G70 Genesis pushes the envelope of luxury sport sedans
October 1, 2020
Will Chamberlain | For The Times
The G70 is a beautiful sedan with sleek curves and athletic stance. A newcomer to the market, the G70 will push the bar a little higher than other sedans in the segment. Genesis produces exciting luxury vehicles, and the G70 3.3T AWD sedan is no exception. This week we get behind the wheel of a true performer.
Under the hood is a 3.3-liter V6 twin turbo making 365 horsepower and 376 pound-foot of torque connected to an eight speed automatic and to the pavement via HiTrac all-wheel drive. This is one serious performer when you need to get on the highway or climb the steep hill. Stab the Go pedal, and you are launched into triple digits with a force and control. The G70 never seems to have a redline, with smooth power all the way through the RPMs. In sport mode, the throttle is intensified, so you can gather up all the horsepower when you decide you need it.
Exterior styling is what draws you in. The exterior is smooth, flamboyant and athletic. It just looks like it can corner on a dime and crush highway commutes.
Up front, the G70 has an unmistakable upright mesh grill flanked by LED running lights and aggressive body kit. As you pass the gigantic 20-inch gunmetal 5-spoke rims, you see two indents that follow back over the rear wheel and bend sharply to the tailgate and logo. It’s a tight almost fastback design that just looks fast.
Slide into the drivers seat and you’ll understand why I’m so amped about this sedan. There is leather stitching in the seats and dash/door panels. It’s a magnificent blend of luxury and sport.
The dash layout and angle are driver-focused, but the way you sit in the car puts the shifter and controls at your finger tips. I am a fan of the shorter shifter types. I feel they are crisper when you select your gear. Just above the shifter are the HVAC controls and storage area with wireless charging.
Everything in the G70 is sporty/lux. Polished aluminum accents contrasted by leather and softer rubber surfaces combine for a truly exclusive experience.
Rear-seat legroom wasn’t bad for adults and the kids had no issue. The trunk is another plus with a decent amount of room for sports equipment.
On road is where you’ll understand why this car makes sense. It really does drive like its German competition, but it’s not quite at that refinement level. It’s really close, though, and makes a good case.
The acceleration from the twin turbo is truly fun to do at every opportunity. The cornering and stability of the car at speed is remarkable and feels very German, indeed. You’ll never be disappointed when you want to leave the pack on the highway.
MSRP for the G70 is $35,450 for the 2.0T and gets into the high $40s with the V6. Genesis claims around 23 mpg average, and I was able to maintain around that for my road test, which admittedly wasn’t a lot during the lockdowns.
Will Chamberlain is a local freelance automotive journalist and full-time Realtor with eXp Realty in Beaver and can be reached at [email protected]
2020 Genesis G70 AWD
The Good – Aggressive and beautiful with high-end finishes.
The Bad – Aside from being a little tight inside, nothing really.