Hyundai's Genesis brand is serious about becoming a real rival to Germany's three dominant luxury car brands. To that end, Genesis just debuted the G70, its answer to the 3-Series, C-Class, and A4. It joins both the mid-size G80 and the full-size G90 to complete the Genesis sedan lineup.
The G70 is based on the same rear-wheel drive platform as the new Kia Stinger, but opts for more subdued luxury-car styling in favor of the Kia's sportier look. It gets the same engines too—a 2.0-liter turbo four that cranks out 255 hp, and a 365-hp turbo'd 3.3-liter V6. Genesis will also offer a 2.2-liter diesel for the G70, but it's unclear if that'll come to the US.
Oddly, Genesis didn't mention what sort of gearbox the G70 will receive (we've reached out to find out), so, for now we'll assume it gets the same eight-speed automatic that's in the Stinger. Genesis says a top-of-the-line V6-powered G70 Sport runs from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds, which is damn impressive. The G70 also gets launch control, torque vectoring, multi-link rear suspension, and promisingly, a mechanical limited-slip differential.
Since the G70 has to contend with the lovely A4 and C-Class, it gets a nice-looking interior too. There's quilted leather found throughout and a center-console that's angled towards the driver—just like you'd find in a 3-Series. The G70 gets all the active safety features you'd expect from a luxury car too.
US-market G70 specs will be announced some time early next year, but already this looks like a promising car. It sounds like Genesis is serious about making something that's luxurious and fun to drive, but it's in a very tough segment. We can't wait to see how it stacks up.
More: Our First Drive in the 2018 Genesis G70
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The sophisticated all-wheel drive system works in sync with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control to deliver enhanced stability and quicker response on slippery roads.
The confidence of extraordinary stopping power is the Yin to horsepower’s Yang. A race-bred Brembo braking system, featuring floating brake discs provides optimal performance.
Power is delivered from engine to wheels seamlessly via the G70’s standard Shift-by-Wire 8-speed automatic SHIFTRONIC transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Rev matching flawlessly manages all shift points.
Announce your arrival with an unmistakable opening statement. The G70’s striking, aggressive front end is highlighted by the signature crosshatch hexagonal grille, available finished in arresting dark chrome.
The G70 Sport features uniquely designed 19” alloy sport wheels that enhance performance and add a stylish edge. The innovative design also helps maximize the connection between hands on the wheel and the road.
Even the G70’s exhaust note is adjustable, designed to amplify the thrill of your driving experience. Settings enhance engine sounds with audio-system-generated acoustics for maximum effect.
The wide, power tilt-and-slide sunroof with one-touch open and close lets fresh air in and provides panoramic views of both sun, sky and the world beyond.
The driver-centric cabin experience is enhanced by available Nappa leather seats, adorned with a unique diamond quilting pattern, a striking feature further highlighted with available contrast stitching.
Available heated front and rear seats with available ventilated front seats raise the surprising level of attention to driver and passenger comfort even further.
Dial in ultimate comfort. The G70’s available 16-way adjustable driver’s seat (standard 12-way) features a power cushion extension and adjustable side bolsters giving an exceptional degree of control, allowing you to find your ideal personal settings.
The G70’s Surrounded View Monitor gives you a full 360º view around the vehicle, keeping you aware of normally unseen surroundings, assisting with parking and helping you keep clear of external objects.
The Available navigation system lets you chart your course and heightens awareness, showing traffic conditions and arrival times, and suggesting alternate routes when necessary. The 8” wide-view angle touchscreen features a floating design for outstanding visibility, helping keep your eyes up and on the road.
An immersive audio experience presented via 15 high-performance speakers and lush Quantum Logic® Surround Sound. Clari-Fi™Music Restoration Technology helps restore sound quality lost with digital compression so you hear music as the artist intended.
Stand adjacent to the trunk with the smart key in your pocket and, after 3 seconds, the hands-free smart trunk will automatically open, allowing convenient access even with both hands full.
Blind Spot Collision Warning* alerts you when it senses vehicles in your blind spot or approaching at high speed from behind. Rear Cross-traffic Warning helps warn you of vehicles approaching from the rear sides.
Analyzing driving patterns, the Driver Attention Warning system* helps detect driver fatigue or distraction, and issues visual and audio alerts suggesting the driver take a rest when necessary.
Protecting you from unintended lane changes, Lane Keeping Assist* uses a windshield-mounted camera to monitor direction, then applies corrective steering assistance when necessary.
Your Genesis includes 3 years of complimentary Connected Services* which offers a suite of safety, guidance and remote features, such as Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Destination Search powered by Voice and Remote Start with climate control.
You may never set foot in our service center. With complimentary Service Valet* for 3 years or 36,000 miles, we’ll perform a remote diagnostic check, pick up your vehicle, send a Courtesy Replacement and return your Genesis when it’s ready.
Advanced technology includes complimentary map updates to your vehicle’s navigation system for 3 years, to ensure you’re always accessing the most up-to-date mapping. Updates* are available annually as part of your routine maintenance visit.
Enjoy a worry-free ownership experience that includes Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance* for 3 years or 36,000 miles; whichever comes first. Plus, complimentary oil changes every normally scheduled maintenance appointment.
With 3 years of complimentary SiriusXM traffic and data services*, you’ll stay up to speed with the latest traffic info and road conditions. In addition, a SiriusXM All Access* 3-month free trial lets you enjoy more than 150 channels of news, talk and entertainment.
The most essential luxury of all is peace of mind. Should your travel plans take an unexpected turn, 3-year complimentary Roadside Assistance* provides tire changes or transportation to the nearest Genesis dealership or authorized service facility. Also included is reimbursement for any overnight inconvenience.
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Before the G70 was revealed, Genesis relied on two larger sedans – the G90 and G80 – to carry the brand into the luxury car market. Now, with the new Genesis G70, the carmaker is diving straight into the crowded pool of midsize sport sedans. That means it’ll face the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and Alfa Romeo Giulia.
So, how does this newcomer stack up against its European rivals?
Yes, styling is a very subjective topic, but the Genesis G70 appears to be a fairly handsome sedan. Although it bears some resemblance to its older G90 and G80 brothers with its large front grille design, the G70 takes on an athletic and creased body language. To my eye, the Genesis looks very Infiniti-esque from the side with its curvy body lines and chrome accents. Out back, the taillights look like a combination of a BMW 2 Series meshed with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series both look reminiscent of their predecessors. The A4 is the most angular and mean-looking of the bunch with lots of straight lines across its body, while both the Alfa and Mercedes employ more smoothed-out character lines. The 3 Series, on the the other hand, is the most conservative looking with the classic BMW kidney grille, and minimalistic appearance.
On the inside, the Genesis G70 appears to take cues from its German counterparts with an 8-inch touchscreen that almost looks tacked on to the center of the dash. Genesis says the cabin will also be finished in high quality materials, including real aluminum accents, quilted leather door panels, and nappa leather covering the seats.
Although this looks and sounds promising, it’s going to be tough to beat the overall interior quality of its German rivals. The Benz wows with its opulent interior finishes and design, while the Audi A4 has a tech-forward aesthetic.
Dimensionally, the Genesis G70 fits right in. At 184.4 inches long, the G70 is slightly larger than the almighty 3 Series, but a full two inches shorter than the Audi A4. The Genesis also has the second-longest wheelbase at 111.6 inches, but falls 0.6 inch short of the Benz’s.
Unfortunately, Genesis hasn’t released the official weight of the new G70 sedan. Until we hear back, here’s a look at what it's up against. Will the G70 be skinnier than the BMW 3 Series? I guess we’ll just have to weight and see.
|2018 Genesis G70||Alfa Romeo Giulia||Audi A4||BMW 3 Series||Mercedes-Benz C-Class|
|Wheelbase||111.6 Inches||11 Inches||111 Inches||110.6 Inches||111.8 Inches|
|Length||184.4 Inches||183 Inches||186 Inches||182.8 Inches||185 Inches|
|Curb Weight||N/A||3,636 Pounds||3,450 Pounds||3,370 Pounds||3,417 Pounds|
Per usual of the midsize sport sedan class, the G70 puts a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four to work, which is good for 248 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Pony up for the Sport pack and output will raise to 251 hp. Genesis also claims the four banger will get the G70 from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. Although none of these are class-leading figures, the G70 seems to strike a nice middle ground between the Alfa Romeo Giulia (280 hp) and Mercedes-Benz C300 (241 hp). A 200-hp, 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder engine will also be available overseas, but may not reach American shores. See how the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines compare below.
|2018 Genesis G70||Alfa Romeo Giulia||Audi A4 Quattro||BMW 330i||Mercedes-Benz C300|
|Engine||Turbocharged 2.0-liter I4||Turbocharged 2.0-liter I4||Turbocharged 2.0-liter I4||Turbocharged 2.0-liter I4||Turbocharged 2.0-liter I4|
|Power||248-251 Horsepower||280 Horsepower||252 Horsepower||248 Horsepower||241 Horsepower|
|Torque||260 Pound-Feet||306 Pound-Feet||273 Pound-Feet||258 Pound-Feet||273 Pound-Feet|
|Transmission||8-Speed Automatic||8-Speed Automatic||7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic||8-Speed Automatic or 6-Speed Manual||7-Speed Automatic|
|0-60 MPH||5.7 Seconds||5.5 Seconds||5.2 Seconds||5.4 Seconds||6.1 Seconds|
Of course, the engine you really want to hear about is the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 available on the range-topping G70 Sport. Producing 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, the G70 is the new V6 horsepower king of the pack, aside from the Alfa (more on that in a minute). But the G70 Sport is not the quickest to 60. Although 4.7 seconds is a respectable number, the all-wheel-drive C43 does the duty in 4.1 seconds. See how all the six-cylinder engines stack up below.
|2018 Genesis G70 Sport||Audi S4||BMW 340i||Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC|
|Engine||Turbocharged 3.3-liter V6||Turbocharged 3.0-liter V6||Turbocharged 3.0-liter I6||Turbocharged 3.0-liter V6|
|Power||365 horsepower||354 Horsepower||320 Horsepower||362 Horsepower|
|Torque||376 pound-feet||369 Pound-Feet||332 Pound-Feet||384 Pound-Feet|
|Transmission||8-Speed Automatic||8-Speed Automatic||8-Speed Automatic or 6-Speed Manual||9-Speed Automatic|
|0-60 MPH||4.7 Seconds||4.3 Seconds||4.8 Seconds||4.1 Seconds|
“Wait, you forgot the Alfa!” You’re somewhat right. Yes, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is available with either a four- or six-cylinder engine, but stepping up to the biturbo 2.9-liter V6 means you’re talking about the completely bonkers Giulia Quadrifoglio with 505 hp. Hence, it would be a little unfair to compare the overachieving Alfa to the other V6 competitors. Not to mention, the $74K base cost puts the Quadrifoglio in a different price bracket.
The 2018 Genesis G70 is set to bring a whole suite of luxury, and safety tech options. Front and center is an eight-inch touchscreen that houses Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, and an artificial intelligence platform – deemed “Kakao I” – to help the customer complete tasks via voice recognition. An optional 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system will also be available “to provide an audiophile-level acoustic experience,” Genesis said.
Advanced driver assist systems like forward collision alert, and other highway driving aides will be part of the Genesis Active Safety Control package. With these technologies and a strengthened body stiffness and rigidity, Genesis hopes the G70 will receive the highest safety ratings from global safety organizations. The Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series were both named a Top Safety Pick + (the highest honor) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
As far as infotainment goes, the G70 has tough competition – especially from the Audi. Available on the A4 is Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system that’s displayed on a 12.3-inch instrument display in front of the driver. This screen can show apps like Google Earth, and a variety of other information behind the steering wheel.
The Genesis G70 will offer a rotary knob to control the center infotainment screen, in addition to having touchscreen capabilities. Although each sedan offers a similar setup, the 3 Series, A4, and C-Class all offer more advanced control knobs that are larger in diameter to allow handwriting recognition functions.
Launch control, dynamic torque vectoring, variable-ratio steering, a limited-slip differential, and an adjustable suspension on the G70 Sport should make this sedan a hoot to drive. At launch, it’s not clear if these options will trickle down from the V6 version to the 2.0T model with the optional Sport pack. Technologies like the limited-slip differential and configurable steering weight are things we've enjoyed on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Like most of the European competitors listed above, the G70 will be available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The Audi A4 is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
Set to go on sale mid-2018, the Genesis G70 appears to be a compelling entry in the congested midsize sport sedan segment. We’ll reserve further judgment until we get behind the wheel.
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