Genesis G70
Genesis G70
Genesis G70

2019 Genesis G70

Pros: Exhilarating performance, especially with V6 engine; classy cabin trimmings; available manual transmission

Cons: Cramped rear seat; stingy front-door apertures; lacks established brand prestige of class competitors

CG Says: Hyundai’s recently launched luxury division introduces a new premium compact sport sedan for the 2019 model year. The Genesis G70 joins the G80 and G90 premium large sedans in Genesis’s model lineup; it competes with cars such as the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Lexus IS. Two turbocharged engines are available: a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and a 365-hp 3.3-liter V6. Both powerplants can be had with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual transmission is optional on rear-wheel-drive cars with the 2.0-liter engine; otherwise, all G70s have an 8-speed automatic. Available safety features include blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, driver-attention monitor, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The G70 is easily the most performance-oriented car yet from the fledgling Genesis brand, and it stacks up remarkably well to established sport-sedan rivals. It offers athletic moves and invigorating acceleration with the V6 engine, along with a wonderfully executed cabin that perfectly blends sportiness and luxury. The downsides are fairly typical for the class—a cramped rear seat, and so-so fuel economy with the “hot” engine. Genesis still has a way to go before the brand has the same recognition as its established rivals, but vehicles like the G70 will help it get there.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Genesis
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices 2.0T automatic: $35,895
2.0T manual: $38,8954
AWD 2.0T: $37,895
3.3T: $44,745
AWD 3.3T: $46,745

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (2.0T)
Horsepower
252
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
6-speed manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.3-liter V6
Horsepower
365
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-26

Genesis G70
2019 Genesis G70
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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