yet that's gonna have to wait until we can get a g70 into our office and ring it out on our test track and really do a full rating and review so stay tuned to Edmunds we'll have more about the g70 just as soon as we can get our hands on it if you like this video make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and check us out on Instagram Twitter and Facebook
2019 Genesis G70 First Drive
Edmunds Staff Writer Will Kaufman travels to New England to drive the all-new 2019 Genesis G70 on track and on the road. Genesis is aiming high with this sporty compact sedan, taking on the likes of the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Can the G70 take on the Germans, or is this quick compact doomed to be an also-ran? Watch our First Drive video to find out.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite G70 safety features:
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
- Alerts the driver to potential obstacles, including pedestrians, and applies the brakes to avoid a collision if the driver takes no action.
- Blind-Spot Collision Warning
- Illuminates warning lamps in the car's mirrors if another vehicle is in the car's blind spot, and sounds a warning if a lane change might cause an accident.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
- Warns the driver of approaching cross traffic when the car is reversing out of a parking space or driveway.
Genesis G70 vs. the competition
2019 Genesis G70
2018 Genesis G80
Genesis G70 vs. Genesis G80
The Genesis G80 is a midsize luxury sedan, one step up from the G70 in terms of interior space, luxury equipment and power. Engines range from a 311-horsepower V6 to a 420-horsepower V8, and the driving experience is refined. Like the G70, the G80 offers a great warranty and a price that undercuts competitors.
Genesis G70 vs. Infiniti Q50
The Q50 is a sporty luxury sedan that's a joy to drive, but it's definitely showing its age. A turbo four-cylinder and a turbo V6 are available, but both make less power than the G70 unless you opt for the top-tier Red Sport 400 — which, appropriately, makes 400 horsepower. The Q50's interior design and infotainment features are definitely behind the curve.
Genesis G70 vs. Audi A4
The Audi A4 has been the go-to choice for tech lovers in the compact luxury segment, with Audi's excellent infotainment system and features such as Virtual Cockpit that add a lot of flair. It's also roomy and good to drive, although it doesn't deliver the same thrills as the G70 3.3T. (The more powerful S4, however, is another matter.) One definite advantage of the Audi is the bigger rear seat.
2019 Genesis G70 for Sale
2019 Genesis G70 Overview
The 2019 Genesis G70 is offered in the following submodels: G70 Sedan. Available styles include 2.0T Advanced 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 3.3T Advanced 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 3.3T Advanced 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 3.3T Dynamic 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 3.3T Dynamic 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 2.0T Advanced 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 3.3T Design 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 2.0T Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and 3.3T Design 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2019 Genesis G70?
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